Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bilingual Books from Raven Tree Press


Written by Dawn Jeffers
Illustrated by Bonnie Leick

Full–Color • 9 x 11 • 32 pages
Jacketed Hardcover or Paperback
Reading Level 2.4
Publication Date: Spring 2009

There are so many things to do every day that it's hard to find time to do them all. But what if days could go on forever? What if nighttime never came?

With the help of a wish upon Bella Luna, a little girl's fantasy becomes reality. In a wink the beautiful moon understands the desire and grants her wish. See how constant daylight affects the world around her and eventually own attitude toward her wish.

In the end, sometimes what we wish for might not be what we really want. We soon learn that nighttime is the time for rest and renewal and is as necessary as daytime.

Illustrations portrayed in a full color palette help readers experience the exuberance of a summer day and feel the chill that comes as day begins to enter a fantasy realm. The rotation of day into night and the cycle of plant, animal and human life is found to be just right the way it is. And that way is beautiful. This book is available in English only and bilngual editions.

Award–winning author, Dawn Jeffers, is an avid golfer and rollerblader and can usually be found either on the area links or walking trails. She loves to sing and is involved in community theatre productions. Dawn Jeffers lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bonnie Leick grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Bonnie broke into the world of children's books by selling a piece of artwork at the SCBWI's 2003 art auction in New York. She illustrated her first children's picture book, Alien Invaders/Invasores extraterrestres, for Raven Tree Press. Bonnie Leick lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Written by Sharon K. Solomon
Illustrated by Pamela Barcita

Full–Color • 9 x 11 • 32 pages
Jacketed Hardcover or Paperback
Reading Level 2.1

Publication Date: May 2009

A simple walk in the woods becomes so much more. As Daniela and her grandfather stroll through a peaceful woodland setting, they enjoy the beautiful day and each other's company. By playing a word game as they walk, they begin to express just how much they mean to each other.

The sentiment and love expressed in this story will bring back fond memories for adults and inspire children as well. Children may want to create their own special language and bond with their extended families after listening to or reading about Daniela and her grandpa.

Sharon K. Solomon knows what kids enjoy as far as reading goes. Now retired, she has become a full-time writer in various genres including preschool and elementary school age children's literature as well as young adult works. A Walk With Grandpa came from a little walk she took with her granddaughter, Ella. Sharon K. Solomon lives in Lansdowne, Virginia.

Pamela Barcita lives in rural Chesapeake Virginia, in a log home on a forested three acres populated with many wild creatures, from which she draws inspiration for her artwork. She resides with her family, four cats, and two cockatiels.


Written by Amy Crane Johnson
Illustrated by Robb Mommaerts

Reading Level 3.6
32 pages
Bilingual English/Spanish Full Text Translation
Accelerated Reader Quiz #72868

Solomon Raven is the smartest bird in the forest. In each book in the series recurring characters explore nature during the four seasons, bilingual text in English and Spanish.

Robb Mommaerts has a style that is a cross between cartoon-like characterization, authenticity and his own playful imagination. Using elements of both fantasy and reality, Robb starts each illustration as a black and white colored pencil drawing on bristol board paper with a Berol Prismacolor® black pencil. He then colors the art in a layered digital Adobe® Photoshop file. Several overlays of color are used to achieve the look and mood that is needed.

This book is full text translation. The story is presented fully in English and then again in Spanish with an icon separating the two for ease of reading.

A bilingual vocabulary page in English and Spanish is included to help readers learn keywords in either language. Books in the series include: A Home for Pearl Squirrel/Una casa para la ardilla Perla (FALL), Cinnamon and the April Shower/Canela y el aguacero de Abril (SPRING), Lewis Cardinal's First Winter/El primer invierno de Luis, el cardenal (WINTER) and Mason Moves Away/Mason se muda (SUMMER).

Amy Crane Johnson has had a love of reading from a very early age. She can often be found reading in bed or watching movies with her husband and grandchildren. Amy Crane Johnson lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

After a freak accident involving curiosity and a hot iron, 1–year–old, Robb Mommaerts gained the magical powers of drawing in his right had. He has now fulfilled one of his greatest dreams since he was a small tyke—to illustrate children's books.


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msedano said...

i wonder what could persuade the publishers of English-Spanish language children's books to color the gente on the cover with a richer brown?

Julie said...

It's also interesting how the Spanish seems to always appear after the English on the page and in smaller letters. There seems to be some bias here.

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