Caldecott Award Honors

Feather Mountain

December 2, 2016
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Why do birds have feathers? This book doesn't know.

There's no moralizing to it, but also no indication of why this happened to the birds. Just that at some point they didn't have feathers, and then they had feathers. Ta-da.

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None.

The Mighty Hunter

December 5, 2016
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That guy is so much tastier than me.

I don't even know where this book is going. I think it's trying to say that school is important, kind of? But it's also just one of those stories where it keeps one-upping itself in a really annoying, repetitive way, and then at the end the boy is in over his head. If he had only shot the rat.

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Message: 

School is important. Or, it's okay to kill talking animals.

The Ageless Story

December 5, 2016
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Gosh darn these kids and their newfangled realism!

I seriously doubt that, as she says, "The barn that Jesus was born in would look like a cave to us." I'm pretty sure it wasn't a cave, but was a structure built by humans. People living in the time and culture of Jesus were not living in caves.

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Message: 

Gregorian music is the best music ever.

Bear Party

November 23, 2016
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All koala bears look alike. (“That's racist!”)

What. This is a weird book. It feels like it should have a moral, but it absolutely does not. There's no way I can get a moral out of this, but it feels like it's moralizing about something. Maybe it's just a moral I can't see.

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Message: 

Parties are awesome?

Wee Gillis

November 26, 2016
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Insert joke involving bagpipes, cows, and deer.

The style of the illustrations isn't very modern but they're pretty. There's not much to it. It's just another book where somebody turns out to have hidden talents they weren't expecting to have.

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Put your strengths to use. Or, don't be prejudiced against your neighbors.

The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up

November 26, 2016
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The earth goes around the sun. In lots more words.

It's kind of cool, because it's fairly scientifically accurate, but it's not done in a very interesting way. It has good facts in it, but it's not very engaging, especially to kids nowadays because it's so wordy.

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Message: 

Teaches about the sun and the earth.

Fish in the Air

November 29, 2016
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Is it racist to say that Chinese people fly kites?

You would think that he would speak in perfect English, because it takes place in China, and they certainly wouldn't be speaking to each other in English. That's kind of a weird convention, but I'm not sure whether it's racist. It's just weird.

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None.

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