Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cupcakes, Trees, and Kindness!

Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story From Africa by Jeanette Winter, is a great picture book that would be ideal for read-alouds, a perfect pick for storytime.  The illustrations are captivating to say the least.  When Wangari Maathai returns to Kenya after having been away at college in the United States, she discovers that the beautiful trees that once covered the vast land, have been wiped away.  Believing in the ability of small acts to make profound change in her community and world, she begins planting trees in her own backyard. She also encourages others to do the same. This simple gesture sparks a great movement to replenish the landscape.  A remarkable picture book, this story will be engaging for readers of all ages and interests.   

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos, is another terrific pick for storytime.  Paulie Pastrami is only seven years old, but quickly discovers small ways to make the world a little happier, such as being kind to animals, apologizing to his sister, and spreading the joy of cupcakes.  Quirky language and colorful illustrations make this a wonderful pick that will both hold the reader's attention, and spread a positive message about developing good character and doing small things each day to make a positive impact on the world.

:)  Hope you all are enjoying the beautiful day