Chil­dren’s pic­ture books

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews Children’s Picture Books - BY CATHER­INE REED THURESON

The Stone Thrower

Jael Ea­ley Richard­son Matt James, il­lus­tra­tor Ground­wood Books Hard­cover $18.95 (32pp), 978-1-55498-752-8

The Stone Thrower, by Jael Ea­ley Richard­son, is the true story of Chuck Ea­ley, an African Amer­i­can boy born in 1950. He played quar­ter­back in foot­ball through­out high school and col­lege and never lost a game. In­tended for chil­dren ages five to nine, the story is in­spir­ing be­cause Chuck Ea­ley did not let dis­crim­i­na­tion stop him from ful­fill­ing his dreams. The book is also an ef­fec­tive tool for start­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with young chil­dren about racial prej­u­dice. Vi­brant il­lus­tra­tions ac­com­pany the text, de­pict­ing the in­jus­tices of young Chuck Ea­ley’s young life and the de­ter­mi­na­tion he used to over­come them.

The Boy with the Big Hair

Khoa Le, In­sight Kids Hard­cover $14.99 (24pp) 978-1-60887-733-1

The Boy with the Big Hair is a won­der­fully silly story about Harry, who re­fuses to comb his hair. His hair is so messy that a pair of birds de­cide to nest in it. A seed in the bird nest takes root, and a tree be­gins to grow on top of Harry’s head. As the tree grows, so does the bird fam­ily, and soon Harry is over­whelmed by the noise from the birds and very un­happy with the tree. His mother comes to the res­cue, and Harry learns the value of good groom­ing habits. Full color il­lus­tra­tions ac­com­pany the text with de­light­ful de­pic­tions of Harry and his out­ra­geous hair, of­fer­ing an im­por­tant les­son and a lot of fun to chil­dren ages four and up.

Artwork from Phil Pickle, by Kenny Her­zog, Il­lus­trated by Kelly Canby. Used with per­mis­sion from Peter Pau­per Press.

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