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Brownie & Pearl Step Out December 23, 2010

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I LOVE Cynthia Rylant! I was so excited to see a new picture book series by her during my last trip to Cover to Cover. Brownie and Pearl Step Out is a 2009 Simon & Schuster release for 3-5 year olds. The little girl is Brownie and her cat friend is Pearl. In this episode, Brownie and Pearl are headed to a birthday party. They feel a little shy when they arrive at the house where the party is.

I’m happy to see that there are other Brownie and Pearl books planned. Look for Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up, Brownie & Pearl See the Sights, and Brownie & Pearl Take a Dip (April 2011). I think these books will be big hits with those just learning to read youngsters. I hope they come out in paperback soon so they will be affordable for classroom teachers to have in their classroom libraries for their students.


Cynthia Rylant June 17, 2009

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I will start by admitting my bias for anything Cynthia Rylant.  I’m not sure when my love affair with her books first came into bloom, but I think it might have beengive me grace with The Relatives Came in 1986.  I think she is brilliant. I love everything from God went to Beauty School to Henry and Mudge, and everything in-between. I believe every family needs the sweet volume Give Me Grace: A Child’s Daybook of Prayers and every classroom needs In November.  

I LOVE Poppelton and his cast of merry animal friends. I love the short stories of Every Living Thing-the stories are so great to use with older students. I love Mr.Tulip Sees Putter, Annie & Snowball. I LOVE Silver Packages-such a poignant true story highlighted with Chris Soentpiet beautiful illustrations. I LOVE Tulip Sees America. Who doesn’t love When I Was Young in the Mountains?

Now I am not Katie Wood Ray, and can not recite her books from heart, but I sure wish I could!

Didn’t love the redo of Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel, but that was due to illustration style, not the language or story. I LOVE Van Gogh Cafe and have given Heavenly Village to several friends who work with teens.

the relatives cameI do have an autographed copy of The Relatives Came-I always started my reading and writing workshop school year with that book . I think I’m lucky enough to have that autograph because she presented at a Children’s Literature Workshop at Miami University (my old stomping ground) one of my first years teaching (Back when Children’s Literature Conferences were more common-boy I miss the one at OSU). I have a vague memory of driving back to Miami because she was going to be a presenter. She is much more elusive than many authors or illustrators-I wonder if anyone has been fortunate enough to have a school visit from her? She’s such a prolific writer, she probably doesn’t have time for school visits, but boy would that be great!