This Book of Mine
This Book of Mine
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Annotation: Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the connection between diverse readers of all ages and the books they enjoy.
Catalog Number: #192676
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Small, David,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-374-30546-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-374-30546-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018039442
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Subject Heading:
Books. Fiction.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Finding a special book is like discovering a new best friend; Stewart and Small celebrate the friendships between books and readers.Color-washed in soothing purples, Small's trademark loose drawings depict characters of multiple gender presentations, races, and ages from infant to adult. A baby on its parent's lap chews a book cover. Waking at night, a scared child reaches for a comforting book. A naturalist in the field refers to a guide to identify butterflies. Other examples show readers inspired to draw the story they've just read, perform a dramatic reading for an audience, translate the notes of a score into music, or simply read for pleasure on the beach. Within each spread, that reader's special book stands out in a splash of contrasting color. Particularly friendly to early readers, the text is simple and written in the tone and form of a vow of friendship. It begins: "I take this book… / to be my friend" and ends "A treasure for a lifetime, / this book friend of mine." Short rhyming couplets describe the scenes on most spreads and explore the wide-ranging relationships readers have with books, including a book's memory-evoking scent: "To open it wide / and put my nose inside."A book likely to be snapped up by book lovers. (Picture book. 4-6)
Publishers Weekly
This short meditation by married cocreators Stewart and Small (The Gardener) opens as a young woman slips past a New York Public Library lion with a book clutched to her chest. -I take this book,- Stewart begins, -to be my friend- (the girl, now settled on a city fire escape, begins to read); -To chew on it while you read it- (a mother and baby share a book as the baby gnaws one corner); -To grab for it when I need it- (a young bed-goer searches under the nightstand with a flashlight). Within amethyst-washed spreads by Small, the book covers are picked out in contrasting colors-a gray-blue beach read, the yellow-tinged covers of a J.S. Bach composition. The makers catalogue more book joys before a ringing final phrase: -A treasure for a lifetime, this book friend of mine.- Small-s ink-and-wash spreads concentrate in particular on the readers- faces; though they appear largely unrelated to one another, they emerge as genuine, ordinary people united by a love of reading. While the volume is unlikely to convert nonreaders, those who live and breathe books will understand the passion that Stewart and Small celebrate. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)

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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

This Book of Mine is a celebration of the power of reading, of the ways in which books launch our adventures, give us comfort, challenge our imaginations, and offer us connection. From new mothers to fantasy lovers, butterfly hunters to musicians, the diverse readers of This Book of Mine all share a common passion for their favorite books--whether freshly discovered at the library or bookstore or saved from childhood and reread across a lifetime. A unique gift for bibliophiles young and old, This Book of Mine trumpets a simple truth: A well-loved book in hand brings color to any reader's life.

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