Generosity* Personified: The King of Capri

Wednesday, September 19, 2007.

The King of CapriAuthor: Jeanette Winterson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jane Ray (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Bloomsbury Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0747563470

Crammed* with curiosities and humourous details, this gorgeously illustrated and leisurely told fairy tale reminds us of the perils of reckless consumption and the priceless pleasures of good company.

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A Lesson for me: Poodlena

Wednesday, August 2, 2006.

PoodlenaAuthor: E. B. McHenry
Illustrator: E. B. McHenry
Published: 2004 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582346984

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A retro, dog-based response to the pretty princess books that currently abound, Poodlena tells the story of a pampered pink poodle who learns that there’s more to life than looking perfect.

This book taught me a lesson about not teaching lessons!

A snappy emotional workout: Bill in a China Shop

Saturday, July 15, 2006.

Author: Katie McAllaster Weaver
Illustrator: Tim Raglin
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582349886

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In fewer than thirty pages of snappy rhyme, this perfectly illustrated book lurches our hearts through bliss, terror, relief, yearning, horror, sorrow, pity, disdain, triumph, gratitude and finally the comfort of friendship.

SUMMARY: A dapper bull with a passion for porcelain teacups finally gains entry to a China Shop and, when rudely rebuked by an intolerant clerk, inadvertently destroys most of the displayed wares. Three distinguished older ladies originally assume Bill is in the wrong but, based on Bill’s obvious remorse, quickly switch allegience and come to his defence with generosity and friendship.


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