Swim in the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter
Because none of the other animals will play with him, Joshie the sea otter swims too far out to sea, but he is called back by a song sung in the strong safe voice of his mother.
“Splendid paintings in a variety of shimmering Arctic hues illustrate a soothing bedtime story. In search of a playmate, Joshie Otter swims far away from home, past seal pups, walrus calves, puffins, kittiwakes, murres and a stalking fox. Stranded in the middle of the cold, nocturnal sea, he hears his mother’s song and follows it home, swimming back past these same animals, who are now asleep.” — Booklist
Whales at Night
When everyone goes to sleep
The whales come out and play
They dance in the moonlight
As they sing a song
And in that song
You will hear a tune
And in that tune
Is the whale’s secret.
by Josh (in second grade)
I always wanted to put this in the second Joshie Otter book but alas, Joshie Otter’s Water Music was never published.
The Snow Speaks
Captures the sights and sounds of the season’s first snowfall, leading up to the coming of Christmas.
“Whether the snow is crunching under boots, blowing before the plow, holding the impressions of animal tracks and angel shapes or shining in the moonlight—it speaks volumes to the children who have “wise and patient” eyes. Carlstrom’s lofty text reflects the mystical properties of snow…” — Publishers Weekly
“Framed by the Dillons’ magical evocation of the northern night sky, Carlstrom’s soothing words, — part poem, part lullaby — convey both grace and dignity.” — Booklist starred review
“Much like the classic Goodnight Moon, but with a nod to Alaskan wilderness and lore, Carlstrom’s latest picture book is a gentle hymn about preparing for bedtime and the magic of nightfall… The non-rhyming quatrains of Carlstrom’s poetry possess a soothing, lilting quality, perfect for quiet reading times.” — Publishers Weekly starred review
Society of Illustrators Gold Medal
Publishers Weekly top 50 books of 1992
Raven and River
The beauty and majesty of nature is brought to life in this dramatic, richly descriptive picture book.” – School Library Journal.