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#blogbookaday: Warbler Wave

21 Jun

Warbler Wave.jpgSummary:  “Discover the magic—and the science—behind the migration of warblers with this stunning photographic picture book from the award-winning author and photographer of Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall.

The migrating warblers have arrived, to feed and preen, to refuel and rest before continuing on their amazing journey of thousands of miles. This photographic picture book captures in lush detail the story of these tiny, colorful, and diverse birds. April Pulley Sayre’s vibrant photography has been called “striking” and “wonderful in every way” by Kirkus Reviews, and Warbler Wave is just that. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Learn about the migrating warblers as they journey thousands of miles in this photographic poem of nature. I really enjoyed learning about the warblers in this accessible story filled with facts about these tiny little birds.

Personal Reaction: April Pulley Sayre has done some other nature-inspired poetry and photographic picture books including Raindrops Roll and Best In Snow and she does an amazing job with this format. You can tell that she spends a long time choosing just the right words to describe these determined birds. I also enjoyed that April added extensive back matter information to learn more about these amazing birds, plus adding some resources for accessing more information.

Title: Warbler Wave
Author: April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre
Illustrator: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: February 13, 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: Marigold Bakes a Cake

20 Jun

Marigold Bakes a CakeSummary:  “Marigold the cat loves Mondays, for that is when he bakes cakes! With his favorite recipe in front of him, he rolls up his sleeves and gets down to it. He whips up egg whites . . . Easy. He adds a cup of milk . . . Peasy. The he sprinkles in just a pinch of . . . of finch?! That’s not right at all! Neither are the smidgeons of pigeons or the spoonsfull of loons. Clearly a chase is in order! Yet all that leads to is a spectacularly messy kitchen. And no cake.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Marigold likes things just so and on Mondays it’s baking day! He’s ready to go to town, when birds start dropping by his kitchen. Soon he’s so frustrated he has to take a walk and decides that if the birds want to learn to bake, he’s happy to teach them… but soon realizes it’s not that easy! (And all that’s left is a big mess and no cake) I loved this precise little kitty who tried so hard to make it work and learned that sometimes it just doesn’t.

Personal Reaction: I love a bunch of things about this book – I love that Margiold is a boy cat (because I started the story assuming Marigold was a girl), I love that Marigold is particular and likes things a certain way, I love that Marigold likes to bake and I loved the illustrations showing all different types of birds in the kitchen with a stressed out kitty with a puffy tail! This is a fun story of a kitty, some birds and absolutely no cake!

Title: Marigold Bakes a Cake
Author: Mike Malbrough
Illustrator: Mike Malbrough
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: July 18, 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: Watch Out, Snail!

19 Jun

Watch Out Snail.jpgSummary:  “This gorgeously illustrated picture book showcases the native Powelliphanta snail on its perilous nighttime hunt. A little-known New Zealand creature, the Powelliphanta is not at all like your average garden snail. It is huge, handsome and carnivorous! This story teaches children about the circle of life within nature.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A close up look at the Powelliphanta snail from New Zealand. For kids who like creepy-crawlies or books filled with facts, this is perfect picture book about science! Learn about environment, predators, food and more in this accessible story for preschoolers!

Personal Reaction: I loved how the snail’s shell was made with a slick varnish on it and as it travels through the book, the snail’s silvery trail can be seen (which is such a fun way to illustrate a book). This would make a great book for a STEM storytime about animals  (plus you can find some adorable snail crafts online!)

Title: Watch Out, Snail!
Author: Gay Hay
Illustrator: Margaret Tolland
Publisher: Starfish Bay Publishing
Publication Date: May 1, 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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