Synopses & Reviews
From two extraordinary talents, a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.
The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas tradition. Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park has taken the brief biblical references to the three as the starting point for a new story. In it we meet a boy who is learning his fatherand#8217;s trade; a man who gathers resin from certain trees; a merchant in the marketplace; and three strangers in brightly colored robes who are shopping for a gift for a baby. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline with exquisite paintings, this simple, moving tale of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event brings new resonance to the well-known gift list of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Includes an authorand#8217;s note.
"Phelan (Around the World) takes Park's jaunty story about a panda with a complicated social life and develops it still further. In ink-and-watercolor vignettes, he animates the many zoo creatures Xander considers inviting to his party, capturing their expressions and interactions with a few quick pen strokes. Xander begins with his bear compatriots: Black Bear, Brown Bear, the Polar Bears, and Koala. 'From her tree, Koala hollered,/ Ã¢Â€Â˜Xander, I am not a bear.... Will I not be welcome there?' ' Xander reconsiders: should he include all mammals? When he does, Rhinoceros complains that he can't bring his bird. Should he include birds, too? Eventually, of course, Xander must invite everyone, and after the arrival of an unexpected mystery guest, the attendance list expands providing Xander with a new friend. Park (The Third Gift) is really talking about the fluidity of boundaries, and how social groupings that look solid fall apart under closer inspection. Her afterword explores symbiosis (the rhino-bird duo), taxonomic classification, and zoo exchanges there's food for thought throughout. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Phelan takes Park's jaunty story about a panda with a complicated social life and develops it still further. . . . There's food for thought throughout."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Bouncy rhymes . . . and loving depictions of the joys of being mom's sous-chef . . . unabashedly happy and . . . catchy." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly
"Bouncy-rhyming . . . vivacity and charm . . . from a child's-eye point of view" KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews
"Park captures the exciting rush of dinnertime preparations...Lee's watercolors extend the flurry of activity, humor, and delight." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"Expressive, child's-eye watercolors get in on all the activity...in this celebration of a well-loved cultural dish." HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide
andquot;The story's sense and wit are most fully expressed in the text, but the character's actions and emotions are most memorably portrayed in the artwork... A fine picture book with a fierce, bold, and (deep down) compassionate heroine.andquot;andmdash;Booklist
andquot;Emotionally true from cover to cover.andquot;andmdash;Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
andquot;Birdsall's crisp and delightful first picture book....believable characters, a tightly constructed story line, and a nod to past children's literature.andquot;andmdash;Publishers Weekly
andquot;This gem of a book will resonate with older siblings everywhere.andquot;andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;The thin, swirling lines of Phelanandrsquo;s soft pencil-and-gouache illustrations enhance the stirring narrative, often depicting people against their natural environment; his powerful use of shadow and light emphasizes Washingtonandrsquo;s struggles and victories. Overall, a dynamic examination of one of Americaandrsquo;s first leaders.andquot;andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
andquot;[A] welcome new picture book biography of George Washington . . . This is an ideal introduction to the man for younger readers and listeners: nicely paced, admiring but not adulatory, and clear about his importance in history.andquot;andmdash;Horn Bookandquot;Rockwell gives us a whole man, from shy boy to country gentleman, reluctant battlefield hero to legendary leader, and Phelanandrsquo;s bold, dynamic paintings capture the nuances. In an afterword, the author considers the andquot;stain on the new nationandrsquo;s flag,andquot; approaching Washingtonandrsquo;s treatment of his slaves with candor and honesty. A fine biography that respects its audience as much as its subject.andquot;andmdash;Booklist and#160;andquot;Rockwelland#39;s smooth storytelling and knack for economically rendered military episodes should connect well with elementary-grade children . . . Phelanand#39;s rough line and gouache pictures . . . are sophisticated enough to draw and retain the attention of independent readers.andquot;--Bulletin
"Newbery Medalist Parkand#8217;s lean, well-paced story bridges the ordinary and the sacred to powerful effect."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This gorgeous picture book sheds thoughtful light on a fascinating facet of the Christmas story."-School Library Journal "This is a beautiful book for giving and an excellent selection for sharing, both around the holidays and at any time of year."--Bulletin, starred review
Party with a pandaand#8212;and all creatures tall and smalland#8212;in Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park and brilliant illustrator Matt Phelan's endearing new picture book.
Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do!
But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo.
The zooand#8217;s paucity of pandas doesnand#8217;t impede Xanderand#8217;s party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. Sheand#8217;s not a bearand#8212;she's a marsupial! Does that mean she canand#8217;t come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and and#8220;Calling all bearsand#8221; evolves into and#8220;Calling all creatures.and#8221; The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelanand#8217;s charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do!
Bee-bim bop (the name translates as mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artists childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who arent familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food. Includes authors own recipe.
When Flora and her pesky little brother, Crispin, are whisked away by a swirling and swooping wind, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to give her brother away. With tempting offers from a dragonfly, the man in the moon, and even the wind itself, she will find it difficult to choose. But Flora would do anything to get rid of Crispin, wouldnandrsquo;t she?
Jeanne Birdsallandrsquo;s utterly charming picture book debut takes flight in Matt Phelanandrsquo;s twisting, twirling watercolors, brimming with wit and whimsy.
A boy from Virginia becomes the first president
Before he was the face on the dollar bill, George Washington was a shy boy with a hot temper. But George had character and adaptability. He taught himself courage and self-control. At an early age, and without really realizing it, George Washington gathered the qualities heandrsquo;d need to become one of the greatest leaders America has ever known.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Anne Rockwellandrsquo;s prose is dignified, Matt Phelanandrsquo;s illustrations are striking, and the details they reveal about George Washingtonandrsquo;s early days are fascinating, sometimes tragic, and always moving.
Includes an authorandrsquo;s note.
About the Author
is the author of historical and contemporary fiction, poetry, and picture book texts for young readers. Her third book, A Single Shard
, received the 2002 Newbery Medal. Ms. Park is now one of the most prominent figures in the children's literature community and has traveled widely, both nationally and internationally, to promote her books.She is Korean American, from the Midwest; was educated at Stanford University and University College Dublin;and#160;and has worked as an advertising copywriter, a journalist, and a teacher of English as a second language. She lives in Rochester, NY, with her husband. They have two grown children.
Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Omsk, Russia, and attended the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design, and is adept at painting in different styles. Among the many successful children's books he has illustrated is the Newbery Medal book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. He lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.