Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Music Everywhere!

Music Everywhere!
Author: Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Helen
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Summary: A collection of photographs showing children enjoying music in 35 countries around the world. Some play instruments, others clap and dance, sing along and listen and share the music.

Review: This book from the Global Fund for Children celebrates music from around the world through color photos and simple detailed captions. The topics include ways to use your body to make music; clap your hands and stomp your feet; blow and whistle; strum and pluck. The photos were taken at home and in school. The music covers 6 continents and a variety of locales from a U.S community center to a West Bank Camp for Palestinian refugees.

A 2-page map of the world identifies the countries and there are added materials which include several pages of ideas on how to enjoy music; there is also a glossary of terms from the text.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Girl and the Bicycle

The Girl and the Bicycle
Author: Mark Pett
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reviewer: Helen

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Summary: There are no written words, but this is a great book about hard work and determination to get a green bicycle Little Girl saw in a store window. She realizes she does not have enough money saved to buy the bike—she checks for loose change all around the house, sells her toys, but still does not have enough money for the bike. She decides she will have to earn the money and begins working for her neighbor raking leaves and doing odd jobs. She eventually accumulates enough to purchase the bike and rushes to the store only to find that it has been sold. This not the ending. There is of course a happy surprise.

Review: This is a story of generosity and selflessness, a  touching story with a great message. It is a wordless book, but the sketches more than depict the story and are sufficient to convey the message. I enjoyed it very much. This would be a perfect book for any child in grades K through third.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fracking

Fracking
Author: Ryan Nagelhout
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue
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Summary: Introduces the subject of fracking in America and across the world.

Review: This is an informative book on fracking.  Good pictures, illustrations of the process, and the environmental effects of fracking are presented really well.  While the book is definitely slanted towards the negative effects, it makes you think about where we get our fuel.  Fracking is a big topic in the news right now, and this book gives some insight into the controversy. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What If...?

What If...?
Author: Anthony Browne
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
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Summary: “What if Joe doesn’t like the party he’s going to? As Joe and his mom walk down the street, Joe’s imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders ‘what if…’ at each house, peeking in to see some surprising sights.

Review: This is such a good picture book for any child who is attending their first party and is a bit scared about what might happen. Valuable lessons are presented in this book, along with silly illustrations that will make your little reader wonder ‘what if…’ Will Joe end up having fun at the party? Read this simple picture book to find out.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Girl and the Bicycle

The Girl and the Bicycle
Author: Mark Pett
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: A wordless picture book in which a girl sees a bicycle she wants to buy, works hard for a kindly neighbor to earn the money for it, then gets a pleasant surprise.

Review: This is one of the few wordless picture books I enjoyed. I like the clear message it sends to kids of earning money to get something you really, really want. We see the character doing all sorts of chores so she can one day go to the bike store and purchase her bike after all her hard work. The surprise twist at the end and simplistic illustrations adds emotion to this wordless story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Here Comes Santa Cat

Here Comes Santa Cat
Author: Deborah Underwood
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reviewer: Christi

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Summary: Cat wants off Santa's naughty list and makes several valiant attempts, but this 'being nice' business is trickier than he thought.

Review: I get such a kick out of Cat! I read aloud the Easter book with Cat during story time and the kids loved it. This new book is equally as good. The author does a great job of bringing the readers into the story. In this tale Santa Cat is worried he’s on the naughty list and has a couple ideas on how to change that. Of course, nothing goes as planned. This book makes you feel like you’re having the conversation with Cat. Lots of humor and a great Christmas read!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowmen at Christmas

Snowmen at Christmas
Author: Caralyn Buehner
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: This wonderful story takes place after a boy builds a snowman on Christmas Eve, and notices that the snowman’s arms are trembling with anticipation.  How do snowmen celebrate Christmas?  Oh, the fun you will experience with these happy snowmen as they enjoy Christmas activities with their family and friends!  But, you don’t have to worry, the snowmen will slide back to their approximate original positions by morning, with a special glow in their hearts, a smile on their faces, and dreams of their Christmastime.
 
Review: Rhyming text, magical illustrations, a Christmas party, snow Santa, and snow gifts all make this a special holiday book.  The book is great to share with a child, or for a child to look at by themselves.  Take the time to look for the cat, rabbit, Santa face, Tyrannosaurus Rex and little brown mouse hidden on each painting.  This book is a true treasure!