Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m back for another Mock Monday! 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: Zonia’s Rain Forest
Author/ Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
Summary: Zonia spends her days playing in the rain forest. She is friends with all the animals and loves to visit with them in their habitats. Zonia’s home is threatened by people who hurt the rain forest, and she vows to answer its cry and help her friends.
Caldecott Considerations: Zonia’s Rain Forest is beautiful. The book was designed on banana bark paper that gives the book a more naturalistic feeling. The illustrations are bright and envoke the beauty of the rain forest’s plants and animals. The illustrations have a soft feeling which gives Zonia’s home a dreamy magical feeling. Martinez-Neal received Caldecott Honors for Alma and How She Got Her Name, and Zonia Rain Forest may just get her noticed by the Caldecott Committee for a second time.