Tag Archives: STEM

#blogbookaday: Stack the Cats

7 May

Stack the CatsSummary:  “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!
Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This simple book of adorable cats is perfect for cat and math lovers alike. I could definitely see a way of photocopying a few pages and cutting out the cats so kids could stack different cats on top of each other. There’s not too much of a story line, much more of a concept book with both counting and addition and would be a perfect introduction for a small child.

Personal Reaction: A counting and adding book filled with cats is the perfect way for a little one to learn about both math and science concepts, in an easy to read way! I love the extremely basic text and how if you have too many cats stacked on top of each other, they fall over, but if you make them into smaller groups it works better. I’d love to pair this with a balancing activity that kids to try out as well! This would make a perfect story for a STEM storytime at home or at the library.

Title: Stack the Cats
Author: Susie Ghahremani
Illustrator: Susie Ghahremani
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 2, 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: Mary Had a Little Lab

2 May

Mary Had a Little Lab.jpgSummary:  “Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Mary is a hardworking scientist, but is also a little lonely, so she clips a little wool from a local sheep and creates the Sheepinator, making her very own pet sheep! Soon, her classmates are all clamoring for sheep, but things never work the way you plan and soon there are more sheep than people. Will Mary be able to herd the sheep away from town? This is an adorable rhyming story of a little girl who knows what she likes and isn’t afraid of a little hard work to get it.

Personal Reaction: I loved the rhyming text – a great rhythm that works well on every page and would make this story a fun read aloud, especially for aSTEM-focused storytime. The illustrations were absolutely adorable, pairing really well with story and the puffball sheep are just the cutest! I think this would be a great story for boys and girls alike who are familiar with Mary Had a Little Lamb and are sure to giggle as they recognize how the author has changed this well-known nursery rhyme.

Title: Mary Had a Little Lab
Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Petros Bouloubasis
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
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!

Turn This Book Into a Beehive! An Interview with Author, Lynn Brunelle

19 Apr

35489137.jpgReview: This is a fascinating book – not only for the fun facts about bees and what makes them so vital to the ecosystem, but that the book has so many amazing activities that kids can do at home with materials they can easily get ahold of. These activities are fully integrated into the content of the book, plus the book provides you with the materials need to create your own beehive. And on a side note, I learned that a hive is manmade while a nest is naturally occurring from this book! This would be a great title to purchase for summer vacation to encourage kids to learn about the world around them and having fun at the same time (which truly is the best way to learn)! This book will be published on May 15th, so mark your calendars or pre-order, you won’t be disappointed!

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