Annal: 1999 Randolph Caldecott Medal

Results of the Randolph Caldecott Medal in the year 1999.

Book:Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley

Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Mary Azarian

From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. “Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.”

Book:Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney

A swinging, vibrant picture book about the jazz composer Duke Ellington, by the award-winning duo Andrea and Brian Pinkney.

Book:No, David!

No, David!

David Shannon

When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother’s rules. He chewed with his mouth open (and full of food), he jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother’s vase! As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was “No, David!” Here is his story.

Book:Snow

Snow

Uri Shulevitz

“It’s snowing,” said boy with dog.

“It’s only a snowflake,” said grandfather with beard.

No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.

This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations.

Book:Tibet Through the Red Box

Tibet Through the Red Box

Peter Sís

For most of his childhood, the old lacquered box had been beyond his reach in his father’s study. Now he was being summoned home to discover its carefully guarded secrets. Opening the red box, Peter Sis finds the diary his father kept when he was lost in Tibet in the mid-1950s. As he turns the brittle pages, covered with faded handwriting and fine drawings, and examines the small treasures that were hidden with the diary, Sis becomes the accidental traveler trekking through Tibet. At the same time he remembers the small boy who longed for his father to come back and recalls the fantastic stories his father told him on his return—stories that seemed more like fairy tales than real life. Bit by bit, the mystery of his father’s journey is revealed; in reliving it, Sis finds the man who had been taken from him many years before and the magical place that held him hostage.

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