Toni's Top Ten Brilliant Books of 2015
Toni is a Northern Michigan native and an avid gardener. She is always on the lookout for bears.
2015 may be the year of the sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac, but if Toni had a say, it would be the year of the bear!
A lyrical celebration of the seasons with graceful illustrations rich with details for sharp eyes. Perfect read-aloud for the youngest nature lovers.
Leo and Molly get to know their very interesting new neighbor, a giant panda named Mr. Stillwater. Wisdom and loveliness ensue. Best for 4- to 7-year-olds who will appreciate the gentle humor, serene watercolors, and the importance of generosity, patience, and compassion.
A very adorable bear has an epic adventure in San Francisco. Or maybe not. Lusciously illustrated. Ages 3 on up will be charmed by this funny tale with a twist.
The author’s Canadian great-grandfather rescues a bear cub just as he ships out to Europe to care for horses in the First World War. The veterinarian Harry Coleburn and his unit bond with the bear they name Winnie. Later, Winnie makes another friend named Christopher Robin. An amazing tale, lovingly told. Sweet illustrations and marvelous archival material. Sometimes the best stories are true.
Viano’s organic and energetic cut paper illustrations make this alphabet book of the natural world a real treasure. Destined to become a classic.
Was this book published in 2015?
Well, I really do like it’s sly humor. The illustrations are very distinctive and quite charming. I first read it in 2015. Don’t ask me any more questions.
A very endearing bear gets a little bored and goes visiting, with some uncomfortable results. Na’s rich illustrative style and spare text will help the littlest readers understand this natural concept.
This little bear is reminded that the only thing that feels worse than getting the grumps is giving the grumps. Just the read for anyone “having a day.”
Bruce is a foodie bear. He gets a surprise when he tries a new egg recipe. Goslings! This grumpy and rather selfish bear turns out to have a tender side. Text and illustrations sync perfectly to express the frustration and humor of this ridiculous situation. Best for ages 4-6.
Do all animals forget their manners when presented with doughnuts? Mr. Panda is not impressed. Simple yet very effective text and illustrations are just right for the youngest readers.