I stumbled across “The girl who loved caterpillars” when M was in love with every little thing that crawled. This book is about Izume a little girl who dares to be different and takes pride in her individuality. Izumi’s story is set in the 12th century, Japanese court. Children I worked with, especially the four and five-year-olds, loved this book because they could relate to Izumi’s love for creepy crawlies.
This Sun, the wind and the rain brings the concept of mountain formation alive in the minds of young children. It tells a simple story of two mountains. The earth makes one and Elizabeth in her yellow sun hat makes the other.
The Fox’s Egg is a book that found me. This book is profound! Ikuyo Isami tells the story of a wandering fox that finds an abandoned egg and resists the urge to eat it. The fox does not start off with the best of intentions but the experience ends up changing her. Kids absolutely love this book! The stunning illustration is a bonus.
When I look at this book Rachenka’s eggs by Patrica Polacco, it reminds me of the beautiful design work our children do with the drawing insets. The heartwarming story is a bonus. I’ve read this book to many 4 and 5 years old and I love when they point out that Rechenka’s eggs look like the designs they themselves make.
Mei gives her father a single jade pebble to carry on his journey on the silk road. Her idea is to send a present to a child she has never met and lives at the end of the road. The story that follows is a series of events that make little Mei’s impossible idea possible. Following the jade, pebble takes you on a journey from China, through central Asia and Europe and finally to a little boy in Venice.