Friday, January 16, 2015

Shelf Life [kids]

How to Bake A BookHow to Bake a Book by Ella Burfoot, 26 pages.
@SPL:  JP Burfo  

“I’ll break some ideas into a cup. I’ll beat them, whisk them, mix them up.  I’ll weigh out the words – just enough. Choosing the right ones can be tough!”

As a little girl follows the recipe to concoct the perfect story, she is very careful to follow the exact instructions. She chooses her words carefully and mixes in some happy words, some noisy words, some peaceful words and the necessary punctuation. Feelings, colours, sounds and pictures add flavor to the story mix, which must be stirred together thoroughly. Characters must be carefully cut out.

Then the girl waits a little while to let the mixture sit.

After that, she rolls the story dough out. As she spoons it into a pan, she is careful to include the filling (the action). When she turns up the heat on the stove, the mixture starts to bubble and the story’s plot begins to thicken.

Later, when the story is baked, there is still a glaze of happiness (the ending) and some decorations (illustrations) to add. Then it’s finished! All that’s left is for everyone to enjoy her carefully-made story treat.

Ella Burfoot’s story, told in rhyming text, is an entertaining look at what goes into the creative process of writing and illustrating a picture book.

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.

A Library Book for BearA Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, 32 pages.
@SPL:  JP Becke

Bear is sure that he has all the stories and books that he needs at home. He has tales about kings and queens; he has books about honeybees, and he even owns a book about pickles. In total, he owns seven books! Why should he bother going to the library?

His bright-eyed little friend, Mouse, thinks differently. Eventually, the two put on some roller skates and make their way to the “big” library.

Once there, they are in a pickle. Not only is Bear quite grumpy (as usual), but he proves to have some VERY picky literary tastes!  He is not interested in books about rocket ships or canoes. He is not interested in blue books – or books of any other colour.  He is especially not interested in stories about dancing pickles.

Later, as Bear bellows for quiet in the library, he happens upon something that captures his attention … and changes him into an enthusiastic library user!

A Library Book for Bear is the latest addition to Bonny Becker’s witty picture book series about a big curmudgeonly bear and an always-cheerful little mouse. Children will also enjoy A Birthday for Bear, The Sniffles for Bear and the other titles in the series, in which Kady MacDonald Denton’s detailed watercolour illustrations capture the expressions of the two friends perfectly.

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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