Number Seven was the one who chose these two books, different as picture books can be. The first one is
Sister Bear by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Linda Graves, 2011 Marshall Cavendish Corp.
The illustrations alone are worth the book, which is a retelling of an old, wintery Norse tale. A tale of courage, inventiveness and kindness! Number Seven loved the story and the foreign, Nordic, rich and gorgeous illustrations!
...and the second one is a tropical, warm tale, very different from the first one! Number Seven, animal lover extraordinaire, loved it!
Cecily G and the 9 Monkeys, by H. A. and Margret Rey, reprinted 2007 HRH Books.
I actually requested it from Inter Library Loan and received the very old original hardcover. I see that it has been reprinted and saw that the the new edition had a lovely note from Louise Borden explaining how Curious George was born and the fascinating life of the authors! She has written a lovely picture book on the Reys that I highly recommend, proving the Curious George is actually a... Brazilian monkey!