Henry and Bea

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Henry and Bea by author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Neal Porter Books

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

A sudden wedge between two friends is created when Henry’s cat, a pet that was like a family member, dies. Instead of turning to his close friend Bea for support, he isolates himself from her. He is depressed. Bea feels confused. Up until this event, she and Henry were close friends. A found cat collar is overwhelming for Henry. He can no longer keep his feelings inside and confides in Bea. He learns to trust his friendship with Bea at a time when he is vulnerable. Illustrations are great for showing contrast in Henry and Bea’s relationship before and after his cat’s death. A good picture book to generate conversations about friendship and loss.

 

In Search of the Gingerbread Man

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In Search of the Gingerbread Man by author/illustrator Timi Bliss with a contribution by Chef Michelle Gayer

Publisher: Independently Published

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

In this rhyming picture book, a girl named Charlie accompanies her mother to a bakery called the Salty Tart. Charlie and her mother assist Chef Michelle Gayer in making gingerbread cookies. The story becomes a mystery when a cookie escapes the kitchen. Children will eagerly turn pages or listen intently to the reader as they follow clues then learn the gingerbread man’s motive for leaving the bakery. Illustrations are colorful with characters that portray a variety of societal  roles. My Book Eyes finds this book ideal for children 2 – 8 years of age with the younger end being captivated by the story and illustrations and the older end enjoying following the included recipes for cookies and icing.

 

ABC What Can He Be?

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ABC What Can He Be? by author Sugar Snap Studio and author/illustrator Jessie Ford

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

This board book is organized similarly to its companion ABC What Can She Be? by author Sugar Snap Studio and author/illustrator Jessie Ford.  On each page there is an alphabet letter, career name and description, and illustration of a boy in his professional environment. Four job titles in this book are the same job titles that are in  the girl’s book however twenty two titles are not commonly seen  and are interesting to read about.  For example, karate instructor, urban planner and xenobiologist.  Professions not typically associated with males are depicted i.e. ballet dancer, yoga instructor, and nurse. Vocations typically associated with males are also shown i.e. carpenter, police officer and welder. While the book focuses on boys in these fields of course females are competently performing these same jobs in society also.  Illustrations  are inviting and  appropriate for this age range.

ABC What Can She Be?

what can she be 1ABC What Can She Be? by author Sugar Snap Studio and author/illustrator Jessie Ford

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

In this board book each page depicts an alphabet letter, career name and description as well as  an  illustration of  the professional in her  habitat. Many occupations shown in this book have not been viewed by My Book Eyes in children’s books for this age level. For example, keyboardist, quantum physicist, UN ambassador to name a few. Jobs not typically associated with females are shown i.e. firefighter, referee and mechanic. There are also careers typically associated with females such as hair stylist, teacher, and librarian. While this book focuses on girls in vocations of course males  perform these same jobs in society.  Four careers in this book can be found in the companion book, ABC What Can He Be? by Sugar Snap Studio and Jessie Ford. Illustrations are upbeat and appropriate for this age range.