Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis

The angst of being the new kid at school is a theme often broached in children’s literature. Jacqueline Woodson takes a unique approach to this subject in Each Kindness (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) by describing the experience through the eyes of Chloe, a classmate of the new student, Maya. Chloe’s narrative describing her indifferent, if not quite cruel, behavior towards Maya is tinged with a hint of guilt. She joins her friends in ignoring and even ridiculing her new classmate, but the reader gains a sense of reticence in her indifference. E.B. Lewis’s lifelike watercolor illustrations beautifully portray the poignancy of Chloe’s inner conflict. Maya unexpectedly moves away and there is no resolution for Chloe, other than regret for her unkindness and the assumption she will behave differently when she finds the next new kid sitting in her classroom. Ages 5-9. RBB
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By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399246524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012

The Quiet Place - Sarah Stewart and David Small

A move can be unnerving for any child; moving to a different country with an unfamiliar language is downright scary. Isabel narrates her experience through poignant letters to a favorite aunt left behind in Mexico. Author Sarah Stewart understands that many readers may have created a special refuge with a simple cardboard box; similarly, Isabel uses several boxes to fashion an elaborate sanctuary, The Quiet Place (Margaret Ferguson, $16.99) where she reflects on the changes in her life. The author’s husband, David Small, illustrates this engaging story; the fold-out party scene is a delightful surprise. Ages 5-8. RBB
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By Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374325657
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 18th, 2012

Infinity and Me - Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska

Contemplating infinity is not a typical childhood pastime; however, in Infinity and Me (Carolrhoda, $16.95), Uma finds herself somewhat intimidated by the sheer vastness of the night sky and questions her family and friends about their ideas on ‘forever’, or infinity. Their thoughtful descriptions range from successive family generations to a circular musical staff playing a continuous melody. Author Kate Hosford cleverly grounds the complexity of the issue of infinity with Uma’s innocent concern over her new red shoes. Gabi Swiatkowska’s illustrations are enchanting, and Uma’s personal portrayal of infinity as the love she feels for her grandmother is perfectly precious. Ages 5-8. RBB
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By Kate Hosford, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780761367260
Availability: Backordered
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - August 1st, 2012