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CORNER

A quirky, thought-provoking, and stunning reminder that a house is not a home.

In this South Korean import, a crow ponders two white, empty walls of a room—and then takes action.

Relocating to the corner, the restless black bird tries various positions on the softly textured, gray floor. The image of the creature lying on its back, feet spread on the walls, will elicit giggles of recognition. The bird brings over a bed, a bookcase, a rug, and a lamp, adding color and interest, and addresses a small potted plant with an inquiring “Hello?” Children will relate to the crow’s subsequent attempts to pass the time: reading, sleeping, watering the plant, eating what appears to be a bowl of cereal. The problem-solver then turns to art, creating elaborate yellow patterns on both walls that require increasingly larger ladders to reach. Music and dance fill a void as well, and the plant is thriving under the crow’s care, yet “Something is still missing.” Covering the furniture with drop cloths (a delightful detail), the industrious soul applies a circular saw to a wall. The resulting window yields the best result yet: a potential friend, a white bird whose existence is possibly foreshadowed on the cover. This enchanting, nearly wordless title allows space for viewers to construct their own narratives, imagining how they would feel—all alone in an empty room—and what they would need or do to feel complete. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A quirky, thought-provoking, and stunning reminder that a house is not a home. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 14, 2023

ISBN: 9781771475327

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Owlkids Books

Review Posted Online: Feb. 7, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2023

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ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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RUBY FINDS A WORRY

From the Big Bright Feelings series

A valuable asset to the library of a child who experiences anxiety and a great book to get children talking about their...

Ruby is an adventurous and happy child until the day she discovers a Worry.

Ruby barely sees the Worry—depicted as a blob of yellow with a frowny unibrow—at first, but as it hovers, the more she notices it and the larger it grows. The longer Ruby is affected by this Worry, the fewer colors appear on the page. Though she tries not to pay attention to the Worry, which no one else can see, ignoring it prevents her from enjoying the things that she once loved. Her constant anxiety about the Worry causes the bright yellow blob to crowd Ruby’s everyday life, which by this point is nearly all washes of gray and white. But at the playground, Ruby sees a boy sitting on a bench with a growing sky-blue Worry of his own. When she invites the boy to talk, his Worry begins to shrink—and when Ruby talks about her own Worry, it also grows smaller. By the book’s conclusion, Ruby learns to control her Worry by talking about what worries her, a priceless lesson for any child—or adult—conveyed in a beautifully child-friendly manner. Ruby presents black, with hair in cornrows and two big afro-puff pigtails, while the boy has pale skin and spiky black hair.

A valuable asset to the library of a child who experiences anxiety and a great book to get children talking about their feelings (. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5476-0237-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2019

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