A few more picture books to add to your list.
Red Rover Curiosity on Mars
What a neat book. Red Rover Curiosity on Mars by Richard HO and illustrated by Katherine Roy ($24.99, Raincoast Books, Roaring Brook Press) follows Curiosity, the fourth NASA rover to land on the red planet.
Curiosity is always moving, observing, measuring and collecting, looking for water, looking for life.
Curiosity is always talking to the people who sent it. “It says it is quiet but not still, vast, but not empty, barren, but not lifeless.”
We learn about what life is like on Mars and the rovers that came before Curiosity. At the end, Mars itself speaks to the people who are exploring its surface. At the end of the book offers the anatomy of Curiosity and information about the rovers that came before it. There is also information about Mars itself.
The book offers a great overview about Curiosity and its mission on Mars. Curiosity feels almost human in this book. I particularly love the switch from Curiosity’s point of view to Mars.
Bon Voyage Mister Rodriguez
Bon Voyage Mister Rodriguez by Christiane Duchesne and illustrated by Francois Thisdale ($22.95, Pajama Press) is a story about Mr. Rodriguez, an older man who steps out into the narrow laneway of a coast town at 4 p.m.
The neighbourhood children are curious about the man who looks like he has balloons under his coat as he walks through the street. Then one Monday, the children know this day will be different and to their surprise, they watch the man attach a fine line to the foot of a dove and the pair disappear down the street together.
Each day, the children watch as the man helps a different animal until one day Mr. Rodriguez doesn’t show up.
The book is beautifully illustrated. The story is nice, too. I like how Mr. Rodriguez helps all creatures move on. I am left wondering, however, who Mr. Rodriguez is supposed to be: “The truth, though, is more beautiful then any of the children could have imagined.”
“Kindess is sometimes just taking a break or sitting with some who’s sad, forgiving yourself when you’ve made a mistake or forgiving a friend who got mad. It’s cuddling puppies, it’s holding a door, it’s a toy and a treat and a comb. It’s seeing the animals that others ignore, it’s a leash and a lick and a home.”
Finding Kindness is a beautiful story about the little ways to make people’s day brighter. The illustrations are chunky and there is lots to look at on every page.
A copy of these books were provided by Pajama Press and Raincoast Books
for an honest review. The opinions are my own.