Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dear Flyary

In this cross between a Dr. Seuss and George Jetson world where numerous diversified multiple body part (eyes, ears, mouths, arms, noses) beings live and work together, a young boy(?) receives his first flyary (diary) from his oldpop (grandfather) for … Continue reading

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My Plate and You

It’s got large, full-color photos for visual appeal, and it’s purposely written simply for early readers, but when each two-page spread is dedicated to a different food group, and only has 2-3 sentences to say about it, the information provided … Continue reading

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It’s Duffy Time

A sweet book for dog-lovers, it tells the story of Duffy’s day, from his own perspective, hitting such highlights as his before breakfast nap, his after breakfast nap, his late morning nap, etc.  Not surprisingly, when the day ends snuggled … Continue reading

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Bailey at the Museum

Kids will be drawn to the cartoon illustrations full of characters which they already know from other Bailey books.  Obviously the book is not going for believability — Bailey is a dog who walks upright and attends school like just … Continue reading

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Sacajawea of the Shoshone

I like the concept behind the series, and it’s got a reasonable amount of information contained in the text, but I was disappointed by the visuals in the book: besides using an over-all drab color scheme, it missed many opportunities … Continue reading

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Monkey: a trickster tale from India

This beautiful, vibrant book is the last we’ll have from this talented author-illustrator who passed away last year.  Monkey wants to cross the river to reach a tree of ripe mangoes, and Crocodile wants to eat Monkey’s heart.  No matter … Continue reading

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No Jumping on the Bed!

This is a 25th anniversary re-illustrated update of Tedd Arnold’s first picture book by the same title, telling the tale of young Walter, who lives in a tall apartment building and learns the hard way that perhaps he should have … Continue reading

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All for Me and None for All

Gruntly is a hog in every meaning of the word.  His friends are sick of his greedy grabs for everything around, but he learns his lesson at the town treasure hunt — Gruntly is so greedily determined to get to … Continue reading

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Martin de Porres: the rose in the desert

What a beautiful book!  The illustrations strike one first, rich in color and evocative of the time and place and mood of the story.  The story is equally beautiful – that of a boy ostracized since birth, as the illegitimate … Continue reading

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An A to Z of Fairies

Given how popular fairies always are, as well as ABC books, I’m surprised this hasn’t been done before.  It had a good variety of words for the alphabet, selecting from a wide range of fairy lore, each accompanied by a … Continue reading

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Monster Mash

What a fun book!  The text is the lyrics from the classic Halloween song by the same title.  The illustrations are fabulous — hitting just the right note between creepy and silly.  Songs are known to be great tools for … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math puzzlers in classic poems

I debated about whether to give this book an “additional purchase,” or a “not recommended.”  Since I really wished I could recommend it, I decided “additional purchase” was the compromise rating.  Each two-page shares a twist on a classic poem … Continue reading

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Mountain Lions

Mountain lions are known under many names, most common are cougar and puma.  This big cat lives in a large range from western North America to most of South America.  Readers learn about hunting techniques and characteristics which distinguish this … Continue reading

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Stunning! Fabulous! Amazing!  The simple text is almost poetical as it describes a spiral as a snuggling shape, a growing shape, a strong shape, a clever shape, and the gorgeous illustrations on each page depict examples from nature where spirals … Continue reading

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Healthy Foods from A to Z / Comida sana de la A a la Z

The unifying gimmick running through this book is photographs of silly faces made from healthy food.  This may be the first bilingual ABC book I’ve encountered.  With each page dedicated to a letter of the alphabet, the perimeter of each … Continue reading

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Anda en bicicleta con cuidado / Ride Right

If your collection needs a book on bicycle safety, I suppose this will fit the bill.  The text, presented in both English and Spanish, is simple and straightforward, telling of a young boy who receives a bicycle for his birthday, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Tree! A Tu B’Shevat Story

The illustrations a re bright and cheerful and inviting.  The book begins with note Tu B’Shevat as a Jewish holiday, describing some of the customs there of, and comparing it to Arbor Day.  The story tells of Joni and her … Continue reading

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Colonial Traditions

Colonial Traditions is one of the books in a series about colonial life from the 1600s to 1776.  Beginning with a labeled map of the 13 original colonies, each chapter is focused on one aspect of life.  Because all work, … Continue reading

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Biggest, Baddest Book of Beasts

Beasts are described as wild animals and are divided into chapters depending on features.  Aimed toward reluctant readers, the photographs are large and the text minimal.  Most photos show only the head so all animals appear to be the same … Continue reading

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Back-to-School Rules

The illustrations are kind of fun, and there might be some teachers who’d like to use it at the beginning of the school year, but really the text is just one long rhyming list of things not to do.  And … Continue reading

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Victricia Malicia, Book-Loving Buccaneer

I like it! I like it!  The illustrations are bright and engaging and humorous.  The rhyming story tells of a young girl growing up in a family of pirates, yet longing for the life of a landlubber.  (I particularly like … Continue reading

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The Prince and the Sphinx

On the one hand, with recent interest being generated by Rick Riordan’s books, it’s nice to have a book in the genre of Egyptian mythology, but I really wish it was better.  The telling of the story seems a bit … Continue reading

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Snorp, el monstruo de la ciudad / Snorp, the City Monster

Ack! Translation creates enough problems when a story written in English is poorly translated into Spanish.  But this story is designed/intended to be a bilingual story.  If a writer has such a purpose from the start, it seems reasonable to … Continue reading

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Trucos en la Patineta/ Skate Trick

I will say this for the book:  it uses lots of simple, repetitive language, which is good for emergent readers.  But the story opens by introducing the robot character, listing several special tools this robot has, and stating, “He uses … Continue reading

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Como mides el tiempo? How Do You Measure Time?

I don’t like it. I found several places where it over-simplifies information, sometimes unnecessarily vague, and sometimes less than accurate.  When asking the question, “How long will one month take?” instead of saying about thirty days, it just says that … Continue reading

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