Lynne Cherry «When I’m sleepy»

In this quiet, gentle story, a little girl wonders what it would be like to sleep as various animals do. She imagines herself in a cozy nest with a bird, on a log with a turtle, in a bear’s den, hanging from a tree with a bat. At the end, the little girl is in her own bed, dozing off with the (stuffed) sleeping animals on a shelf beside her. The full-page and double-page illustrations are painted in softened but rich colors with pen-and-ink detail. Each animal is seen in its habitat, often with other animals and plant life. The scenes are warm and comforting. The brief text has a lulling effect, with just a few well-chosen words per page. A nice addition to bedtime story collections.

Beyond a doubt, the author and the artist possess intimate knowledge of small children. Creating a lulling bedtime audiovisual diversion, Howard’s story and Cherry’s pictures are mutually enhancing, revealing a child’s sleepy fantasies. She lies in bed and wishes she could curl up in a basket with a cat or in a downy nest with baby birds, sometimes hugged by a friendly raccoon in his hollow log. . . . The book should appeal to parents looking for ways to settle down active little boys and girls who will tune into the narrator’s imagination and lose themselves in the lovely, full-color dream scenes.

Paul Kratter «River discoveries»

Twenty-four hours in the existence of a river environment are brought to life in this fact-filled picture book. Animals, habitats, and ecosystems are displayed through lifelike watercolor illustrations that depict the relationship of wildlife and insects to the river. The clear, explicit drawings provide an outstanding visual presentation and the potential for learning extensions. The easy-to-understand text is equally effective as a read-aloud or for research. A question is posed for each animal introduced, such as «How does this trout keep from floating downriver with the currents?» As the creatures enter the environment, readers see how they interact with it. This technique provides good visual reference as well as a basis for additional discussion and learning. The end of the book contains a beautiful spread showing a 24-hour perspective of river animals, and students will have fun sharing their observations and adding to a class discussion. This outstanding book provides a strong instructional tool for thematic integration of the subject matter.

Berta & Elmer Hader «The big snow»

«The Big Snow» is a book by Berta and Elmer Hader. Released by Macmillan Publishers, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1949. «The Big Snow» tells the story of how the woodland animals prepare themselves for the upcoming winter. The animals after seeing the leaves fall down and how fast the days begin to darken they know that it is winter time, as a result the geese fly south looking for sunshine and clear sky while the rest who had to stay also start to get ready to the cold weather for example some animals big and small growth thicker fur, others dig under the ground to keep warm but the most important is that all the animals gather a lot of food for the whole winter.

Jon Muth «Дзен в коротких штанишках»

«Дзен в коротких штанишках» — это несколько коротких историй, которые помогают приблизиться к медитации. Медитация доводит до совершенства нашу способность прислушиваться к собственной интуиции. В медитации нет никакой цели, но она зачастую позволяет нам проанализировать наши привычки, желания, представления и страхи.
Истории «Дядюшка Рю и луна» и «Тяжелая ноша» относятся к дзен-буддийской литературе далекого прошлого. Рассказ «Удача фермера» восходит корнями к даосизму, история которого насчитывает несколько тысяч лет. Вариантов каждой из этих историй существует очень много. Автор выбрал те, которые показались наиболее доступными для юных читателей.
Иллюстрации Джона Мута.

Feodor Rojankovsky «Frog Went A-Courtin’»

Nobody knows how or when this story really started. We do know that it was written down in Scotland more than 400 years ago. But it has always been the kind of story that was told and sung to children, instead of being read to them.

A favorite old nursery ballad now appears in resplendent new dress. . . . Illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky somehow manages to combine quaintness with sophistication and his doughty frog, the coy mouse . . . and others make charming company.