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#blogbookaday: Come With Me

8 Jan

33506796Summary:  “When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. “Come with me,” he says. Hand-in-hand, they walk to the subway, tipping their hats to those they meet. The next day, the girl asks her mama what she can do–her mama says, “Come with me,” and together they set out for the grocery, because one person doesn’t represent an entire race or the people of a land. After dinner that night, the little girl asks if she can do something of her own–walk the dog . . . and her parents let her go. “Come with me,” the girl tells the boy across the hall. Walking together, one step at a time, the girl and the boy begin to see that as small and insignificant as their part may seem, it matters to the world.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I found this book to be a perfect book for the world we live in today. I don’t have children of my own, but I know that kids hear a lot more news that adults realize and I think this story could go a long way in creating a discussion with families about how you feel when listening to the news and the small part you play in your own community and how it affects everyone – like a ripple in a pond. I loved the diversity in this book, both by having a biracial child as the main character, but also in the supporting characters within the little girl’s community. As she finds out, it doesn’t have to be a HUGE thing, but in your own way, you can make a difference.

Personal Reaction: I’d love to promote this book to teachers and parents looking for a way to talk to their kids about the scary news that you hear every time you turn on the television or go online. This would make a great discussion for both younger children and older children alike and a discussion I think that would so helpful to have in a world where you feel like it can’t really get any worse and then the news often proves you wrong. This is definitely a powerful story and one that needs to be shared.

Title: Come With Me
Author: Holly M. McGhee
Illustrator: Pascal Lemaître
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 5, 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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#blogbookaday: Not Quite Narwhal

7 Jan

34304503.jpgSummary:  “In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.

Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds.

Told with heartwarming illustrations and spare, sweet text, Jessie Sima’s debut picture book is about fitting in, standing out, and the all-encompassing love of family.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I think this is the sweetest story of a unicorn searching for a place to fit in, while still knowing that they are loved by the friends and family they have. The pastel colors in the illustrations definitely lend themselves to the unicorn mindset of pinks, purples and teals. And also go perfectly with a pretty underwater scene as well. Narwhal books are gaining a lot of ground within the past year or so and it’s fun to see how everyone has their own unique spin on them. This is a sweet title, with a sweet main character who learns about the power of love.

Personal Reaction: What I liked most was that even though Kelp didn’t feel like they fit in because they looked different from the other narwhals in the ocean, they realized that even when you find unicorns that look just like you, you can still have family and friends that don’t look  like you at all. This is a concept that many kids struggle with as they find their place in their friend group or perhaps even within their own family, but I think that what’s important in this story is that Kelp’s narwhal friends and family weren’t going to give up on them just because Kelp looked differently and I hope kids can understand that concept as well.

Title: Not Quite Narwhal
Author: Jessie Sima
Illustrator: Jessie Sima
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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: Wolf In the Snow

6 Jan

29102937.jpgSummary:  A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is an almost-wordless picture book where the illustrations really do tell the story well. If you’re new to wordless picture books, this would be a great one to start with because the storyline is very obvious and would be easy to talk through with a child. The little girl is walking home from school as the snow falls down around her and you can tell it’s not easy to walk through as she leans forward through the wind and the snowflakes. I really loved how that some of the images are just simple circles on the page making you feel as though you’re looking into a snow globe. This is the perfect story to share if you’re like me right now, braving extremely cold temperatures and snow on the ground! As the Goodreads review states, this book will “warm hearts” for sure.

Personal Reaction: I love wolves, I think they are magnificent and powerful animals that also have very interesting social structures build into their packs. I loved the compassion of the little girl in this story and in turn the compassion of the wolves as she finds herself cold and lost in the woods. I think that this is the perfect story to create as a wordless picture book because animals and humans don’t necessarily speak the same language, but there are plenty of stories of animals helping people in need.

Title: Wolf In the Snow
Author: Matthew Cordell
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 3, 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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