By learning to read, old Jeremiah discovers the beauty in literacy, and a shared joy.
Wise old Jeremiah farmed his whole life, and now wants to read. "You are wonderful as you are", said his wife. "But I can be better", he responds. Perhaps his way of learning was unusual, but he soon discovers that reading offers more than simple facts. Juliana asks, "When are you going to read to me?" He answers, "When the time is right". He has found a special new reason for reading!
The beauty and mystery of life and art are brought together when a little girl presents lily bulbs to Emily, and in return receives a poem and a wish for understanding: "Perhaps in time they both will bloom."
Mother's piano playing captivates "Myth", the recluse across the street, who invites her to play. It's spring and the little girl has set lily bulbs on her windowsill. When Mother visits Myth, the little girl comes too, dress pockets bulging. On arrival we learn Myth's real name is Emily. Emily hides upstairs, calling down how she loves the music. Under the sound of the piano, our girl slips upstairs to give Emily a gift of two lily bulbs. Emily responds with a poem that inspiring a love of life and the World.
Readers are encouraged to examine insects more closely, and are shown examples of their beauty and style.
Have you seen bugs? A little observation shows us that they are not all dull, leggy, jointy, ugly things. Oppenheimer and Broda team up to show how bright and variable the 'bug' world really is. Terrific illustrations complement the nicely rhymed text: "Dark as bark / green as grass / see through bugs / with wings like glass." Get this to your child before his/her peers teach him to fear what they do not understand!
Carefully planned illustrations focus on two children as they, and the reader, discover that animal signs serve as sensible, interpretable facts.
As William and Cammy explore the edge of a pond they encounter nine signs of various fish, mammals and birds. The central purpose of each scene is warmly captured by the author's beautiful illustrations, which do not stoop to photographic realism. Children enjoy naming the animal causes of the clues before the next page is turned to reveal "Who's Been There?" The ninth sign is self explanatory, and provides a heartwarming conclusion.
A well done photographic sampling of salt water organisms is presented, with just enough explanation for very early readers.
Excellent labeled photographs show young children tropical aquatic species. A simple comment such as "Jellyfish float up and down in the sea" suggests something of the nature of the organisms in each photograph. The book will suit children interested in sea creatures.
A mysterious sylph –a seamstress– instills beauty and a romantic view of life into the lives of austere villagers, via their pockets! [Image showsvillagers surprise at her arrival.}
Wafting from 'wherever', the sylph proved a seamstress. Fancier than the town wished, she grew bored with their taupish cotton. With tincture and texture she slipped motifs of embroidered fantasy into the pockets of functionaries and farmers; romance was rekindled. In her husband, one wife saw "a buccaneer holding pink shells, black pearls and a sword." Pockets evinces the ecstasy in aesthetics, and shows us verse in prose -a delight for embryonic elocutionists.
Wilson Bentley's lifelong fascination with, and sensible study of, snowflakes eventually earned him the respect of scientists.
Young Wilson Bentley noticed that snowflakes were beautiful, but more amazingly, he saw no two snowflakes that were alike, it was an unending miracle. He tried drawing them. He learned to photograph them. He learned how air conditions altered snowflake patterns. His interest seemed weird to his neighbors, who thought, "Snow in Vermont is as common as dirt", why photograph it? But Bentley resisted the criticisms, eventually to be respected by scientists around the world.