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Hi, Koo! A year of seasons by author and illustrator, Jon J. Muth, captures the essence of each season with simple haiku and beautiful paintings that you and your children will want to read over and over. Very helpful is the author's note defining traditional haiku, "made up of seventeen sound parts called on (pronounced own) --- divided into three lines with five, then seven, then five on." Muth, however, does not adhere to this rigid structure because he believes..."haiku is like an instant captured in words---using sensory images."
Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka is a classic tale of an unlikely friendship.
Judging by the cover illustration, things at first glance don't look so good for Little Puppy. Big Green Monster, with his stegosaurus-like spine ridges and sharp, pointy teeth, is fixing a decidedly unfriendly expression on him. In contrast, Little Puppy, (whose head is about the size of one of those pointy teeth), smiles expectantly up at Big Green Monster and wags his tail.
Never judge a book by its cover, so they say. Though I tend to agree with the literal and metaphorical implications of the all-too-familiar saying, I have to say that I can't help myself when it comes to picture books. Some are just so stunningly illustrated that they are irresistible. And, on the rare occasion when those gorgeous illustrations reveal a beautiful story, we have something quite remarkable in our hands. Such books are truly works of art, to be read again and again for years to come. Here are few titles that have recently ended up in my "wow" collection at the library:Read more