Of Spunk and Dunking: The Princesses Have a Ball

Friday, July 17, 2009.

The Princesses Have a BallAuthor: Teresa Bateman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynne Cravath (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780807566282

Swapping dainty dancing for hoops and hoots, this upbeat spin on The Twelve Dancing Princesses brings rhyme, spring and spirit to the age old tale.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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Permission and Patience: Waiting For Benjamin (A Story about Autism)

Friday, May 9, 2008.

Waiting For Benjamin: A Story about AutismAuthor: Alexandra Jessup Altman
Illustrator: Susan Keeter
Published: 2008 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807573647

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Warm, realistic artwork and candid first person narrative highlight the hidden hopes and hardships of an easily overlooked sibling to a special needs child.

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Wheelchair Accessible: Best Friend on Wheels

Friday, April 18, 2008.

Best Friend on WheelsAuthor: Debra Shirley
Illustrator: Judy Stead
Published: 2008 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807588687

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Cheery illustrations and fast moving rhyme expose our awkward first encounters with physical challenges and the rich rewards we may find beyond them in this upbeat celebration of a friendship and fun.

Caged Wisdom: The Rich Man and the Parrot

Friday, December 7, 2007.

The Rich Man and the ParrotAuthor: Suzan Nadimi
Illustrator: Ande Cook
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807550590

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Lyrical dialog and sweet, somehow soothing illustrations bring to life an 800 year old story of fondness and freedom that challenges us to make space for the perspectives of both captor and captive.

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You can read more about thirteenth century mystic poet Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi and the designation of 2007 by UNESCO as the International Year of Rumi here.

Breaking the Silence of Sexual Abuse: Not in Room 204

Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

Not in Room 204Author: Shannon Riggs
Illustrator: Jaime Zollars
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807557641

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Classroom shenanigans, expressive illustrations and the delicate weaving of carefully chosen details make this important story a haunting yet hopeful nudge toward breaking the silence of sexual abuse.

Shannon Rigg has supplied the following resources to help start making noise about sexual abuse:

Coughs, Coddles & Conning: Farm Flu

Wednesday, October 24, 2007.

Farm FluAuthor: Teresa Bateman
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807522759

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Action-packed illustrations crammed with hilarious details and subtle humour betray the impish reality that is missed by the earnest narrator in this snappily rhyming adventure in learned compassion.

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Another great book for sick-day reading:

The Might of Metaphor: The Red Thread (An Adoption Fairy Tale)

Saturday, October 20, 2007.

The Red ThreadAuthor: Grace Lin
Illustrator: Grace Lin
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807569224

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Dramatic, stylized folk art, carefully worded text and a cleverly crafted story-within-a-story format combine to create an engaging story time snapshot that vividly illustrates the unwavering strength of parental devotion — and the quiet power of children’s books.

You can find more information about adoption at Moonrattles, an online community for tweens touched by adoption and fostering.


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