Tag Archives: Animals

The Color Of The Sun

This story takes place in one day of Davie’s life in Tyneside, his small town home.  He takes off on a journey after what appears to be the murder of a boy he knows.  Half real and half imagined, he meets characters from his town, which has rival gangs,. Davie thinks he knows who the murderer is.  As the story progresses, it gets harder to fathom what is real.  The ending is brilliant and leaves readers feeling positive and hopeful.  The book is beautifully written. mjw
Title: The Color Of The Sun
Author: David Almond
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Hachette Children’s Group. U.K.
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0785-9
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
Awards
: Hans Christian Andersen Medal, Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Adventure, Coming of Age, Death and dying, Violence, Young adult boys

The Elephant

The illustrations of the elephants in this book are done in watercolor, acrylic, pencil, and crayon. They are accurate, strikingly detailed, and beautifully rendered.  They make the book!   Here, we join a young boy as he learns interesting facts about Asian and African elephants.  Elephants are intelligent and have amazing memories and excellent hearing.  They walk on their tip-toes and are either right-tusked or left-tusked.  Tusks can be as long as two seven-year-old children from toe to toe.  An introductory note describes modern threats to elephants and a map shows where these fascinating animals live today. mjw
Title: The Elephant
Author: Jenni Desmond
Illustrator
: Jenni Desmond
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-264-0
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information book
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Africa, African elephants, Asiatic elephants, India, Zoology

Vanishing Colors

In this haunting story, a young girl and her mother take shelter in their roofless house to sleep. The mother tells the story of a large bird that flies from the mountains to protect them.  Dark illustrations show that the city is ravaged by war.  The bird reminds the girl of happy memories and colors that were there before.  The girl and her mother can leave when the girl sees all the colors in the rainbow, which makes a bridge across the sky.  The book ends with the mother and child walking on, holding hands, under a rainbow. They will stay together and help each other. mjw
Title: Vanishing Colors
Author: Constance Orbeck-Nilssen
Illustrator
: Akin Duzakin
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Kari Dickson
Original Title
: Fargene som forsvant
Original Publisher
: Vigmostad & Bjorke
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5518-3
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Eastern Europe
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Turkish-Norwegian
Illustrator’s residence
: Norway
Subjects
: Destruction, Emigration and Immigration, Homelessness and poverty, Migration, Parents, Refugees, Social issues

The Whale The Sea And The Stars

Gerda the blue whale listens to her mother’s beautiful song.  She sings that if Gerda ever gets lost, she should look to the stars and they would guide her.  When Gerda leaves home, she travels from warm equatorial waters to freezing polar waters. She meets penguins, a grouchy octopus, seagulls, orcas, a polar bear, and a narwhal.  Gerda wants to stop traveling and find a special place of her own. She eventually hears someone singing her mother’s song.  It is Lars, her brother.  She has found the most beautiful bay filled with more and more whales: Beluga whales and grey whales, beaked whales and bowhead whales, humpback whales and right whales, all living happily.  She knows her journey is over.  The luminous illustrations were drawn by hand on a graphics tablet and finished using natural color palettes and textures. mjw
Title: The Whale The Sea And The Stars
Author: Adrian Macho
Illustrator
: Adrian Macho
Publisher
: Floris Books, Edinburgh
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: Czech
Translator
: Peter Kavecky
Original Title: Gerda Prise Velryby
Original Publisher
: Albatros Media A.S.
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-178250-559-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Slovak
Author’s residence
: Bratislava, Slovakia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Slovak
Illustrator’s residence
: Bratislava, Slovakia
Subjects
: Marine life, Narwhal, Penguins, Polar bears, Stars, Whales

Coming Home

A lone Scandinavian robin migrates across Europe to Great Britain in the winter to escape the harsher northern winters and to find his mate before Christmas. The striking illustrations of the red-breasted bird were created digitally. Robin migration facts are included. mjw
Title: Coming Home
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator
: Kerry Hyndman
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: David Fickling Books, Oxford
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0042-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Scandinavia, Britain
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Devon, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London, England
Subjects
: Birds Christmas, Holidays, Robins

The Hawk And The Dove

The feisty hawk is feeling sad, so he puts on a mask and gloves and turns into a gentle dove.  The world is at peace.  No more cannon-fire blasts.  Planes that dropped bombs turn into butterflies.  Warships are replaced with sailboats.  Soldiers’ guns sprout flowers.  The world is calm and joyful, but will it last?  Paper cuts inspired by Henri Matisse allow readers to see the miracle that happens every time a page is turned.  A note at the end of the book describes the book’s inspiration and the author’s ever-present hope for peace. mjw
Title: The Hawk And The Dove
Author: Paul Kornowski (1926-2001)
Illustrator
: Paul Kornowski (1926-2001)
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: Hebrew
Translator
: Annette Appel
Original Title
: Hawk and Dove
Original Publisher
: Zmora-Bitan, Dvir-Publishing House, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5253-0125-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Subjects
: Birds, Military fiction, Peace, War

Who Stole The Hazelnuts? A Forest Mystery

All was quiet and still in the forest until there came a shrill scream.  Someone has stolen the squirrel’s three hazelnuts.  Who could cause the squirrel such distress?  He accuses the mole, the mouse, the rabbit, the hamster, and the fox, who all reply, “it isn’t me.”  The squirrel returns to his tree to discover his three nuts.  They weren’t stolen after all.  The squirrel could have hung his head in shame.  He apologized to everyone and then enjoyed his hazelnuts – they were delicious!  The watercolor paintings of the animals, especially the squirrel, are hilarious in this new rhyming book by the author of the Rainbow Fish series. mjw
Title: Who Stole The Hazelnuts? A Forest Mystery
Author: Marcus Pfister
Illustrator
: Marcus Pfister
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: German
Translator
: David Henry Wilson
Original Title
: Wer hat die Haselnuss geklaut? Eine Räubergeschichte
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag AG
Original Copyright
: 2019
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4382-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Swiss
Author’s residence
: Bern, Switzerland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swiss
Illustrator’s residence
: Bern. Switzerland
Subjects
: Hazelnuts, Mystery, Squirrels