Locomotive

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Brian Flora
Locomotive

I’m always telling people, you are never too old for a good picture book!  The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner and 3 honor books are worth spending time with.  The Caldecott Medal is sometimes defined as the “best illustrations”, but it is more than just the pictures.  The award is given for how the illustrations work within the story, how they move the story along.  The 2014 Caldecott medal winner is Locomotive by Brian Flora.  Locomotive tells the story of traveling by transcontinental train in the 1860’s.  There are 3 honor books as well.  Journey by Aaron Becker is the wordless story of what happens when a young girl, using a red marker, draws a door into another world.  Remember Harold and the Purple Crayon?  Journey takes that idea to the level of artwork.  Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Schaar Idle is the charming (wordless) story of a little girl and a flamingo learning to dance a beautiful dance.  Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner tells the story of the cat who is bored with all his cat toys.  That is until an alien spaceship makes an emergency landing in his living room.  If it’s been awhile since you’ve looked at a picture book, you will be amazed by these.  Don’t just read the words; remember to look at the pictures!   It’s the picture book version of “take the time to smell the roses.


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