Bliss, Slips and Forgiveness: Jamela’s Dress

Friday, November 23, 2007.

Jamela's DressAuthor: Niki Daly (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Niki Daly
Published: 1999 Farrar Straus Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374437203

Gorgeously expressive illustrations capture the small pleasures of a dreamy preschooler, the chaos of failed judgments and the matchless relief of reconnection in this longtime family favourite.

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A Roving Rover: Owney the Mail-Pouch Pooch

Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Owney the Mail-Pouch PoochAuthor: Mona Kerby (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynne Barasch (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374356858

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Neither wind nor rain nor the dog-catchers of Quebec can keep the unofficial mascot of the America Railway Mail Service from crisscrossing the continent and, eventually, the globe in this surprising but true tale of a nineteenth century Littlest Hobo.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author Linda Collison shares a recent favourite, Newbery Award winner Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village (written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Robert Byrd).

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Sterility is the Smother of Invention: Inventor McGregor

Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Inventor McGregorAuthor: Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrator: Michael Chesworth
Published: 2006 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374336067

Snappy storytelling and lively illustrations convey how disorder and diversions inspire an oasis of creativity while a sterile environment can be like a desert for an inventive mind.

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Of Tantrums and Turn-Taking: Pumpkin Soup

Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Pumpkin SoupAuthor: Helen Cooper
Illustrator: Helen Cooper
Published: 1998 Farrar, Straus & Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374460310

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Warmly glowing orange and gold coziness and the hilariously familiar fluctuation from harmony to hysteria and back make this story of friendship, fits and flexibility an irresistible treat — even in the midst of our gorgeous, long awaited spring.

Power, Paint and Restraint: The Araboolies of Liberty Street

Saturday, September 29, 2007.

The Araboolies of Liberty StreetAuthor: Sam Swope
Illustrator: Barry Root
Published: 2001 Farrar, Straus & Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374303908

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Stagnant submissiveness meets infectious effervescence in this rousing exploration of supremacy, perspective and the power of partnership.

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Hands On Language: Max’s Words

Friday, April 20, 2007.

Max's WordsAuthor: Kate Banks
Illustrator: Boris Kulikov
Published: 2006 Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 0374399492

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Language leaps to life in this engaging story of competition, character and cultivating a thirst for words.

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Inspiring, Quiet Optimism: The Gardener

Monday, July 24, 2006.

The GardenerAuthor: Sarah Stewart
Illustrator: David Small
Published: 1997 Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374325170

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This inspiring story of accepting what is and quietly making a difference is told through a series of letters written by a young girl who is sent to New York City to stay with her uncle as a result of the Great Depression. The generous illustrations and cleverly written letters convey the story effectively enough to keep me choked up from cover to cover.

 
 

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