Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What We Are Reading: Peter Sis

Looking for a book recommendation for the younger reader? Take the time to look at author-artist, Peter Sis, and his rich selection of children's books. I recently purchased one of his wonderful picture books, Dinosaur, for our 2-year old after reading Fire Truck until the pages were worn out. His books are such a pleasure at so many levels, for children and adults too. The beauty is that his books span not only the imaginative board books for toddlers, but also the historical fiction books for the elementary age child. The illustrations are the highlight, so extraordinary with much left to the imagination of the reader. The stories, frequently with no or minimal words, are clever too. A beautiful and original gift to remember.

We love these imaginative picture books. Dinosaur $7.99 at Amazon. The adventure of a young boy when he hops into the bathtub with his dinosaur and it becomes much more. Fire Truck $6.99 at Amazon. Peter Sis wrote this for his son who loved fire trucks. A young boy wakes up as a fire truck. Ballerina is another favorite for girls.

Madlenka $11.56 at Amazon, ages 4-8. What an amazing book. The adventures of a NYC girl whose loose tooth leads to her visits "around the world" to tell all.

Starry Messenger $12.24 at Amazon, ages 6 and up. An inspiring store of Galileo. A 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, one of several won by Peter Sis. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain $12.24 at Amazon, ages 8 and up. This book Recounts Sis' childhood growing up in Cold War era Prague. A 2008 Caldecott Honor Book.

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