Three beautiful picture books borrowed from the library.
The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrated by Ted Lewin
Holiday House, New York, 2009
A story of the longest night of the year.
All the animals are afraid the sun won’t return and several volunteer to bring it back but the wind tells them “Not you”. Then a little chickadee questions the wind and, with her song, invites the sun to rise. Beautifully illustrated with paintings in blues, black and silver of a snowy night, this books is a joy to read and look at.
All The World by Liz Garton Scalon
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Beach Lane Books, New York, 2009
A 2010 Caldecott Honor winner, this is a story of a family visit to the beach and a day that includes their friends, family, community and, eventually, the whole world. Lyrical rhyming couplets invite readers to see the value in great and small. Just beautiful.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
A Richard Jackson Book
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
A nonfiction picture book that tells the story of the Apollo 11 moonshot and the three astronauts that made that first journey, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. This book is beautifully drawn and colored, the text is clear and well written. The front end papers have detailed drawings of the Saturn rocket, the Columbia command module and the Eagle lunar module. The back end papers tell the story of the NASA and the US flights to the moon. A great book for those who love space and rocketry. I wish we’d go back to the moon.