Bluestem Book of the Week!
2019 Bluestem Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2019 Bluestem Books?
20 books for grades 3-5 are nominated every year for the Bluestem Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
Title: The Story of Diva and Flea
Author: Mo Willems, Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Lexile Level: NC750
Recommendations & Comments: Diva is a small dog who lives with the gardienne -- what we might call a “super”-- of a grand old apartment building in Paris. Diva is very serious about her job of guarding the building’s courtyard, but she flees whenever she hears approaching footsteps. Flea is a large cat with no fixed address. He considers himself a flaneur, “someone (or somecat) who wanders the streets and bridges and alleys of the city just to see what there is to see. A great flaneur has seen everything, but still looks for more, because there is always more to discover.”
After an initial misunderstanding, adventurous cat and timid dog become friends, and, in thirteen brief chapters with two “intermissions,” they encourage each other to overcome their fears and expand their horizons. By the end of the book each friend has acquired some of the virtues of the other, and the lives of both are vastly improved.
DiTerlizzi’s airy and elegant pen, ink and watercolor illustrations of Paris are charming and impart an old-fashioned feel to the story. Willems’ language is whimsical, humorous and tender, but never arch. This gentle early chapter book has a lot to teach readers about bravery, trust, friendship and openness to experience, and does so in a sprightly and graceful manner that is worthy of Paris itself.
Reviewed By: Mary Donovan
Click Here for a List of all 20 Bluestem Nominees
Created by Jen Trotta on
Oct 18th, 2018 @ 11:32 AM.
Updated on Mar 18th, 2019 @ 11:04 AM.