Kafka and the Doll by Larissa Theule; Rebecca Green (Illustrator)Based on a true story about Franz Kafka Inspired by a true story, Kafka and the Doll recounts a remarkable gesture of kindness from one of the world's most bewildering and iconic writers. In the fall of 1923, Franz Kafka encountered a distraught little girl on a walk in the park. She'd lost her doll and was inconsolable. Kafka told her the doll wasn't lost, but instead, traveling the world and having grand adventures! And to reassure her, Kafka began delivering letters from the doll to the girl for weeks. The legend of Kafka and the doll has captivated imaginations for decades as it reveals the playful and compassionate side of a man known for his dark and brooding tales. Kafka and the Doll is a testament to living life to the fullest and to the life-changing power of storytelling.
Call Number: PZ7.T3526 Kaf 2021
Kiyoshi's Walk by Mark Karlins; Nicole Wong (Illustrator)After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: 'Where do poems come from?' His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a cat perched on a hill of oranges; hear the fluttering of wings; imagine what's behind a tall wall; and discuss their walk, with each incident inspiring a wonderful new haiku from Eto. As Kiyoshi discovers that poems come from the way the world outside of us meets the world within each of us, he also finds the courage to write a haiku of his own. This lovely book will speak to any reader who treasures poetry, city life, grandparents, or the beauty of the everyday.
The Octopus Escapes by Maile Meloy; Felicita Sala (Illustrator)The octopus is happy in his undersea cave until one day, a diver captures him and takes him to live in an aquarium. The humans give him food and tests that look like toys. But every day is the same, and the octopus soon tires of captive life. And so, under the cover of darkness, he makes his daring escape...
Sunrise Summer by Matthew Swanson; Robbi Behr (Illustrator)It's summer, so a young girl and her family are heading on their annual trip to Alaska where she usually plays with her younger brothers, jumping on the bluff and searching for critters on the shore. But this year, she joins her mother's salmon-fishing crew. Being a part of the crew is a big responsibility, and though the girl may fall down, she is now part of a team that helps her get back up. This unique picture book explores the small but momentous first step toward independence, empowering readers to take on new challenges and gain confidence along the way.
Call Number: PZ7.S9719 Su 2020
Trillions of Trees by Kurt Cyrus (Illustrator)Grab a shovel and get ready to plant some trees! From poplars to pines, alder, apple, peach, and plum, this rhyming story introduces the concept of orders of magnitude and celebrates the importance of planting different trees and preserving diverse ecosystems. Nurturing a new sapling is one of the first steps in growing hundreds, millions, even trillions of trees.
Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer (Illustrator)Micha Archer's gorgeous, detailed collages give readers a fresh outlook on the splendors of nature. A Caldecott Honor winner! Micha Archer's gorgeous, detailed collages give readers a fresh outlook on the splendors of nature. Cover may vary. When two curious kids embark on a "wonder walk," they let their imaginations soar as they look at the world in a whole new light. They have thought-provoking questions for everything they see- Is the sun the world's light bulb? Is dirt the world's skin? Are rivers the earth's veins? Is the wind the world breathing? I wonder . . . Young readers will wonder too, as they ponder these gorgeous pages and make all kinds of new connections. What a wonderful world indeed!