The Easter Egg – Jan Brett

Hoppi the Bunny wants desperately to be selected to assist the official Easter Bunny, but when he looks at all of the eggs that are being decorated by his friends as a means of earning the opportunity, he questions his chances.  He finally decides he will simply make an egg that he is proud of and not worry so much about winning.  Hoppi’s efforts get interrupted when an egg falls out the robin’s nest.  Even though it is inconvenient, Hoppi does what he knows is right and helps the baby robin in the egg, and as a result, creates what becomes the most beautiful egg of all.

The Museum – Susan Verde

I don’t think I can adequately express how much I love this book!!!  The Museum is a terrific story that is masterfully illustrated.  In the book a little girl goes on a visit to a museum and makes all sorts of wonderful discoveries.  She quickly finds that different feelings are evoked by every piece of art she encounters.  Ultimately, there is a blank canvas that catches her eye and she knows that it is now her turn to create.

Sky Color – Peter H. Reynolds

Sky Color is Peter H. Reynold’s latest work and is the third book in his “Creatrilogy” which includes The Dot and Ish.  It is a wonderful conclusion to the series and focuses on the creative spirit in each of us.  I always appreciate that Reynold’s encourages “out of the box thinking” in his books, and Sky Color does not disappoint.  This one is a winner!

Meeting Peter H. Reynolds…

My all time favorite author/illustrator is Peter H. Reynolds.  I love how he writes children’s books that can drive home powerful messages for children as well as adults.  Our family had the delightful experience of meeting Peter H. Reynolds and hearing him speak about his work.  For me, it was like meeting a “rock star”.  It was so much fun to be able to share with him the impact and influence his work has had on me, and how I have shared his work with so many by using his books to illustrate a point at meetings and workshops and now as a Mom and a blogger.  I also delighted in having him autograph my beloved first edition copy of The Dot.

Are you a Peter H. Reynolds fan too?  He is visiting Dallas next week – Friday, March 15th!  He is one of the speakers for the Dallas Museum of Art’s BooksmART Series and will be discussing his newest collaborative work The Museum which I will be blogging about in the coming weeks.

I will be taking next week off to enjoy some extra special time with our daughter during Spring Break, but I will be back the following week with reviews of some exciting new releases!

Humble Heart ~ A Book of Virtues – Amy Meyer Allen

Humble Heart ~ A Book of Virtues is a wonderful collection of short stories.  Each story focuses on a specific value and features an animal as the main character of the story.  Whether we were reading about Felicity Frog demonstrating  joy, Lancelot Lion displaying courage, or any of the other animal friends, all of the stories were engaging.  Each story gently introduces a virtue and then concludes with a question to discuss with your child.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Tyndale Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.