I once read a book that talked about books as objects. I am reading another which talks about objects as material memory. How many memories are captured by physical books? What seconds of your life are being recorded by the words and pages you read? When you pick up a book to read it once again, does a particular page bring to mind the past you who read those same words? Do certain words bring to mind certain memories?
These are things to ponder about. Beautiful books are definitely one of the more positive sides to having physical books. I have had people trying to guilt me for owning a large number of books. They call it a library of dead trees instead of a library full of vibrant lives kept within the covers of various books. Books are always beautiful but there is something to be said for books that are almost art in the pictures they contain, in the quality of their pages, and the firmness of their covers.
Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Chronicle Books
Ann Shen’s collects legendary ladies in a beautifully bound book that will be at home on your coffee table or on your shelf. I must point out that the little notes at the bottom of each page that start off “Call on (goddess name) if you want (something something) sat ill with me. You can’t simply call upon a god in a religion you don’t belong to and know nothing off simply when you want, I don’t know, peace.
Faith works a bit differently than that. This is, of course, my opinion.
Tales of India: Folktales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu with Illustrations by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Chronicle Books
This book contains exactly what it says it does in the title. Folktales from all those places in India. The thing is as a modern reader, I often was left feeling horrified by the way animals and women are treated in these tales. The book is certainly beautiful though. The full page colour art prefacing each tale is gorgeous as well.
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Hardcover, 40 pages Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books I have read many a picture book these past few years and Sarah Jacoby’s Forever or a Day is one of the most beautiful of them all. Both playful and profound, the picture book is a musing on the elusive nature of time. What […]
Sleep Tight Farm Hardcover, 36 pages August 2, 2016 : Chronicle Books Source: Library A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating […]
Hardcover, 100 pages Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Before reading this book, I had no idea who Maya Lin is and not being American, I didn’t know about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. In case you, too, have little idea, let me elaborate. Maya Lin is the […]
Hardcover, 52 pages Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books As the tag line of this book states, This is How We Do It illustrates a day in the lives of seven different children from around the world. These kids hail from different financial situations, some of them are from more […]
Hardcover, 44 pages Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books With evocative and vivid art, Marc Martin’s A River straddles the fence between fiction and nonfiction. Educators will find they can use this picturebook to teach their young students lessons about the environment and how rivers affect changes in the landscape. […]
Hardcover, 32 pages Published January 24th 2017 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Love is describes a love story between a little girl and a duckling she rescues. And yes, it is as cute as it sounds. The little girl and the duck have many adventures but ultimately their paths diverge and it turns out […]
Hardcover, 36 pages Published August 2nd 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Sleep Tight Farm is an informational picturebook that illustrates the steps a farmer along with his family takes to prepare the farm for frost and colder winter weather. I honestly didn’t know how much work was involved in preparing a farm for […]
Hardcover, 40 pages Published September 6th 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books First Snow is the debut work of Bomi Park, a South Korean writer and artist. It features a tiny little girl waking up the sound of snow falling and sneaking out of the house to go out and play. As an adult […]