Ideal for only children and their perfectly sized families.

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Natalie and the Night Sky

A heartwarming, insightful debut children’s book about an only child who wonders what it would be like to have a bigger family.

Natalie and her best friend, Shayla, are having the best summer. Both girls and their families are on a big camping trip, which means fishing, bonfires, s’mores, and everything else that the great outdoors has to offer. Sitting around the campfire, Natalie sees Shayla and her older brother, Steven, share a private giggle, and Natalie feels a twinge deep inside. As an only child, she wonders what it would be like to have a brother or sister. Shayla helps her weigh the pros and cons before retreating back to her family’s tent to play cards with Steven. As Natalie longingly looks at Shayla’s tent, Natalie’s dad sees her wistful expression. Using the night sky and the stars as a map, Natalie’s dad shows her how a family may not just be people who share a home—the stars that dance around their home constellation are special, too. Dibb’s book is a wonderful addition to any household with an only child. As Dibb says in her preface, parents may have many reasons for having only one child, and instead of having to explain those myriad and possibly complicated reasons to a child, this book directly addresses the child’s sense of longing. The prose is easy to understand (for little readers) without being dumbed down or overly clinical. Parents can inject their own personal stories after a reading. McAllister’s simple illustrations, in muted, pastel colors, enhance the tale.

Ideal for only children and their perfectly sized families.

Pub Date: April 22, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5043-2689-6

Page Count: 40

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: Sept. 11, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2015

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...

WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO

Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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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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