Monday, October 22, 2012

Caldecott and Newbery Medals 2005

Caldecott Medal, 2005

Kitten’s first Full Moon was written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. This is his thirty-fourth book and has a very different look from his others with illustrations in colored pencils and gouache (opaque water colors). Kitten’s first adventure is trying to climb to the moon, thinking it is a bowl of milk. And the adventures continue … With a minimum of words and large pictures this is a perfect book for preschoolers.

Newbery Medal, 2005

Kira-Kira was written by Cynthia Kadohata and is the story of a Japanese family who moves from Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia. Written from the perspective of Katie, we learn about older sister Lynn, younger brother Sam and both parents who work in a chicken hatchery. The wise older sister Lynn (who taught Katie that “kira-kira” is the sky because its color is deep but see-through at the same time, just like the sea, just like people’s eyes) becomes very ill and life for this family changes again. This story is sad but very thoughtful. It is one you will not soon forget.

Book Reviews by Susan Berry

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