Tag Archives for Picture Books

The Little Red Hen

Three recent picture-book versions of the story where subtle differences appear in the conclusions (from Parents’ Choice) 

19. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Berta & Elmer Hader: Bohemian Couple, Picture Book Artists

From a home called The Little Stone House alongside the Hudson River, these artists made weekly trips to New York City to pick up assignments and drop off work; they did close to fifty children’s books. Here’s their story (from The Lion … Continue reading

05. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Picture Books of David Weisner

More interesting than a marriage between Norman Rockwell and René Magritte   When my friend Matt Harris asked me what I thought about David Weisner’s books, my ignorance was unaccountable. I would later learn that Wiesner was a celebrated a

25. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Discovering Michael Sowa

Children’s books with the surrealism of Magritte’s paintings, only funnier (from Parents’ Choice)

17. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Barack Obama’s Children’s Book

Poor grammar and an unsightly illustration made me embrace the Politics of Hope: I hoped for better (from Parents’ Choice)

13. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Valentines Day: Sweets & Sweethearts

We preferred chocolate “kisses” to the other kind.

10. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Living Toys

For the very young, the whole world is alive–from talking teddy bears to the North Wind (from Parents’ Choice)

04. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Last 50 Years of American Children’s Books

“Landmarks in the Last Fifty Years of American Children’s Books” (from Bologna–Fifty Years of Children’s Books from Around the World) 

08. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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In Praise of the Grinch

“For a person of unblinking honesty, the holiday season (as wonderful as it is) offers plenty of things to hate” (from Parents’ Choice)

25. December 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Paris in Children’s Books

For a whiff of the Foreign . . .

15. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Two Touching Christmas Stories

I wear my heart on my sleeve (from Parents’ Choice)

21. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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William Steig: Shrek & Co.

He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)

06. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Adventures of Mickey Mouse (50th Birthday Edition)

 When the mouse in white gloves was heroic and gratuitously cruel, helped pay a widow’s mortgage, and knocked out some bomb-throwing revolutionaries (from the New York Times Book Review)

30. July 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Zen & Kids

Multi-generational sharing, my favorite haiku is by Basho: “Come, children, / Let’s run outside— / Hailstones falling!” (from Parents’ Choice)

30. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

  “The genius behind simplicity” [from the San Diego Union Tribune]

17. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Cowboys & Cowgirls

Mamas, Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys and Cowgirls

12. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Hitch Your Wagon to a Star: Recent Children Books

Shaun Tan, Aldous Huxley, Charlie Russell, Diego Rivera May is the month for commencement speeches where, typically, graduates are encouraged to “Hitch their wagon to a star.” While those words are meant to inspire ambition, I want to hijack that … Continue reading

12. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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12 Representative American Children’s Books (For Irish Eyes)

“There is a real sense in which our prose is immediately distinguishable from that of Europe. . . . The great works of American fiction are notoriously at home in the children’s section of the library.”

11. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marcia Brown: Tokyo Interview

“We need the stranger to understand ourselves”

06. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Nursery Rhymes

For no other reason than they are delightful  

30. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Graphic Novels (& Shaun Tan)

a clash between the super normal and fantasy

29. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Counting Books

At first, numbering seems to require fingers and toes . . . 

28. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Leo Politi

While you would expect the publishing wing of the Getty Museum to offer volumes about classical antiquities as well as studies of European paintings, you might be surprised to learn they also publish children’s books. Their recent catalog lists some … Continue reading

06. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Pop-Up Books

In addition to being moveable feats, Pop-up Books are Moveable Feasts. As bookstore owners observe, these kinds of books are flying off the shelves. Deservedly so. We are in the midst of a Golden Age of Pop-Up Books which, in … Continue reading

05. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Graphic Biographies

The authors of “The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived” make the case that imaginary characters (King Arthur, Cinderella, Nancy Drew, and others) are more likely to shape our lives than real life folks. I don’t need to be … Continue reading

17. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Meanings of “Beauty & the Beast”

Jerry Griswold The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast”  Broadview Press (2004) Using Beaumont’s classic story as a touchstone, this work shows how “Beauty and the Beast” takes on different meanings as it is analyzed by psychologists, illustrated in picture … Continue reading

26. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Children’s Books in the Era of iPad

Should youngsters be kept from digital media or should every toddler be given an iPad? The backlash against eStories by parents who love snuggling up with books & going to the library. But what’s the difference from other gadgets–the View Master, the toy theater, the board game? Continue reading

25. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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