Travis Jonker, who blogs for School Library Journal at 100 Scope Notes: Children's Literature News and Reviews, included our forthcoming picture book Hank Has a Dream in his post about "The State of Photography Illustration in Picture Books 2014"!
Says Jonker, "A follow-up to the excellent Hank Finds an Egg, Dudley brings even more detail to Hank’s three-dimensional world." Jonker says he is noticing more and more picture book authors/illustrators incorporating photography in their work.
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book has named Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley as one of its annual "Baker's Dozen" it considers the Best Children's Books for Family Literacy! According the Center, "We consider these 13 titles — a Baker's Dozen — to be the very best picture books published in 2013. They fulfill the goals of family literacy programs across the nation: to create lifelong readers and lovers of books and to start with the youngest audience — preschool children."
About Hank, the Center notes, "Author Rebecca Dudley brings 'Hank' and his 'storybook forest' to life in this book by using photos of woodsy dioramas crafted and constructed in a way that is almost magical. The choice to create this story as a wordless picture book allows the reader to observe every detail of the photos and tell the story in his or her own way. As Hank finds an egg in the forest and cares for it until he can be assured of its safety, readers discover their freedom and creativity to tell this story in their own words." The Center also offers tips for using Hank (and the other books) with children and with families.
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Penn State’s University Libraries, is one of 51 similar organizations nationwide established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Here is a link to its press release about the announcement.
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What is the name of the Lion in C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe?"
Our giveaway item today is HANK FINDS AN EGG.
While walking through the forest, Hank finds an egg on the forest floor. After spotting its nest high up in a tree, he uses his ingenuity to help get the egg home safe and sound, and is joyfully rewarded with newfound friends!
The New York York Times Book Review has just reviewed our forthcoming picture book, Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley! Reviewer Pamela Paul says that Hank "is that rare picture-book pleasure: a wholly original take on storytelling." She continues, "A wordless tale told entirely through manipulated photography, the story concerns a small, hand-sewn stuffed monkey (like a young cousin of Curious George) who finds a lone egg sitting on the floor of Storywoods Forest . . .
"How to get the egg back into its treetop nest? In a series of panels and full-page photographs, he uses materials found around the woods and his own ingenuity to do what he can. The job eventually requires help from another quarter: The egg’s owner and mother, a ruby-throated hummingbird, who accepts the monkey’s carefully-wrapped egg, and flies it upward. When her babies are born, the monkey’s caregiving is duly rewarded with a grateful flapping of wings as the newly hatched offspring thank the little rescuer.
"It’s a simple story but the sweet images give it a magical gleam. Rebecca Dudley’s woodland creations — the faux, claylike trees and brambly twigs and carefully constructed leaves bring to mind fairy houses, and share their curious ability to mesmerize small children. It’s as if a fine layer of pixie dust has been strewn across the landscape. This is a story about the mystery in the everyday, the excitement that can ring through a peaceful nature walk and the sometimes unexpected interplay between living creatures and their environment."