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Guyku

by Bob Raczka

The wind and I play tug-of-war with my new kite. The wind is winning. When you're a guy, nature is one big playground-no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to swordfight with in the winter. Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuff-like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school. So what kind of poetry best captures these special moments, at a length that lets guys get right back to tree-climbing and kite-flying? Why, guyku, of course!

Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves

by Bob Raczka

This book introduces self portraits of painters and photographers painted in a variety of styles.

Snowy, Blowy Winter

by Bob Raczka Judy Stead

How would you describe winter?Is it "freezy, stuffy, and sneezy?" Or do you think it's "glowy, rosy, and cozy?"No matter how you feel about winter, you are sure to enjoy Bob Raczka's tribute to the season's activities, tastes, and sounds. The simple rhymes using "y" words will encourage children to come up with their own words to describe the season.Judy Stead's exuberant art shows the fun of all things winter. Bob Raczka and Judy Stead previously teamed up to create Spring Things and Who Loves the Fall? With minimal text and cheerful art, these books work perfectly as an introduction to the seasons for the very young. The author lives in Illinois. The illustrator lives in North Carolina.

Spring Things

by Bob Raczka Judy Stead

Nature is busy budding and flowering; baby animals are being born; gardeners are planting; and everywhere children are running and playing. In rhyming text, the author celebrates Spring.

Summer Wonders

by Bob Raczka Judy Stead

A book that celebrates all things summer--from playing at the park to swimming at the pool to catching fireflies. Children will delight in the rhymes that capture summertime fun. "Divers, swimmers, flat rock skimmers. Joggers, walkers, sidewalk chalkers. Marchers, pipers, stars and stripers." A note at the end explains how to make ice pops.

The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art

by Bob Raczka

In this innovative look at seven paintings by Jan Vermeer, author Bob Raczka takes on the role of interviewer and the people in the paintings become his willing subjects.

Who Loves the Fall?

by Bob Raczka Judy Stead

It's hard when summer ends, but the hearty season that follows overflows with holidays, sports, and fun. In this companion to Spring Things, the author and illustrator pay tribute to fall. Judy Stead's vibrant paintings help bring to mind the tastes, sounds, and colors that are autumn. Bob Raczka's rhyming verse is an invigorating celebration of fall.

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