What If Everybody Said That?

By Ellen Javernick, Illustrated by Colleen Madden (Two Lions – 2018)

If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? but what everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kid’s artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? As exploring the power of words, this book shows us that the things we say matter.>>> This is the companion book to “What If Everybody Thought That?” by same author and illustrator. 

誰かに一緒に遊べないと言っても、それは悪いことではないけど、もしもみんながそう言ったらどうなる?もしもみんなが親切心を忘れたら、、、学校で他の子が制作したアートを笑ったり、小さな嘘をついてみたり、助けが必要な子をのけ者にしたり、皆が同じように言ったらどうなる?発する言葉の影響を探りながら、言葉の使い方は大きな問題であることを教えてくれる。>>>同じ作者イラストレーターによる“What If Everybody Thought That?” の姉妹本である。

The Invisible String

By Patrice Karst, Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Little, Brown and Company – 2018)

When Mom tells her two children that they’re all connected by an Invisible String, the children insist, “That’s impossible”. But they want to know more. She explains about an Invisible String made of love. Even though they can’t see it, they can feel it deep in their hearts and know that they are always connected to the ones you love. This joyful contemporary classic for all ages has helped comfort and heal countless readers by easing separation anxiety, loneliness, and loss, while also exploring the intangible yet unbreakable connections between us all.

母親が自分の二人の子ども達に見えない糸の話をした時、見えない糸が存在するはずはないと子ども達は思ったが、もっと話を聞きたくなった。母親は、愛を繋いでいる糸の説明をした。たとえ目で見えなくても心で感じることが出来るその糸で、愛する人達といつでも繋がっている確信がもてる、と。年代を問わず総ての読者に、別れの悲しさや孤独感や喪失感からの癒しと安らぎを与える実体はなくとも途切れない繋がりがあることを、再認識させてくれる。>>>日本語訳本のタイトルは「こころのいと つながっているよ」

Who’s Your Real Mom?

By Bernadette Green, Illustrated by Anna Zobel(Scribble – 2020)

When Nicholas wants to know which of Elvi’s two moms is her real mom, she give him lots of clues. Her real mom is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even teaches spiders the art of the web. But Nicholas still can’t work it our. Luckily, Elvi knows just how to explain it to her friend.


Please is a Good Word to Say

By Barbara Joosse, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (Philomel Books – 2007)

Harriet gives examples of polite words: Please, Thank you, I’m sorry, Excuse me, May I help you!: and expressions to use in various social situations to make them more pleasant.

Harrietが礼儀正しい言葉(Please, Thank you, I’m sorry, Excuse me, May I help you!) の使い方の例を示し、様々な日常生活の中で、いかに言葉を生かせるか解説している。

Salt in His Shoes : Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

By Deloris Jordan with Roslyn M. Jordan, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – 2000)

Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with her daughter Roslyn to tell this heart-warming and inspirational story that only the family member could tell. It’s a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.


Whatever Happened to the Pony Express?

BY Verla Kay, Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root & Barry Root (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2010)  

Small young men racing swift horses over the rough terrain of the western United States to deliver mail is a thrilling part of American history that lives large in the imagination of us. As telling us the story of communication history along with a family’s corresponding through cross-country letter, the book informs us how the Pony Express came to be and why it didn’t last.