So excited to be included in this amazing picture book blog tour! Ann Redisch Stampler has written many picture books and just last year added Y.A. author to her title. Check out her young adult book Where It Began (Simon Pulse, 2012). Also, find out more about the author and all her fabulous picture books HERE!
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The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street by Ann Redisch Stampler
Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2013
Do you love cats? Then you need to read Ann Stampler’s new picture book! I just love the smiling, content expressions on the pictures of all the cats in this book. The main character Mr. Modiano owns the Tel Aviv Fish Palace and is not a fan of cats. He thinks cats are “messy, meowing and useless.” While Mrs. Spiegel adores cats! Mr. Modiano is fond of Mrs. Spiegel so he seems to put up with his friend’s love of cats. Can a cat lover and a person not so fond of cats be friends? What will happen when Mrs. Spiegel’s cat Ketzie disappears? You will have to read this frisky tale to find out! Children age 4-8 and all the cat lovers in your life will love this Purr-fectly wonderful tail….I mean tale.
The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler
Illustrated by Carol Liddiment
Albert Whitman & Company, 2012
I really enjoyed this Jewish folktale that takes place in Afghanistan. An Afghani shah disguises himself as a servant to learn more about his people. He encounters a poor but very optimistic Jewish shoemaker. The shah decides to test the shoemaker to see if he can shake his optimistic view that “everything turns out just as it should.” The shah quickly learns that he has his work cut out for him. However, he is determined to throw many road blocks in the way of the shoemaker to try to break his faithful spirit. Will the Jewish shoemaker bend or break? Will “everything turn out just as it should?” And what will the shoemaker and shah learn about themselves and each other? Check out this fabulous folktale to learn about optimism, faith and what it means to be wise. I really enjoyed the ending to this story and the author’s note. It made me want to read other versions of The Wooden Sword. Teachers will want to add this book to their classroom folktale collection.
So who’s blog is up next on Ann Stampler’s picture book blog tour? Click on Read Now Sleep Later to see the whole list of bloggers that are participating.