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CILIP Kate Greenaway 2009 shortlist

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The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. And the eight shortlisted picture books are for 2009…

Little Boat

Little Boat by Thomas Docherty (Templar, ISBN 9780864618726)

This is the story of a little boat in a large ocean, told from the point of view of the boat. The children liked this perspective and were pleased when the boat found his friends. The front cover has a porthole cut out, through which you can see the little boat – and this circular theme is continued throughout the illustrations. My class noticed the boat had been drawn almost as though it had a face, and this helped them empathise with it.

The best aspect of the book for me is the integration of illustration and text. It is not a picture book with some text; rather, the two work together to tell the story. The children noticed this particularly as the words ‘we go round and round in circles’ were written in a circle surrounding the little boat. Little Boat would be a welcome addition to any book corner.

Carolyn MyattYear 2 teacher

Harris Find His Feet

Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger Press, ISBN 9781845065898)

‘Harris was a very small hare with very big feet.’ So we learn on the first page, and from then on it’s difficult not to fall in love with him. The story unfolds as the wisdom of old age is imparted to the young Harris via his grandad. The close relationship between them is subtly told in both words and pictures, as Harris learns that having big feet can have many advantages.

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