This modern myth has the feel of an older story that will appeal to young readers of fairy tales and folklore.

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SHAND THE FIRST SAILOR

A red-haired explorer pushes the boundaries of his world by inventing the first sailboat in this debut by author/illustrator Boscacci.

On a small island, in a small village, there lives a “medium sized boy” named Shand. With a curiosity that young readers will recognize, Shand wonders how far the ocean goes. His father has heard that going too far may send people over the edge of the world, but Shand is determined to find out for himself. With creativity inspired by a leaf, Shand enlists his mother to craft a sail, which gives a lovely contrast to the sea in Boscacci’s illustrations. Shand teaches himself to use his “wind catcher” and, facing a storm, learns valuable perseverance and self-confidence. He returns to the village and teaches others to make sails; the world becomes a smaller place. While readers familiar with Disney’s Moana will note familiar themes, they may wish for a little more focus on the action and a little less focus on Shand’s mother’s waiting for him to return. Perceptive readers may wonder how Shand’s people got to their little island without sails in the first place. But the theme of exploring beyond small horizons, particularly when accompanied by Boscacci’s appealing digital seascapes and Shand’s brilliant red sail, will have continual appeal.

This modern myth has the feel of an older story that will appeal to young readers of fairy tales and folklore.

Pub Date: Feb. 8, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-79437-786-8

Page Count: 56

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: May 10, 2019

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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