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#blogbookaday: Charlotte and the Rock

24 Mar

30764984.jpgSummary:  “Charlotte has always really wanted a pet, so when her parents present her with one for her birthday she expects a cat, dog, or maybe a bird. Instead, she receives a rock. Rocks can’t cuddle, fetch, or even help her eat her vegetables, but that doesn’t stop Charlotte from loving her rock as if he were real. If only he could love her back…or can he?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This sweet little story about a girl who wants a pet in the worst way. When she gets a rock as pet, she’s a little disappointed, but does her best to be the best pet owner she can be. The ending of the story has a great surprise and a reward for Charlotte who loves her pet rock, Dennis with all her little heart.

Personal Reaction: The 70s vibe of the illustrations fit in with the pet rock phenomenon of that era. With sweet ink drawn shapes and swatches of watercolors makes these illustrations absolutely adorable. With the idea of kindness rocks being a fun programming idea for libraries, this would be the perfect story to accompany the program!

Title: Charlotte and the Rock
Author: Stephe W. Martin
Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: March 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!

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#NF10for10 – Prehistoric from Dinosaurs to Cave Paintings

10 Feb

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  1. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
  2. Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar! by Bob Barner
  3. Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae, illustrated by David Wojtowycz
  4. The Magic School Bus In The Time Of The Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen
  5. Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind by Jacob Berkowitz, illustrated by Steve Mack
  6. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  7. Fossil by Bill Thomson
  8. Mammoths on the Move by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
  9. The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein
  10. Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura

 


In 2010 Cathy and I hosted our first picture book event.  In 2013, Julie Balen suggested we add a nonfiction picture book event that worked the same.  Participants choose 10 – well, usually 10 (they’re a crafty bunch) – nonfiction picture books to share.  On the day of the event, we’ll ask that you visit the Google Community site to add your nonfiction link to the 2018 #nf10for10 tab.
  • What:  10 nonfiction picture books you can’t live without.
  • Hashtag:  #nf10for10
  • Who:  Anyone interested — educators, media specialists, librarians, parents, and book lovers.
  • When:  Saturday, February 10th
  • Where:  All posts will be linked on the 2018 #nf10for10 page of our Picture Book 10 for 10 Google Community Site.
  • How:  Stop by our community site, join the community, and share your favorites on February 10th.

#blogbookaday: This House, Once

10 Jan

34430239.jpgSummary:  “Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I love this book – it is quiet and whimsical and simple and beautiful in all the best ways. The words conjure up such specific pictures in my mind, while the hazy, soft illustrations are gorgeous. I loved this perspective of what a house was before it became something so important – how each piece was gathered together to create something safe and warm. Plus, with an adorable little cat that you follow throughout the simple text, how can you go wrong?

Personal Reaction: I can picture the author’s house in my mind as she explains how each piece fits together so perfectly. I have fond memories of my childhood home with it wraparound front porch, its’ warm, cozy sunroom and the way it creaked and groaned as it said good night. This book would work well for a variety of ages from preschool through middle school even – you could definitely use this title to talk about habitat, natural resources and looking at an inanimate object in a new way. You could also pair this title with Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to look at trees in a whole new way!

Title: This House, Once
Author: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28, 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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