As if it wasn’t enough to take The Ramayana and present it in images, this volume retells the ancient epic through the eyes of a woman. This is Sita’s Ramayana.
House of Anansi, 2011 Artwork by Moyna Chitrakar
The original Sanskrit text is attributed to the poet Valmiki, and it is comprised of 24,000 verses which [...]
When I was a girl and allowed to choose my own books for a special occasion, I always selected an anthology. If I’d spotted a book like Rotraut Susanne Berner’s The Winter Book, it would have been a shoe in.
First, my choice was practical: they were larger books.
(Well, if someone is buying you [...]
Nearly two weeks ago, author Susan Vande Griek and illustrator Karen Reczuch took home the $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Loon.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2011
This post’s title comes from the jury’s description of the book, and the cover alone, with its rich, tapestry-like image, declares that this bird [...]
Pamela Porter’s backlist landed all-of-a-piece on my TBR with I’ll Be Watching.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2008
Yellow Moon, Apple Moon is aimed at the earliest readers. It provides a lovely transition-from-board-books option.
[Next on my Pamela Porter list, if you're curious, arranged in order of readers' ages: Sky (prose, 8-12) and The Crazy Man (free [...]
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is telling the stories of her Mayan girlhood in The Girl from Chimel.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2005
(So it turns out that you can discover a Nobel Peace Prize winner by reading a storybook, by dabbling in the backlist of a favourite indie press.)
Although born into poverty in [...]
“If we’re lucky, art can help us through our wolfishness.”*
Kids Can Press, 2012
And it does, indeed, help Virginia get through her wolfishness.
As does her sister, Vanessa. And the painting of Bloomsberry.
What’s this? A children’s book about Virginia Woolf? But we all know how THAT story ends.
And, yet, Kyo Maclear’s [...]
“Not far from here, I have seen a house held up by the hands of trees. This is its story.”
Candlewick Press, 2012
So states the title page of this illustrated work with prose by Ted Kooser (who has won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry) and images by Jon Klassen.
Inspired by the [...]
The story begins in spring, with the trees greening, but the talk is all of pumpkins.
Greystone Books, 2012
It’s too soon to plant pumpkins, Grandpa says, because they need real heat. “And bees. Pumpkins need bees.”
For many young readers, this will be new — and startling — information.
“We’ll need bees to [...]
On the surface, Nalo Hopkinson’s YA novel is about the chaos which ensues after a volcano emerges dramatically in Lake Ontario.
Simon & Schuster, 2012
It also, however, takes on the chaotic elements of the reader’s society: the sexism, ableism, homophobia and racism that characterizes the everyday world of the reader.
Sojourner, called Scotch [...]
The events of Darkest Light unfold sixteen years after Hiromi Goto’s Half World (here, I spell out the reasons why I fell under its spell).
Penguin – Razorbill, 2012
Melanie is off-stage and readers know little of her story, only what Gee, knows, that “…something had happened to Older Sister. Something bad.”
Darkest Light is the story (in [...]