Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Picture book Carousel

The lovely colourful illustrations
which appear to be done in pencil
crayon are the main feature of this
picture book about teamwork,
making new friends and enjoying ballet.

Miss Lina has eight ballerinas
who dance everywhere they go
- in four rows of two.
But when a new girl, Regina joins
the school, everyone needs to adjust
to help her fit in.

Spinster Goose. Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children retells Mother Goose nursery rhymes
with a naughty twist. Mother Goose has
a sister Spinster Goose who runs a school for
troublemakers to rid them of
their naughty habits.

You'd better watch your manners.
Watch out for Spinster, too.
She'll box and wrap each little brat
and send them home to you!

Queen of the Falls tells the story of Annie Edson Taylor, a 62 year old retired dance instructor who went over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel on October 24, 1901. Annie designed her barrel to withstand the turbulent waters of the Falls and a plunge equivalent to the height of a seventeen story building. She hoped such a daredevil accomplishment would win her fame and more importantly help her stave off poverty in her old age. Annie's story is told in a simple way. The most outstanding feature of this book besides its unique subject matter, is the beautiful sepia-coloured pencil drawings of this well known author/illustrator.

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