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Not So Different

Title: Not so different : what you really want to ask about having a disability
Author: Shane Burcaw
Recommended for: Grades 1-4
Pages: 40
Call Number/Link:  E 362.43 BUR

Synopsis: Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older—it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Comments: This is a great book to start a conversation about disabilities with grade school kids. The photographs by Matt Carr are funny and engaging, which perfectly matches the text by Shane. The book is both realistic and lighthearted. My favorite story is about how he flipped out of his chair while playing soccer with friends (remember to always strap in!) and my favorite picture is the side view of his motorized wheelchair with labels like “joystick” and “rocket boosters.” 

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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Picture Books

 

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Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red-tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chicks

Title:   Hawk Mother:  The Story of a Red-tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chickens
Author:   Kara Hagedorn
Series:   —
Recommended for:   students in grades K-4, either as a class read-aloud, one-on-one sharing or for independent reading
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:  E 598.944 HAG

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

What happens when two baby chickens find themselves in a nest with a hawk? Don’t hawks usually eat chickens? Sunshine, a red-tailed hawk, can no longer fly free. But her instinct to be a mother is so strong that she builds a nest in her aviary every spring and lays two infertile eggs. One year, Kara, her caretaker, decides to try something different. She gives Sunshine two chicken eggs. Join zoologist Kara Hagedorn and Sunshine to find out what happens in this delightful story of interspecies cooperation.

Comments:

This book is both informative nonfiction for children and an interesting read-aloud.  Win-Win!  I think kids in kindergarten and up would be able to understand it best.  (And enjoy it most due to “getting” it.)

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books

 

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Blue vs. Yellow

Title:   Blue vs. Yellow
Author:   Tom Sullivan
Series:   —
Recommended for:   older preschoolers, children in early elementary school
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:  E SULLIVAN, T.

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the clash of the colors! Blue vs yellow. Which one will be declared the best color of all? Will they join forces and be mightier together? Or will another color challenge them for the title? Ding! Ding! Let the battle begin!

Comments:

I hadn’t realized that colors were so competitive!  This book could easily be presented as a dramatic reading, with one person portraying yellow and the other portraying blue.  That is how I read the book to myself.  It also would work well as a more traditional solo read aloud and would be a good choice for independent reading.

While it could work well to teach colors, I think that kids who were already aware of the colors would find it more entertaining.

 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2017 in Concepts, Funny, Picture Books

 

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Ninja Claus!

Title:   Ninja Claus!
Author:   Arree Chung
Series:   Ninja!
Recommended for:  Preschoolers and children in early elementary school, readers who wish they were ninjas
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:  E CHUNG, A.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“In this third book in the Ninja! series, Maxwell pits his ninja skills against Santa Claus“– Provided by publisher.

Comments:

I’ve read enough Christmas books over the years that it makes me very happy to find one that is unique.  Hurray!  It’s not every day that you find out that Santa is (secretly) a ninja.  However, it makes total sense.  How else could Santa sneak in and out of houses without being detected?

And that’s not all!  The protagonist of the book is a creative boy who used his critical thinking skills to try to figure out how to catch Santa.  I’m thankful that he didn’t achieve his goal, but appreciate his well thought out attempt.

My favorite sentence was:  “The Ninja Claus is sneaky, quick, clever and kind.”  That also describes a more traditional Santa.

This cute, humorous book was fun to read!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2017 in Funny, Holidays, Picture Books

 

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Read the Book, Lemmings!

Title:   Read the Book, Lemmings!
Author:   Ame Dyckman
Series:    —
Recommended for:  kids in kindergarten and up, either as a readaloud or for independent reading.  Some preschoolers might enjoy it, but they’ll miss some nuances.
Pages:   unpaged  (probably 32 pages)
Call Number/Link:   E DYCKMAN, A.

Rating:   **** 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A literate fox attempts to teach a trio of overzealous lemmings to read in order to save them from their habit of jumping off cliffs.

Comments:

It made me laugh.  Also, Ditto was my favorite lemming.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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Coco

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Title: Coco
Author: Adrian Molina
Series: N/A
Recommended for: PreK- K
Pages: 24
Call Number/Link:  E DISNEY COCO

Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. This beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book retells all the excitement and adventure of Disney/Pixar’s Coco. It’s perfect for children ages 2 to 5.

Thoughts:  I really liked this book.  Super cute, vibrant and it seems to show all the symbols of Dia de los Muertos well.  I am certain this would be a great book to read aloud to your children or classroom about the movie. Beautifully illustrated and heart warming.

 
 

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Thanks for Thanksgiving

Title:    Thanks for Thanksgiving
Author:   Julie Markes
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Individual and group reading to toddlers, preschoolers and kindegarteners
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E MARKES, J.

Rating:    ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

At Thanksgiving time, children express their gratitude for the people and things in their lives.

Comments:

It can be very frustrating to try to find a Thanksgiving book that is a good choice for Toddler Time and/or Preschool Storytime.  Hurray!  I was thrilled to discover this one!

While it is a Thanksgiving book, it is also a book about thankfulness.  It talks about seasonal reasons the kids are grateful (turkey, pie, golden leaves) and everyday things like school, swings, slides, puppies, puddles and MOST of all, the family they love.

The book has a brief rhyming text and large striking illustrations that will be easily visible at Storytime.

I am sooo thankful for Thanks for Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Holidays, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

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