Sunday, December 23, 2012

Caldecott Challenge Post #60

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble. Published 1978. Caldecott Medal 1979.

I love the way Paul Goble creates different landscapes in his illustrations, simply by changing the arrangement of his figures on a white background. The story itself freaked me out a little bit, but I have never been fond of horses. Little girls with that particular obsession will undoubtedly relate much better to the girl’s desire to run with the horses, and to become one.

The Mighty Hunter by Berta and Elmer Hader. Published 1943. Caldecott Honor 1944.

I like the layout of this book, the color scheme, and the cumulative structure. I suspect there are probably some cultural inconsistencies in the way Little Brave Heart is portrayed that should keep it out of classrooms and public story times, but the message of the story, that bravery doesn’t come from our ability to kill things, is a valuable one for any time period.

Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker. illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Published 1981. Caldecott Honor 1982.

I can definitely understand why these illustrations were recognized by a Caldecott committee. They are full of intriguing shadows, and they have an almost haunting quality. The story, on the other hand, is a bit wordy. This book and The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses seem very similar to me. This might be related to the fact that they were published only three years apart.

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