While waiting for the proof of my book, I’ve been restocking my bookstore. Today I’m featuring a picture book to kick off my new Picture Book section.
“Picture books portray an illusion of simplicity and are usually underrated in the book world. The Rice Bag Hammock is simple, but as a writer I know how much goes on behind the scenes to make simple look effortless which this book achieves.
Like the threads of the rice bags woven into a hammock, this story is woven from memories of the author’s warm home life. Its lyrical, repeated text is reminiscent of ‘this is the house that Jack built’ with a tropical flavor. Its vivid, yet soft pastel illustrations are the kind to draw your young ones to pick up the book on their own.
The Rice Bag Hammock feels like one we would have had in our picture book collection when my kids were little. It’s the perfect bedtime story—short, with a calming affirmation of the rhythm of life.
One of the quotes this Goodreads author has on her profile is from Gandhi, “In a gentle way you can shake the world.” Her book reflects that gentleness while transporting you to her tropical homeland. Few of us will have a chance to visit this wonderful place…except in Shaeeza’s book.”
What are your favorite picture books? Do you have some old favorites that you enjoyed (or still enjoy) with your children? Do you know of some new ones you’d recommend?