I got a couple of Chronicle Books today that I really HAD to share!
Swan by Laurel Snyder is one of those beautiful books that I think any young child will be entranced by. The illustrations by Julie Morstad are amazing - the soft colors and intricate designs are stunning. The story, the life and dance of Anna Pavlova, is one that is not well-known, and possibly not one that young children may be drawn to, but I think when they find this gem, they will open a world they didn't know existed. Our young dancers and ballerinas will LOVE it as well!
Kate Messner has written Tree of Wonder that is a delightful story about the rainforest and how many animals can live in one tree - the Almendro Tree - in the rainforest. The illustrations, by Simona Mulazzani, are colorful and yet realistic. And on each spread, you can see the number of animals or insects housed in that one tree all displayed visually as well - it puts 1,024 leafcutter ants right into perspective. Great new picture book on the rainforest - welcome addition.
I was sent both of these books, by the publisher, for a fair and honest review.