Just the two of us

just_the_two_of_usSuperstar Will Smith’s touching ode to fatherhood. Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child’s experiences–laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!

A powerful message that will resonate with fathers everywhere. Strong illustrations, different from the ones I have seen from Kadir Nelson before. Watch below Will Smith’s song « Just the two of us ».

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Will Smith & Kadir Nelson
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Publication date: 2001
ISBN: 9780439669436
Target audience: 4 to 7 years old

Learn more about american author Will Smith, also actor and rapper

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Tickle Tickle

tickle tickle« Me papa tickle me feet, he call it ‘finger treat' ». Written with a distinctive rhythm and energy that perfectly captures the laughter of a child, Tickle Tickle recreates a game played in every family. A splendid celebration of playing, laughing and loving, this is a striking and accessible picture book with universal appeal.

A lovely story about the love between a father and his child. A strong bond connects them while they play and laugh together. The grammatically incorrect sentences did not bother me at all; they rather give the story a nice rhythm to the language and has cultural value to many african american families. Naive painted illustrations and rigid pages, perfect for babies and toddlers. A must read! Looking for more stories involving black fathers and their sons in children literature?

Author : Dakari Hru & Ken Wilson-Max
Publishing company: Lee & Low books
Publication date: 2002
ISBN: 0761319395
Target audience: Babies

You might like: Just the two of us, or Plus grand que papa.

Learn more about Zimbawean author Ken Wilson-Max

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Aubergine et Perdido

perdidoPar un soir d’hiver, Aubergine trouve un chaton perdu. Papou et Mamou acceptent de le garder. Une relation tendre et câline se développe, mais la petite pourra-t-ell adopter Perdido?

Nous retrouvons ici une nouvelle aventure d’Aubergine, toujours aussi attachante. Toujours de très belles illustrations faites à l’ordinateur, toujours le texte dont certains mots ont une graphie différente, et toujours des dialogues à l’intérieur de phylactères à la manière d’une bande dessinée. Il s’agit d’une des premières série de livres pour enfants d’âge préscolaire que j’ai connue mettant en scène un personnage dont le père est noir et la mère, blanche. Le thème de la famille est toujours très présent dans la série, avec plusieurs traces laissées ici et là à travers les pages, d’une vie de famille effervescente. Plusieurs clins d’oeil à la vie montréalaise ponctuent également l’album: Le journal de Montréal, le fameux bac de recyclage bleu, le Journal Voir, des bagels, etc. Agréable.

Auteur(s) / illustrateur(s) : Roselyne Cazazian
Maison d’édition: Hurtubise Bouton acheter petit
Année de publication: 2010
ISBN: 9782896472451
Public cible: 4 à 8 ans

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51xwxWjDctL__SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Bluesy makes the days go faster while we wait for the baby to come. Ma, Daddy, and I sit and listen to him play those gems. His saxophone drips notes that float through the air and hug us together. They make me wonder what will happen when the baby is born, and the day after, and the day after that. I can’t wait!

Thirteen year-old Emma Kallok made a pretty good job writting this book! This is the story of a little mixed race girl waiting patiently for the arrival of her baby brother or sister. I liked the bound between the family members and the saxophonist neighbour, and especially between the main caracter and her father (who happens to be black). Jazz runs through the story, making a nice musical background and feel to the book. Beautifully written, with great emphasis on certain words using a different police, this book was a pleasure to read through. The illustrations were wonderful as well, with the text laying out nicely among and around them. A must-read.

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Emma Kallok & Joel Bower
Publisher: Tricycle Press
Publication date: 2001
ISBN: 1582460272
Target audience: 6 years old and over

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