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Bioscope

Guddu, a young girl from the Mithila region of India, provides colourful and fascinating glimpses into life in her village.  I was browsing the Katha Books website when the distinctive cover art of Bioscope caught my eye. The site also allowed me a...

India

After high school, I headed to India for six months to work as a volunteer teacher. Why India? Perhaps it was the attraction of the unknown, the desire for adventure far from home . . . I really don’t know! What I do know is that I had an image of...

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My Dog Mouse

A young girl takes a dog named Mouse on a walk to the park and back. Mouse does not belong to her but she is always allowed to take him out – and Mouse is always pleased to see her. Every time I read this picture book, I appreciate it a little more;...

Where is my Sister?

An alarmed little mouse asks an older furry friend to help him find his sister. Together, they take to the skies and search a beautifully intricate landscape populated with weird and wonderful plants and creatures. Sven Nordqvist is best known for...

Valdemar’s Peas

Valdemar is a young wolf who absolutely hates peas. The problem is his papa won’t give him an ice cream until he’s eaten them. What will he do? Yuck! Peas ‘taste so green and round and pointless’. Valdemar may hate peas with a passion, but he loves...

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The Field

Two young Saint Lucian children gather their friends together for a spontaneous game of soccer – and nothing can dampen their enthusiasm, not even a heavy downpour of rain! I’ll admit it, I am not the biggest soccer* fan in the world, but the...

Ti Koko and Kush Kush

Ti Koko is a happy little coconut tree until disaster strikes in the form of man and machines. Kush Kush, a wise yam, reassures the tearful tree and encourages him to stand firm and reach high. Open the pages of this picture book and the reader is...

Saint Lucia

Much has been written about Saint Lucia as the perfect Caribbean island destination, with its sandy beaches, stunning peaks and scuba diving locations.*  Far less has been penned about picture books by Saint Lucian writers. Not being one to give up...