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Hi all:

 I'm trying to gather as many titles of picture books that use a parallel story structure as I can.  BLUEBERRIES for SAL, by Robert McCloskey, is a classic example of this structure.  I'd appreciate any title suggestions you can think of.  Thanks so much!

Laura
#1 - February 24, 2013, 06:27 PM
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GOODNIGHT ARK
 GOODNIGHT MANGER
LOVE IS KIND
 DIVA DELORES & THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE

I got these from a site called Simple Plot Structures

Just Like Daddy by Asch

Click! by Crum

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by Noble (one of my favorites because it is funny)



#2 - February 25, 2013, 04:44 AM
What's for pudding, Mimmy?

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Thanks!  I'll add those to my "to-read" list.

-Laura
#3 - February 25, 2013, 07:20 AM
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 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING by Phoebe Gilman does this in an ingenious way- a whole parallel storyline unfolds in illustrations only along with the main storyline. She is the author/illustrator and to my mind this is a great example of what only a PB can do.
#4 - February 25, 2013, 09:43 AM
THE VOICE OF THUNDER, WiDo Publishing
THERE'S A TURKEY AT THE DOOR, Hometown520

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Thanks, Mirka!  I'll add that to my list.  SNOW LAMBS by Debi Gliori uses the same technique (I'm guessing.)  Can't wait to read it.

Laura
#5 - February 25, 2013, 10:37 AM
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LOVE IS KIND
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Ame Dyckman's BOY + BOT came to mind--not sure if that's the parallel structure you're looking for.
#6 - March 01, 2013, 08:42 AM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

http://www.lorialexanderbooks.com/

Jan Brett's borders often have some other story going on. It's not always parallel, though.
#7 - March 01, 2013, 09:11 AM
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THE DOG WHO BELONGED TO NO ONE by Amy Hest & Amy Bates
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Tough Boris by Mem Fox (Illustrated by Kathryn Brown) has a parallel story in the illustrations which complements the text.
#9 - March 02, 2013, 11:56 AM

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Oooh, wonderful!  I've been away from the boards for a couple of days.  How DELIGHTFUL to come back to find some new titles for me to explore.  Thanks much!
#10 - March 04, 2013, 04:14 PM
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