Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hank Has a Dream

Hank Has a Dream
Author: Rebecca Dudley
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: Hank relates to a friend a dream in which he flies to the sea, past the trees, and over the clouds.
Review: I enjoyed the unique illustrations in this book more so than the story. Author and Illustrator Rebecca Dudley impressively designs everything that is depicted in each picture for the story, including Hank the bear and the scenery that surrounds him. This is a picture book with few words and unique illustrations that makes it worthwhile to pick up and read at least once.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hidden

Hidden
Author: Loic Dauvillier
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Julie H.

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Summary: This serious graphic novel begins with a young girl listening as her grandmother shares, for the first time, of how she was hidden away from the Nazis after being separated from her parents as a young Jewish girl in Paris. The story is sad, but ends on a positive note. The book also includes an afterword that provides more historical details to accompany the story.
Review: While this graphic novel is about a grim subject, it also highlights the kindness of people in a time of need and the power of hope. The illustrations really convey the characters’ emotions, and the dialogue will teach young readers about a terrible time in history while still offering them a happy ending. I would recommend this for children 3rd grade and up, and I encourage parents to read this book with their child and discuss this difficult subject together.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
Author: Sally Walker
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: When Harry Colebourn’s World War I troop was stopped at a train station in Winnipeg, Manitoba there was a bear cub for sale.  Since Harry was a veterinarian, he thought he could take care of the bear, and he bought him.  Naming the cub Winnipeg for the city where Harry found him, Winnie travels with Harry and his troop to a training camp in Quebec and becomes a favorite of the entire troop.  Winnie even goes overseas with the troop.  Winnie sleeps under Harry’s cot, follows him as Harry takes care of the horses, and becomes a loved mascot of the regiment.  When the regiment is sent to the battlefield, Harry takes Winnie to the London Zoo.  Winnie is so tame and gentle that the zoo keepers actually let the children ride on her back.  Young Christopher Robin is taken with Winnie and renames his stuffed bear Winnie-the-Pooh.  Christopher Robin’s father makes up stories about Winnie-the-Pooh, that he eventually writes down.
 
 
Review: The illustrations are beautiful, and there are actual photos of Winnie and Harry.  It is an interesting story of the real Winnie-the-Pooh. 

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wings

Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Julie H.

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Summary: Homeschooled teenager Laurel has always felt a little different from other kids her age, but she doesn’t learn just HOW different until she discovers that she isn’t even human… As Laurel tries to understand the truth of who and what she is, she is pulled into a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, and is forced to make decisions that may save or destroy her whole race.
Review: Although this series shares many similarities with the Twilight series and may be criticized as just another teen love triangle, I think Aprilynne Pike has created a beautiful and fantastic world of her own, filled with likeable characters and an exciting plot. (Disclaimer: Readers who didn’t like Bella from Twilight may have the same frustrations with Laurel.) However, I loved this series. I finished all four books within a week and if Aprilynne Pike picked up pen and paper and wrote four more, I would happily sacrifice another week’s sleep to spend more time in this magical world.
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here Comes Easter Cat

Here Comes Easter Cat
Author: Deborah Underwood
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi

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Summary: When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than expected – and does not allow time for naps.

Review: I love to read these Cat books during storytime. They are so interactive. The kids really get into Cats crazy antics. In this book Cat wants to be the Easter Bunny but first he has to decide what he’ll wear? How will he travel? What will he be delivering? And most important when’s nap time? Will Cat be the new Easter Bunny? Check out this funny Easter story to find out!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Naptime with Theo & Beau

Naptime with Theo & Beau
Author: Jessica Shyba
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: This is a very simple picture book of naptimes with a toddler and his puppy.  Since the day the family adopted the little puppy, Theo, the two have napped together.  Mom would rock her son to sleep and then put him down in her big bed.  Theo would climb up on the bed and snuggle with Beau for a 2 hour nap.  The photos of the two napping are, as they say, priceless.

Review: A very cute book!  After reading the book I went online to look at more pictures of Theo and Beau taking their afternoon nap.  These two have a very special bond.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
Author: Bob Shea
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Julie H.

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Summary: Meet Goat. He thinks he’s pretty cool, riding his bike and making treats for the class, until Unicorn shows up. Unicorn can fly, and get this… He can make it rain cupcakes! How can Goat top that? But maybe Goat and Unicorn can learn to be friends after all. This book is bright, colorful and glittery. The illustrations contain lots of fun little details that enhance the story.
Review: This book is sure to delight kids and adults alike! I loved the bright, fun illustrations almost as much as I loved the moral of the story: everyone is special in their own way and should be proud to be themselves. This is a great book to talk about self-esteem, jealousy, and friendship. This would be a great book for kids anywhere from preschool up to third grade.