Worth A Thousand Words: It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

Friday, September 4, 2009.

Author: Monica Kulling (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bill Slavin
Published: 2009 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780887768811

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the compact camera. This sprightly tale of curiosity and determination puts the spotlight on the inventive young man who made photographers of all of us, one improvement at a time.

On this date, September 4, in 1888, George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak. You can learn more here.

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Traits, Stains & Self-Restraint: The Lime Green Secret

Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

The Lime Green SecretAuthor: Georgia Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Georgia Graham
Published: 2009 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768415

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Offbeat chalk pastel illustrations and delicious defiance are the stars of this giggle-inducing tale of wedding wear, willpower and sibling solidarity.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Bill Rowland raves about Olive, the Other Reindeer (by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold) as a book that appeals to all ages.

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Addictive Non-Fiction: Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds

Saturday, August 23, 2008.

 Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds Author: Jeff Crosby & Shelley Ann Jackson
Illustrator: Shelley Ann Jackson & Jeff Crosby
Published: 2008 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768156

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Rich, realistic, edge-to-edge illustrations full of action, maps and lovable hounds combine with history, humour and friendly, accessible text to provide the full scoop on 43 canine breeds in this quickly dog-eared non-fiction tome.

This episode includes contributions from our daughter, Lucy.

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Peeps, Projectiles and Prima Donnas: Thing-Thing

Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

Thing-ThingAuthor: Cary Fagan (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Nicolas Debon (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768393

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Dizzying perspectives, deadpan musings and the small scale dramas of everyday life turn a slo-mo tumble from a sixth storey window into an entertaining peek at excess, ingratitude and the thrill of being loved.

Of Vice and Mensch: Such A Prince

Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

Such A PrinceAuthor: Dan Bar-el (on JOMB)
Illustrator: John Manders (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618714685

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Tabloid-style coverage, Looney-Toonesque illustrations and the feisty narration of a bohemian godmother transform the traditional tending of a love-sick princess into a comical read-again caper.

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Orchestrating Inspiration: Lady Liberty – A Biography

Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

Lady Liberty: A BiographyAuthor: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763625302

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Stunningly warm, intimate illustrations and eleven candid first person accounts capture the crescendo of Lady Liberty’s creation, from idea to unveiling, and give us an enduring appreciation for the landmark, her creators and the many lives she has touched.

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You can learn more about the process of illustrating this book here.

Canine Coastguard: Heroes of Isle aux Morts

Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

Heroes of Isle aux MortsAuthor: Alice Walsh
Illustrator: Geoff Butler (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887765017

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Based on a true story and starring a Newfoundland dog, this suspenseful account of a daring maritime rescue is an inspiring reminder of the resourcefulness, generosity and pluck of an era gone by.

You can read more about the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, CGCS Ann Harvey, which was named for one of the young rescuers, here.

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You can learn more about Newfoundland Dogs here.

Plotting a Perfect Parent: Mama Robot

Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Mama RobotAuthor: Davide Cali
Translator: Marcel Danesi
Illustrator: Anna Laura Cantone
Published: 2008 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768733

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The cheeky mother-replacement schemings of a disgruntled son and a crackerjack combination of collage, paint and cleverly carefree scrawling make this hilarious showdown between the delights of imagined control and the irreplaceable affection of a loving mom a pore-over-each-page favourite.

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Monumental Humanity: The Clay Ladies

Friday, March 7, 2008.

The Clay LadiesAuthor: Michael Bedard (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887765734

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Thoughtful, unhurried narrative and rich, enveloping art capture the clutter and compassion of two celebrated sculptors, a fledgling robin’s rescue and the birth of a life-changing friendship.

You can learn more about sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle here. Read about the recently published adult book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, here.

Aha! I found a photo of their studio church on Glenrose Avenue!

Interview with Kathy Lowinger

Wednesday, September 12, 2007.

Tundra BooksIn 1967, May Cutler founded Tundra Books, a Canadian Book publishing house with a number of fundamental and, at the time, very progressive goals:

  • Focus on creating children’s books
  • Create children’s books as works of art
  • Introduce children to important issues

On this edition of Just One More Book, I speak with Kathy Lowinger, publisher of Tundra Books.

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Imagine Generosity: The White Stone in the Castle Wall

Friday, April 13, 2007.

The White Stone in the Castle WallAuthor: Sheldon Oberman
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887763863

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Historically accurate illustrations and unusually poetic narrative bring to life the plight of a young boy struggling to earn a single dollar and the genuine kindness of Sir Henry Pellatt.

Other books about Casa Loma: The Cat and the Wizard

Sticks and Stones: The Killick

Friday, March 16, 2007.

The Killick: A Newfoundland StoryAuthor: Geoff Butler
Illustrator: Geoff Butler
Published: 1998 Tundra Books
ISBN: 0613094581

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Hauntingly rich oil paintings and candid, thought provoking narrative tell a heartbreaking and historically significant tale that provides a glimpse of the tragedies that have shaped the Newfoundland character.

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