Growing up in an apartment in Brooklyn, NY, it was not always easy to be in touch with nature. Sure, there were the billowing roses that a neighbor let us smell on the walk to school, there were the summers spent in “the country”—(actually New Jersey)—where hour after hour was passed creating magical worlds and stories as we romped unattended over steep paths and through tall grasses. Closer to home, there were Sundays spent in the rolling green grass of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Young Tulip is all action, with swirls of soft blues highlighting her energy and enthusiasm, especially for dance. She twirls everywhere, and so do the illustrations, with almost no static moments (the only straight lines are in buildings and furniture, though even nightstands and bedsteads have curves). Often accompanied by a flitting butterfly, her life becomes complete when she meets a large dog named Rex, who shares her love of movement. Both agree that sharing a passion makes it all the more enjoyable. Massini’s large, soft pastel illustrations are very appealing, especially the close-ups of Tulip and Rex, clearly in delight with each other. Black outlines give Tulip just enough definition as she spins through life, and Rex is scruffy enough to fit her energetic lifestyle. Perfect for Valentine’s Day and any discussion of love on many levels.
— Edie Ching
Summer reading comes in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re at home or on the go! Be sure to check out your favorite characters with the latest ebooks and apps!
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Jules Danielson writes about moderating a panel at the Knoxville Children’s Reading Festival
Knoxville, Tennessee, which positively drips with charm and personality (particularly since it’s revitalization of the downtown area within the last several years), annually holds a children’s reading festival, sponsored by Knox County Public Library. I not only drive over there from middle Tennessee every May to experience it, but I also volunteer. This year, I moderated a picture book panel with author Alyssa Capucilli, storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, author/illustrator David Ezra Stein, and author/illustrator Dan Yaccarino. It was good fun. I asked them about Sendak, digital apps and e-picture books, the value of picture books and what draws them (lousy pun not intended) to creating them, issues of audience in children’s lit, and their childhoods and whether or not they knew they wanted to be picture book creators when they grew up.