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Is That Wise, Pig?

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Title:   Is That Wise, Pig?
Author:   Jan Thomas
Series:   —  
Recommended for:  preschoolers, grades K-2, toddlers
Pages:   32
Call Number/Link:  E Thomas, J.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Cow and Pig are helping Mouse make a delicious soup, but Pig keeps trying to add ingredients that don’t make sense! Mouse is making a yummy pot of soup and Cow and Pig are helping add ingredients. Mouse adds four tomatoes, Cow adds five potatoes, and Pig adds…six galoshes?! Is that wise, Pig? Young readers will be so busy giggling at Pig’s antics, they won’t even realize they are counting, too. A twist ending and irresistible characters will make this a favorite read-aloud.

Comments:

I loved this one.  It made me laugh!  It would work well for Preschool Storytime or Toddler Time.  It could also work well as a readaloud for kids in kindergarten and first grade.  (And for first and second graders to read on their own.)

I was having so much fun that I didn’t remember later that it was a counting book.

 

 

 

 

 

**mostly written in October 2016

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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Moo

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Title:   Moo   
Author:   Sharon Creech
Series:   —
Recommended for:   I don’t recommend it
Pages:   278 p.
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION CREECH, S.

Rating:  **

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech‘s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora. This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

Comments:

I’ve been trying to force myself to read this book for about 5 weeks.  I really liked Love That Dog and Granny Torrelli Makes Soup so had every expectation that I would enjoy this book too.  Logically, I should have been able to finish the book in one or two evenings, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it for more than half an hour at a time.  I normally would have abandoned it after one or two attempts, but wanted to write my review about it.

I. just. can’t. finish. it.  I dislike the parents too much.  They “volunteered” (forced) their children to go to the home of a creepy old woman to do chores for her, even though she terrified them.  The parents weren’t willing to spend time outside with the children while the children “got to” shovel cow manure, but they thought it would be fine for the children to help at the farm every day.  The little boy was traumatized by having to deal with the nasty old woman, but the parents didn’t show any evidence that they cared.

There is the chance that this book will win awards, but I’m still unwilling to read it.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Juv, Realistic

 

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Fly Away

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Title:   Fly Away
Author:   Patricia MacLachlan
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Grades 2-5
Pages:  108
Call Number/Link:   J MacLachlan, P.

Synopsis:   While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows. 

Rating:  ****

 

 

My comments:
I liked Fly Away.  It was a nice story and Lucy and her little brother Teddy had a lovely, affirming relationship.  (It was reminiscent of the special bond that Meg and Charles Wallace share in A Wrinkle of Time.)  Life for their family isn’t perfect.  For one thing, Lucy can’t sing – and everyone else in her family can.  And their mother looked away for just a moment and Teddy was gone – having quietly disappeared without a trace just as the river is rising and everything is flooding.  Everything works out fine.
I liked this book, but I’m not sure of it has universal kid appeal.  It’s a great choice for kids who like gentle reads and happy endings.  Kids who like scary stories and lots of suspense will want to read something else.
 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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