We’ve come across many great books this Summer so it feels like a good time for a new Pretty Prudent Reading list, just in time for Back-to-School. While we love to read the same books over and over (hello, Pete the cat!) we also love to find great new reads, creating new family classics. First up on the list we have one of Colleen’s new favorites, The Cloud Spinner, which she loves to read with her niece and other tiny friends.
One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy’s magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. “It would not be wise,” the boy protests. “Your majesty does not need them!” But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change.
I’m always on the lookout for fun biographical books for kids and the award-winning Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker is my new favorite.
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
Pictured at top: Yonderfel’s Castle: A Medieval Fable (bargain priced at $6.80, FYI) was a gift from my godmother while we were in Rhode Island this Summer. It’s a fun read with a great message of kindness at any cost.
Yonderfel is a generous king who lives on a mountain and never ever turns anyone away from his castle. But when an ogre takes away half the mountain, leaving the castle teetering on the edge, all the people leave and nothing can convince them to come back. One day it begins to rain, and the rain fills the valley where the people have been living. And then they remember Yonderfel, the king who lives high on a mountain in a very dry castle, and who never ever turns anyone away! Jean Gralley’s wry humor shines off every page, warmly inviting readers to enjoy the tale of Yonderfel and his castle.
Pictured at top: Oh Mac Barnett, you are my fav. Author of my favorite children’s book Extra Yarn, Mac Barnett has just come out with a crazy fun new book, based on the classic campfire game Telephone (now available for pre-order.)
It’s time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn’t as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama’s message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children’s game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.
Read on for more great picks for Kids of all ages… (more…)