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Title: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Arona on May 27, 2016, 06:18 AM
Can anyone suggest titles of PBs that don't travel the traditional beaten path (kid has problem, kid solves problem) and has an unusual theme, one not typically considered PB material? 

Example: a mystical journey or experience.

 :thankyou
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Vijaya on May 27, 2016, 07:55 AM
It's an oldie and long but so beautiful: The Cat that went to Heaven.
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Artemesia on May 27, 2016, 09:06 AM
I have a beautifully illustrated PB I found in a bargain bin called Moon Dog, by Helen Ward, illustrated by Wayne Anderson. It's from a UK publisher. http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Dog-Helen-Ward/dp/1840118644/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464364569&sr=8-1&keywords=moon+dog+helen+ward The copy off the back of the book says "As the man in the moon dozed in his comfortable chair, little Moon Dog sneaked out of the back door and into BAD company..." The bad company being fairies.
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: JodyJS on May 27, 2016, 10:00 AM
One of my favorites ever is THE OLD WOMAN WHO NAMED THINGS. Also, ALL THE PLACES TO LOVE.
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Christine B. on May 27, 2016, 10:03 AM
Maybe "Miss Rumphius" or one of my absolute favorites, "That Old Book Woman"

Also I guess unicorns are pretty common PB material but the way they're handled in Jane Yolen's "Where have the unicorns gone?" might fit your bill!
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Vijaya on May 27, 2016, 10:07 AM
Christine, you reminded me of Owl Moon. :owl
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Christine B. on May 27, 2016, 10:46 AM
Yes! Owl Moon, so beautiful!
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: 217mom on May 27, 2016, 11:14 AM
Y'all reminded me how much I LOVE these books...  :love5

Arona-- I am cheering you on with this.  :applause WE NEED MORE. Like. That.^
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Arona on May 27, 2016, 11:59 AM
Thanks, all. Keep 'em coming!

(This was sparked because I've tired of going against my grain--my brain, apparently, is more wired for...uh...would I call it concept?--but need to read more of the books that sync with how my head works.)
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on May 31, 2016, 05:51 AM
There are a bunch of recent books that revolve around inanimate objects. Take the The Day the Crayons books. A Book with No Pictures is also non-traditional. No problem to solve.
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 06, 2016, 09:31 AM
Hi Arona,

How about Sylvia Liu's book, A Morning with Grandpa, which is about a grandpa and granddaughter sharing tai chi and yoga?
You might, also, find something in this article:  https://www.noodle.com/articles/teach-mindfulness-to-kids-with-these-10-picture-books

Good luck.
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: Arona on June 06, 2016, 12:45 PM
Thanks for more titles.

I've enjoyed the ones thus far, and have also found authors new to me.  :love5
Title: Re: Need Reading Suggestions
Post by: anita on June 06, 2016, 06:07 PM
Maybe Hats for Sale, or Three Hat Day. Bea and Mr. Jones. I think a lot of those old Reading Rainbow books were not "kid has problem/kid solves problem"