(Megan Tingley Books - Little Brown & Co. 2001)
A book that celebrates being happy and feeling good about yourself no mater how different you may look or feel. A story about diversity for the very young readers.
Brightly colored illustrations show how different children can be and appear to others, from very small to extra large, all colors, some with glasses, others in wheel chairs, and ever others who have different moms and different dads. No matter how different you may feel or look, the message is the same for all --- "you are special just because of who you are".
Really well done.
(1st published as a Golden Book in 1959)
(Sept 2012 - Golden Baby).
I liked this book for it's simplicity and illustrations, but not so much for the message it sends. In my opinion, this books seems all about presents, and not about the spirit of Christmas or about giving rather than receiving. Looking at the pages, with stacks of "presents" everywhere, it's obvious that not all babies and children will be as lucky as the baby pictured in the book on Christmas morning. This one has received an over-abundance of presents on Christmas morning from Santa.
The illustrations are lovely though, but this one would not be at the top of my recommend list for children.
(Random House Young Readers)
You know how sometimes a scarf can feel too itchy, be the wrong color or just not right? Well, even a little owl can have the same problem. But, in this sweet story, Little Owl, tries to lose his itchy, too long and too orange scarf, but mommy owl always seems to find it. One day Little Owl thought it was lost for good when after a trip to the zoo, the scarf disappeared once again.
This time mommy owl couldn't find it, so she works with little owl to find justthe perfect yarn, in justthe right color and knits him a new scarf -- real soft too, but on their next trip to the zoo, the too-long old scarf reappears, wrapped cozily around the neck of a very long necked animal.
This story about compromise is cute, and the simple with colorful pencil style illustrations are sweet as well.
Random House Young Readers
Why is Astrid seen as a "bad"? Well, for starters she wears a bike helmet with a skull and crossbones on it, she acts mean, she's rather new in town, she teases birds, and breaks the heads off the stems of flowers. No one is brave enough to ask her why she is so mean. One day things change when Astrid finds herself in a jam and needs help. Confronted about her meanness after she's given the help she needs, she learns to be be "nice".
Love the funny, descriptive illustrations, they tell it all.