Category Archives: Picture Books

The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Clime

This version of Cinderella has all the basic events and characters we know and love but set in the context of early Chinese society. When the beautiful Yeh-Shin’s mother dies her father remarried a woman who already had her own … Continue reading

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Me and You by Anthony Browne

In revisiting the well-known fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Anthony Browne presents the reader with two parallel lives that intersect briefly. As the tale unfolds we get an insight into the life of Goldilocks, a view-point that is … Continue reading

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A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

 A good book to read aloud and at bedtime. A group of young hamsters grow too big for their first home, a hole in a mattress in of junk yard. Emerging from their home they surveyed their new surrounding and … Continue reading

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little red hood by Marjolaine Leray

A must have book. An edgy retelling of a traditional tale, the heroine takes on a much more assertive role and gets the better of the wolf, using her brains. The author skilfully concentrates on the point at which little … Continue reading

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Where’s Julius? by John Burningham

Julius is a boy with great imagination which is encouraged and shared by his parents. We first meet Julius when he shares breakfast with his parents. After this Julius is not available to have any meals with them, he is much to busy having … Continue reading

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The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland and Tatsuro Kiuchi

Set against the background of the Vietnamese civil war we have a young girl who has to flee her country to escape possible persecution, taking with her a Lotus seed, a symbol of a lost way of life. This young … Continue reading

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One Boy’s War by Lynn Huggins-Cooper and Ian Benfold Haywood

There is an added poignancy to this tale because it is based on a young man who survived. Despite being under age, he, like many of his friends wanted to go off to fight in the Great War especially when … Continue reading

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