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July 31, 2007

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Ooh ooh, thanks for the recs. I'm off to go see if our library has Once Around the Sun and Japanese Children's Favorite Stories.

And I LOVE that Lightship!! It's in my hugely-huge to-review picture book stack.

When it comes to the Floca book, you're not alone. If there's better art in a picture book this year, I haven't seen it yet.

Susan,

I'm glad you liked ONCE AROUND THE SUN. I think it's a fine collection. It's the kind of poetry book I would have used in my second grade classroom. The poems could serve as models for writing collaborative class poems about the months. The illustrations are terrific, too. I thought it was worthy of a Cybils nomination last year.

Jules, you're welcome! I really enjoyed all of these books.

Chris, another fan! Isn't the art cool?

Elaine, oh, I really like "Once Around the Sun" so much. I may even have to buy a copy. You're right in thinking it Cybils-worthy. I hope that the new award brings it some more attention.

The first-ever picture book carnival is up on my blog, http://mentortexts.blogspot.com/2007/07/first-ever-picture-book-carnival.html. Thank you for participating! Please consider submitting a picture book for the next one I'm hosting on back-to-school books at: http://blogcarnival.com/bc/cprof_2189.html

Cheers!

The library had 'em. Can't wait to see them! Thanks...

Hey, Jules. Hope you like them. Don't you LOVE the library? I go there at least 3 times a week.

I love the Barbara Brenner books - One Small Place in a Tree is also nice.

I never even heard of that one until now, Eisha. I will look for it. Thank you! Junior likes the tide pool one quite a bit.

I liked Lightship so much that I read it three times in a row and then started foisting it on my friends here at the library. I had no idea that such a thing had ever existed, and the presentation was lovely and flat-out interesting.

It turns out that my son and husband have been on that very same lightship, which is now docked at the South Street Seaport Museum. It took us a couple of readings before anyone put two and two together--oh, THAT boat.

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