Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

I wanted to love Fish-Boy. It’s a re-telling of an Inuit tale and the illustrations are gorgeous. It has several good lessons about acceptance, hospitality and fear. It also shows that people with handicaps can be full contributors to a community. There’s a bit of magic and like in any …

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood

Ah, I understand how Ivy Van Allsberg feels. Winter wears long for me, too. I look forward to spring, “when the world is mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful.” And March, especially, with it’s glimpses of better weather, followed by snow, can get long. Ivy in Bloom is really cute. The author takes …

Thursday’s Tale: Magic Words

I love books that expose kids to other cultures, to other ways of looking at this world. Magic Words is a good introduction to the Inuit people. It’s a gorgeous book. I read the eBook, but wish I had the paperback. The illustrations are richly colored and imaginative and invoke …