Strega Nona’s Harvest (Putnam, $16.99) is bountiful. The wise grandmother carefully planned her garden with the assistance of bossy Bambolona and blundering Big Anthony. Big Anthony, goaded by Bambolona’s chiding that he is incapable of creating a perfect garden, secretly plants his own. His harvest is also plentiful, but out of control, and Big Anthony’s solution is to secretly leave the produce at Strega Nona’s door. Strega Nona channels the abundance to those in need. Tomie dePaola’s art is a feast that will prompt conversation. Ages 4 -8. MAG
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By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399252914
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2009

Jerry Pinkney’s retelling of Aesop’s fable, The Lion And The Mouse (Little Brown, $16.99) captivates the imagination and holds the eye. On the cover, a lion’s eyes direct attention to the back cover where a mouse returns the beast’s gaze. Slip the jacket off and the title of the book is revealed in pictures. Such is the thoughtful detail in this tale of a tiny mouse who repays an unexpected act of kindness with a brave deed. Told entirely through pencil and watercolor art, with only the occasional sounds of the animals added to enhance the story, Pinkney’s insightful portrayal of nature and animals makes this one of the finest picture books ever created. All Ages. MAG
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ISBN: 9780316013567
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2009