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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)

Feather

 

This philosophical picture book is by two Hans Christian Andersen Medal winners. A single feather is blown across the sky. It meets a kingfisher, a cuckoo, a heron, a peacock, and more birds, each one being asked by the feather, “Am I yours?” The feather is either ignored or dismissed, until she gets close to earth, where a mother hen and her chicks discover her. Feather has no courage left to ask the mother hen, but as the hen slowly unfolds her wings, she thinks, perhaps, that she is missing a feather. This profound story is illustrated with striking double-page spreads of the birds. mjw
Title: Feather
Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Chinese
Translator
: Chloe Garcia-Roberts
Original Publisher
: China Children’s Press and Publication Group
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0914671855
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: China
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: Author has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016.  Illustrator has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2014
Subjects
: Birds, Emotions

Alive Again

Alive AgainA boy wonders if the blossoms that fall from trees will ever return. When there is no rain, will it rain again? If no wheat grows, will it grow again? And if no one goes on a journey, will there be new journeys? When spring comes, the boy’s father points out new blossoms, fresh rain, and born-again wheat. And tomorrow will be a day for a new journey. Striking collage artwork enhances this simple story about trust and understanding that will leave readers asking similar questions. mjw
Title: Alive Again
Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi
Illustrator
: Nahid Kazemi
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd.  England
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Salis Publisher. Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-05-7
Hardcover pages
: 24
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Awards
: Author was shortlisted for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Subjects
: Blossoms, Flowers, Journeys, Questions, Rain, Trust, Understanding, Wheat

On A Magical Do-Nothing-Day

 

In this magical picture book, a young child is lured away from technology to find fun in the forest. He is playing a game on his device destroying Martians until his mother takes it away from him. She hides the game, but he finds it and goes outside in a neon orange raincoat. He drops his computer console in a pond and then becomes captivated by what he finds – snails, squishy mushrooms, seeds, mud, icy rainwater, stones as clear as glass, and more. Soaked, he returns home, wanting to tell his mother what he has seen, felt, and tasted outside in the world. But he doesn’t tell her. Together they sit in the kitchen breathing in the smell of their hot chocolate. That’s all they did “on the magical do-nothing day.” The artist used gouache, oil, collage, and wax pencils to create the texture and details of nature in this breathtaking book. mjw
Title: On A Magical Do-Nothing-Day
Author: Beatrice Alemagna
Illustrator
: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher
: Harper Collins
Copyright
:  2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Jill Davis
Original Publisher
: Albin Michel
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-0-06-275760-2
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Italian
Author’s residence
: Paris
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Awards
: A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2017
Subjects
: Forest, Imagination and play, Parents, Rain and rainfall, Technology, Video games

Water’s Children: Celebrating The Resource That Unites Us All

Twelve young people from different countries around the world describe what water means to them. It is a burst of laughter for children playing in a lake in Quebec. It is a perfect crystal of snow to the Inuktitut child. It is the opening flower of springtime to a girl in Germany. And it is a bowl of rice to Chinese children. All the children convey the universal truth that water is life. The poetic text is accompanied by expressive artwork that examines the importance of water throughout the world. On the final page, a guide identifies the languages in which the phrase “water is life” appears in watermarks embedded in the illustrations. mjw
Title: Water’s Children: Celebrating The Resource That United Us All
Author: Angele Delaunois
Illustrator
: Gerard Frischeteau
Publisher
: Pajama Press.  Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Erin Woods
Original Title
: Les Enfants de l’eau
Original Publisher
: Editiions de L;lsatis
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-015-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French 
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Earth science, Oceans and seas, Water, Water supply

Leaf

A polar bear arrived unexpectedly in the forest. He was unlike anything the animals had seen before. He collected leaves everyday. The animals were afraid of him, and they called him Leaf, not only after his habit, but because they wanted him to leave. One day Leaf burst through the forest covered in beautiful leaves. A meeting was called to decide what to do about him, but nothing was decided. Finally they let Leaf speak and they listened as he told them that he only wanted to go back home to his family. The crows then determined that they would fly him home. The gorgeous watercolor and pencil illustrations in blues, teal, gray, and black with brightly colored leaves tell of the plight of polar bears in today’s climate change. mjw
Title: Leaf
Author: Sandra Dieckman
Illustrator
: Sandra Dieckman
Publisher
: Flying Eye Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English : 
ISBN
: 978-1-911171-31-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-5
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: U.K.
Subjects
: Bears, Climate change, Fear, Helping behavior, Loneliness, Polar bears

Story Worlds Nature

9781848574809.jpgEvery picture tells a story. What do you think it is? Observe, inquire and wonder to discover the answers. Throughout this picture book, wordless images tell true stories of nature. The readers get to guess each story while looking at the minimalist animal illustrations showing scenes from around the globe. From puffins, to giraffes, to the simple tree frog, each animal is painted in its natural environment. At the end of the picture book, the story of each picture is explained with a short sentence describing what the animal is doing or experiencing. amo
Title: Story Worlds Nature
Author: Thomas Hegbrook
Illustrator
: Thomas Hegbrook
Publisher
: 360 Degrees; Tiger Tales
Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-944530-01-3
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Subjects
: Animals, Nature