Thinking Big, Beautifully: I Am Small

Friday, April 3, 2009.

I Am SmallAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254555

“My eyes belong only to me, they tell me I’m me and nobody else.
But if I were not inside my body, who would be me?”

Breezy, upbeat illustrations and beautifully worded wonderings give us a stirring glimpse of the fresh and often forgotten preschool perspective in this thought-provoking reminder that, when it comes right down to it, we’re all small.

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Criticism, Confidence and Caring: A Very Unusual Dog

Friday, February 8, 2008.

A Very Unusual DogAuthor: Dorothy Joan Harris
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439937183

Hazy, gold and red, retro artwork and snappy, all-too-familiar bickering make this simple yet surprisingly stirring tale of rivalry and resilience a memorable reminder of a decided route to happiness.

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Shear Understanding: Amos’s Sweater

Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

Amos's SweaterAuthor: Janet Lunn
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 1988 Groundwood Books
ISBN: 0888998457

Folk art, flying fleece and fury contrast the carefree contentment of two oblivious farmers with the blatant anguish of their frustrated sheep in this hilarious example of the bliss of being understood.


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