Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine
Sophie the swan is serious about ballet class, but will she be cast in Swan Lake? Watercolors accurately portray the world of aspiring dancers (5-8).
Amusing, lively illustrations support the witty lyrics about a boy and his unusual pet. CD includes two additional songs (5-8).
Two dragons live on opposite sides of the world until an old map and a king and his knights bring them together. Detailed watercolors (4-7).
Annabelle transforms her town with her knitted gifts and her generosity. Mixed-media sepia-toned illustrations become multicolored with the addition of Annabelle's yarn (5-8).
Young Henry seeks a battle, a “test of might and courage” versus four terrible monsters. Could friendship ensue? Humorous watercolor and ink illustrations (5-9).
Take a guided tour of a wondrous, magical island inhabited by strange trees, creatures, houses, and people. Lush vibrant illustrations (6-9).
In this homage to the surrealist painter, the creativity of a dog who paints flourishes after he acquires a special hat. Mixed-media illustrations (5-7).
Randy usually strikes out, but when a meteor threatens his town, he hits a very important home run. Rhyming text and gouache illustrations (5-7).
Soft, flowing pastel pictures help tell this story of Vivaldi’s work with the orphans of Venice, including Young Candida, who copies his music for each player and adds her own daydreams (6-9).