Planet Picture Book

Archive - February 2018

Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds

This collection of bilingual Spanish/English poems recounts the perilous journey undertaken by thousands of children from Central America who are leaving their homelands to seek out a better life in the United States. This is the picture book that...

El Salvador

This leg of the Planet Picture Book journey was prompted by, appropriately enough, a book: Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano and translated by Elisa Amado. I kept seeing it mentioned – in...

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

A short informative picture book about the coconut rhinoceros beetle. The species arrived in the Pacific Islands by accident and is considered a major pest – it bores into the top of the coconut palm to drink the sap, damaging the new leaves. I...

Reef Walking

Grandma Sela and her granddaughter Mele head to the reef to go fishing. While her grandmother gathers shellfish, Mele collects cowrie shells to make necklaces for the tourists off the cruise ships. This lovely longer-style picture book really does...