A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What can I say about a book that is so lyrical, so beautifully (and classically) illustrated, and holds up to read after read after read that there is nothing left to say? Well, I do have more to say: This is a story about Ruth Krauss, a child who always finds a way to be … Continue reading A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Attention musicians! Well, really anyone who wants to be inspired by a woman who created "her own story," who didn't "wait for things to happen" to her, who "made her own opportunities." Text ©Shannon Stocker Illustration ©Devon Holzwarth Here is Evelyn, enjoying life on her family's farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. This image took me back … Continue reading Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As Glenn As Can Be – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My introduction to Glenn Gould, the amazing pianist, came in 1993 when the film, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould was released. Who knew that a skilled author (Sarah Ellis) and illustrator (Nancy Vo) could create such an engaging and masterful picture book biography about this man? (It is a master class for PB writers/illustrators.) … Continue reading As Glenn As Can Be – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sometimes lives that appear beautiful from the outside, are not so beautiful on the inside. At least they didn't start out beautifully. Such is the case for a baby girl named Elsa, a girl instead of the boy her parents had wanted. A girl who is named after a nurse in the hospital, because her … Continue reading Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Love in the Library – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I first heard Maggie Tokuda-Hall talk about her book based on her grandparents, I knew I had to have it for my own library. It's a true story about how love can miraculously be found under the most trying of circumstances. Take note of the armed guard in the tower outside the window of … Continue reading Love in the Library – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday

On the half-title page, we are treated to a quote from Nina Simone: "When I die...I'm gonnna know that I left something for [my people] to build on. That is my reward." This biography elegantly shows the progression of a woman bent on making a living through her music, to a woman bent on fighting … Continue reading Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday

King of Ragtime – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In my early teens, ©️I learned to play The Entertainer, loving its rhythm and the feeling that my hands were somehow accomplishing great feats while I enjoyed the song (after many hours of brainwork and practice that it took to keep my left hand hitting the backbone notes while my right hand capered off to … Continue reading King of Ragtime – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Kafka and the Doll – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Some biographies take their subjects from cradle to grave. Others are slice of life narratives that show one important aspect of a subject's life. Kafka and the Doll is the latter. But the author, Larissa Theule, is careful to explain in her note to readers, that this work of historical fiction seeks to tell a … Continue reading Kafka and the Doll – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What we have here today, for your perusing pleasure, is history at its smelliest—a fascinating story that leads me to think more about the stench that emanates from San Francisco's storm drains every summer. But I digress. Let's head to London. From its water-borne disease vector endpapers to its funny and macabre illustrations, The Great … Continue reading The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A few months ago I reviewed a picture book about Edwin Hubble, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars. In that book, the author mentioned Vera Rubin, the woman who was interested in studying questions in astronomy that others (yes, mostly men) didn't bother with. And voilá, now we have her biography! Vera Rubin … Continue reading The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday