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GROWING with an OPEN MIND
PICTURE BOOKS THAT SET A CHILD'S IMAGINATION FREE
BEDTIME for Sweet Creatures Written by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Grimes and Zunon capture the time-for-bed dance with verve, imagination and empathy in this tale of a not-sleepy child and her creative appeals to stay up longer.
The affectionate mom evokes a range of animals to help her cause. Zunon collages realistic images of the family alongside fanciful, mythical-looking animals. This one has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book.
THE OLD TRUCK By Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
This charming debut is by brothers who divide the writing and the art, which mixes ink-stamping and digital techniques in a glorious sunshine-washed palette. It's a simple, beautifully constructed story about continuity and ingenuity: A beloved truck works hard for a family of farmers, including a girl who dreams of the truck as an airplane and a rocket ship. As the truck ages, it's left to languish next to the barn. The girl grows up, takes over the farm and restores the truck, putting it back into service: a sustainable choice! The Pumphreys have created a book that's both timeless and au courant.
HONEYBEE: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera Written by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Fleming and Rohmann, the team behind "Giant Squid," offer a fascinating up-close view of the stages of a honeybee's life. We see our little worker bee go from tiny and gray to full grown and - in a spectacular four-page gatefold - flying for the first time, all the way to the moment on her 35th day when she "drops to the ground" and "stills." The drama and suspense are positively riveting.