Date Archives January 2017

The Truffle Hunter

A hotel nestled in an old French village…a cranky chef called César…a blue Citroën Deux Chevaux…an under-valued sow named Martine… ancient cave paintings…a dark and handsome stranger…and a lesson in digging up tasty tubers…

Can an English picture book be any “Frenchier” than Inga Moore’s The Truffle Hunter ?

IMG_1429Her words and pictures capture such a spirit of place that you’ll be transported to the Perigord in the space of a story time. (Couldn’t you almost step into the full page spread above?) Like so many of Moore’s timeless works, The Truffle Hunter is still in print today. My hope is that we keep it that way for the next generation.

(You’ll find a short bio of British author-illustrator Inga Moore here.)

IMG_1427The Truffle Hunter
Inga Moore
Published byKane/Miller Book Publishers
1985

The Stars Will Still Shine

I cannot start a brand new blog in a brand new year without featuring this picture book published back in 2005. While The Stars Will Still Shine is not a “European/international” title; it is a universal one, and just as important as ever.

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…So Cynthia Rylant begins her ode to all things good, inviting us in to be comforted a while. Page after page, she reminds us of what is still right with the world. From the chiming of church bells, to ice cream cones three scoops high, to snuggling on a rainy day, her text appeals to a child’s senses while evoking the symbols of peace, delight, hope, and love most common to a child’s experience.

Tiphanie Beeke’s luminous illustrations are a testament to how vibrant watercolor can be. Just look at those jewel tones!

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To open this book is to open up a space of beauty and calm in the midst of troubled, uncertain times. What better gift for our children and ourselves this new year?

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The Stars Will Still Shine
Cynthia Rylant & Tiphanie Beeke
Published by HarperCollins
2005