Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New at the Library - Part 2

A few more picture books available on our shelves now...

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

One of this year's Caldecott Honor winners, it delves into (without naming it until the afterward) Kandinsky's synesthesia. I have been fascinated by synesthesia since I encountered it in a sci-fi novel and discovered it is a real 'thing'. Sadly, I don't have a speck of it myself, but that alone may spark a youngster's interest in looking more closely at art.

Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure

Sniff. This seems to be the season for some of my favorite patrons to move away, and one such family just happens to have an affinity for chickens, among other things. I read this the very morning they left on their newest adventure, and I hope it goes every bit as well as Peggy's. (She comes BACK, btw. Just sayin'.)

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

Ooh, food will make me feel better! I love a book that makes me want to run out and cook something, and this one includes both a simple recipe AND historical notes. I do like the way the author and illustrator addressed the subject of slavery, giving plenty for parents to point out and discuss with their children as they choose - or, to just let soak in subconsciously.

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

Speaking of history, I wish other authors (or pseudo-authors - looking at you, Mr. Limbaugh) were as meticulous about researching their history as Laurie Halse Anderson is. Seriously, her books should cost a LOT more than they do, just for the sheer background work she puts into them, forget the actual stories. I also like books like this that give someone reading aloud the option of just hitting the highlights, or delving into the additional subject matter. Very busy pages, including a tiny-print timeline, but they work with the business of the events mentioned. 

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