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The Little Island – 1947 Caldecott Medal Book

The Little IslandThe 1947 Caldecott Medal Book, The Little Island by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard, is a well-known children’s classic.  This book tells what this small island experiences through each season, each time of day, and in different types of weather.  Animals and plants that inhabit the island play large roles in the story.  In the middle of the book, though, a boat visits the island, leaving a kitten behind.  Although I have not had much experience with pleasure-boating, I do not think I would take my cat along on such a trip.  Also, then, the cat and the island have a conversation discussing if the island is really a part of the world.  While I really enjoy the beginning and end of this book, the middle does seem very peculiar and out of place in the overall story.

 

Caldecott Criteria:

1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – The water color illustrations depict life on a beach beautifully.  Since the author was from the coast of Maine, that is the locale she and the illustrator had in mind when this book was written, and that is exactly where these seaside scenes look like.

2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – The pictures do a great job of following the storyline.

3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.”-  The greens, blues, and browns make these illustrations perfect for this ocean-themed book.

4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – The setting and theme are very clear, but the plot and characters seem less evident.

5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – My children like this book and particularly enjoy learning more about sea life that we do not get opportunities to see in western Kansas.

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Timothy Turtle – 1947 Caldecott Honor Book

Timothy TurtleTimothy Turtle, a 1947 Caldecott Honor Book, was written by Al Graham and illustrated by Tony Palazzo.  Timothy, the successful owner of a ferry landing, yearns for fame and excitement.  When his friends encourage his desire for adventure he sets out to climb a nearby hill – a daunting quest for a turtle.  Upon his journey a rock falls on him and causes him to land on his back.  After much concern and movement he is able to flip upright and begins to make his way home.  When he reaches the bottom of the hill, he is greeted by his friends who are cheering for him.  He realizes that he really is content with his peaceful life on the river.

 

Caldecott Criteria:

1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – The ink line drawings with chalk background of blue and peach on alternating pages are amazingly detailed.  The lines on the turtle’s back, the duck’s feathers, and the pine tree were particularly interesting to look at.

2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – The story is easy to follow through the pictures.

3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.”-  These illustrations are exactly as I would imagine a turtle might see in the world around him from his perspective.

4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – All of the characters, setting, and plot were easy to understand through the illustrations.

5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – My children liked the pictures in this book as well as the overall story, but some of the old-fashioned language was difficult for all of us to follow.

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