Friday, November 26, 2010

Children's books 23.24.25

In November, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Jill Kastner, is a simple book with pretty paintings of fall scenes. Trees have lost their leaves, mice are snug asleep under logs, and families come together for the Thanksgiving feast.

Midnight Moon is about an adventure a child takes with the Sandman to visit the Man in the Moon and his dog. Clyde Watson's story doesn't have a big lesson, it's just a sweet dream with cinnamon stars in a silver bowl and elves dancing in a hayfield. This small, square book with Susanna Natti's paintings is absolutely adorable.

An old lady who lived by the ocean with her seventeen cats and little blue grey kitten gets a bad toothache in When the Wind Blew. She doesn't have a hot water bottle to soothe her ache, and you feel very sorry for her until she finds something even better. Margaret Wise Brown wrote the story in 1937, and Geoffrey Hayes illustrated it forty years later.