Posted on December 21st, 2012 by pajamapress
Recommendations For Children’s Books
If you’re a parent and you’ve been to a bookstore lately, you might have noticed a growing trend in issue oriented books for children. These are books that address topics such as global warming, poverty, and food sustainability. Mary Ito looked at what’s behind this trend with Dory Cerny, Books for Young People Editor at Quill and Quire.
A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau (Pajama Press, ages 5+). – In this book, a young Ugandan boy embarks, barefoot, on a lengthy journey to get water from the pump located outside of his village. When he receives an unexpected gift from an aid worker who has come to the village square, he devises a meaningful way to say thank you. The message here is clear, but delivered with a soft touch, reminding young readers that not everyone is as fortunate as they are.
—Mary Ito with Dory Cerny for Here and Now Toronto
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Posted in A Good Trade | Tagged a-good-trade, alma-fullerton, books, cbc, cbc-toronto, dory-cerny, here-and-now, issues, karen-patkau, kato, kids, mary-ito, Pajama Press, recommends, uganda
Posted on December 17th, 2012 by pajamapress
This is a simple little biography/history. It’s the story of a Vietnamese girl, one of the last to be rescued as the North Vietnamese army marched into Saigon. It’s easy enough for a younger reader to understand and while it doesn’t soften the harsh realities, there’s nothing too graphic. It focuses mostly on Tuyet’s emotions and adjustment to living in Canada with a family.
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Posted in Last Airlift | Tagged Adoption, airlift, blog, Canada, child, family, flying-off-my-bookshelf, international, Last Airlift, marsha-forchuk-skrypuch, marsha-skrypuch, Orphan, Review, Vietnam, vietnamese, war
Posted on December 14th, 2012 by pajamapress
A Bear in War gently introduces young children to war. This true story about Lawrence Browning Rogers’ life is told from Teddy’s perspective. The innocence of Teddy’s voice is deeply comforting and will resonate with its young audience. Co-authors Innes and Endrulat do not shield the reader from the sadness war brings but choose to demonstrate it with tremendous sensitivity. Deines’ exquisite oil paintings beautifully couple the innocence and sensitivity that Innes and Endrulat create. Each illustration is soft in its rendering and also expresses a depth of emotion that moves the reader. Simply put, A Bear in War is a story that parents must read to their children.
—Inderjit Deogun is a poet in Toronto, ON.
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Posted in A Bear in War | Tagged a-bear-in-war, brian-deines, Canada, canadian-materials, CM, harry-endrulat, Pajama Press, Review, rogers, stephanie-innes, teddy, war, war-museum, world-war-one, wwi
Posted on December 1st, 2012 by pajamapress
In this sequel to Last Airlift (2012), Vietnamese orphan Tuyet, now rooted and happy in her adoptive Toronto family, is terrified of the surgery she has to undergo to straighten her leg and ankle, which were left twisted from the polio she contracted in Saigon. As she lies in the hospital recovering from the operation, her leg in “cement,” she is haunted by nightmares of the past and by her fear of losing her present home. Is there something she has done to upset Mom and Dad? Are they sending her away? Unable to speak English, she cannot ask for help in the hospital, and her confusion about what is happening now forms the story’s drama. Occasional black-and-white photos show Tuyet at home in Toronto with her loving parents and siblings. Along with the true personal story, the facts about polio across the globe, past and present, will grip readers.— Hazel Rochman
Posted in One Step at a Time | Tagged Adoption, airlift, Booklist, Canada, disability, family, marsha-forchuk-skrypuch, marsha-skrypuch, one-step-at-a-time, Orphan, Pajama Press, polio, Review, surgery, Vietnam