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So, you want to be a sardine?Once there was a fish named Arlene, who wanted to be a sardine. She wanted to be a sardine just like the silvery, salty fish that you see in those little tins at the grocery store. With the bold brushstrokes of his vibrant illustrations, Chris Raschka follows Arlene's journey from a fjord to a big net to a briny bath aboard a fishing boat. And he reveals just how to get packed like a sardine!
It's not easy being a blushful hippopotamusBaby hippo Roosevelt tries hard to ride a bike, to count, and to remember the right names of things. When he falls down, forgets a number, or calls a buffalo a "buggalo," Roosevelt gets embarrassed. His cheeks turn red, and his sister teases him, saying he's a blushful hippopotamus. Thankfully, Roosevelt has Lombard, an egret friend with a sense of perspective. Lombard reminds Roosevelt that though he may be blushful, he is also hopeful, thoughtful, and wonderful in many ways--and his sister's words don't mean a thing.
Theme: Feeling Smart. Cowy Cow has so many ideas! In fact, she has one hundred of them: green is the best color ever; chewed grass tastes like a cookie ... But has Cowy Cow ever tasted a cookie before? Though her research may be flawed, this single cow's efforts to make silly sense of the world are both tickling and inspiring! Chris Raschka's award-winning brush strokes add just the right amount of emotion and comedy. Praise for Cowy Cow STARRED REVIEW "Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris!" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[Raschka's] marvelous sequences, fluid style, and emotional intelligence capture all of the momentum and exhilaration of this glorious accomplishment," raves School Library Journal in a starred review. Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, who won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy. In this simple yet emotionally rich "guide," a father takes his daughter through all the steps in the process--from choosing the perfect bicycle to that triumphant first successful ride. Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it feels like to fall . . . get up . . . fall again . . . and finally "by luck, grace, and determination" ride a bicycle!
When a child becomes aware of his pending death (children tend to know long before the rest of us even want to consider it), and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon, released and unencumbered, on its way upward. Health-care professionals have discovered that this is true, regardless of a child's cultural or religious background and researchers believe that this is symbolic of the child's innate knowledge that a part of them will live forever. . . . In disarmingly simple and direct language, accompanied by evocative potato print illustrations, Raschka in conjunction with Children's Hospice International (CHI), creates a moving, sensitive book that is also a phenomenally useful tool to talk about death. The message of the book is clear: talking about dying is hard, dying is harder, but there are many people in your life who can help. Children's Hospice International (CHI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, is paving the way for the establishment of children's hospice and related services worldwide.
Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka makes his dazzling debut as a fiction writer Now that the whole thing is over (and we all survived!), I can tell you what happened. Picture this for a second. Rock wall six inches on my left. Sheer cliff hundreds of feet down on my right, my best friend Norman in front of me, mumbling something, and my mom behind me saying, "Step, step, step." EEEEEEYAAAAAH! Next time my mom bugs me about sitting in front of the computer too much, I'm going to say, "Thanks, I prefer it where the near-death experiences are virtual!" No, seriously, this story is about Norman and about how he grows and learns stuff. Uses his imagination. Observes things. Like his dad, who is so devoted to . . . money! Like how his dad is mixed up with weird creeps of the underworld. All over the world! Why, why are grown-ups so insane? That's exactly the question that Norman, Anna and Emma (the twins), and I, Leonard, try to answer. And with the help of Norman's new tutor, Balthazar Birdsong (also fairly nuts), we nearly do it, too.
In words, pictures, and song, a nineteenth-century hymn continues to delight"'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free." So begins Simple Gifts, a generations-old hymn written by the Shakers of Alfred, Maine. In that simple community, people based their lives on kindness, trust, and the joys that come when we sing and dance together. In this lush volume, acclaimed illustrator Chris Raschka brings this famous song to life, celebrating animals and landscapes with bold brushstrokes and warm colors. A cat, a rabbit, a turtle, and even the trees appear to dance to the lyrics. After all, sometimes the finest gifts are the simplest ones.
Four silly tales of animals who love to make mischief--no matter what!Whaley Whale is hiding. Is she on the table? Is she in a basket? We don't know! Moosey Moose is angry. Why is Moosey Moose angry? Because he wants to put on his long pants! Wormy Worm is wiggling. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Wormy Worm wiggles so much, he doesn't know which end is which. And Sluggy Slug? Well, Sluggy Slug just won't go. Nope. No matter what we do, he just won't go. In these short stories from master illustrator Chris Raschka, four funny animals will do as they please--even if it means wiggling all day!
Raschka's Caldecott Honor Book which captures the street poetry between two boys is now available for the first time in a Scholastic Bookshelf paperback version. Full color.
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