Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Picture Book Review: Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe

Enjoy this cooking story for young and old (Includes an original Recipe for Lemon Bar Cake)
Pop Pop and Me and A Recipe is a delicious blend of cooking and caring. Pop Pop and Me and A Recipe celebrates the love between a grandson and his grandfather. Join Pop Pop and his grandson as they beat, batter and bond baking the young boy’s favorite Lemon Bar Cake. With full color lovingly painted step by step instructions and a full ingredient list, this book is a sweet recipe for the hearts of Lemon cake eaters young and old.
Pop Pop and Me and A Recipe is the perfect book for a child’s birthday, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, a Grandfather’s birthday, family reunions, family celebrations, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day and baking fun any day of the year. 

5 Stars
You not only enjoy looking at the terrific illustrations in this book you actually hear Pop Pop and his grandson cooking a lemon cake. Pish, peel, glop, twinkle! There are so many words little ones will love hearing and the grandparent/grandchild love between the two characters is adorable. Great book to read and to use making lemon cake with kids. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Picture Book Review: But I Wanted a Little Sister

Sophie wanted a little sister but she got a little brother. At first she was angry, but then Sophie had an idea. Pigtails, a pink dress… and little brother looks just like a little sister! A book about expectations and acceptance, and about loving little sisters and little brothers.

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5 Stars
This is an especially good book for preschoolers who are dealing with the life experiences of having a new baby join the family.  In the But I Wanted a Baby Sister Sophie wanted a sister but had to deal with having a baby brother. As the story progresses she realizes baby sisters can be annoying too and finds the joy in having a brother.  One of the things that attracted me to this book was the illustrations. They are very suitable for reading aloud to one child or a classroom. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Picture Book Review: Jammie Day

Cliffy is a middle child: a little less loud, a little less messy, and a little less conspicuous than his four siblings. One cold, winter morning, Cliffy doesn’t feel like getting dressed. So he tells his mom it’s jammie day and heads to school in his favorite footy pajamas.

His mom might not have been paying attention. His teacher and his dad are distracted, too. So Cliffy gets away with it for a day… then a week… then a month. The other kids at school catch on quickly and start making every day jammie day, too! This playful read-aloud pokes fun at preoccupied adults and lets the kids win. Adorable, nuanced artwork elevates the story with a true-to-life depiction of family chaos, emotion, and warmth. The illustrations especially show off Cliffy’s jammies, which become more worn, torn, and beloved as the months go by.
Grade Range: Pre-K to 3
Reading Recovery: 17
Lexile: AD420L

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5 Stars
Middle kids! This book was written for you.  Nobody pays much attention to Cliffy, the middle child of five, but he knows what he likes. He announces to the world it is Jammie Day and because all the characters know they really haven't been paying attention to him, let him go to school in pajamas. The illustrations are well done and the book is fun for kids who will love it that Cliffy gets away with Jammie Day, Week and even month.  I also like that the publisher took the extra steps to show grade range and where it falls in Common Core.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Picture Book Review: Shelter

As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, “What are they doing there? What do they want?” So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it? Céline Claire's heartwarming picture book story delivers a timeless and timely message about the importance of kindness and generosity. With simple and evocative language, it explores how even small gestures can make a big difference to the strangers or outsiders in a community. Artist Qin Leng uses a warm, soft palette in her ink and watercolor illustrations creating a charming and inviting visual narrative that is perfect for young children. This book provides a wonderful opportunity for discussions about being welcoming and helping others in need, including how children can put this into practice by reaching out to the “new kid” or the one who seems different. It also works well for character education lessons on kindness, caring and empathy.

                                                                            5 Stars
Shelter is a wonderful book showing how important it is to be kind to others. This beautifully illustrated tale tells the story of animals preparing for a big storm and then when someone in need knocks on their doors they turn them away. When the fox den caves in, they seek shelter from the same bears they turned away and find them welcoming.  Great picture book!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Picture Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

Handsome princes, fancy castles, extravagant balls . . . in this girl-power fractured fairy tale, Cinderella learns that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is, and it's better to create your own happy ending.

Cinderella is dying to go to the ball. She's seen pictures of the fancy castle and the handsome prince, she's heard the fairy tales about true love, she's found the perfect dress in Princess magazine and she's even found an ad for a Fairy Godmother. She's all set. 

Except the fairy godmother doesn't look like the one in the ad. And the castle doesn't look like the picture. And the prince . . . well, Cinderella decides her fairy-tale ending is going to look different--and be a whole lot more fun.

5 Stars
This is a funny version of the original Cinderella story set to modern day thinking. Just because she's stuck in a dead-end job doesn't mean she needs to pin all her hopes on landing a prince. The illustrations reflect artwork from current cartoons and would be appealing to a young reader. I especially liked the ending of this one. You go girl!