Children's Literature (all forms), Slice of Life

The Ties that Bind–Sharing a Chinese Language Picture Book with Mom

Ai chi qing cai de e yu / wen, tu Tang Mouniu. When I say I shared a book with a mom, most people don’t give it another thought because after all I’m a children’s librarian and I often share books with moms who come to my story time.  It’s the last thing on their minds that the mom would be my mom because after all, aren’t picture books for children? I was flipping through the books on my new cart at the library and saw a beautiful picture book with bountiful green vegetables in chinese entitled “Ai Chi Quing Cai De E Yu” by Mouniu Tang–which translates to “The Alligator Who Loved to Eat Vegetables.”  Practically an ABC (American Born Chinese), I had long forgotten the language but understood it in the simplest sense when spoken. What really caught my eye was the silver medal on the front cover which indicated it won an award of…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz, Children's Literature (all forms)

How Does Your Garden Grow?

A green thumb is not required for enjoying these reads! Who owns the beautiful garden in Mary Ann Hoberman’s Whose Garden is It?  That’s the very question asked by Mrs. McGee, who happens upon a lovely garden during her daily stroll.  The proud gardener introduces himself as the gardener, and boasts that no one is allowed in his garden without his permission, which allows him to keep it in tip-top shape.  He’s in good spirits today, so he allows Mrs. McGee to wander through his garden.  The gardener returns to his weeding, but not without noticing that he is missing some lettuce.  Perhaps that’s due to the rabbit that lives in the garden (and who seems rather indignant that the gardener claims the garden to himself).  However, the woodchuck believes that the garden, in fact, belongs to him.  So do the bird, the worm, the wasp, the butterfly….and so do the many other small…