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#DioramaChallenge
#DioramaChallenge

The #DioramaChallenge has been issued!

To celebrate the launch of MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS, Tara Altebrando has challenged middle grade authors to make dioramas of their latest books. Many have answered, including Leslie Margolis, Anne Ursu, and Rita Williams-Garcia. You can see the fruits of their labor here.

Now you can bravely take up the #DioramaChallenge by hosting a special craft day in your library or classroom! Download our activity guide here.

#DioramaChallenge on Twitter:
#DioramaChallenge on Facebook

 

My Life in Dioramas-

Kate Marino knows very well that home is where her heart is, and if she had any say in the matter, her heart would stay put in Big Red. The old, rambling farmhouse has withstood the test of time with her family, but now Kate’s parents have decided to sell it from under her feet.
The preventative solution: sabotage the realtor’s tours with the help of best friends and a plan that has maximum stinkage potential.
The back-up plan: hang on to at least a little bit of life at Big Red by creating shoebox dioramas of each room.
But even with a full-scale assault, will her mission be a success? And if not, what will the diorama of Kate’s future look like?
With a keen eye for capturing the moments that matter, acclaimed author Tara Altebrando explores the pain—and promise—of letting go.

 

A beautiful, poignant book trailer for MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj00_CV1AbQ

 

 

 

 

 

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Going to ALA? Check out our publishers’ events in booth 1304!

Last week, we gave you the list of things happening in the Consortium booth. But while we’re there, we’ll have even more things happening in our publishers’ booth! Add these to your schedule, and stop by to check them out!

Signings in the booth:

SATURDAY

10:00-10:30     Diana Cohn (The Bee Tree) at Cinco Puntos Press

10:30-12:00    Tom Catton (May I Sit With You?) at Central Recovery Press

12:00-12:30     Kate Schatz & Miriam (Rad American Women A-Z) at City Lights Publishers

1:30-3:00        Emily Filmore (The Marvelous Transformation) at Central Recovery Press

2:00-2:30        Diana Cohn (Si Se Puede/ Yes We Can) at Cinco Puntos Press

SUNDAY

10:30-12:00     Dana Bowman (Bottled) at Central Recovery Press

1:30-3:00        Sandra Swenson (The Joey Song) at Central Recovery Press

 

They’ll have lots and lots of galley/book/swag giveaways in the booth at well:

SATURDAY                                                            

11:00-11:30     Galleys of 6:41 to Paris at New Vessel Press

12:30-1:30       Galleys of On the Run with Mary at New Vessel Press

THROUGHOUT                                                                  

Galleys of Marvel and a Wonder at Akashic Books

Galleys of The Anger Meridian at Akashic Books

Books of Eight New-Generation African Poets at Akashic Books

Books of Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos at Akashic Books

Books of Simon’s Cat vs. the World at Akashic Books

Books of You Have to F**king Eat at Akashic Books

Galleys of Seriously, You Have to Eat at Akashic Books

Books of Go the F**k to Sleep at Akashic Books

Books of Seriously, Just Go to Sleep at Akashic Books

Books of Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats at Akashic Books

Galleys of What Is Punk? at Akashic Books

Books of I Love You Too at Akashic Books

Books of The Shark Curtain at Akashic Books

Books of Changers Book One: Drew at Akashic Books

Books of Changers Book Two: Oryon at Akashic Books

Blads of Castro: A Graphic Novel at Arsenal Pulp Press

Blads of Suite Française: Storm in June at Arsenal Pulp Press

Blads of Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing at Arsenal Pulp Press

Galleys of The Do-Right at Cinco Puntos Press

Galleys of Crane Boy at Cinco Puntos Press

Galleys of The Great and Mighty Nikko at Cinco Puntos Press

Galleys of Pillow at Coach House Books

Galleys of Chinkstar at Coach House Books

Galleys of The Murder of Halland at Coach House Books

Galleys of Juventud at Curbside Splendor Publishing

Galleys of The Voiceover Artist at Curbside Splendor Publishing

Galleys of Fake Fruit Factory at Curbside Splendor Publishing

Galleys of Tram 83 at Deep Vellum Publishing

Galleys of Neighbors From Hell at Feral House

Books of Rock, Paper, Scissors at Open Letter Books

Galleys of Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras at Stone Bridge Press

Galleys of Love Not Given Lightly: Profiles from the Edge of Sex at Stone Bridge Press

Galleys of Unshaven: Modern Women, Natural Bodies at Stone Bridge Press

 

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ALA SF: Publishers Group West & Legato Publishers Group

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There’s something extra special about ALA Annual this year for the PGW Berkeley team because it’s in our city. We can’t wait to have our exhibiting publishers in San Francisco and to meet all the librarians and book lovers at Moscone Convention Center.

With the show just days away we are busy finalizing the logistics and making sure nothing is missed so that we can have the best show ever. PGW, Legato and our exhibiting publishers have a plethora of fantastic books for you to come and see at our booths.  Hope to see you there!

PGW  Booth 1334

Legato Publishers Group  Booth 1333

Exhibiting Publishers:

Nomad Press Booth 1337

Clavis Booth 1335

Owlkids Books  Booth 1331A

Cameron + Company Booth 1331

Creston Books Booth 1331

Readers to Eaters Booth 1329A

Mighty Media Press Booth 1329

Groundwood Books Booth 1327

Trinity University Press Booth 1338A

Kalmbach Booth 1338

Divine Arts Booth 1336A

Hawthorne Books Booth 1336

Counterpoint Booth 1336

Ko Kids Booth 1332A

Insight Editions Booth 1332

House of Anansi Booth 1330A

White Cloud Press Booth 1330

Parallax Press Booth 1330

New World Library Booth 1328A

Grove Atlantic Booth 1328

Skyhorse Publishing Booth 1340

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Follow us on Facebook:

Publishers Group West

Legato Publishers Group

Hashtag: #alaac15

Looking back at ALA MW Chicago!

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Meet Us in San Francisco!

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Consortium will be at Annual next week, and we’d love to see you! We’ll be at booths 1303-1304. As usual, we’ll have author signings, galleys, and lots of swag!

Publishers in Our Aisle

Each publisher will have their own giveaways and fun, new books for you to see!

Come to our party! We’re having a party with City Lights Publishers and Booklist, at the famous City Lights Bookstore on Columbus Avenue. The invite can be found here. It’s a free event to all ALA attendees—just wear your badge to get in!

Nina Revoyr will have a panel of her own at the Pop Top Stage on Monday, June 29th. The event is from 11:00 to 12:00, and features an author signing following the presentation. She will be signing copies of her latest book, Lost Canyon.

 

We will have many signings while at ALA:

SATURDAY

10:00-10:30    Tom Catton (May I Sit With You?)

11:00-11:30    Tod Davies & Mike Madrid (The Lizard Princess)

1:00-1:30        Emily Filmore (The Marvelous Transformation)

2:00-2:30        Linda Lee Peterson (The Spy on the Tennessee Walker)

SUNDAY

10:00-10:30     Dana Bowman (Bottled)

1:00-1:30        Sandra Swenson (The Joey Song)

2:00-2:30        Nina Revoyr (Lost Canyon)

3:00-3:30        Kevin McCloskey (We Dig Worms!)

 

In addition, we will have galley giveaways and book giveaways in between signings. Stop by and pick up your next favorite book!

SATURDAY                                                            

9:00-9:30         Marry, Kiss, Kill by Anne Flett-Giordano

12:00-12:30     Places of the Heart by Colin Ellard

3:00-3:30        Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen                                                                                          

SUNDAY                                                                  

9:00-9:30        Wild About Shapes by Jérémie Fischer

11:00-11:30     Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

 

We can’t wait to meet you in person! Can’t make it to San Francisco? We’ll be tweeting at @ConsortiumBooks, and using the #alaac15 hashtag.

 

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Groundwood Books & Highlights/Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek listed on Bank Street Best of 2015

THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.

The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

(source: Bank Street College of Education)
 
*= Outstanding Merit

Groundwood Books

 9781554984879_30df5Naptime (BEST UNDER 5)

written and illustrated by Iris de Mouy, translated from the French by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, $16.95)

978-1-55498-487-9

The animals on the savannah offer a variety of familiar excuses for not taking a nap. Then a bossy young girl offers a solution. Simple appealing watercolors. (2-5)

9781554984916_bf339The  Cat  at  the  Wall (BEST FOR 9-12yrs)

by  Deborah  Ellis (Groundwood  Books/House  of  Anansi  Press,  $16.95)

978-1-­55498-­491-­6

After  dying  in  Bethlehem,  Pennsylvania, thirteen-­‐year-­‐old Clare  is  transformed  into  a  cat  in  Bethlehem on  the  West  Bank,  where  events  between  Israeli  soldiers  and  Palestinians  oddly  mirror  her  former  life.  (9-­12)

Outside  In (BEST FOR 97815549836749-12yrs)

by  Sarah  Ellis

(Groundwood/House  of  Anansi  Press,  $16.95)

978­‐1-­55498-­367-­4

Lynn’s  conventional  eighth grade  world collides  with  her  new  friend’s antimaterialistic,  off the grid  family and  creates  conflict  between  maintaining  old  friendships  and  embracing  new  alliances.  (10-­13)

Boyds Mills Press/Highlights

9781620917367_p0_v1_s260x420Alone Together  (BEST UNDER 5)

written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom

(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-62091-736-7

Bear wants some time alone. Goose and Fox approve. Will Bear get what he wants? Spare text and glorious pastels. (3-4)

9781590789919By Day, By Night  (BEST UNDER 5)

by Amy Gibson, illustrated by Meilo So

(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-59078-991-9

Wander through the day with the world’s children as they perform everyday routines. Lively pencil and watercolor vignettes. Benefit for the Global Orphan Project. (3-6)

w204*Mysterious Patterns  (BEST 12-14)

Finding Fractals in Nature

by Sarah C. Campbell, photographed by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-62091-627-8

Gorgeous photographs accompany a simple and straightforward explanation of fractals, geometric shapes made up of smaller parts that each look like the whole shape. (7-10)

9781620910009The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar (BEST 12-14)

by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Joan Paley

(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-62091-000-9

The life cycle of the caterpillar that becomes an Isabella Tiger Moth is described with detailed illustrations. (7-9)

9781620916230_0Rory’s Promise  (BEST 12-14)

by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols (Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-62091-623-0

Rory promised her little sister, Violet, that they would never be parted. When Violet is placed on a train headed west for adoption, can Rory keep her promise? (11-13)

 

 

9781620917398_1Jasmine and Maddie (BEST 12-14)

by Christine Pakkala

(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-62091-739-8

Jasmine has lost her father and her home. Maddie seems to have everything. Despite the tension between them, can they become friends? (11-13)

 

 

9781590788417_0*Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education  (BEST 12-14)

by Norman H. Finkelstein (Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-59078-841-7

To improve the under-resourced education of black children in the South in the early 1900s, Julius Rosenwald partnered with communities and helped build nearly 5,000 schools. Archival photographs.  (12-15)

 

 

9781590787328_0Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat (BEST 12-14)

by Gail Jarrow (Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-59078-732-8

The fascinating history of how doctors discovered the cause of pellagra, a horrible disease caused by malnutrition. Archival photos and illustrations. (11-14)

 

 

9781590789971_0Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner (BEST 12-14)

(Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)

978-1-59078-997-1

This account of the California grape strike led by Mexican American Cesar Chavez and Filipino Larry Itliong also explores the rise and fall of the United Farm Workers of  America. (12-16)

For more go to:

http://www.bankstreet.edu/center-childrens-literature/childrens-book-committee/best-books-year/2015-edition/

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TOON’s Lost in NYC Earns SIX Starred Reviews!
TOON’s Lost in NYC Earns SIX Starred Reviews!

GET ON THE EXPRESS TRAIN with Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure, published by TOON Books! The new TOON Graphic, aimed at ages 8-12, is burning up the charts with starred reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, Horn Book, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly.

Written by Eisner-nominated author Nadja Spiegelman, and illustrated by one of Spain’s most celebrated experimental cartoonists, Sergio García Sánchez, this story brings all the bustle and beauty of NYC to young readers around the world. In an interview on Comic Book Resources, Spiegelman said “it’s foremost a unique visual experience, but I suppose if I meant to tell the plot, then it’s about a new kid who gets lost during a field trip to the Empire State Building. It’s also a non-fiction book filled with facts about the New York City subway system that reflects my own love for the city.”

“The storytelling is kinetic. . . . This is a love song to the city that never sleeps as well as a solid friendship story. Paired with robust, detailed historical notes and an engaging Spanish translation by Moral, this book is sure to be a hit with kids and their adults. Recommended for all collections.”—School Library Journal, April 2015, starred review

“Required reading for anyone, tourist or resident, mystified by or anxious about using arguably the greatest public transportation system on the planet.”—Kirkus Reviews, February 2015, starred review

“Young readers enamored by the Big Apple will be both delighted by the wealth of information and atmospheric artwork and encouraged by Pablo and Alicia’s successful, if a bit nerve-wracking, solo journeys.”—Booklist, April 2015, starred review

“In this vibrant graphic-novel picture book, Spiegelman’s lively text is superbly matched by García Sánchez’s art. His detailed images from every perspective, filled with trains, stations, people, streets, skyscrapers, and even maps, vividly convey the kids’ travels below and above ground.” The Horn Book Magazine, July 2015, starred review

“With humor and sensitivity, Spiegelman reveals how getting lost can be the first step toward finding your way—while also giving NYC residents and visitors alike a valuable primer on the subway system and its history.” Publishers Weekly, April 2015, starred review

“A graphic novel tale of friendship that combines fascinating facts about the New York subway system, the Empire State Building, history and geography.” Shelf Awareness, April 2015, starred review

“García’s adroit art bursts with activity, while the story highlights the ingenuity city life brings out in the young. Packed with subway maps, lore and miscellany, it’s sure to be treasured by tweens and adults, too.” New York Times

“Aimed at ‘visual learners,’ this elegantly presented and emotionally satisfying graphic story is well worth the time even of children who have never set foot in Manhattan.” The Wall Street Journal, April 2015

“Visually stunning (to say nothing of its accuracy) with abundant factual information wriggled into every available crevice, you don’t have to be a New Yorker to enjoy this book (though, boy, does it sure help).” Elizabeth Bird, NYPL Youth Materials Specialist, March 2015

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Library Reads & the Association of American Publishers Welcome you to BookExpo America 2015!

Hear first hand what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season, and learn their behind the scenes secrets why!

Thursday, May 28

1:45-3:15 pm. AAP Annual Librarians’ Book Buzz—Part I. Jacob K. Javits Center (Room 1E14)

Hear the first installment of what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season, and learn their behind the scenes secrets why!  Dominique R. Jenkins Academic Conventions and Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Group USA; Jen Childs, Director, Library Marketing, Random House; Michelle Fadlalla, Director of Marketing, Education & Library, Simon & Schuster;  Michael Rockliff, Director of  Library Sales and Marketing, Workman, Golda Rademacher, Library Marketing Manager, W. W. Norton;  Linda Hollick, Publisher, New York Review Books; and Meredith Barnes, Soho Press.

 

Friday, May 29

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. AAP Annual Librarians’ Book Buzz—Part II. Jacob K. Javits Center (Room 1E14)

Hear the second installment of what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season, and why. The second installment will feature publishers;  Virginia Stanley, Director of Library Marketing, HarperCollins; Elenita, Chmilowski, Library Marketing Director, Perseus Books Group; Melissa Nicholas, Library Marketing Manager, Hachette Book Group, Chris Vaccari, Director, Library Marketing, Sterling; Talia Sherer, Director, Library Marketing, Macmillan; Claire Kelley, Marketing Manager, Melville House; and Julie Schaper, President, Consortium Book Distribution, and Jean Johnson, National Accounts Manager for Schools and Libraries Sourcebooks.

 

3:30 pm – 5 pm.  Seventh Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share @ Book Expo.  Jacob K. Javits Center (Room 1E14), Co-sponsored by the AAP and Library Journal. Librarians gather at the close of the 2nd day of BEA to talk about their most recent discoveries on the exhibit floor, and upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons.  Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal moderates this year’s Shout N Sharers: Kristi Chadwick, Advisor, Small Libraries Massachusetts Library System; Charlene Rue, Acting Director of BookOps, New York & Brooklyn Public Libraries; Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library; Jennifer Dayton, Collection Development Manager, Darien Library; and Robin Nesbitt, Collection Development, Columbus Public Library.

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Button Books

Did you know that Publisher Group West now proudly distributes Button Books in the USA?

Based in East Sussex, UK, Button Books (an imprint of GMC Publications) is an exciting new list of design-led children’s books which will appeal to adults as much as they do to children. The key values of Button Books are focused on impeccable design to compliment the content of each book as well as high-end print production techniques and finishes.

Button Books was launched in the Fall of 2012, beginning with a range of board and hardback gift books aimed at 0-2yrs and 2-5yrs, using the archive of French illustrator Alain Grée. Since then they have developed other products including flash cards, a height chart and some stationery. Their focus has been on the UK and they have not previously been distributed in the US or Canada.

Take a look at what you can expect to find for Spring and Fall 15!

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Button Books_Page_2Alain Grée’s beautiful illustrations from the 1960s and 70s are known throughout the world.  With their naivety of form and bold use of colour, their charm is undeniable.  Comprising a delightful collection of board & hardback books, activity sets and flash cards, these products feature Alain Grée’s stunning archive of vintage imagery throughout.

Mibo was founded by Madeleine Rogers with the aim of creating affordable, yet beautifully designed printed homeware products. This series, designed by Madeleine, presents titles that teach children about animals and their environments. Five animals are explored in each books, with a two-page spread dedicated to each animal. Bright, appealing illustrations and fun educational rhymes make these books an ideal learning tool for adults to share with children. In the pocket at the back of each book are five paper animals that little hands will be able to pop out and create into 3D figures, simply by folding and adding a bit of glue.

Order now through Publishers Group West or your favorite wholesaler:
Phone: 1-800-788-3123 * Fax: 1-800-351-5073 * Email: orderentry@perseusbooks.com

Be sure to visit Button Books at www.buttonbooks.co.uk or go to www.pgw.com

Visit PG Kids Booth 942 at BEA2015!

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Rich and Fragrant Lebanese Cuisine
Rich and Fragrant Lebanese Cuisine

 ROSE WATER & ORANGE BLOSSOMS

 Featured Cookbook

The New York Times Food Section

Written by Melissa Clark

May 27

PRAISE:

“A terrific and important book!” –Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations “Maureen’s love letter to Lebanese food and the story of her family is so rich and delicious it was hard to stop reading and start cooking. But the recipes and photos compel me to do just that, and it’s hard to know where to start: thick yogurt in olive oil, lamb with spices and herbs, warm dates, pomegranate and rose sorbet. This book is a feast from Maureen and her family table, and I can hardly wait to bring her food to mine.”

–Faith Durand, executive editor of TheKitchen.com

“What a charmer of a book. Maureen Abood brings us Lebanon on a plate, the Lebanon of her family and her imagination. Her recipes keep bringing to mind descriptors like, “deliciously sexy” and “got to do this.” Her family stories paint Lebanese life on both sides of the ocean. And the vegetable recipes alone are worth the price of admission. This is one for “The Keeper Shelf.””

–Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Host of The Splendid Table® from American Public Media

“A warm and welcoming guide to the fragrant world of Lebanese cooking. Abood writes with an American heart and a Middle Eastern soul, and she takes us on a delectable journey infused with luscious recipes, stunning images, and sweet memories.” –Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen

“Not nearly well known enough in this country, the rich and fragrant Lebanese cuisine finally gets this worthy representation both in the range of dishes presented and the gorgeous, mouth-watering illustrations of them.” –Mimi Sheraton, longtime food critic of The New York Times and author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

“Maureen’s unique perspective on Lebanese cooking is richly represented in Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. It is approachable, inspiring, and simply delicious.”–Michael Solomonov, executive chef and co-owner, Zahav restaurant 

“Maureen is a special kind of cookbook author–insightful, mindful of tradition, always appreciative. Rose Water and Orange Blossoms celebrates life, family, beautiful recipes, and Lebanese (culinary) food ways. She uniquely uses charm, experience, warmth, and evocative storytelling to invite us into the seductive realm of her Lebanese table–rose water, orange blossom, pomegranate, sumac, dates, and all.” –Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day

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The Slippers’ Keeper from Groundwood Books

9781554984145_f44fcSchool Library Journal April Review
April. Gr 2-4–This exquisitely illustrated picture book describes the life of Joe Purdon, who devoted his life to the preservation of the showy lady’s-slipper, an orchid native to North America. When he was 13, Purdon learned about the flowers from his teacher, who told her students how rare and delicate they were because of their inability to self-pollinate and because they require a precise balance of water and sunlight. Purdon came across more Showy Lady’s-slippers growing in a wet, lowland area of his family’s farm in Eastern Ontario. Believing them to be “‘the prettiest thing this side of sunset,” he began to study their life cycle, learning how to pollinate them and how much water and sunshine they needed to grow and protecting the colonies of pink flowers from hungry animals. The book ends with Purdon as an adult, still nurturing the now thousands of plants flourishing under his care. An epilogue and a note at the end of the book describe how the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority was established in 1982 to protect the colony. Dominated by shades of green, the illustrations are elegant. The text fictionalizes somewhat, relying heavily on dialogue. Slightly on the stiff side, the writing may not resonate with readers, but the images will keep them turning pages. VERDICT A solid addition to science collections, this title introduces young readers to the concept of conservation and emphasizes that one person can make a difference.–Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mount Carmel

9781554984145_IL_4_5c923Midwest Book Review ‘Botany Shelf’ review. March 2015 issue:
“The Slippers’ Keeper” is an exquisitely illustrated true story of a boy named Joe Purdon who loved walking and exploring the Canadian woods with his dog, Laddie. On his walks he observed and learned to know many things about the plants and animals of his beloved woodlands. One special discovery that he treasured was the Showy Lady’s Slipper, which he discovered was a flower unable to pollinate itself and bloom without the help of bees or insects. The delicate wild orchid also required just the right balance of water and sunlight to thrive. Joe decided to make it his project to help Showy Lady’s Slippers to grow in the fen. This was not a project that had the full support of his father, who approved Joe’s activities only after his farm chores were done. Fortunately Joe’s mother understood he needed to pursue his special interest for pleasure in the beauty of the wild orchid. Joe studied and observed the needs of the wild orchid and persisted in his plan to aid the spread of Showy Lady’s Slippers in the fen near his farm home. Joe grew into a man who loved his work with the wild orchids, maple syrup production, and woodworking with felled trees, rather than farming. Gradually he watched his orchid colony grow and increase, just as his own family did also. Joe’s work with the preservation of the Showy Ladys’ Slipper was later preserved and honored by the Purdon Conservation Area, later the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. “The Slippers’ Keeper” honors this amazing legacy with narrative and tender portraits of the beautiful landscape of the Showy Lady’s Slipper in eastern Ontario, Canada.

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Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing such classics as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Huron Carol, Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

The Slippers’ Keeper
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
9781554984145
US $18.95

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