Monthly Archives: February 2012

Only a Witch Can Fly

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Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo is a sweet book for children with some rhyming and repetition.  It tells the tale of a little girl who wants to fly, even though only witches can fly.

The text is written in such a way that it almost suggests a sing-song or poem style reading.  In fact, the format is an old French poetry style called sestina.

“The dark night around you fills with Fly, fly
and bright yellow moonlight shines down.
Cat, by your side, purrs a gentle Bye, bye
and Owl stares up at a star, so far.”

The muted color palette and unique linoleum-block illustrations add a vintage look to this story.  The heavy use of black gives it an appropriately spooky feel.

The main character tries over and over again to fly, getting up on her broom but never quite getting off the ground!

Until…

This simple story about persistence and following your dreams is touching and beautiful, and can definitely be enjoyed by children and adults alike!

Happy Reading!
Emily


Elmer and the Kangaroo

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This fabulous installment to the Elmer series brought back sweet memories of reading the original book as a child. Written by David McKee, the Elmer series centers around a brightly-colored patchwork elephant who must learn that being different is not bad and that there is power in laughter.

In this story, Elmer and friends come across a kangaroo who cannot jump very well. Every time he jumps, he falls over!


What’s worse, there is a jumping contest the next day. What will Kangaroo do? He says he can bounce, but thinks jumping is much too hard. Elmer tries to come up with a solution.

At the competition, with Elmer’s help, Kangaroo tries to think about bouncing, not jumping. Competition is tough; does he win?

Read this whimsical book to find out! The colorful illustrations will delight young readers and the sweet story may teach them a lesson about accepting others and learning to be confident.

You can purchase this book here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elmer-and-the-kangaroo-david-mckee/1003840053?ean=9780688179519&itm=1&usri=elmer+and+the+kangaroo

Happy Reading!

-Kaitlin

I Want My Hat Back: By Jon Klassen

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I Want My Hat Back is an adorable tale of a bear whose hat has gone missing.  The story is told strictly through dialogue between the bear and other animals he encounters on his search for his beloved hat. This story tells a tale of determination and perseverance when something is important you and to never give up looking.

Though the dialogue is simplistic, it fits the roles and purposes of the animal characters in this book perfectly. The different colored and repetitive dialogue makes it easy for kids to participate in the reading process. This picture book is filled with humor, both in the words and illustrations, that will be loved by both kids and adults.

Will the bear ever find his hat?

Follow him on this adventure and see if he is able to get his prized position back.

Happy reading and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Kiara

Animal Tongues

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Animal Tongues by Dawn Cusick

is a fun way to learn about different animals! From this book you can find out how crocodiles can live in salt water or the types of foods all kinds of animals like to munch on. But, of course, this book mostly talks about TONGUES! Who has the looooongest? Who has a one that is attached to the bottom of the mouth? And who has one with permanent sunburn? This book is great because it introduces facts that anybody can pull out during

, or just to sound really smart in a conversation. Everybody who reads the book will learn something new and have a good chuckle while reading about all the silly, but strategic, ways an animal uses their tongue. Teachers can use it to supplement any science lesson involving animals including ways animals protect themselves, survive in different conditions, and find things to eat. With the “test it out” activities scattered throughout the book, parents can easily bring science into their households. This book made me say huh, and ooooooh, and aaaaaaaaaaaah, and hahahaha on every single page!

Enjoy your day, read a book! ~Ali

Ruby in Her Own Time

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Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathan Emmett

This is a great book for young children. It tells a story of a little duck named Ruby and what her life is like growing up. Her siblings learn how to play, eat, swim, and fly a little bit sooner than Ruby does. The father duck is concerned about Ruby, but the mother ducks knows that Ruby will develop “in her own time.” 

The phrase, “In her own time” is repeated throughout the picture book. It teaches children about patience and understanding

This would be a great book to use in a school setting to teach about diversity in the classroom and equity. Not only is this book accessible to young readers, it’s perfect for older students and adults! This is one of my FAVORITE children’s books!

Happy Reading!

Sage

I Am Different! Can You Find Me?

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I am Different! Can You Find Me?
by Manjula Padmanabman
ISBN: 978-1-57091-640-3

This wonderful new book by Manjula Padmahabman celebrates the differences that make us all special and unique! Each page focuses on a different language that is spoken somewhere around the world. These languages include well known ones, such as English, French, or Spanish, to ones that even I hadn’t heard of!

Each page of the book focuses on a different language. It gives a short background on where the language is spoken, how many people speak it, and what it is often used for, such as books or music. For some of the languages, it also offers words we commonly use in English that are derived from that language. For languages where there aren’t words kids would know, it teaches you how to say something in that language, such as counting from 1 to 5 or listing the colors of the rainbow.

Another great part of this book are the illustrations. Each page has a theme, and repeated images that all appear to be the same on first glance. For example, one page has a bunch of cats, another has colorful eggs, and another one has pictures of kites. While all of the images in the illustrations look the same, there is actuallyone on each page that is just a little bit different. Children will have a great time trying to find the one thing that is different on each page, while also learning a bit more about different languages from around the world!

Children and adults will enjoy this book for its educational value, as well as for its unique, colorful illustrations. Also, as an added bonus, when you purchase this book part of the proceeds will be donated to The Global Fund for Children! Not only does this book serve as a learning tool for children, it also helps children around the world! This new book is a must have for any classroom teacher or parent’s bookshelf.

Happy Reading! 😀

Juliana

The Unruly Queen

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In her newest book,The Unruly Queenauthor and illustrator Emily S. Redmond invites you into the world of Minerva von Vyle, “a thoroughly spoiled and impossible child!”

Minerva is a pushy, demanding, and out of control! She throws tantrums, won’t go to sleep when asked, and demands candy…for dinner!

In fact, she has already sent 52 nannies running and screaming from her house!

However, when the 53rd nanny comes… she crowns Miverva the Unruly Queen!

“A queen?” shrieked Minerva. “How perfect for me! I’m practically royal, as I’m sure you can see! I already have real diamonds and a private chauffeur, and I don’t have an issue with wearing real fur!”

Nanny  is quick to explain to Minerva, however, just what kind of place she will rule over…

 “But what sort of a queen lives with beasts in a cave?!”

The sort,” Nanny answered, “who never behaves.”

 What choice does Minerva have but to behave?!

Emily S. Redmond’s rhymes and detailed artwork, beautifully created with pen, ink, and water color, portray Minerva’s terrorizing personality and Nanny’s calm demeanor in a way that would entice any child and make them think twice before acting out ever again!

This book would be great to read out loud to children, as the rhymes really add to the book. The pictures also enhance the words, as the vibrant colors and ominous shadows draw you into the wonderful story!

To learn more about the author and illustrator (including information on her other fantastic creations) click here.

Happy Reading!

-Lynsie