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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

yours-sincerely-giraffeGiraffe is bored, so he writes a letter and asks Pelican to deliver it beyond the horizon. Penguin receives the letter and the two become pen pals. The two animals have no idea what each other looks like. After many hilarious questions and answers, Giraffe creates a picture of what he thinks Penguin looks like. Giraffe trying to dress like a penguin will certainly make readers laugh out loud. The story, which incorporates fun animal facts, is generously illustrated with simple ink drawings and the pair’s letters. mjw
Title: Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Illustrator
: Jun Takabatake
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  New Zealand
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Title
: Boku wa Africa ni Sumu Kirin to Iimasu
Original Publisher
: Kaisei-sha Publishing Co Ltd.  Tokyo
Original Copyright
: 2001
ISBN
: 978-1-927271-88-9
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Africa and Antarctica
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Tokyo, Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan
Subjects
: Birds, Friendship, Giraffes, Humor, Letter writing, Pelicans, Pen pals, Penguins, Whales

Tidy

61qcnR4srkL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Pete the badger likes everything neat. He tidies the forest stick by stick and leaf by leaf. Unfortunately things start to get out of hand as leaves fall and he uproots trees. Pete begins to learn that tidiness is not always the best way to take care of the forest. Instead, he embraces the disorder and enjoys nature as it is. Pencil, watercolor, and wax crayon illustrations show the impact of tidying the bright forest into a gray, ordered land.  The bright colors return as Pete balances tidiness with natural disorder. amo
Title: Tidy
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator
: Emily Gravett
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-8019-2
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Forest
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Brighton, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Brighton, England
Subjects
: Badgers, Environment, Forests, Nature

The Strongest Man In The World: The Legend Of Louis Cyr

the-strongest-man-in-the-worldLouis Cyr was born in 1863 in a small village in Quebec. He was a strong boy and he became stronger as he grew up. He traveled across North America showing off his extraordinary strength. He could lift a board holding fourteen large men. One of his most popular acts was his tug-of-war with two or four horses. Each horse weighed 1000 pounds. The horses could not move him. Large, cartoon-style illustrations show Louis Cyr’s incredible life from his childhood to his becoming the strongest man in the world. A poster with a timeline, photographs, and additional information is included. mjw
Title: The Strongest Man In The World: The Legend Of Louis Cyr
Author: Lucie Papineau
Illustrator
: Caroline Hamel
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: MaryChris Bradley
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-4614-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 8-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Strong men, Weightlifting

Wild Animals Of The North

Wild Animals of the northThis stunning and fun information book looks at animals of North America, Europe, and Asia, from Kodiak bears and Texas rattlesnakes to European badgers and Japanese Macaques. Most of the wildlife images are accompanied by compelling and often humorous descriptive paragraphs. The highly stylized, geometric illustrations really make the book. A note touches on pollution, climate change, and global warming and the fact that a third of the animals in the book are endangered. Also included is an index of the 80 animals. Also available is Wild Animals of the South. mjw
Title: Wild Animals Of The North
Author: Dieter Braun
Illustrator
: Dieter Braun
Publisher
: Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow Ltd.  London
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Jen Calleja
Original Title
: Die Welt der wilden Tiere: Im Norden
Original Publisher
: von dem Knesebeck GmbH and Co.  Verlag KG, Munchen
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-909263-96-3
Hardcover pages
: 144
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book. Information book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: North America, Europe, Asia
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Subjects
: Endangered animals, Northern hemisphere, Wild animals, Wilderness

Skye The Puffling

Skye the pufflingSkye, a baby puffin, sneaks out of his parents’ burrow, falls off a cliff, and lands on the back of a gannet in flight. Skye’s adventure in Scotland’s Firth of Forth is written in rhyme and is illustrated with cute watercolor paintings. The sweet story is a sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero by Lynne Rickards.  mjw
Title: Skye The Puffling
Author: Lynne Rickards
Illustrator
: Jon Mitchell
Publisher
: Picture Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books, Edinburgh
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-78250-255-5
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-6
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Canada
Author’s residence
: Scotland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Birds, Puffins

My Beautiful Birds

my-beautiful-birdsSami, his family, and his neighbors are escaping the bombs that have destroyed their Syrian home. Sami is heartbroken because he had to leave behind his pet pigeons. Once they reach the refugee camp and safety, everyone settles in as best they can. But Sami is not interested in soccer or painting. His life seems pointless. He cannot forget his birds. When some birds – a canary, a dove, and a rose finch – fly into the camp, Sami feeds them and provides material for their nests. This helps him begin his long healing process. Rich, textured illustrations fashioned from Plasticene, polymer clay, and other mixed media complement this moving story of one young refugee’s experience in the Syrian civil war. An author’s note gives information about refugee camps and the Syrian conflict. mjw
Title: My Beautiful Birds
Author: Suzanne Del Rizzo
Illustrator
: Suzanne Del Rizzo
Publisher
: Pajama Press.  Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-010-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Syria
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Birds, Homelessness, Illness, Loss, Middle East, Poverty, Refugee camps, Refugees, Syria

Canada Year By Year

CanadaThis amazing history book features one milestone per year of Canada’s 150-year history. Ten chapters are filled with sidebars, biographies, quotations, trivia, and fascinating illustrations. In 1910, the first chocolate bar in North America was developed in New Brunswick as a quick snack for fishermen. In 1922, Joseph-Armand Bombardier attached a car motor and an airplane propeller to a sleigh to create a snowmobile. In 1932, 17-year-old Joe Shuster sketched the first Superman. And in 2009, more than one-fifth of all smartphones used around the world were made by a Canadian company called Blackberry. This is the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped Canada. Back matter includes an index and an illustrated list of great Canadians – artists, athletes, politicians, and more.mjw
Title: Canada Year By Year
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrator
: Sydney Smith
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 22016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-397-4
Hardcover pages
: 96
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Picture book, Information, Nonfiction
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Canada, History, Reference