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#blogbookaday: Hello Hello

18 Apr

Hello Hello.jpgSummary:  “This gorgeous follow-up to the Caldecott Honor–winning They All Saw a Cat explores another aspect of seeing the world for young children. Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple ‘Hello.'” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: All it takes is “Hello” a simple word to acknowledge the 92 animals that can be seen in this gorgeous book about the diversity of life on this planet. With a variety of media, Brendan is able to link the animals together in a single line that shows how all living things are connected. I really enjoyed the wide variety of animals, the rhyming text and how easily this book could work for toddlers through elementary and middle grade students. Conservation is a huge part of learning about the environment and this book would be a great place to begin.

Personal Reaction: I love Brendan Wenzel’s work – his perspective in They All Saw a Cat is a great way to get kids to look at the world a little differently. This book is filled with animals that are vulnerable and endangered and he gives information about how to help them in his author’s note. I loved seeing animals I’m familiar with and others that are exciting and new! This is a great book for kids concerned with helping the environment and animal lovers alike.

Title: Hello Hello
Author: Brendan Wenzel
Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 20, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: Look Out, It’s a Dragon!

13 Apr

Look Out, It's a Dragon!.jpgSummary:  “Saffi isn’t like other dragons. She doesn’t enjoy crushing castles and capturing princesses. But when she finds the perfect new home, how can she persuade her new neighbours that she is a helpful sort of dragon? Written and illustrated by the award-winning Jonny Lambert (Little Why, The Only Lonely Panda and Tiger Tiger), this is a humorous and heart-warming tale about bravery, overcoming prejudices and finding new friends.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is the adorable story of a dragon named Sapphire who is looking for a new home and gets judged on her outward appearance by the animals in her new neighborhood. How will she convince them that she’s not a scary dragon, but a nice one? The animals learn that you can’t judge someone’s appearance, but by their actions and Sapphire proves her bravery and worth in this story about friendship.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this sweet story about a dragon who didn’t fit in. I loved the soft color palette and Sapphire’s beautiful blues and greens. I loved that Sapphire causes a few accidents along the way making the animals believe that she is a destructive dragon, only to redeem herself and prove her bravery. This is definitely a heart-warming story of friendship to share with your little ones.

Title: Look Out, It’s a Dragon!
Author: Jonny Lambert
Illustrator: Johnny Lambert
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Publication Date: March 1, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: Animal Ark

12 Apr

Animal Ark.jpgSummary:  “A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.

Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature’s markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore’s lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Anytime you get a book with photographs of animals by National Geographic photographers, you’re in for a visual treat. Plus, adding Kwame Alexander’s lyrical text to pair with the illustrations is an absolute delight. I love that this book can introduce kids to poetry in an accessible way that makes it interesting and exciting. Kids can learn adjectives as well with this book – even the opportunity to use a thesaurus to learn new words!

Personal Reaction: I love the beautiful close up photographs and the gatefold spreads have even more photographs to pour over. I also really enjoyed how the text in this book uses different size and shape to stress certain words or the shape of certain animals. April is National Poetry Month, making this a great title to share with the kids in your life.

Title: Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World In Poetry and Pictures
Author: Kwame Alexander
Illustrator: Joel Sartore
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Publication Date: February 14, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: Ready, Set, Sail!

3 Apr

35297327.jpgSummary:  “Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build!

Shout your orders loud and fast.

“Hoist the mainsail up the mast!”

Grab your life vest, hold on to your compass, and get ready for a day full of sailing fun with a playful tiger and turtle! Follow these salty sailors as they raise their anchor, cast off, and explore the sea in their little sloop. And after a long day of sailing, they gather and tell tales of all the things they’ve seen!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A sweet story of two friends on an adventure in a sailboat filled with nautical terms for your own little pirate! I loved all the different animals that these two friends encounter as they travel the high seas and explore an island. I liked that this was a little different from most pirate-focused stories as this is more a focus on the actual sailing of a boat, more so than the search for buried treasure.

Personal Reaction: I thought this was a cute little story with sparse, rhyming text and adorable anthropomorphic animals. Each scene is filled with bright colors, cartoon expressions and lots of movement as the ocean carries the little boat on its way. This would be a great story to share with toddlers and preschoolers to introduce them to new vocabulary or before going out for a sail yourself!

Title: Ready, Set, Sail!
Author: Meg Fleming
Illustrator: Luke Flowers
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Publication Date: March 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: If I Were a Kangaroo

16 Mar

31146866.jpgSummary:  “If I were a kangaroo,
I’d pick you up and carry you
In my pocket, sleepyhead,
And hop you gently off to bed. 

It’s time for sleep, and this fun-to-read rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas.

So curl up, imagine your favorite animal, and…zzzzzzzzzzz.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A rhyming text about bedtime rituals makes the perfect way to end the day. I loved how the story not only rhymed, but also taught little ones about how other animals sleep at night (with more notes in the back of the book about each animal). I love when I enjoy reading a book and learn something too! The soft illustrations are beautifully washed in colors that evoke bedtime and nighttime with adorable animal parents and babies alike.

Personal Reaction: I absolutely adored this beautiful story of bedtime rituals and I loved the calming rhythm of the rhyming text. The illustrator, Anna Raff, also illustrated A Big Surprise for Little Card, which I loved! Each element worked perfectly together to create a quiet story and a perfect way to end the day with your own little one.

Title: If I Were a Kangaroo
Author: Mylisa Larsen
Illustrator: Anna Raff
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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