No More Plastic Teaching Guides

Posted on April 23rd, 2021 by pajamapress

A girl with white skin and long reddish hair swims in the ocean. The sunlight reflects through the ocean water, and a plastic bag is tangled in between her legs and red flippers.The first page of a teaching guide for the picture book No More Plastic

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Outside, You Notice Interviews

Posted on April 21st, 2021 by pajamapress

A fair-skinned girl with rosy cheeks and long, dark braids sits in a tree among golden-brown squirrels underneath the shade of a thick canopy of green leaves.

Open Book interview with author Erin Alladin, “Children are Born as Little Scientists” Erin Alladin’s Outside, You Notice Captures the Wonder of Exploring the Natural World

Benjamin's Blue Feet Teaching Guides

Posted on April 5th, 2021 by pajamapress

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Easter Morning, Easter Sun Teaching Guides

Posted on March 23rd, 2021 by pajamapress

A white rabbit with a purple jacket, half-moon glasses, and a woven basket full of colorful easter eggs knocks on the door of a treehouse. A little brown kitten in a blue dress waits behind him with eagerness and excitement on her face.

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If Only... Reviews

Posted on March 17th, 2021 by pajamapress

Booklist Starred Review

Cover: If Only... Author: Mies van Hout Publisher: Pajama Press“The imaginative narrative guides viewers through a series of richly colorful, dynamic collages, each showcasing a creature and its particularly enviable ability, characteristic, or situation. In an appended section, Van Hout presents an illustrated glossary with a relevant fact or two about each animal, as well as an art project advising kids on creating their own collage creatures by sliding scraps of paper around ‘until you feel happy,’ a possible insight into her own creative process and one that may explain how a picture book based on longing manages to express such delight in the natural world. Originally published in the Netherlands, this radiant picture book has international appeal.”
— Carolyn Phelan

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Kirkus Reviews

“Every spread, crafted with striking paper-collage illustrations reminiscent of the work of Eric Carle and Denise Fleming, glows with red, blue, green, and yellow hues and provides an entrance to an intricate and appealing environment specific to the creature….The racially diverse children who appear in the initial and final pages are active, smiling, curious, a part of the natural world themselves, and they feature similar abilities of their own. This gentle celebration of differences also promotes an appreciation of others’ strengths and quietly emphasizes relationships within the animal kingdom.

A colorful introduction to the natural sciences featuring warm and inviting illustrations. (glossary, art tips)”

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No More Plastic Interviews

Posted on March 17th, 2021 by pajamapress

Cover: No More Plastic Author: Alma Fullerton Publisher: Pajama PressQuill & Quire interview with author-illustrator Alma Fullerton, “In her latest picture book, Alma Fullerton repurposes environmentally damaging waste as artwork”

No More Plastic Reviews

Posted on March 17th, 2021 by pajamapress

Kirkus Starred Review

Cover: No More Plastic Author: Alma Fullerton Publisher: Pajama Press“Angered by the death of a whale, beached on the ocean shore she loves, Isley finds a constructive response….Like Isley with her construction, author/illustrator Fullerton has created her illustrations from ‘repurposed plastic, sand, and moss.’ Among the best of the recent books about ocean plastic thanks to its positive approach and practical suggestions included at the end, this title would work well as a group read-aloud….A gentle, effective presentation of an environmental disaster.”

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Outside, You Notice Teaching Guides

Posted on March 11th, 2021 by pajamapress

A fair-skinned girl with rosy cheeks and long, dark braids sits in a tree among golden-brown squirrels underneath the shade of a thick canopy of green leaves.

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A Family for Faru Teaching Guides

Posted on March 11th, 2021 by pajamapress

Cover: A Family for Faru Author: Anitha Rao-Robinson Illustrator: Karen Patkau Publisher: Pajama Press

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Cuckoo's Flight Interviews

Posted on March 5th, 2021 by pajamapress

Cover: Cuckoo's Flight Author: Wendy Orr Publisher: Pajama Press

Open Book interview with author Wendy Orr, “Wendy Orr Explores Love, Disability, and Coming of Age in Ancient Greece in Her Captivating New Novel”

Outside, You Notice Reviews

Posted on February 9th, 2021 by pajamapress

Kirkus ★ Starred Review

A fair-skinned girl with rosy cheeks and long, dark braids sits in a tree among golden-brown squirrels underneath the shade of a thick canopy of green leaves.“Sensations noticed in the outdoors are supplemented by interesting facts about nature in a variety of settings….The detailed text and varied images immerse readers in the feeling of being outside, fully attentive and relaxed. Readers will be encouraged to explore natural settings and observe the creatures in them as well as the experiences within their own bodies. The illustrations use soft coloring, varied perspectives, and active characters to great effect, pulling observers into the worlds of plants, animals, and the people who love them.

This lovely book is more than the sum of its parts.”

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Booklist

“As this blend of fiction and nonfiction emphasizes observation, it also leads up to a mindfulness of being present when outside. The final scene, a soothing bird’s-eye view of a girl looking up at the sky, reminds readers that listening to nature can help them relax and that being outdoors can boost the immune system, among other facts. A charming, gentle nudge to go outside and simply be.”

—Angela Leeper

School Library Journal

“Alladin depicts a journey through backyards, parks, gardens, trails, markets, and playgrounds….Blinick’s illustrations offer a sense of excitement and serenity, showing cheerful children with light and dark skin tones and different physical abilities. The text and art showcase the idea that ‘spending time in nature is good for the health of your body and mind.’…This exploration of the outdoors is fit to use for budding biologists.”
–Nancy Call, ­formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA

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Seattle Book Review

“We rated this book: [4.5/5]…

This is a thoughtful, reflective story about the healing power of spending time outdoors. Playing in the vibrant sunshine, picking fruit from ripened vines, and exploring in the moist dirt enables children to receive a plethora of benefits Mother Earth has to offer. Their senses are heightened, bodies exercised, and immune responses boosted. An array of other fascinating facts are shared by the author in colorful text boxes. Vibrant watercolor illustrations that are full of detail and allure are in plentiful supply. This light-hearted, relatable, and timely text will bring youth new enlightenments each time they sift through its pages.
—Jennifer Padgett

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Canadian Review of Materials

“The author and illustrator of this nonfiction treasure invite readers on a journey to explore the beauty and joy of nature and the outdoors that so many of us take for granted. This attitude might be especially true of the intended audience of young readers who immerse themselves in playing in nature’s playground without deep thoughts about their surroundings….

Each double-page spread of nature features a softly colourful outdoor scene created by Andrea Blinick using pencil, gouache, collage and chalk pastels. These pictures are populated with diverse families as they visit backyards, gardens, farmers markets and parks. Many of the expressive drawings reflect the viewpoint of an active young child.

Readers of Outside, You Notice are left with wonder and appreciation for the things that surround them. The result is a warm, joyful and inviting environment that awaits us all. If anyone ever doubted the benefits of spending quality time outdoors, this lovely book will dispel that notion. At the end of the book are suggestions for places to visit and explore that are echoed in the book. Further research about this author led to a YouTube presentation by Erin Alladin of how she came to write Outside, You Notice. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxpEji8oEXI)

Highly Recommended.”
Reesa Cohen is a retired Instructor of Children’s Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? This is a lovely book about the joy of discovering nature in the outdoors. Whether in a yard, a city park, a playground or on the sidewalk, there are things to appreciate if you look….Friendly-feeling gouache, pencil and chalk art with collage shows a warm, accessible natural world to investigate. Children of various races and abilities are depicted. Simple descriptive labels add more information to the main text. I like that readers can just read the main text for the youngest listeners, and can add the informational details for older listeners….

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our ‘to read’ piles? Yes”
Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

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Swallow's Dance Interviews

Posted on February 4th, 2021 by pajamapress

Cover: Swallow's Dance Author: Wendy Orr Publisher: Pajama PressAncient History Encyclopedia: “Interview: Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr”

Duck Days Teaching Guides

Posted on January 20th, 2021 by pajamapress

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Raven, Rabbit, Deer Teaching Guides

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by pajamapress

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Raven, Rabbit, Deer Activities

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by pajamapress

Cover: Raven, Rabbit, Deer Author: Sue Farrell Holler Ilustrator: Jennifer Faria

 

A boy and his grandfather sit at a table in front of a window to enjoy some milk and cookies. The illustration is done in black-and-white digital line drawings.

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