Reviews of books for children created by members of children’s literature classes at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

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  1. On the blogspot for Children’s Book Almanac.com, I noticed a new and interesting book for children of all ages by author Anita Silvey, called “A Children’s Book for All Ages”. It’s an Almanac for 365 days a year! The neat thing about this is it’s described as “part fun, part informational, as it relates to an “event of the day” like a famous person’s Birthday, or the day a historic event happened. “Informative” according to the review, and I think it’s a charming “hook”to excite kids to learn more about it!

  2. Joseph had a little overcoat by Simms Taback. This book was a Caldecott award recipient. Within this book, it provided a lot of great details and the author was very unique in the way he illustrated this book to get across to readers the meaning of, “making something out of nothing.” Throughout his book he sends messages by creating a different type of clothing within each page and making an old coat out of so many things throughout life. The overall message in the end resulted in
    Joseph losing his button made out of the last piece of fabric, and him losing it. This led to Joseph making a book about his experience with his coat. This concluded the overall theme of making little out of what you have, and even when its gone, you can always make a book out of it. This book was ironic especially in the end, because it reminded me of the Caldecott speech when Stead talked about books being more than just a picture book. In other words, Simms Taback was trying to say that even if all you have is a book or memory, that’s all you need, and with that you make the most of it.This book is ironic to the Caldecott award, because they both represent meaning and connects to the readers on real life events. Simms Taback represented this award really well, because he felt that it was necessary to try and connect with the readers. This is all to sya that it is important and essential to connect with readers on real life issues.

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