Picks and Pans Review: Critter Tales for Kids
LIBRARY LION by Michelle Knudsen An endearing story about a sensitive lion who learns that some rules are meant to be broken, Knudsen's tale is illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, whose credits include the magical Weslandia. Ages 4-7.
QUEST FOR THE TREE KANGAROO by Sy Montgomery In this fact-packed adventure with stunning photos, readers join scientists in New Guinea to radio-collar the way-cute tree-dweller. Ages 10 and up.
BLACKIE, THE HORSE WHO STOOD STILL by Christopher Cerf and Paige Peterson Inspired by a lovably balky horse who was the pride of Tiburon, Calif., this sweet picture book depicts stubbornness as a virtue. Ages 8-12.
UNCOVER A CROCODILE by Paul Beck Hands-on fun! Intricate plastic models of the croc's skeletal, muscular, digestive and nervous systems are built into lively pages explaining how each works. Flipping through is like witnessing a dissection. Ages 8 and up.
FEED MATISSE'S FISH by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo A feast for the eye and a delight for the little hands of board-book fans: Paintings such as Matisse's "Goldfish"] and Marc Chagall's "Birthday"] say "please touch" with a textured panel here or a tiny felt collar there. Ages 3 and up.
A DOG FOR LIFE by L. S. Matthews What happens when John Hawkins and his seriously ill brother are told that their dog—the one who understands every word they say—must go? A memorable novel from the author of the acclaimed Fish. Ages 10 and up.
YOUR PERSONAL PENGUIN by Sandra Boynton Caution: This adorable board book may cause happy feet, especially if you also download the catchy song or snap up the plush guy (right). Ages 1-4.