Tag Archives: Environment

When I Coloured In The World

A young child gets a box of crayons and an eraser from his mum.  He rubs out bad words and replaces them with good words.  He rubs out desert and writes red roses. He makes roses grow all over the world.  He rubs out darkness and replaces it with yellow light.  Hunger gives way to green wheat, drought to silver rain, war to light blue peace, and much more.  The abstract, colorful drawings complement the poetic text and its positive message. mjw
Title: When I Colored In The World
Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi
Illustrator
: Ehsan Abdollahi
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Nazar Publisher. Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-07-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Awards
: Iranian Flying Turtle Medal, 2010 Hans Christian Andersen shortlist
Subjects
: Colors, Crayons, Creativity, Erasers, Imagination, World

Spur: A Wolf’s Story

A young wolf named Spur, who is looking for food, is hurt when a shot comes from a helicopter that appears in the sky.  Spur’s family scatters for cover.  When the woods get quiet again, Spur finds another pack of wolves.  She tells them of the attack.  Although she misses her family, she feels grateful to the new pack. After a while, the roar of the helicopter returns.  She warns the other wolves and they hide.  Then, Spur hears a familiar wolf call.  It is her brother.  She splits from the pack and joins him.  Evocative artwork of wolves in their natural habitats enhances this empowering story. An author’s note tells more about culling wolves to protect livestock and to stabilize caribou populations, and the fact that there is evidence that killing wolves helps.  A resource list is also included. mjw
Title: Spur: A Wolf’s Story
Author: Eliza Robertson
Illustrator
: Nora Aoyagi
Publisher
: Greystone Kids Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-341-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: Berkeley, California
Subjects
: Caribou, Nature and environment, Seasons, Wolves

The Second Sky

Gilbert, a baby penguin, wants to fly in the sky like an albatross.  He practices to no avail because he has big clumsy feet and small fluffy wings.  He falls on his face, his back, and his bottom.  His uncle tells him to give it up, but Gilbert knows he will find a way to fly.  He finally spreads his wings, jumps, tumbles, and splashes into the sea.  He sinks and sees stars, moons, clouds, forests, gardens, and mountaintops.  Under the sea, he flies.  He discovers the second sky in his own element.  The watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful with Gilbert’s movement and action. mjw
Title: The Second Sky
Author: Patrick Guest
Illustrator
: Jonathan Bentley
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0802-855206
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Australia
Subjects
: Determination, Flight, Penguins

Rain

Haiku verses accompany 12 scenes of rain in a variety of natural settings.  Each double-page spread features one haiku and one engaging, detailed illustration, such as mountain goats on hills, puffins flying near a lighthouse, and Japanese girls walking amid falling cherry blossoms. Each scene takes place in a different kind of rain.  The book will inspire readers to write their own haiku. mjw
Title: Rain
Author: Anders Holmer
Illustrator
: Max Klein
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Title
: Regn
Original Publisher
: Natur and Kultur. Stockholm, Sweden
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-0802855077
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Poetry, Picture Book
Book setting
: Scenes from all over the globe
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Subjects
: Haiku, Poetry, Rain

The Moose Of Ewenki

The Ewenki people live in the forest of Greater Khingan, in northern China, and they live on hunting and raising reindeer. The old hunter Gree Shek hunts a mother moose by mistake. She leaves a young moose.  He feels terrible because Ewenki hunters would never hunt a female moose that was raising a baby.  The motherless baby follows Gree Shek back to the campsite where Gree Shek feeds the hungry moose.  He names it Little Moose. The moose and the man form a bond and go on adventures together.  As Little Moose grows older and bigger, Gree Shek knows he must return the moose to the forest.  Beautifully detailed paintings complement this touching story, which highlights the traditional and vanishing way of life of the Ewenki people. mjw
Title: The Moose Of Ewenki
Author: Gerelchimeg Blackcrane
Illustrator
: Jui Er
Publisher
: Greystone Kids Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-538-6
Hardcover pages
: 68
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Inner Mongolia
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: Hulunbuir Grassland in Mongolia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Illustrator’s residence
: Beijing, China
Subjects
: Asia, Caribou, Deer, Global studies, Moose, People and places, Reindeer

A Drop Of The Sea

Ali lives with his great-grandmother at the edge of the desert, not far from a hundred-year-old palm tree.  Ali has grown worried that, in her old age, his great-grandmother is finding it harder to walk. Ali asks if all her dreams have come true.  She replies that she hasn’t seen the sea.  A determined Ali takes his pail and a pack of dates and walks the two days it takes to get to the sea.  He carefully fills his pail and walks the two days back to his great-grandmother.  Gently he offers her the pail.  At the very bottom only a few drops of the sea remain.  The old woman declares that this is one of the most beautiful days of her life.  The artwork in this sweet story was rendered digitally and in gouache and pencil.  A clever touch is the use of paper maps to indicate Ali’s journey. mjw
Title: A Drop Of The Sea
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Raul Nieto Guriddi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Un Bout de Mer
Original Publisher
: Editions Frimousse
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5253-0124-7
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: A Middle East desert
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Bedtime story, Multigenerational, Seas, Sleep

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