Monday, October 24, 2005

June 29, 1999

a picture book by David Wiesner

When her science project produces some inexplicable results, Holly Evans has some reservations. Is it possible that the seedlings she sent aloft to the ionsphere transformed into the massive mutant vegetables falling from the sky?

"Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levittown. Artichokes advance on Anchorage... Argula covers Ashtabula."

As the list of produce grows longer, Holly realizes that not all of these veggies were part of her experiment. If these giant specimens aren't from her research... then whose are they? And what became of hers?

David Wiesner's June 29, 1999 is a visually entertaining story that will spark the imaginations of all who read it. The whimsical and inventive illustrations (e.g., the gourds selling as homes in North Carolina, the Mt. Rushmore-like potato carvings of Presidents Reagan, Bush, Nixon, and Carter, and the people of the Big Apple renaming themselves the "Big Rutabega") are sure to make readers laugh.

June 29, 1999 is a timeless treasure that should be enjoyed by generations of families to come.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Cabbages and Kings

a picture book by Elizabeth Seabrook, paintings by Jamie Wyeth

On the first day of spring in Farmer John's garden, a young asparagus stalk (who calls himself Albert) pokes thorugh the ground. He notices his new neighbor, a cabbage named Herman.

Neither is sure what to make of the other, yet despite their doubts and differences, they become fast-growing friends. Together, the endure the fears of being picked (by the farmer's wife) and eaten (by the mischievious rabbit that stalks the garden). But most of all, they enjoy the pleasure of each other's company.

Cabbages and Kings is a fresh, charming story about a friendship happening when least expected. The beautiful paintings by Jamie Wyeth bring this delightful story to its full bloom.

This picture book teaches about friendship. It educates, too, on how vegetables grow.