There are so many great items in our collection and although it is hard for us to choose which ones we like best, here we list some of our favorites. The most recent review is featured below and you can also browse past reviews below. To read a past review, just click the cover of the book and enjoy.
Some of my favorite classes as an undergraduate were my children's literature courses. They really made me appreciate children's literature in a whole new way. At first glance a story may look simple, but the words and the art in children's books can work together to deliver a powerful message.
One children's book I recently discovered in our collection really spoke to me. The Journey That Saved Curious George: the true wartime escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, by Louise Borden, is a powerful story that sheds new light on an old favorite. This book tells the history of the authors of the Curious George stories and their escape from Europe during World War II. Not only is the text a history of the couple and their famous monkey, but the book includes actual photographs, letters, original drawings, and documents from the couple's past. The illustrations in the book, done by Allan Drummond, are spectacular. He captures the text in an almost graphic novel-like way that mesmerizes the reader.
I would suggest this book for an older and curious reader. Although heavily illustrated, the amount of text and nature of the story are more appropriate for a reader around 11 years of age and up (and up and up and up J). I love being able to look at old things in a new way and this title has certainly made me curious about Curious George.
- Nina Golboro, Library Director