Tag Archives: birds

A totally brilliant pastry-maker with a secret

somewhere elseGeorge Laurent finds a lot of ways NOT to go south or north or any other direction.  He is a master of the éclair and the strudel, but he is possibly a homebody kind of a bird.  Perhaps he’s just too busy with yoga classes to visit the Alaskan tundra like his friends?

Oh my, well, there’s a story here.  Fortunately, George Laurent and Pascal Lombard get to talking one day, and the truth about George Laurent’s missed flying lessons comes out.  A good friend like Pascal Lombard might just be able to help – with training or an engineering project or something.

This is a wonderful story about overcoming or moving past the things you are bad at, making friends, and taking risks. It is also a completely delightful visual experience, with funny little realistic touches.  It’s probably a bit too detailed for most of my storytime listeners, but one-on-one, it’s a treat!

Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon

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Bird, Balloon, Bear – nature lovers, friends

bird balloon bearBear is just hanging out watching ants while waiting for a friend to appear.  I have been thinking a lot about science in picture books lately, but I don’t even care whether that’s scientifically accurate or not.  Maybe this is a whole new sub-genre for me to explore – animals who are nature lovers.

Anyway, both Bear and Bird are looking for friends.  Expectations are low.  Bear is willing to accept friendship with Balloon, who gets there first and doesn’t speak but is always there for Bear.  Bird is too shy to say anything and then inadvertently causes a disaster.  I actually gasped when I turned the page.  I did not expect THAT to happen, but then it was late at night and I was about 5 minutes from falling asleep.  That woke me up.

Will Bear and Bird overcome this?  Can they be friends?  They can.  They must.

Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na

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