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    David Jumps In Alan Woo Canada, Katty Maurey Canada
    9781771388450 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.7 in | 1.05 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      This lyrical tale, written in simple free verse, tells how a game with roots in ancient China --- called elastic skip in this story --- helps a boy find his footing on his first day at a new school. It is David's first day at his brand-new school. He doesn't know anyone. At recess, he stands alone and watches the other children enjoying their activities on the playground, from practicing soccer moves and climbing monkey bars to playing hopscotch and daydreaming in the grass. Bundled deep inside David's pocket is a string of rubber bands, knotted and ready for a game of elastic skip. But will anyone want to try that game? he wonders. Will anyone want to play with him? With simple, lyrical free verse, Alan Woo echoes the singsong of schoolyard games to draw readers into the deeper levels of this lovely and poignant picture book story. Exploring the themes of friendship, diversity, belonging and inclusion, the book also celebrates David's self-acceptance and comfort with his own unique identity. With roots in ancient China, David's jump-rope game --- called elastic skip in the story, but known by many different names --- is a symbol for multicultural connections, linking David and his new schoolmates through the sharing of his background. Katty Maurey's colorful screen print-style illustrations evoke the seemingly endless space, energy, brightness and noise of recess. And through changing perspective, readers see David's evolution from a small figure lost in the crowd to a larger, central one at the story's close. This book would make an excellent choice for social studies discussions on community or cultures. It also could launch discussions on courage or individuality.
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      Alan Woo is an enthusiastic teen-services librarian with the Surrey Public Library. Maggie's Chopsticks, his first picture book, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award. Alan's writing has appeared in Ricepaper and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, among other publications. Alan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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      A gentle tale of courage and friendship.
      A welcome, nuanced addition to the vast cannon of first-day-of-school books.
      A comforting story and a worthwhile addition to collections in need of more titles about shyness, making friends, and starting in a new place.
      ... encourages children to be comfortable with who they are and to take the forward step of connecting with others.
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    Going Up! Sherry J. Lee Canada, Charlene Chua Canada, Charlene Chua
    9781525301131 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 7.88 x 12 x 0.6 in | 1.19 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      An elevator ride to a birthday party turns into a shared experience bursting with joy in this multicultural story about community, togetherness and the special feeling of belonging. Today is Olive's birthday party, and Sophie and her dad have baked cookies. Sophie's dad holds the platter so Sophie can push the elevator button for the tenth floor. But on the way up, the elevator stops to let the Santucci brothers get on. Then on the next floor, Vicky, Babs and their dog, Norman, get in. And as the elevator ascends, it keeps stopping, and more neighbors squeeze in to the crowded space: the Habibs, the Flores family, Mr. Kwan, Vi Tweedle with her Chihuahua, Minx. Everyone is going to the party! Playfully combining the excitement and anticipation of a party with children's universal love of riding in elevators, Sherry J. Lee's picture book story is ultimately about community and a sense of belonging. With characters from many cultural backgrounds, it showcases the everyday diversity that many urban children experience. Charlene Chua's illustrations provide loads of funny details and visual narratives that aren't in the text, making for a multilayered reading experience. The book's tall, narrow trim size adds to the effect of the rising elevator.
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      Sherry J. Lee has worked in the book industry for many years, first as a bookseller and then in publishing. Sherry lives in Toronto with her husband. Going Up! is her debut picture book.
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      Awards
      Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association 2021, Short-listed
      Best Fiction for Younger Readers of 2020, Chicago Public Library 2020, Winner
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      [A] thoughtfully inclusive story of friendship and respect across differences.
      ... enticing ...
      ... an engaging picture-book debut ...
      A celebration of diversity and a lively portrayal of neighborly conviviality at its best, this story will put readers in a party mood, wherever they live.
      ... a wonderful storytime book ...
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    I Dream of a Journey Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi
    9781525304781 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Travel Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $18.99 CAD 8.5 x 10.5 x 0.6 in | 0.89 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Akiko Miyakoshi's enchanting picture book explores how an innkeeper who spends his days at the crossroads of others' journeys secretly longs to have adventures of his own. People from all over the world come and go at the innkeeper's little hotel. He enjoys meeting them, and many even become his friends. Only, sometimes, when he goes to sleep at night, the desire to travel far away himself wells up inside him. He dreams of packing a big bag and journeying wherever he pleases, from one unfamiliar town to another. He imagines stopping to visit friends and having wonderful and unexpected experiences. The innkeeper continues to go about his daily routine at his hotel, but, someday, he is sure, he will explore the world. This beautiful picture book from multi-award-winning and internationally bestselling author-illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi thoughtfully speaks to the common experience of longing for something new and exciting, while feeling comfort in the familiar. The artwork's muted colors and soft focus give it a dreamlike quality and, paired with the spare, simple text, invokes wonder, leaving many questions open to interpretation. This book perfectly captures the feeling of wanderlust, of being curious about the world, wanting to see other places and how other people live. It could ignite intriguing conversations with children about what they long to do. Its message is also likely to resonate with adults.
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      Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.
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      ... child readers will ... view the potential journey with anticipation.
      ... evocative and dreamlike ...
      Miyakoshi's dreamy vision of a smoothly functioning society inhabited entirely by animals creates an enchantment all its own.
      A quiet story that can spark group discussions about youngsters' dreams and ways to follow them.
      ... offers young minds ample space to wonder and wander on their own.
      This is an exceptional book that adult readers will enjoy for themselves and enjoy sharing with the young people in their lives.
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    I Got You a Present! Mike Erskine-Kellie Canada, Susan McLennan Canada, Cale Atkinson Canada
    9781525300097 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $18.99 CAD 8 x 11 x 0.55 in | 0.92 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A quest for the perfect birthday present leads to ever grander (and ever more imperfect) gift ideas in this clever metafiction story that's hilarious any day of the year. “I wanted to get you the greatest present ever,” our narrator tells us. But somehow, none of the best ideas seemed to pan out. First, there was the pair of hand-knitted birthday socks (have you ever tried knitting birthday socks?). Then, the ten-scoop ice cream cone (a disaster to carry), the magic kit (it disappeared, just like magic!), the apple juice-fueled jet pack (still a few kinks to work out) and the dinosaur (I couldn't find one anywhere). And now, time has run out, and our narrator still has nothing to give. Or, maybe there is something after all. Something that contains all those awesome gifts in one. Something that can be enjoyed again and again, just by turning the pages ... In their debut picture book, Emmy Award-winning children's television writers Mike Erskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan have created a laugh-out-loud story filled with heart. The metafiction approach (speaking directly to “you”) and fun story together with the antic exuberance of Cale Atkinson's bold and colorful illustrations make this a lively read-aloud that will keep even the youngest children engaged. Though a book about finding the perfect birthday present is itself the perfect birthday present, it's also simply a delightful read for any time of year. It also offers an excellent character education lesson on perseverance.
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      Susan McLennan is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for television. I Got You a Present!, which she wrote with her husband Mike Erskine-Kellie, is her first picture book. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      ... endlessly inventive ...
      ... appealing and engaging .... a delightful picture book that is appropriate for young children ages 4 through 7.
      A sweet and silly birthday treat.
      With a comic feeling that is reminiscent of Mo Willems or Ben Clanton's picture books, I Got You a Present! is sure to be a hit with the kindergarten crowd and will likely be enjoyed by older kids as well.
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    My Ocean Is Blue Darren Lebeuf Canada, Ashley Barron Canada
    9781525301438 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.55 in | 0.88 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A young girl's poetic exploration of the enchanting ocean she loves. “This is my ocean,” the young girl begins as she heads over the dunes with her mother. Then, as they pass the whole day at the seaside, she lyrically describes her ocean in simple, sensory detail. It's both “slimy” and “sandy,” “sparkly” and “dull.” It has wonderful sounds, as it “splashes and crashes and echoes and squawks.” And it contains so many colors, from “rusted orange” to “runaway red,” “faded white” to “polished green.” Though “mostly it's blue.” Nothing the girl experiences escapes her careful observation and appreciation. And at day's end, she can't wait for her next trip to the beach. Author Darren Lebeuf, an award-winning photographer, uses spare text and a rhythmic style to create an evocative read-aloud. The vivid adjectives, both concrete and abstract, will inspire children to try to capture in words what they notice not only at the ocean, but in any natural setting. The bright, richly colored cut-paper collage illustrations by Ashley Barron add a captivating visual texture and depth to the story. The portrayal of a girl with a physical disability enjoying and actively participating in a day at the beach encourages all children to do the same in their own lives, while also offering a character education lesson in adaptability. This book has strong curriculum ties to primary nature units and life science lessons on oceans and the seaside, and it offers a perfect focus for nature-based education and outdoor classrooms.
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      Darren Lebeuf is an award-winning photographer with a background in design and visual communication. He is the author of My Forest Is Green and My Ocean is Blue. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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      First and Best List, Toronto Public Library 2020, Winner
      Reviews
      ... enjoyable ...
      A joyful marine romp.
      Ocean lovers of all ages will appreciate the vivid colors and beautiful text that recounts a lovely and relaxing day by the sea.
      My Ocean is Blue ... strikes just the right note as Lebeuf and Barron share a day at the seaside through a poetic text that is beautifully mirrored by exquisite watercolour, pencil crayon and collage illustrations.
      Not a story but an experience, with a spare text and much to look at in the illustrations ...
      Kids and adults alike will gain a new appreciation for the ocean after reading My Ocean is Blue ...
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    Stopwatch from Grampa, A Loretta Garbutt Canada, Carmen Mok Canada
    9781525301445 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.45 in | 0.95 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A child inherits a treasured stopwatch that belonged to a beloved grandparent in this touching story of loss that explores the stages of grief with sensitivity and wisdom. “When summer started, I got Grampa's stopwatch,” a small child says. “I don't want his stopwatch. I want him.” Grampa used to time everything. A race to the end of the street and back: 24 seconds. Eating bubblegum ice cream: 1 minute, 58 seconds. But now, Grampa's gone. “There are no more Grampa minutes, Grampa seconds,” the child says. “Time just stops.” As the seasons come and go, the stopwatch becomes a cherished symbol of remembrance, and the child uses it to carry on Grampa's favorite pastimes and traditions. Loretta Garbutt uses subtlety and sensitivity to explore the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) in this moving picture book story of loss. It features a gender-neutral main character (no first name or pronouns are given) making the story universally relatable. This is a perfect choice for fostering discussions with children about their emotions, particularly the feeling of loss. It also offers a poignant representation of an intergenerational relationship between a grandfather and grandchild. Carmen Mok's expressive and thoughtful illustrations employ a limited color palette to convey the character's emotional trajectory. There are curriculum applications here in social-emotional development as well as character education lessons in caring and resilience.
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      Loretta Garbutt is a children's bookseller and voice actor based in Toronto, Ontario. She has played the voice of Valerie on the beloved children's television series Max and Ruby and the voice of Franklin the Turtle. A Stopwatch from Grampa is her debut picture book.
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      Best Picture Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews 2020, Winner
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      An excellent and understated portrayal of grief from a child's perspective.
      A good discussion starter, this poignant, accessible picture book explores grief, the comfort provided by the passage of time, and the way in which memories allow us to keep loved ones in our hearts forever.
      ... a strong choice for parents, teachers, and librarians to read with young children who have experienced loss.
      ... heart-tugging ...
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    What Grew in Larry's Garden Laura Alary Canada, Kass Reich Canada
    9781525301087 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.6 in | 0.95 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A girl and her neighbor grow a community from their garden. Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard next door to hers, Larry grows the most extraordinary vegetables. Grace loves helping him --- watering and weeding, planting and pruning, hoeing and harvesting. And whenever there's a problem --- like bugs burrowing into the carrots or slugs chewing the lettuce --- Grace and Larry solve it together. Grace soon learns that Larry has big plans for the vegetables in his special garden. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution. Inspired by a real person, author Laura Alary has written a heartwarming story about how amazing things can grow when you tend your garden with kindness. In this case, Larry, a teacher, is helping to grow community. He has his students grow tomato plants that they then give away to their neighbors with personal notes. It offers a powerful lesson on the influence of generosity, while encouraging young children to become community activists in their own neighborhoods. This uplifting story fosters an appreciation for neighborhood and community at a time when that sentiment seems to be eroding. The book also contains an environmental message about harvesting your own vegetables and, with Kass Reich's colorful illustrations, works beautifully for a life science exploration of growth and changes in plants. There are character education connections to caring, cooperation, empathy, kindness, perseverance and teamwork.
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      Laura Alary believes in writing stories that make us bigger on the inside. She is constantly reading and wondering and learning so that she can keep up with all the questions her children ask --- especially about science and life on Earth. She grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Toronto with her three children.
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      A warmhearted lesson in community and creative thinking, delivered simply.
      [A] gentle narrative celebrating diligence, problem solving, and community ...
      Based on a true story, Alary perfectly captures Larry`s passion and Reich`s illustrations help this lovely picture book bloom.
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    What If Bunny's NOT a Bully? Lana Button Canada, Christine Battuz Canada
    9781525300554 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.87 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Ideas about bullies (and how we define people) are turned on their heads in this playful rhyming story that questions why a child is being labeled a bully. Gertie the elephant says everyone on the playground should stay far away from Bunny because she's super mean. But Kitty has questions: How did Bunny become a bully? Was she born that way? Was she stung by a bullybug? Or maybe she caught the bully flu? Wait, does that mean bullying is contagious? And if it is, couldn't the other animals catch it, too? But ... then no one would play with them either, and that doesn't seem fair. Is it possible that Bunny is sorry? Should they give her a second chance? Not your typical bullying story, Lana Button's fresh take flips the focus from the child being bullied to the one being called a bully. In cadenced rhyming text, the compassionate and insightful Kitty leads children through a series of questions that get at the core of the assumptions we make about others and how it feels to be on the other side of name-calling. Christine Battuz's expressive illustrations use tenderness and a touch of humor to complement the emotional level of the text. Altogether, this is a perfect child-level exploration of empathy. It would be an excellent choice for discussions about bullying, or more broad issues of social development. It also works for character education lessons on empathy, compassion, fairness and inclusiveness.
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      Lana Button works in early childhood education. She is the author of Willow's Whispers, Willow Finds a Way, Willow's Smile and My Teacher's Not Here! Lana studied theater performance at Concordia University in Montreal, and now lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and three daughters.
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      ... the message of giving friends a second chance is well expressed, and teachers will find a useful opportunity in identifying for children who the real victim of bullying is in this story.
      A playful approach to a serious topic, this is a great choice for young readers to explore what it means to be a bully and the reflect on the power of forgiveness.
      ... a beautifully illustrated atypical bullying story for primary aged children ...
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    Why Do We Cry? Fran Pintadera, Ana Sender
    9781525304774 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $18.99 CAD 11 x 9.5 x 0.5 in | 1.16 lb | 34 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      This sensitive, poetic picture book uses metaphors and beautiful imagery to explain the reasons for our tears, making it clear that everyone is allowed to cry, and that everyone does. In a soft voice, Mario asks, “Mother, why do we cry?” His mother thinks for a moment, and then begins to tell him about the many reasons for our tears. We cry because our sadness is so huge it must escape from our bodies. Because we don't understand the world, and our tears go in search of an answer. Because we can't find the right words, and our tears speak a universal language. Most important, she tells him, we cry because we feel like crying. And, as she shows him then, sometimes we feel like crying for joy. By exploring the causes of our tears, Fran Pintadera's thoughtful, poetic picture book story defends the right to cry and reinforces crying's importance as a way to release our pain, to calm us and to help us grow. Though the question is asked by the boy, the illustrations of his mother's answers feature her as a child, adding a layer of empathy to her message. Ana Sender's artwork uses color and symbolic images along with facial expressions and body language to beautifully capture the mood and emotion being described on each spread. This warm, reassuring hug of a book provides just the response every adult would want to have to the central question. Supporting social-emotional learning, it makes an excellent choice for discussions about feelings and crying. To extend the concepts in the story, back matter describes the physical aspects and benefits of tears and provides two activities.
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      Fran Pintadera is a storyteller, theater director and an award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children. He lives in Spain.
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      Awards
      Parents` Choice Gold Award, Parents` Choice Foundation 2020, Winner
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      This exploration of tears is reassuring and nonjudgmental.
      ... accessible and profound ...
      A sensitive, creative exploration of a universal phenomenon.
      As mental health issues rise, more and more parents are coming into libraries looking for books that talk about feelings, and Why Do We Cry? is an excellent book to recommend.
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    Window Marion Arbona Canada, Marion Arbona Canada
    9781525301360 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 10.25 x 7.88 x 0.65 in | 1.1 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this interactive, one-of-a-kind wordless picture book, extraordinary things are happening behind the windows of the city. A young girl is walking home from school in a big city. As she gazes up at window after window in the buildings on her route --- each one a different shape and size --- she imagines what might be going on behind them. By opening the gatefold, readers will come upon the most fantastical scenes. An indoor jungle. A whale in a bathtub. Vampires playing badminton. The girl's imagination knows no bounds. Until, behind the very last window, we find the girl back home in her own room, where the toys surrounding her look strangely familiar. This highly original wordless picture book by Marion Arbona is a celebration of curiosity and imagination that is sure to inspire a sense of wonder in readers of all ages. There are thirteen windows to open in all, and each scene is intricately drawn in black and white and packed with level upon level of extraordinary details to explore: a gathering of gnomes, a deep-sea diver among glowing underwater creatures, a collection of masks, cars that drive up the walls. In a clever touch, each window contains a clue to what's behind it --- for example, a plant on the ledge of the window that opens to the jungle, and a window shaped like a porthole that reveals the whale in a bathtub. With so much going on, this book will entice even the youngest children to pore over the pages for close reading, promoting observation skills and visual literacy.
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      Marion Arbona is the award-winning illustrator of numerous children's books. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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      Awards
      Books of the Year: Books for Young People, Quill & Quire 2020, Winner
      Best Picture Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews 2020, Winner
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      Arbona's teeming scenes should inspire both close observation and new compositions by young readers/artists.
      Window ... makes Alice's Wonderland look like bland suburbia.
      Arbona is a great talent, and Window is a fabulous book.
      It's wonderfully clever and entirely black and white. Black and white AND wordless AND full of gatefolds? Who knew classy could ever be this fun?

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