Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m back for another Mock Mondays! This week I will be sharing with you a picture book that I think should be considered for the Caldecott Award. If you are unfamiliar with the award it is given by the American Library Association to the illustrator that gave the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.
Title: Bear Came Home
Author: Richard T. Morris
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Summary: The river just flowed everyday until bear came along and his curiosity led him and his friends on a great adventure.
Caldecott Considerations: This book looks very simple but it’s actually incredible complex. Pham uses the river’s brilliant blue color to slowly add color to bear and his friends’ lives. The slowly emerging colors contrast with the monochromatic background and emphasizes the animals adventures down the river in striking detail. The story is told in different panels with some pages having multiple images while others have a single image which let the art set the pace of the story. Yet, the best part of the book is the expressions on the animals faces. The drawings are simple but Pham is able to give the characters an entire range of expressions. This book is a surprising gem that hopefully the Caldecott Committee will notice.