Monthly Archives: September 2015

Such a Little Mouse

It’s fine I guess.  The pictures are cute. The story is a bit flat, though.  It basically tells what a little mouse does when he comes up out of his hole in spring, summer, and autumn; but then when he … Continue reading

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Tallulah’s Tap Shoes

The girl in the sparkly tutu on the cover will be sure to draw a lot of readers, and the story will offer them a good lesson about giving new things a try.  Tallulah is excited about attending dance camp … Continue reading

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Something Sure Smells Around Here : Limericks

Poet Brian P. Cleary has done it again! Twenty-eight limericks are hilariously shared with the reader together with the comical illustrations of Andy Rowland.   A great pasta maker named Freddy cooked eight hundred pounds of spaghetti. He carted it … Continue reading

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A Nature Walk on the Farm

Primary grade students will enjoy seeing farm life, as well as, other life which co-habits a farm. Across the bottom margin of each right-hand page are miniatures of: a pig, wheat, a frog, barn owl,  pea pod, ant, bee, and … Continue reading

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Easter

This United Kingdom non fiction picture book dealing with the celebration of Easter uses high interest photos with low word count to open dialogue between the young reader and an adult. I point out U.K. because of  ‘ playing cricket’ … Continue reading

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Mama’s Nightingale: a story of immigration and separation

I think this is an important book to have available so that students facing similar circumstances (and there are a lot of them out there), can know they are not alone, that other families are coping with the same struggles. … Continue reading

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Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear

Beatrice Bunny and Bear become best friends one spring. After a busy summer and fall doing everything together, Bear goes away to hibernate without telling Beatrice. When Beatrice finally discovers about hibernation, she plans to turn it into a sleepover … Continue reading

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A Rock Can Be…

I love these books!  This is the third one by this pair I’ve gotten, the others being A Leaf Can Be… and Water Can Be…, and I have loved them all.  The illustrations are fabulous and support the text, which … Continue reading

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Whose Shoe?

It’s got cute illustrations, but the text left me a little flat.  Told in rhyme, it is the story of a mouse who finds a shoe, wanders around trying to find who it belongs to, and when it finally is … Continue reading

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Sheep Go to Sleep

This is a such a natural addition to the Sheep in a Jeep and Sheep in  a Shop collection that I can’t believe it took them this long to create it.  It’s got all the rhyme and alliteration that make … Continue reading

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An Ambush of Tigers: a wild gathering of collective nouns

Written in the form of rhyming questions, and accompanied by delightful illustrations that capture the word-play of the text, this book teaches the collective terms for groups of animals while imagining what these groups might be getting up to (e.g. … Continue reading

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Three Bears in a Boat

Utterly charming! Sure to be a classic! A beautiful story on many levels!  The large format sets off the fabulous illustrations wonderfully.  The characters and the circumstances of the story are very believable and relatable, with a bit of adventure … Continue reading

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Volcano Blast

Twins Noah and Emma and their volcanologist father have traveled from Hawaii to spend a year in Alaska.  Noah thinks Alaska is the most boing place on Earth and cannot wait to return to Hawaii.  Their dad wants to take … Continue reading

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Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys

Posey is completely fed up with the first grade boys.  She hears the word “weirdo” from her older 4th grade neighbor and decides to make up a song about her classmate, Henry.  Her girlfriends think it is funny but her … Continue reading

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Big Dog Decisions

Friends Sydney, girl with a love of fashion, and Sidney, boy with a love of sports, team up to convince their parents they are responsible enough to have a dog for a pet  With two other friends, they start a … Continue reading

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Curious George Discovers Germs

Based on characters created by H. A. Rey and the Curious George television series, in this science storybook, Curious George learns about germs.  George does not feel well and the man with the yellow hat says he is fighting a … Continue reading

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Curious George Discovers the Ocean

Based on characters created by H. A. Rey and the Curious George television series, in this science storybook, Curious George learns about the ocean.  This adventure actually begins in the sky.  Curious George and the man in the yellow hat … Continue reading

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Curious George Discovers the Sun

Based on characters created by H. A. Rey and the Curious George television series, Curious George learns about the sun’s energy and solar panels in this science storybook.  This story begins in the dark when extreme heat during the summer … Continue reading

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Elephants Can’t Jump

Everyone wants to fit in.  At some time or another, everyone has wanted to be able to do something they just can’t do.  In this animal story, Elephant want to be able to jump.  His mother and other elephants tell … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs from Head to Tail

Little kids have seemed to absorb all the information there is about dinosaurs, but here is a fresh, new arrival.  Dinosaurs from Head to Tail shows only the head or the tail on one page and gives the answer on … Continue reading

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Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building

Young families and kids today need to know that they are part of something, part of a bigger community.  This community is made up of other people who live near and around you.  When a person/family needs help, the community … Continue reading

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

All around the world, plastic bags have caused serious problems.  After decades of use, the plastic bags have accumulated in massive quantities in landfills, never decomposing.  Some cultures do not have landfills and garbage is dropped and left wherever.  In … Continue reading

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Leaflets Three, Let it Be!

In the Pacific Northwest there are numerous opportunities to go hiking and camping, and generally just being outside in nature.  This non-fiction picture book does a great job in explaining the characteristics of poison ivy and how it can affect … Continue reading

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Earthrise: My Adventures As an Apollo 14 Astronaut

In Earthrise: My Adventures As an Apollo 14 Astronaut, Edgar Mitchell essentially tells his life story.  We may think that today’s kids are growing up in an era of huge technological change, but Mitchell saw changes just extreme.  Born in … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin

This biography briefly introduces the life of Benjamin Franklin, touching on his inventions and his contributions to the city of Philadelphia as well as to the newly formed United States of America.  This book is part of the Rookie biographies … Continue reading

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