Picture Books du Monde: May Review
A monthly Link-up
Welcome to Picture Books Du Monde, a monthly link-up where bloggers from around the world share their love of all things related to picture books.
We’re your hosts: Cathy from Peregrination Gourmande and Shannon from Oh Creative Day.
Hi! I’m Cathy.
I’ve always been a picture books lover. When I started my job as a psychologist, I discovered the power of those books on children with whom I was working. The power of words combined with illustrations. After I became a mum there was no reason to stop me buying tons more picture books for the family. Now I have 2 little bookworms and a well-used VIP card at my local bookstore. I’m also married to a collector of graphic novels. The bookshelves are full!
I’ll share with you each month a selection of picture books that interested us. I might also have some suggestions from my 10 year old daughter.
I hope you enjoy the link-up and the good books.
Hello! I’m Shannon, a teacher and a mama to 2 kids under 3.
I believe that reading is as important as breathing. I dream of having my own picture books published one day. I truly, wholeheartedly believe that there is a picture book to help all little ones (and big ones!) through most of life’s situations. They really are a perfect vehicle for making sense of the world.
I hope our link-up helps you to discover some amazing new books to add to your collections.
Super frenchy picture book this month my friends!
And a bonus: a short animated film link adapted from this book.
I really want to make you discover this book even if it’s not translated yet ( I didn’t find it but it should be very soon). It’s a very touching and moving picture book that makes my heart sink each time I read it with kids at work. I even use it with adults as a therapeutical metaphore. Please teachers, please educators, buy it and use it!
La Petite Casserole d’Anatole
This book deals with a delicate subject: a disable child and how the society looks at him. I know in english we use the phrase « children with special needs ». I have started to use the translation of this in my work when I speak with parents or teachers. In french we use the words « enfant différent » and it could be applied to any difference.
I’m sorry I could not find a translation for this book. The drawings are so simple and easy to understand than anyone can read it and get something from this story.
Anatole is a « different » child. This is symbolized by the little pot he is carying everywhere. Through the pages, we can see the eye of society on him and his « pot ». He displays strange behaviour and people are kind of scared. But he eventually meets someone who will help him a lot and teach him how to live with his pot. He learns how to use his differences and his sensitiveness.
Isabelle Carrier is the writer and illustrator. She is very clever and able to speak about a hard and deep subject using simple words and drawings. This is why I use her books very often at work. I’m a big fan.
This picture book was so successful that it was adapted into a short animated film. This film has won many rewards. This is my special mention to my friend Shannon who has just returned from Melbourne where she and her husband premiered their short movie. I can’t wait to watch it!
Here is the extract of the short film adapted from the book.
I’m glad I could share this author and book this month with you my friends.
Is there any picture books that touch you when you read it?
Please link up here your posts and don’t forget to have a look at Shannon ‘s selection of the month.
See you next month. Enjoy the good reading.