* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.
Today’s great book: Cranberry Easter by Wende and Harry Devlin (1990, Aladdin Books)
The Authors’ FUN Website: http://www.harryandwendedevlin.com/
Time to Read: we read it just before bed
Summary: from the website…”Mr. Whiskers realizes something must be done, but what? Just when things look their worst, his young friend Maggie comes up with a plan that may save the egg hunt, and convince Seth that Cranberryport is the place for him after all!”
Best Quote from the Book: “Suffering codfish, Seth, these old folks are all alone. Somebody’s got to help. They need you!”
Our View: I am especially fascinated right now by what I like to call “kind-hearted books.” If there were ever a book that had kind-hearted characters in it, this would be the one – actually, the entire Cranberry series introduces us to a wonderful group of people. There is something special and rare about a children’s book that does not speak down to children and does not create only child characters, but instead offers a story that brings generations together and instills a respect and wonder for those around us. The illustrations are colorful and interesting and will easily capture the attention of children of all ages. From a sense of community to a sense of humor, Cranberry Easter weaves a tale of family and friends that will strike a familiar and hopeful chord with its readers.
Recipe Alert: This series also includes a great cranberry recipe in the back of each book!
* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…
Today’s great book:Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton (1943, Houghton Mifflin Company). Time to Read: short and sweet; the illustrations alone are worth some extra time Summary: “Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.” Best Quote: “Then she went home to rest. Then…and only then did Katy stop.”
Our View: The most familiar of Virginia Lee Burton’s books, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, only recently drew our attention to this particular book about a big tractor that includes a very important set of implements and one very very important snow shovel. My 8-year old especially enjoys the illustrations that Burton so beautifully crafts across each page. The details and words and ideas represented in these drawings alone make this book a must-have for your secret book room! There is a classic, maybe even nostalgic, feel to it. The character of Katy is also very important as this story’s core narrative is about taking care of your community and each other and doing what’s right even when it is difficult…and not losing heart until the job is done.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Katy Cubes” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.