Finding Spring by Carin Berger

finding Spring

With eight out of the past ten school days cancelled due to inclement weather, it’s been an exhausting two weeks.  Even the kids are happy to be back in school.  When I entered the living room this morning, ML had her pink backpack strapped to her back.  Sitting on the sofa waiting for 8 am.

Last night, we read Finding Spring by Carin Berger.  A few pages in ML shouted “collage.” At the end she called it a “lovely book.”  It’s both of these things.  It’s hard to imagine the time and skill required to cut each snowflake and delicate flower.

We know we’re getting close to Spring.  The Robins have returned, our first daffodil bloomed, and bluebirds are building a nest in our house.  We just need to make it past Thursday.  Temperatures close to 70 on Wednesday and a wintry mix forecast for Thursday.

I won’t feel completely safe from winter weather until after March, 12th.  That’s when the Blizzard of 93 hit north Georgia and Berry College students were stranded with no power and little food.  Except me, a family reunion sent me home for the weekend.  Our power never went off, the ACC basketball tournament was on and the fresh green beans and Honeybaked ham for the family reunion provided sustenance for our family.  As for the ACC tournament, I relished Georgia Tech beating Chapel Hill.  Little did I know in a few years I would be a Tarheel.

My Caldecott Award and Honor Choices

Which of the three books below will I chose as my Mock Caldecott Medal Winner?  I’ve studied my long list.  Looked at the books over and over… and then some more.  Contemplated and finally decided to ignore all opinions, including Calvin and ML’s and choose from my heart.

Stardines

Bluebird

MrWuffles

I would like Stardines illustrated by Carin Berger to win the medal.  The quirky illustrations using diorama, cut paper and collage compliment Jack Prelutsky’s wacky poems.  Each time I looked at Bluebird by Bob Staake, the more I appreciated the artistry.  It almost didn’t make my long list.  I’m glad it did.  There’s a reason David Wiesner has won three Caldecott medals.  He’s that talented and his latest book Mr. Wuffles is worthy of a fourth.  I just couldn’t give it to him with so many other artists deserving to be recognized.  I know it’s not supposed to work that way.

ML and I are eager to hear the committee’s decision.  It’s the first thing she’ll want to know when I pick her up Monday from school.

Mock Caldecott 2014 List

Below are the books, I am hoping ML and her friend, Calvin will look at this weekend for their Mock Caldecott Award.  I’m still waiting on a few to come from other library branches.  So they may not have a chance to win.

One really cool aspect of our multimedia world is many illustrators have videos showing them creating their work.  This post includes links to these.  And a quick note if I know the mediums used to create the illustrations.

Ruby

Hello, My Name is Ruby by  Philip Stead – Mixed media… chalk pastel, colored pencils, and colored ink  us.macmillan.com/hellomynameisruby/PhilipStead

SeeWhale

If You Want to See a Whale written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead – Pencil and linoleum prints erinstead.com/about/

Journey

Journey by Aaron Becker – Watercolor www.storybreathing.com/the-making-of-journey/

LittleRedWriting

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet – Watercolor, pencil and collage

Locomotive

Locomotive by Brian Floca – Pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.  Scroll to the bottom of the following like to watch 3 short videos on the process and a view of a book dummy www.fcps.edu/fairfaxnetwork/mta/floca.html

MrTiger

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown –   still trying to determine mediums http://vimeo.com/80293481#at=60

MrWuffles

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner – Water color and ink line www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner/wuffles-process.html

MechanicalFish

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov – mixed media

Stardines

Stardines by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger – shadow boxes, diorama and cut-paper  www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuRxHvNb7Xg

NotGoodIdea

That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems – pencil and watercolor with additional digital color and compositing

Tortoise

Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney – Watercolor www.jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html

Looking forward to seeing if one of the Stead books are chosen or a book with Mr. in it’s title.  I feel more confident in predicting which books I think the Caldecott committee will pick for the award and honors; than I do guessing what ML and Calvin will choose.  It’s going to be fun hearing two first-graders opinion.

Stardines and Elecopter

ElecopterStardines

Kids love silly words. Last week, I read Elecopter by Michael Slack at preschool storytime. ML thought it would be a hit, and she was correct. The rhyming text, bright colors and creative character make it one of my favorite books published for preschoolers this year. Don’t miss the blog post by the author/illustrator showing steps in the process of illustrating this book mackidsbooks.com.

Recently, ML and I read Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger. It’s a collection of creative poems. Each poem’s title is an animal name with a letter replaced or added to it – Stardines, Slobsters, Fountainlions, Tattlesnakes, Panteaters and Plandas – to name a few. ML exclaimed “Mommy, let’s make up our own animals.” So we did… Solar Bear and Chopperhead.

Check out Carin Berger’s lovely shadowbox artwork. We love the Fountainlion. What’s your favorite?

P.S. I’m going to call ML and friends Tattlesnakes when they come to me saying, “So and So did this. So and So did that.” My new response will be “Work it out, Tattlesnakes” instead of my of plain old “Work it out.” It may sound a little harsh to you. But it’s not as harsh as my second grade teacher placing a donkey tail made of construction paper around a tattletale’s neck.