Tag Archives: Environment

Lucy And The Dragonfly

Lucy lives in the yellow house on the hill, at the end of the lane, in a village filled with lakes and forests, on a big continent, on a blue planet.  When Lucy smiles, the sun smiles.  She can feel the Earth’s heart beating, inside her heart.  The wind tells her all the bad things that humans are doing to the planet.  When the planet gets sick, Lucy’s tears travel from the wings of a dragonfly all across the planet to a boy named Tama who also knows how to listen to the whispers of the wind.  Lucy’s story spreads across the globe, everyone does their part to heal the Earth, and hope is born.  Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.  mjw
Title: Lucy And The Dragonfly
Author: Lucie Papineau
Illustrator
: Caroline Hamel
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-5620-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Climate Change, Green living, Recycling

Town Is By The Sea

This first-person narrative portrays a day in the life of a young boy and his family in a seaside-mining town.  He describes his morning – seagulls, a dog barking, and lupines and Queen Anne’s lace along the road.  He acknowledges that at the same time his father is already “deep down under the sea, digging for coal.”  He then describes more of what he sees throughout the rest of his day and his father is still “deep down under the sea, digging for coal.”  At suppertime, his father comes home.  They talk as the sun sets “deep down under the sea where his father digs for coal.” The boy falls asleep thinking that one day, it will be his turn – he is a miner’s son.  The ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are exquisite.  An author’s note is included.  mjw
Title: Town Is By The Sea
Author: Joanne Schwartz
Illustrator
: Sydney Smith
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-871-6
Hardcover pages
: 52
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Awards
: 2018 Kate Greenaway Award
Subjects
: Canada, City and town life, Coal miners, Country life, Fathers and sons, Sea stories

Where The World Ends

In the summer of 1727, eight boys and three men are marooned on a remote rocky stac at the edge of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  They were sent there to harvest birds for food, feathers, and oil.  No one returns to collect them. They survive for nine months through deadly storms, madness, and starvation.  Based on a true story, this is an unsettling and awe-inspiring novel.  The world-building is brilliant.  A map of St. Kilda, an afterword, black-and-white sketches of birds, and a glossary are included.  mjw
Title: Where The World Ends
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher
: Usborne Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4749-2114-5
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 11 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, based on a true story
Book setting
: Hirta, St. Kilda, Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Berkshire, England 
Awards
: 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Birds, Cultures, Geography, Natural world, Survival, Western Islands (Scotland)

La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa, My Journey With Papa

This bilingual book (Spanish and English) follows Alfredo and his father during the 1980s as they leave behind their home in Mexico for Texas.  The story is told through Alfredo’s eyes and is based on one of the author’s own experiences in crossing the border, la frontera.  It tells why they left Mexico, describes their difficult journey, and shows how courage and determination can lead to a better and more productive life. Colorful pictures prepared in graphite, acrylic, and digital collage complement the vivid narrative.  Back matter includes more on Alfredo’s story, information about borders and cultures, a map, notes about immigration, and photographs.  mjw
Title: La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa, My Journey With Papa
Author: Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva
Illustrator
: Claudia Navarro
Publisher
: Barefoot Books. Cambridge, MA and London
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English and Spanish
Translator
: Maria A. Perez
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-388-6
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Mexico and Texas
Author’s ethnicity
: Mills – U.S.  Alva – Mexican
Author’s residence
: Mills – U.S.  Alva – Texas
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Illustrator’s residence
: Mexico
Subjects
: Central America, Emigrants and immigrants, Hispanic and Latino, Mexican Americans, Mexico, United States

Bambi: A Life In The Woods

 

This is an exquisite new collectible edition of the classic story.  Bambi lives in a woodland thicket.  He and his family and friends discover the wonders and the dangers of the woods.  Superb oil paintings feature gold foiling.  The story inspired the beloved 1942 Disney film. mjw
Title: Bambi: A Life In The Woods
Author: Felix Salten (1869-1945)
Illustrator
: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Publisher
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Whittaker Chambers
Original Publisher
: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 1928
ISBN
: 978-1442-9345-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: San Francisco, U.S.
Subjects
: Deer, Forest

Fishing With Grandma

fishing with grandmaGrandma and her two grandchildren go out on the lake for a fishing trip. She teaches them everything they need to know for a day of jigging in the ice for fish. They learn what to wear, what tools are needed, and how to use them. At the end of the day, they have caught enough Arctic char for a delicious dinner. Illustrations show Inuit fishing tools and a glossary with pronunciations explains Inuit terms. mjw
Title: Fishing With Grandma
Author: Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrator
: Charlene Chua
Publisher
: Inhabit Media Inc.  Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77227-084-6
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Nunavut
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Canada, Grandchildren, Grandmothers, Ice fishing, Multigenerational, Polar regions

The Pruwahaha Monster

the-pruwahaha-monsterA five-year-old boy goes with his father to swing on a swing near a farmhouse. The little boy does not know that a huge monster that likes to eat children lurks near the farmhouse. When the monster wakes up, spies the little boy on the swing, and roars “prruwwwahhahahaha,” the little boy just laughs. Two-color playful illustrations with clues never really reveal who the “monster” is. Rhythmic language and monster sounds will delight young readers. mjw
Title: The Pruwahaha Monster
Author: Jean-Paul Mulders
Illustrator
: Jacques Maes and Lise Braekers
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: English version edited by Yvette Ghione
Original Title
: Het prullala monster
Original Publisher
: Abimo Uitgeverij, Belgium
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-566-4
Hardcover pages
: 26
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Flemish
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Flemish
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Fathers and sons, Monsters, Mystery, Seasons