Tag Archives: preschool

#blogbookaday: Natsumi!

17 May

Natsumi!.jpgSummary:  “When Natsumi’s family practices for their town’s Japanese arts festival, Natsumi tries everything. But her stirring is way too vigorous for the tea ceremony, her dancing is just too imaginative, and flower arranging doesn’t go any better. Can she find just the right way to put her exuberance to good use?

This heartwarming tale about being true to yourself is perfect for readers who march to their own beat. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The story of a little girl who’s trying to figure out where she fits within her family and within her culture when her grandfather takes for a walk and they find an activity that is just right for Natsumi. This is a story literally about marching to the beat of your own drum, trying new things and celebrating your culture.

Personal Reaction: I loved this sweet, little story about a young girl who seems just a little bit too rambunctious for her quiet family, until her grandfather helps her to find an activity. I enjoyed the glimpse into Japanese culture and the illustrations show a great juxtaposition between Natsumi’s unique style and that of the rest of her family. This would make a great read aloud for preschool and early elementary school age children as they celebrate what makes them unique!

Title: Natsumi!
Author: Susan Lendroth
Illustrator: Priscilla Burris
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 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!

Advertisements

#blogbookaday: Where Is Bear?

13 May

Where Is Bear?.jpgSummary:  “Perfect for fans of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this adventurous and endearing picture book follows a little boy searching high and low for his missing bear. Features a surprise ending!

Where is Bear?
Is Bear in the dresser?
Is Bear in the bathroom?
Is Bear on the swing?

It’s almost bedtime, and a little boy can’t seem to find his beloved Bear! Children will love joining in the irresistible search for Bear and finding where he is on every page…and they will love the surprise ending even more!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little boy searches all over the house for his beloved bear and can’t seem to find it anywhere! Kids will love being in on the joke as a big, fluffy bear is somewhere on each page that the protagonist doesn’t see, but the reader can! That is, until the ending which was an adorable surprise and one I didn’t expect! Kids will absolutely adore this book!

Personal Reaction: I love reading to a group of kids when you’ve got a book where as the reader, you know something the protagonist doesn’t know. A great example of this is Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann and this book has the same feel. Kids will be yelling, “There he is!” as you flip each page, until you get to the end and then they’ll be surprised (which is awesome)! This would make a great read aloud for preschool and Kindergarten kids who don’t mind acknowledging that they might still have a beloved stuffy at home.

Title: Where Is Bear?
Author: Jonathan Bentley
Illustrator: Jonathan Bentley
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 13, 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: Spunky Little Monkey

11 May

Spunky Little Monkey.jpgSummary:  “Sleepy little monkey won’t get out of bed.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said:
“Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies —
Monkey needs some exercise!”

Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer — while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet — everyone will be bursting with clapping energy — and ready to start a new day!

With humor, high energy, and Bill Martin Jr’s trademark rhythm and rhyme, young readers will learn to name parts of the body. And the book makes a perfect exercise warm-up to start off a busy day of school!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A sleepy little monkey needs a little encouragement to jump out of bed, so with clapping, stomping, shaking and cheering the reader gets a chance to help the little monkey great for the day! This is an interactive, fun story that is sure to get your little one up and moving too!

Personal Reaction: A more perfect storytime book you won’t come across – this is a great read aloud full of interactive ways to keep little ones engaged in the book, especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Filled with repetition and and gross motor movements, this book hits on so many different levels, plus with an absolutely adorable little monkey and bright colors this book is so much fun!

Title: Spunky Little Monkey
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Illustrator: Brian Won
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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!

%d bloggers like this: