Tag Archives: Animals

The Fox On The Swing

Paul lives with his family in a tree house in a big city. On his way home from the bakery, where everyday he gets three fresh rolls, Paul befriends a wise, friendly, orange fox. Being friends with the fox is a magical and challenging experience for Paul.  He has to deal with an unexpected move; friendship; appreciating the little things in life, like carrot cake and marmalade; and the nature of happiness. Brightly colored digital collages portray people, very detailed buildings, vehicles, and animals in this unpredictable, quirky story. mjw
Title: The Fox On The Swing
Author: Evelina Daciute
Illustrator
: Ausra Kiudulaite
Publisher
: Thames & Hudson, U.K.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Lithuanian
Translator: The Translation Bureau
Original Title
: Laime Yra Lape
Original Publisher
: Tikra Knyga. Vilnius. Lithuania
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-0-500-651-8
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Lithuanian
Author’s residence
: Lithuania
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Lithuanian
Illustrator’s residence
: Lithuania
Awards
: 2019 Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Emotions, Fox and wolf, Happiness, Loneliness

The Hen Who Sailed Around The World: A True Story

For the last two years, 24-year-old French sailor Guirec Soudee has been sailing the world with his red hen Monique.  Monique never suffers from seasickness.  She keeps him company and provides him with a constant source of food – eggs.  Over the course of the adventure she laid 1,040 eggs! They are currently crossing the Pacific Ocean.  Guirec has documented their journeys with his remarkable and comical photographs and you can follow him online at guirecsoudee.com.  His first book The Transatlantic Voyage Of Monique was released in France.  A map of the voyages is included.  mjw
Title: The Hen Who Sailed Around The World: A True Story
Author: Guirec Soudee
Illustrator
: Guirec Soudee
Publisher
: Little, Brown and Company
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-316-44884-0
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information book, Travel literature
Book setting
: Around the world
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Subjects
: Chickens, Human-animal relationships, Northwest Passage, Photographs, Sailing, Survival

Why The Elephant Has Tiny Eyes

Told in verse, this folktale from the Tai Phake people of India’s northeast tells why the elephant has tiny eyes.  The first elephant (chaang) had large eyes. Along came a wagtail bird that made the elephant laugh so hard that his eyes crinkled small.  An unusually limited palette recreates the region’s landscape. mjw
Title: Why The Elephant Has Tiny Eyes
Author: Pow Aim Hailowng
Illustrator
: Priya Kuriyan
Publisher
: Tulika Publishers.  Chennai, India
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-93-86667-71-7
Paperback pages
: 26
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture book, Folktale
Book setting
: India, Tai Phake people of northeast India
Author’s ethnicity
: Tai Phake Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Kochi, India
Subjects
: Birds, Bridges, Elephants, Fables, Myths

Hello, Horse

When the little boy’s friend Catherine asks him to come meet her horse named Shannon, he replies that he’s not so sure he likes horses.  Shannon is very big, but Catherine says she’s very kind.  Catherine teaches the boy to talk quietly to the horse, how to feed her carrots, how to lead her across a field, and even how to blow at her softly to show that he likes her.  Catherine helps him up onto the horse for his first ride.  Facts about horses are sprinkled throughout this gentle story. The book ends with an author’s note that tells that Shannon is the illustrator’s horse.  An index and more information are also included.  The beautiful illustrations were done in mixed media. mjw
Title: Hello, Horse
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator
: Catherine Rayner
Publisher
: Candlewick Press.  Somerville, MA
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0167-3
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Author’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Farm animals, Horses, New experiences

The Fox Girl And The White Gazelle

Twelve-year-old Reema is a Syrian refugee trying to find her place in Glasgow.  She struggles with a new language and culture and misses her older brother who got left behind in Aleppo.  Caylin feels completely alone.  She has to look after her alcoholic mother.  She bullies the other kids and steals from them so that she can eat. Reema and Caylin become friends when they discover an injured fox and her babies. The girls also discover that they both like to run. Told in alternating perspectives, this is a great story of friendship. mjw
Title: The Fox Girl And The White Gazelle
Author: Victoria Williamson
Publisher
: Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books. Edinburgh, Scotland
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-178250-490-0
Paperback pages
: 272
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Author’s residence
: U.K.
Subjects
: Foxes, Glasgow, Poetry, Prejudice and racism, Refugees, Running, Syria

Nimesh the Adventurer

School is over for the day and young South Asian Nimesh starts his walk home.  He meets a dragon and sharks and skates across the ice at the North Pole.  He encounters a guardsman for the Indian Maharaja.  And then, he happens upon  pirates and a princess.  Nimesh’s BIG imagination is complemented by vivid collage like images. mjw
Title: Names The Adventurer
Author: Ranjit Singh
Illustrator
: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd. U.K.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-24-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: British, of East Indian Heritage
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Awards
: Illustrator has won the Africana Best Book Award
Subjects
: Fantasy, Imagination, Magic, Multicultural

The Curiosity Cabinet

Ian Wallace’s wordless tribute to Canada on her 150thbirthday includes graphite illustrations of treasures from his forty years of traveling the country.  He has made thousands of school and library visits inspiring young readers to become artists and he has received many gifts from the students.  His cabinet of curiosities includes these gifts and other discoveries he has made. Each illustration is devoted to a province or territory – tamarack geese made by Cree artists in Ontario, a snow globe illuminating the moment he stood on the Arctic Circle, the English heraldic lion from Prince Edward Island, and much more.  A table of contents and an introduction set the stage and detailed illustrator’s notes provide much information. mjw
Title: The Curiosity Cabinet
Author: Ian Wallace
Illustrator
: Ian Wallace
Publisher
: Groundwood Books.  House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-922-5
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Brookline, MA
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brookline, MA
Subjects
: Biography, Mystery and wonders, Pictorial works, Travel