Monday, April 20, 2015

The Sky Painter!


The Sky Painter by Margarita Engle is one of the most absolutely beautiful books!  The gorgeous poems combined with the lovely illustrations (by Aliona Bereghici) make it a book you immediately want to share with others.  It's a natural for sharing this month for poetry month, but I have a feeling you'll love it so much you'll want to share it now as well as early in the fall with your new students!





Summary from GoodReads:

The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist


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Louis loves to watch birds. He takes care of injured birds and studies how they look and how they move. His father wants him to become an engineer, but Louis dreams of being a bird artist. To achieve this dream, he must practice, practice, practice. He learns from the art of John James Audubon. But as Louis grows up, he begins to draw and paint living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927) is now known as the father of modern bird art. He traveled with many scientific expeditions all over the world. His best-known works—paintings for habitat exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York—are still beloved by visitors today. His art helped to encourage wildlife conservation, inspiring people to celebrate and protect the world of wings.

Poems by Newbery Honor–winning author Margarita Engle and illustrations by Aliona Bereghici capture the life of Louis Fuertes and the deep sense of wonder that he felt when he painted the sky.
 

When it arrived in the mail, I immediately had to share a peek on twitter via vine:



Intrigued?  Want to see more?  Check out the book trailer below:





About the Author:


Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include The Poet Slave of Cuba, winner of the Pura Belpré Award for narrative and the Américas Award; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor book; Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian, a Kirkus Best Book for Children; and The Lightning Dreamer, Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, winner of the 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult/Children’s Literature. Margarita lives in California, where she enjoys bird-watching and helping her husband with his volunteer work for wilderness search-and-rescue dog training programs. To learn more, and to download a free activity kit for THE SKY  PAINTER, visit: www.margaritaengle.com.

Blog Tour: 

Follow along on THE SKY PAINTER blog tour!

Mon, Apr 20
Library Fanatic
Tues, Apr 21
Kid Lit Frenzy
Wed, Apr 22
Unleashing Readers
Thurs, Apr 23
5 Minutes for Books
Fri, Apr 24
Teach Mentor Texts
Sat, Apr 25
Booking Mama
Mon, Apr 27
Sharpread
Tues, Apr 28
The Children's Book Review
Wed, Apr 29
Cracking the Cover
Thurs, Apr 30
A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
Fri, May 1
Archimedes Notebook

Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy book birthday by mouse & frog!

This morning Gretchen Welk and I had the privilege of celebrating Deborah Freedman's new book:  by mouse & frog WITH author and illustrator Deborah Freedman herself!



We listened to her read the story (and show the delightful pictures) and also had the opportunity to ask questions.  Mrs. Welk's Firsties had great questions.  (I really want to look inside that drawer at your house, Deborah, and explore all the little books you've made!

 Enjoy the tweets, vines, & pictures below from our time together.









Thanks again Deborah Freedman -- we LOVE your books!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

From the Twitters





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