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When Emily was Small

Occasionally I devote a whole blog post to a book that makes my heart sing. Well folks, I think this one is going to wow you as well. A story inspired by the autobiographical writing of artist Emily Carr, When Emily was Small, by Lauren Soloy is the debut picture book from a Nova Scotia writer & illustrator that you need to keep your eye on. Published by Tundra Books, it is a real feat of bookmaking. Tundra is known for gorgeous books, and this one is no exception. As one might expect, a book about an artist is in itself an artistic endeavour.

Start by looking at that cover, with small Emily running into the story.  Where is she going? We want to open the book and find out. You open to a lush garden on the end pages. And when you take the dust jacket off, you see a scene of young Emily howling with the Wild. Start on those end pages to look for smiling bees and you’ll begin to notice little bits of happy nature throughout the book.

The book is printed on thick paper, with sweet-smelling ink (I love that new book smell). This is certainly one that will hold up to close scrutiny using the Whole Book Approach. 

I love the little spot illustrations that appear throughout, drawing our eye to the tiny details and reminding the reader to look closely, to observe nature the way little Emily does. And so here’s the story: Emily, who calls herself Small, runs out into the garden to lose herself in the tangle of shrubs and leaves. She goes out to look at the secrets hiding in the green land of her imagination, and meets up with the Wild, who helps her find even more to love in nature. Soloy shows the  exploration of a child’s love for dreaming as a lush landscape of green, and then a jaunt into the sky in paintings that remind us of Carr’s work.

Emily is forced to return to reality, and back to the rigid world of her mother’s strict rules, but she keeps that bit of wildness in her mind. The reader has hope that Emily will keep marching to the beat of her own individual heart, with a Thumpety-Bumpety-Thumepty-Bump. The page turns and pacing are expertly crafted to keep the book moving, but there are also a few places where the reader is encouraged, by the dense green spreads, to pause and take a breath. To stop and look at the many kinds of green, the beauty of nature. And to let their own hearts go bump.

Buy this book for your libraries, for your artist friends, for a child who has a big imagination. It is a real beauty of a book, made with attention to detail and child-appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little tenderness

The world is topsy turvy right now. With recent events here in Nova Scotia, and with COVID-19 keeping us all at home and slightly on edge, I wanted to remind everyone that there are books that can help soothe the soul. And while our library is currently not open to the public, it will be again some day, and then you can take home a pile of books to remind you about the good in humans. And these are perfect to share with a child, as well as a nice balm for adults.

yellow book coverWith the refrain “love wins”, All of Us by Carin Berger (2018, Harper Collins) reminds us that we are stronger together than alone. This message fits so well with the Nova Scotia mantra, Stronger Together. It is a story about the power of community, diversity, and overcoming adversity. I wish I could read it to you all.

We are all connected. This seemingly simple book about interdbook coverependence reminds us that we are all made of the same stuff, and that we are part of the bigger world. Atoms and sunshine and bugs and leaves. The illustrations are lovely, with bright colours and shapes that go from the large to the close up of our inner selves. Take a look at We Are All Me by Jordan Crane (2018, TOON Books).

How do we be kind? What does it mean? Everyone needs to learn how to do it, and this book, intended for young children, can give everyone reminders. The end pages book cover of hands making a heartstart with words such as generosity, tolerance, empathy, tact, honesty, patience, and graciousness – large vocabulary for little people, and so the book shows what those words mean. Illustrated by nine different artists, A World of Kindness (2018, Pajama Press) shows scenes of waiting, helping, gentleness, and more — it literally illustrates for us how to be kind. The simple message can comfort a child, but can also soothe an adult soul. A lovely book to share over and over again, and would make a very nice addition to classroom collections. And look at that cover. It says so much.

With a box of crayons and an eraser, one child sets off to change the world. She rubs out words like darkness, desert, flood, and war, replacing them with colours that change to peace and light. The poetic text of When I Coyellow book coverlored in the World (2019, Tiny Owl) was written by Ahmadreza Ahmadi, a contemporary Iranian poet. The illustrations are a good compliment to the story, with the colours of the crayon box filling the pages. This book can help children see that they can change the world by recognizing problems and thinking of ways to fix them, even if it begins with a drawing and a box of crayons. An nice exploration of colour and emotion as well.  If you want to hear it read aloud by a young storyteller, head to THIS video.

children and trees on book cover         I have two books from Britta Teckentrup, both published by Tiger Tales Books. Both have colour-saturated illustrations that are simple yet filled with energy and emotion, and both books feature cut-out pages that are nicely designed to add to the message of the books. (Bonus, these books smell sooooo good!) First let’s look at Under the Same Sky (2017). This one is dedicated to a united world, and is a gentle reminder that near and far, we feel the same love, dream the same dreams.  In We Are Together (2020), the power of love and friendship peeks through the cut-out pages, showing us ways togetherness wins our hearts. This one can remind us that once we’ve gotten through this pandemic, we can be together in so many ways. people on book cover

Lastly, I have Most People (2017, Tilbury House) . Most people are good. Some people do bad things, but they can change. The message in this book can remind us that for the most part, people have good intentions, that even though sometimes the world can seem scary, most people are good people. You can see this one read aloud here.

Place holds on these books, or maybe buy copies from your local independent book store. We’ll get through this, together yet apart.

Picture Book Month!

Well, even if no one else is celebrating, I am still determined that November is Picture Book Month. A whole month dedicated to picture books sounds pretty good to me. I am going to start off with a few Canadian titles, so here goes!

book cover First up, Encounter, written by Brittany Luby ; illustrated by Michaela Goade, published by Tundra, 2019.   History from a different perspective. And isn’t it about time? Based on an actual journal entry by French explorer Jacques Cartier from his first expedition to North America in July 1534, this book gives us a view into what it may have been like for the Indigenous people who first encountered the explorers. The book shows that there’s always more than one side to the story. Excellent for Canadian history classroom discussion!

When Franny finds a new friend- a crow- she wants to share this with her father. Distracted by his work, he does not believe that a bird can be a friend, until he really pays attention to his daughter. A nice study in bird and human relationships. The illustrations are childlike and full of nature details. Of course you can be friends with a crow. Of course! Read about it in Hello, book coverCrow by Candace Savage ; illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne, published by Greystone Books, 2019.

It just won the Governor General Award for Illustrated Books, and has been touted far and wide. And with good reason. Sydney Smith’s latest book, Small in the City, follows a child as they ride the bus, and walk through the streets of Toronto, on their way home. The book showcases Smith’s art, with watercolour reflections and snowy landscapes that let you know the artist has been to these places. Make sure to read this book by one of Nova Scotia’s own!

In simple chapters, seasons stand as metaphor for the ages of life in Julie Flett’s lovely Birdsong. Follow the story of a young girl, feeling lost and out of place after moving to a new home, befriends an older woman who shares her love of arts and crafts, as they get to know each other, and the older woman’s health fails. It is a beautiful inter-generational tale to share.

That’s it for this week — stay tuned this month for more picture books, and follow me over on Instagram at picturebookpile_angela for more books, year-round!

Picture books for school

This post has been picbookpilecreated to accompany the presentation “Picture Book  Palooza” for AVRCE on May 15. Links and resources at your fingertips! Place holds directly from the booklists — these books are in the Annapolis Valley Regional Library catalogue.

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKLISTS:

For AVRCE  https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/6403

Math and Science:  https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/5962

Best of 2018 Picture Books:  https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/5878

Best of 2017 (picture books): https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/4209

Best of 2018 non-fiction: https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/5879

Autism support: (picture books, chapter books, books for adults)

https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/6551

Read with Pride:  https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/5172

I’m your neighbour: https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/2859

Silent Books:  (excellent for writing prompts)

https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/6451

First Nations:  https://avrl.catalogue.library.ns.ca/MyResearch/MyList/6747

Other resources:
Strong Nations:  https://www.strongnations.com/

31 Days, 31 Lists: Every year School Library Journal blog hosts this. Great end-of-year resource for books! http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2018/12/31/31-days-31-lists-2018-picture-books/

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Fun for storytime

Here’s a few books that are fun for storytime, plus a bonus book that’s just too pretty not to share. First up, the storytime books. Pssst…. If you have an AVRL library card, links are provided for titles so all you have to do is click and place your holds!

I love a book that gets kids shouting in the library. Some of my favourites include Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Is Everyone Ready for Fun? . Now, get ready for fun with Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. Dunlap’s text involves kids right off by asking kids to say hello to this shy dinosaur.  (Of course they are going to scare away the shy dino.) The book teaches kids all about shyness in such a fun way they will never know they are being schooled. The story is expertly paired with Pizzoli’s chunky shapes and bright colours, which he can always pull off and turn into a fantastic work of art. Pizzoli even sneaks in a bit of gender-bending with the frilly flowered hat on a male dinosaur.   This book will be one of your favourites for Dinosaur Storytime. Go ahead an buy an extrbook cover: good day for a hata copy now.

Speaking of hats… hat stories are always fun, and A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Rob Hodgson, is no exception. This simple story of a bear who seems to have the right hat for every occasion will fit right in with your hat storytimes. Pair it with Hooray for Hat and Caps for Sale, and you’ve got a themed storytime all ready to go.

If you want to add some physical activity into storytime, pull out Everybunny Dance! Dancing, playing, running, cheering, these bunnies are having a rootin’ tootin’ good time, and so will your storytime kids. There’s another title featuring the same bunnies that will add some math into storytime, Everybunny Count!  These would be fine choices for the non-secular Easter season storytime theme — Bunnies!

book cover: i just ate my friendIf you have older kids or maybe an elementary school group visiting, you could try I Just Ate my Friend by Heidi McKinnon. This one falls into the “slightly absurd” group of storytime books, but I love using these with kids who will giggle uncontrollably. As a bonus, this book also could be used to teach about size comparison in math classes. It is funny and silly and would also be a fine choice for reading to adults.

If you want to add a bit of poetry and diversity into storytime, Seeing into Tomorrow, with haiku by Richard Wright and illustrations by Nina Crews is a fine choice. This book is also a really good introduction to poetry, and includes a short biography of Wright. Read it aloud and enjoy the beauty of the language and the imabook cover: seeing into tomorrowges evoked by the words that are illustrated by Crews’ photographs. Vocabulary bonanza!

This one may be only for those who can fit a longer book into storytime, or for classroom use. The cover right away makes you think this is a story you already know. There’s a wolf, there’s a little girl in a red dress, and they are in the woods. However, this is a different kind of wolf. Re-imagined by Metis writer book cover: girl and the wolfKatherena Vermette and illustrated by Julie Flett, The Girl and the Wolf turns Little Red Riding Hood into a nature study. It is fresh, well-told, and certainly should be in your collections!

 

And now, for the book that is just too pretty to leave out. It is called The Forest, by Riccardo Bozzi, illustrated by Violeta Lopiz and Valerio Vidali. It is translated from the Italian by Debbie Bibo, and published by Enchanted Lion Books. The book is a metaphor for life. Life is a forest, unexplored. Sometimes there are other explorers in the forest. Sometimes there are insects, and tigers. Occasionally there is a clearing, so that the explorers can rest. While the forest metaphor is well done, and the text is lyrical and gentle, the illustrations and design are where this book shines. The cover is a transparent book cover: the forestwatercolour wrapped around thick white paper. There are embossed figures, and paper cuts that suggest lines. You really have to see it to get the feel for this book. It probably won’t hold up terribly well to public library usage, but those who do get to experience it will be surprised and pleased. It would make a lovely gift book. Take a look at this one and immerse yourself in a very fine example of modern bookmaking.

That’s all for now! Follow me on Twitter @annavalley for more books and my #PictureBookPile tweets!

Information, please! Favourites of 2018

Two posts in one month? A December miracle. Here’s some of my favs of the year in the “informational” category. There sure are some gorgeous non-fiction books out bloomthere, folks! My whole list is RIGHT HERE, and I can’t possibly tell you about all of them, so here are some highlights.

First, Bloom : a story of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli  by Kyo Maclear ; illlustrated by Julie Morstead. What a team, Maclear and Morstead. Look at the cover! It is so pretty, it invites me right in. And there’s great information in there. I learn so much from these books. In fact, when I found myself at the Victoria & Albert Museum,  standing in front of a black velvet evening gown, I said, “Hey, that’s a Schiaparelli!” . Kid-lit makes me smarter.

In The elephant by Jenni Desmond, short text and lovely illustrations give you a quick natural history lesson on elephants. Did you know that tusked elephants favour a right or left tusk? They wear down the one they use most. Wow!

The cover gives you a hint of the gorgeous art inside this book. Wab Kinego showw celebrates his heroes, from astronauts to hockey players, from well-known names to many unsung. Take a look at Go show the world : a celebration of Indigenous heroes  by Wab Kinew,  illustrated by Joe Morse, and discover the heroic folks inside.

I love Giselle Potter‘s style, so when I see a book illustrated by her, I always take a second look. I’ve heard Temple Grandin’s story before, and this version for kids is just right. Enough information to build empathy, and to let kids who feel like Temple know they are not alone. What an interesting story! –How to build a hug : Temple Grandin and her amazing squeeze machine by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville ; illustrated by Giselle Potter.

beastsThis book is just , well, lovely. Just like the title says! Lovely beasts : the surprising truth by Kate Gardner ; illustrated by Heidi Smith will make you take a second look at spiders, gorillas, and more. Take the “scary” out of animals and look for the lovely with this book.

Do you know who made polka-dots famous? After you read this book you will. There’s a lot of picture-book artist biographies out there these days, and I love finding out about them from kid’s books! Check this one out and try your own dot art. Yayoi Kusama : from here to infinity by Sarah Suzuki ; illustrated by Ellen Weinstein ; with repoductions of works by Yayoi Kusama.

That’s all for this year! Enjoy these books, and more from your local library . If you are reading this in the Annapolis Valley, place holds on the books right from this post. And if you want to come see stacks and stacks of awesome books in January, I’ll be at the Bridgetown Library on January 25, from 6:30-8:30 for a Caldecott Pre-Game Party. Books, cookies, and tea. How can you resist?

 

 

The year of picture books!

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted here. Embarrassingly long in blog-world time. But I’ve been busy, I’ve been reading books like mad (are you following me on Twitter @annavalley?) So, here are some of my favourites from 2018, as well as a couple of lists I’ve created.

First, the lists:  ***Favourite Picture Books *** Favourite Informational Books ***Favourite Chapter Books ***Favourite YA

And now, some of the best books I’ve come across this year, with links to place holds.Please note I said SOME. There’s not time or room to feature all of the books I think you should look at. Go up to those lists and see how many more there are!

 

Adrian Simcoxboats on the bay book cover does NOT have a horse / written by Marcy Campbell ; illustrated by Corinna Luyken Using white space to the utmost, this story of imagination and acceptance will make you sigh when you get to the denouement. Open this one up, enjoy the whole book, and see what that wrap-around cover tells you .

Boats on the bay  words by Jeanne Walker Harvey ; pictures by Grady McFerrin.  The text is easy to read, and a good way to build some maritime vocabulary. But the illustrations are what make this book rise to the top. The watercolour illustrations fit so well with the watery theme, turning each boat into a work of art.

book cover with two childrenBuilders & breakers by Steve Light.  With deceptively simple text this book might get passed over. But take a look at the excellent book design here. The story begins on the title page, is deepened with end papers and a secret look on the board covers. What a grand example of illustration advancing the story!

Deep underwater by Irene Luxbacher. I’m currently obsessed with mermaids underater sceneand underwater stories, so this one really spoke to me. I love the whimsy and watery scenes in this book. Lovely.

 

Drawn together , written by Minh Lê ; illustrated by Dan Santat. If you are a regular reader of this blog you might think I am a big fan of Dan Santat, and you’d be right. I have to include this one because it is just a brilliant example of illustration fitted in with a heart-warming story of inter-generational understanding.

Hansel & Gretel by Bethan Woollvin. I am also a huge fan of Bethan Woolvin. She has some sort of alien connection to fairy tales, where she is able to perfectly turn them on their heads every single time. Funny, wry, and feminist, her stories are taking these old tales to a new level. Huzzah!

I don’t want to go to sleep,  written by Dev Petty ; illustrated by Mike Boldt. Reluctant hibernating Frog made me laugh out loud. Good enough reason to include it in my favourites. boy inmermaid costume

Julián is a mermaid by Jessica Love. Remember what I said about mermaids? Well, Julian is obsessed with them, too, and his grandmother is happy to cultivate that obsession. I just love this book so much, I hug it every time I read it. If you have not seen it yet, place a hold on it right now. Not only is the story a good one, the illustrations are delightful.

Look by Fiona Woodcock. Never have two O’s next to each other been given such a fantastic treatment. Balloons, food, and a trip to the zoo make this my ballons and textchoice for the best illustrated vocabulary and language arts book of the year.

The origin of day and night by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt ; illustrations by Lenny Lishchenko. Inuit publishing house Inhabit Media comes out with some beauties every year. The illustrations in this one put is up in my favs, but there’s a good story, too!

Winter is here / by Kevin Henkes ; illustrated by Laura Dronzek. I don’t really want Winter to be here, but Kevin Henkes almost makes me feel ok about it. Another beauty exploring seasons from the Henkes/Dronzek team.

A world of kindness / from the editors & illustrators of Pajama Press. This is the kind of book I want to buy for every classroom in all the elementary schools. With simple statements and a variety of artists illustrating them, it is a daily reminder of how to be kind. Couldn’t  we all use a little of that these days? hands in a heart shape

Ok, there you have some of my favourite picture books of the year. What are your favourites? What did I miss? I might (please note I said might) have enough time this month to do the same for informational books. Until the next time, follow me on Twitter and watch for the #PictureBookPile tweets! Happy reading.

A kinder, gentler world

There’s a spate of books these days that seem to point us toward kindness and making our world a better place. If today’s children take these books to heart, maybe they will change the world. Here’s a few of those books that might be useful to our young friends.

book cover with Martin Luther KingI call this one a young activist’s handbook. In Be  A King, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by James E. Ransome, children are introduced to the idea that “everybody can serve”. Based on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., this book shows, in very simple statements and colorful illustration, how kids can be the change.

We Are All Dots, by Giancarlo Macri and Carolina Zanotti has the subtitle “A big plan for a better world”. Not subtle in the message, it shows how we can share the world and our resources. Kids will probably get it right away. Useful for talking about differences, diversity, and compassion. book cover with boy, clouds, and birds

Another lovely choice for discussion of differences is Trampoline Boy by Nan Forler, illustrated by Marion Arbona. A boy who is obsessed with his trampoline gets teased by the neighbourhood kids. But one girl wants to know more about him, and stops to make friends. The book has lovely gouache and pencil illustrations that show us that we should look at the world through different eyes now and then. I love the design of this one– a tall skinny book, shaped for the jumping boy, and text that moves with him.

Small Things, by Mel Tregonning is a wordless picture book in graphic-novel style. A small boy is plagued by anxiety, which manifests in small pieces of him breaking off and turning into black shapes that follow him. This is certainly a book for older readers, but one that kids who have anxiety may really relate to. The boy finds comfort in talking with his sister, and finally his family, and is able to help others once he learns how to conquer his own little monsters. The art is fantastical and will pull you right into the story. There’s an afterword that discusses anxiety and the “tiny demons of worry” that are depicted in the book.

book cover with a blue horseBlue Rider by Geraldo Valerio is a worldess book that speaks volumes about our society. A girl finds a book on the ground– she is the only one who sees it, as everyone else is absorbed by their phones. When she takes it home and reads it, she is transported into a world of vibrant colour and shape, a world of nature that transcends her monotone urban landscape. The art is just beautiful– bold colours and shapes that ride across the page and into the imagination. The book is a reminder to  look beyond what is in front of us, to put down the devices, and to enjoy art, books, nature, and life. Go ahead and check this one out and do just that.

For the budding environmentalist, look for April Pulley Sayre’s lovely Thank You Earth: A love letter to our planet. Illustrated with photographs that show the beauty of nature, this love letter is a short yet notbook cover with earth and words simplistic poem. The words are as lovely as the photos. Perfect for Earth Day! There’s even a note from the author which gives kids some ideas on how they can thank the Earth. Superb.

Most kids have heard these words: Be Kind. In Pat Zietlow Miller’s new book, the main character wonders what this really means. When a classmate is laughed at for spilling her juice, our character wants to be kind, but doesn’t know exactly  how. This is a good choice for parents and teachers who want to discuss what kindness means, and how we show it to others. After all, we can remind kids to “be kind”, but how do we show that?

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Flowers and art and dance

My latest stack of picture books happens to have some nice non-fiction in it, as well as some poetry. Since April is Poetry Month, let’s start with Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms., by Robert Paul Weston, illustrated by Misa Saburi.   When a young girl has to leave her grandmother and the joy of all she knows in Japan, she is sad. She moves to the US, and finally makes a friend. They go back to Japan to see grandmother, who is ill, and when she returns back to her new home, her friend is excited to show her Spring, and the cherry blossoms there. It is possible that grandma has died– but not absolutely certain. The book is striking, though, and is written in tankaa traditional Japanese poetry form. So it could be a good mentor text for poetry lessons; probably not the best choice for preschool storytimes.  book cover with woman and dots

If you are looking for a good art book to share, pick up Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infiinty by Sarah Suzuki, illustrated by Ellen Weinstein. This one also begins in Japan, with a girl who loves art. Her family is not so keen on her being an artist, but she is determined, and follows her dream. Kusama becomes an artist who works with dots, and becomes quite well known. The illustrations are captivating, as is her life story. This book made me want to see more of her work, and it would make a great artist study for classrooms.

Have you ever seen someone dance, and thought, “I want to be able to do that!”  Well, that’s what Amalia Hernandez thought as a child when she saw traditional dance in a village in her native Mexico. Her book cover with dancer in red skirtlifelong love of dance became a world-wide phenomenon as she created Ballet Folklorico. Read about her in Duncan Tonatiuh’s Danza! : Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de México. Illustrated in his signature style, the story of this dance comes to life in the pages of this book.

That’s all for this time. If you want more books,  follow me on Twitter @annavalley for my #picturebookpile posts!

Extra Info picture books

Maybe this is a trend– when I find 3 in one picture book pile, I deem it a trend. I’m talking about those picture books that include Extra Info at the end.  Like more about the animals, in this case. Here goes.

FiBook cover- kangaroorst up is If I Were a Kangaroo by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Anna Raff. In rhymed verse, animals of all sorts head off to bed, and then of course, the book ends with a child going to sleep. Not much new to this concept, but a gentle bedtime story is always appreciated, and the rhymes work pretty well. The ink-wash illustrations are gentle, too, in a night-time palette. What makes this story stand out is the Extra Info. The last few pages give young naturalists notes about how animals sleep. Some kids will just eat this stuff up.

After the animals are all asleep, we can call on Wake Up! , a poem by Helen Frost and illustrated with photographs by Rick Lieder. There’s not much text on each page, which Book cover with duckscould make this a good choice for beginner readers or toddler storytimes. The photographs are clear and engaging, close enough to see detail in each animal portrayed. And at the end, guess what? Extra Info! Just a little, just enough to intrigue a young nature lover.

Now that it is fully daytime, and the sun is out, let’s go on a beach walk with Ana and the Sea Star by R. Lynne Roelfs, illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Ana and her father find a sea star on the beach, and she wants to keep it. Her father teaches a short little lesson on ocean ecology when he describes for her book cover girl on beachwhere the sea star lives, and convinces her, and the reader, to let the star go back to the sea. Ana then describes the day to her mother, who is waiting for them at the beach house. This would be a good mentor text for description for young writers, and the Extra Info on the last two pages make it a good choice for ocean studies.

Do you have some favourite books that include this Extra Info? Tell me in the comments!

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