An even more recent release is SKY HIGH, by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine, originally published in Switzerland. It's narrow, vertical format is perfectly suited to the ambitions of wealthy neighbors whose competitive and conspicuous consumption results in self-destruction and isolation, not happiness. (Zullo/Albertine's LITTLE BIRD is also making some Caldecott buzz lists.)
My recent post featured holiday titles by Patricia Polacco. She is undeniably an icon among author/illustrators and has many fans.
|Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin) 2012|
It's no surprise that his work never disappoints, and it takes no psychic power to predict that this latest will stand the test of time. In this seasonal release, THE BIRDS OF BETHLEHEM, he offers a unique view of the familiar and often retold story of the nativity. Page by page, in spare but poetic art and text, pairs of birds gleaning seeds in the field share their observations of noteworthy events: a long line of people traveling, a full inn, a couple resting in the stable, angels in the night sky.
They follow the shepherds, to learn more.
What they see there, watching from the stable rafters, is the greatest miracle of all: a mother, her husband, and their newborn child.
They witnessed the miracle of birth, of life, of family.
These pairs of birds recognized the greatest gifts when they saw them. We can, too.
And we can let our children know, daily, that even the birds in the trees celebrate their lives, that they are loved, that their lives matter.
Who needs to shop, unless it is for books like these?
|Houghton MIfflin Books for Children, 2012|
|Chronicle Books, 2012|