The Peace Tree from Hiroshima : The Little Bonsai with a Big Story
by Sandra Moore and illustrations by Kazumi Wilds
published by Tuttle in 2015
- Historical Picture Book with a narrative feature- focusing on a beloved Bonsai Tree from Hiroshima- Japan
- Excellent glossary included to increase vocabulary relating to Japanese culture, and botanical terms
- This is a highly readable, interesting account of a dedicated man- Mr Masaru Yamaki- and his superb bonsai tree which he nicknames- “Miyajima” – this book is part picture book biography and part historical fiction – very unique
- Although the book touches on the events which occurred including the bombings- the focus of the text is upon the efforts of the United States and Japan to forge bonds of peace and reconciliation
- Parents take note- there are images of destruction and reference to atomic bombs
More Recommendations :
by Rosemary Wells
published by Candlewick Press in 2014
- Fantastic Picture Book which sensitively portrays issues regarding poverty and children’s self worth
- A fox family live in a trailer home- young Stella is happy and content with their simple life- however when she faces unkind comments from her peers she begins to feel ashamed about her simple home
- Stella is resilient and with the help of her mother’s thoughtful words she develops a strategy to overcome the hurtful exchanges
Where the Sunrise Begins
words by Douglas Wood and with art by Wendy Popp
published by Simon and Schuster in 2010
- Stunning Picture Book- with beautiful poetic text- examining the question which inquisitive toddlers love to ask- where does the sunrise begin?
- Scenes from around the world- depict daybreak in all it’s gloriousness of gauzy light and sleepy morning activities
- This book is enchanting
The world is always turning, turning toward the dawn. And although nights can be dark and long, each day brings a brand new sunrise.
But where does the sunrise begin?
Baby Brains Superstar
by Simon James
published by Candlewick Press in 2005
- This humorous series of Picture Books follows a very talented baby who becomes a Rock Star- although because he’s just a baby – he retires early….
- This book will bring a few giggles and is quite amusing for parents who tend to think their children are extraordinarily talented!
By Jon J. Muth
published by Scholastic Press in 2015
- Three Short stories- looped together – I love this collection because of the wonderful watercolor illustrations- featuring an adorable Panda named Stillwater, who rides a bicycle(how fabulous!)
- Stillwater has a bit of an annoying and preachy tone….I was not too keen on the stories
What does the Fox say?
illustrated by Svein Nyhus
published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2013
based on the youtube sensation Here
This is a VERY silly book- but the illustrations are fun to look at, and if like myself you have marveled at the humorous Norwegian song – which has stormed our school playground- do check out this amusing book.
My nine year old and I HIGHLY recommend the fantastically entertaining audiobook version of Roald Dahl’s childhood autobiography Boy – Tales of Childhood
Contains scenes of physical abuse and some coarser language….parents be warned- also graphic accounts of accidents and childhood illnesses(including the death of sibling and parent)
We laughed out loud, and did not want this to end.
Final Recommendation- Read Now:
by Michael Morpugo
published by Egmont in 2012
My highest recommendation goes to this WONDERFUL compilation of 4 delightful Christmas Stories-
“The Goose is Getting Fat” – a story about a Christmas goose who is raised as a pet.
“The Best of Times” a story about a beautiful but unhappy Princess and her adoring husband and the lengths he goes to make his wife smile
“The Best Christmas Present in the World” – a fictionalized account of the Christmas Day armistice in Germany- written for children- a tale of brotherhood and peace during a difficult war- a story of reconciliation and friendship
And my favorite of the four- “On Angel Wings” – a beautiful version of the Nativity Story- from the novel perspective of a young shepherd boy- this is one of my NEW all time favorites and I am very finicky about Christmas Stories- and love many – but this one is EXTRA special.
*Coming Soon- More CHRISTMAS Book recommendations- What to read to your kids to celebrate the Advent period