Archive for December 2016

Happy New Year!

December 29, 2016

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Cheers to a hoppin’ good New Year!

Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2016

Wishing you snowflake dreams, quiet moments to ponder and reflect, and peace and happiness at this special time of the year!

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A Dino/Pirate Tale

December 15, 2016

If your kids are fascinated by dinosaurs and pirates, Pirasaurs! is a book you don’t want to miss.

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Author, Josh Funk, crafts a fast-paced story in rhyme you’ll be sure to enjoy. Hilarity abounds in this dino/pirate tale. There’s a ship full of buccaneering beasts with a traitor among them. Captain Rex is a woman, Triceracook is the ship’s cook, and the little hero is adorable. Michael Slack’s colorful illustrations are filled with details and humor. There’s deck swabbing, swordplay, belching, burping, and mutiny! Buried in all the fun is a treasure that reveals compromise and sharing. Once you’ve finished reading Pirasaurs! you’ll be hooked. Aye, matey! Join the Pirasaurs crew for a delightful read.

Science for Babies!

December 8, 2016

Who knew learning about science could be so much fun. Ruth Spiro, the author of Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist, has written two board books for the youngest generation dealing with science – Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!

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You may think that’s a mouthful of words for a baby, but these books, illustrated by Irene Chan, are something to get excited about. In each book, Spiro and Chan present a science concept in a unique way so that a young child can begin to understand it on the simplest level. Open the doors to science with these fun books and explore the possibilities. With straightforward text and colorful illustrations, these books may be the stepping stones for our future scientists!

 

 

DU IZ TAK?

December 1, 2016

If you have very young children, you know they have a language of their own – uhda, madee, ticka …  They know what they’re saying, but it’s up to us to figure it out. And that brings me to a picture book that fascinates me. When I first heard about this book, I was convinced it was written in a foreign language. When I finally got my hands on it, I was in for a big surprise!

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Du Iz Tak? is written and illustrated by Carson Ellis. The text is sparse, using “invented” words. With that in mind, Carson Ellis has masterfully crafted a fanciful story filled with creativity and imagination. Two damselflies discover a shoot growing out of the ground. Other insects investigate the growth. After some interesting discussion and the help of Icky the bug, they build a tree house in the growing shoot. Drama comes into play with the addition of a huge spider, a hungry, bird, and a blossoming flower. While all of this is taking place, a caterpillar has made its cocoon. At night, a violin-playing insect sits above the cocoon and plays to the night sky. This oversized picture book is one that needs time to absorb. Ellis’ illustrations are filled with the beauty and wonder of nature and what can happen when imagination blossoms. This circular story has a very satisfying ending and lends itself to close examination and discussion.

Another picture book with invented words and fun to read is Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis. See my comments here.

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