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)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


B IS FOR BETHLEHEM by Isabel Wilner, illustrations by Elisa Kleven. A Nativity themed alphabet book that was originally written for second graders to perform as a program.  The rhyming text, written in couplets is sweet -
N is for Night, so quiet, so still.
Peace in the stable. Peace on the hill. 

- but the vibrant, richly textured illustrations with mixed-media collages of watercolor, cut paper, and fine lines in folk-art style, are what really makes this out-of-print book worth searching for (used, or at your local library).  

SNOWSONG WHISTLING, by Karen Lisa Lotz, is another book beautifully illustrated with Elisa Kleven.  The rhyme and mixed media pictures are a celebration of the sight, sounds, and smells of winter (also out of print).
Snowsong Whistling (Picture Puffins)

You can click here for my post "Down by the Bay", where I highlighted a third book (this time about San Francisco) illustrated by Elisa.
Be sure to visit Elisa Kleven's website to see all her books and original artwork.

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