Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


For most kids, one night a year is not enough when it comes to fireworks. Luckily, in many communities there are numerous opportunities to experience the thrill of a good fireworks show throughout the summer: at theme parks, ballparks, outdoor concert venues... and of course in your own home in these picture books!

OLIVIA FORMS A BAND by Ian Falconer. Everyone's favorite porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself... all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia forms a band spectacular enough to startle any audience. Here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best--making noise

Olivia couldn't find her other red sock...

THE FABULOUS FIREWORK FAMILY By James Flora. Whether you choose James Flora's original book (first published in 1955) or the new version (both text and art have been completely redone), your family is sure to enjoy this jaunty picture book. 
Original Cover Artwork
To celebrate the birthday of Santiago, patron saint of the village, the Firework Maestro is asked to stage "the biggest and best BOOM! BAM! POW! firework fiesta ever made!" Aided by his wife and two children, the Maestro constructs a firework castillo (a tall bamboo frame onto which various gunpowder-filled figures are tied).  After the elaborate preparations, the festival itself attracts pilgrims from all over Mexico... the art becomes increasingly dramatic, climaxing in vibrant and highly patterned views of the fireworks(Publisher's Weekly)
New Version

The Day the Cow Sneezed THE DAY THE COW SNEEZED by James Flora.   A boy named Fletcher has a morning routine which includes taking his cow, Floss, down to the creek for a drink of water. Fletcher leaves Floss standing knee deep in the cold creek water when he is distracted by a bunny rabbit and runs off after it. Shaking and shivering, Floss lets out a powerful sneeze: "KA-CHOW!" That sneeze sets off a chain of events that results in an impromptu fireworks show and the release of an entire zoo.

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