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1. Book Review: Virginia Wolf

About a minute after reading my library copy of Virginia Wolf (written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, published by Kids Can Press) I decided I needed to own it for myself.
I've long admired Isabelle Arsenault as an illustrator, so the eye candy of the cover and word of mouth put this on my wish list to read. But the magic that happens between the art and words makes this a book to cherish, revisit, dissect, and just enjoy.
The book is loosely based on the life of Virginia Woolf. Each spread is a marvel. The story, about two sisters (one having a terribly moody and wolfish day) spoke to a very personal and fragile part of myself and my own relationship with my older sisters. It's a beautiful story for children, but particularly relevant for those with older siblings prone to depression or moodiness.
How gorgeous is this spread where things are described so poetically - the house turned upside down, of course. The beauty really comes out when the younger sister paints a mural to cheer her sister up. The joyful colors and images tied with the text and the emotion once again. Be sure to visit Isabelle Arsenault's website and blog, and read this interview with her about making Virginia Wolf at the Perogies & Gyoza blog. And one with Kyo Maclear here.


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2. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault

Reading level: Ages 4-8

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“… an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art …”
— The New York Times

“Vanessa’s act of love is recounted with grace and sensitivity in this remarkable collaboration.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Parents will enjoy sharing this book with their sometimes ‘wolfish’ children.”
— School Library Journal, starred review

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3. Spork

by Kyo Maclear   illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault   Kids Can Press  2010    Neither Fork nor Spoon, can the lonely Spork find acceptance in the world?   Poor Spork.  A misfit in the cutlery tray, a one-of-a-kind in a world of deeply polar divisions. In a place were different kitchen utensils can live in harmony in the drawer this misfit simply doesn't fit in.  In an effort to fit in, to

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4. Isabelle Arsenault

Canadian illustrator Isabelle Arsenault has made yet another beautiful book, coming out in April, 'Virginia Wolf', written by Kyo Maclear...

A bedroom of one's own

..and a few of her other lovely books; 'Spork', also written by Kyo Maclear...

'My Letter To The World and Other Poems'...

and her 2011 book 'Migrant', which was on the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2011...

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5. Spork

I grew up using chopsticks, so whenever I am asked to set the table at a friend’s house, there is a moment of panic and stark reminder of how different I am even though I have called Canada home since I was three. (By the way, setting the table in an Asian family is easy [...]

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6. Book Review: Migrant

A few weeks ago, I kept hearing about a new picture book illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. I had bookmarked her blog many, many years ago but had never read any books illustrated by her when this book jumped out from my library's shelves last week.

As the title implies, the story is about migrants. Specifically, it is about "The Low German-speaking Mennonites from Mexico" (per the jacket). I had never heard of them before, but I think the story works well to create empathy and understanding for any migrant community. The language, by Maxine Trottier, is so magical and evocative. I could picture no one but Isabelle Arsenault illustrating the words into such poetic images. Where the feelings of the young main character are characterized mostly as animals. It's harmonious, and dreamy, and everything we dream of creating ourselves - a picture book that stays with you.

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