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When Emily Carr Met Woo
When Emily Carr Met Woo
by Monica Kulling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.40
18 used & new from CDN$ 11.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Woo-Hoo!, Aug. 15 2014
Monica Kulling is the master of biography. Her series depicting little known inventors, Great Ideas, remains one of my favorites on the topic. However, it is when her biography showcases the iconic relationships between human and animal that her poetic narrative truly shines. This book follows eccentric Canadian artist Emily Coo, who lives in a camper she calls Elephant. She takes her puppies for walks using a baby carriage. Folks called the painter a strange bird! One day Emily Carr adopts a small lonely monkey, whom she calls Woo. And the fun begins!

You’ll remember the illustrator Dean Griffiths from their previous work together, a beautiful book called Lumpito and the Painter from Spain. Both of these books are grand read alouds and must-haves for every library.

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain
Lumpito and the Painter from Spain
by Monica Kulling
Edition: Library Binding
Price: CDN$ 14.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Lump!, Nov. 1 2012
Inspired by the true story, Lump (pronounced 'loomp') lives in Italy with his master, photographer David (David Douglas Duncan), and Big Dog. Lump and Big Dog are not the best of friends. In fact, Big Dog makes Lump’s life pretty so miserable, he sleeps with one eye open. He has to eat his food quickly in fear that Big Dog might take it away from him. Poor Lump!

One day, David has to go on assignment to photograph the famous painter, Pablo Picasso. And he takes little Lump with him. Lump is so glad to spend the day alone with his master, and away from Big Dog, he chases his tail in excitement.
As David’s car flies along the hilly landscape to the south of France, Lump’s ears “flapped in the breeze. He was happy as a lark.” Finally they come to the beautiful villa that belongs to the painter. The old painter bursts through the door to greet them, and he isn’t alone. Bounding toward him is another Big Dog. Lump stands his ground; he isn’t going to push around ever again.

But, surprise! The big dog – his name is Yan – wants to be friends! In fact, there are many surprises in store for Lump as he explores the villa with his newfound friend. And the biggest surprise is the great painter himself.

“Lumpito!” Picasso calls him, and if Lump had “been a cat, he would have purred.” It’s love at first sight for both of them.

Monica’s poetic narrative retells the story of a special friendship with sparse eloquence. Dean Griffith’s rich, vivid watercolors capture the luscious landscape, the bold personality of the painter, the soulful expression of Lumpito as he dodges Big Dog, and Lump’s sheer delight as he finds his new home. A gorgeous and rewarding tale of love, and a perfect read-aloud for a rainy – or any -- day!

In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
by Monica Kulling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars This girl has grit!, Oct. 19 2011
A master at writing biographies for young readers, Monica has written three books for the Great Idea Series, published by Tundra Books. I have to say, "In The Bag: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up" is my favorite book in the series to date.

Like many children growing up in the 1850s, Mattie began working at age 12 to help support her family. Working at a cotton mill, she witnesses a terrible accident as a shuttle flies off the loom, injuring a young worker. Mattie wondered if anything could be done to help make the looms safer. It turns out, Mattie has a mind for solving problems and a knack for building things. In fact, she made the best kites and sleds in town! In hopes to make the shuttles safer to operate, Young Mattie invents a special shuttle cover. The factory owner is duly impressed and installs the stop motion device in all his looms. Unfortunately, Mattie is too young to register a patent. Worse, no one believes a child--and a girl, no less - could invent such a device.

Mattie, however, does not give up her love of inventing machines. By the time she's thirty, she has become an independent woman. While working at a paper-bag factory, Mattie has another great idea: to build a machine that would cut, fold and paste a flat-bottom bag. After years of trial and error, Mattie succeeds in creating the design. Before she can patent it, however, she needs to build an iron model. But nobody believes a woman can think of such a design, much less make it work. As she struggles to find someone to help build her model, the scandalous Charles Annan steals her idea. Now, Mattie must fight to prove she is the designer!

Monica's lively narrative brings the indomitable Mattie to life. Mattie does not give up! This is an engaging, inspiring easy read aloud.

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