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A Rambler Steals Home (and My Heart)

19 Jan

24680250.jpgSynopsis: Derby Christmas Clark is a rambler – she travels around the country selling Christmas trees and hot cocoa in the winter and hot dogs and sweet potato fries in the summer with her father and brother in their RV. Derby loves summertime because it means parking in one spot – a small town called Ridge Creek where she spends her days at the creak, hanging out with her best friend, watching the Rockskippers’ baseball games and getting grease stains in the food truck.

But this year, sadness plagues the small town after the death of a well-loved townsperson. Derby learns what it means to be a friend, how to help those she loves and a few secrets along the way.

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#blogbookaday: Jabari Jumps

2 Jan

31625795Summary: “Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board.

In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient an encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Jabari is so convinced he’s ready to jump off the diving board, but realizes he’s a little scared while he waits in line – trying to put off going to the top for as long as he can. But, when a sweet, quiet moment with his dad shows him that being scared is okay, Jabari feels ready to conquer his fear with a little bit of perspective. I loved the collage elements of the illustrations and the perspective of each one as Jabari realizes just how high the diving board is, plus that look of joy when he finally does jump is priceless.

Personal Reaction: I was a fish in the water growing up (and I still am) I love to swim and don’t care where – pool, ocean, lake, river – it doesn’t matter to me. But I remember every summer having to take the “deep end” test at the local pool and that lick of fear when you jump/dive off the diving board for the first time each summer. I also loved the interaction between the dad and Jabari – it was so sweet how patient and understanding the father was and the way he went about encouraging Jabari was perfect. I loved this sweet book (and definitely want to use it as a read aloud during our storytime at the pool next summer)!

Title: Jabari Jumps
Author: Gaia Cornwall
Illustrator: Gaia Cornwall
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: May 9, 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!

#MGBookmas Day 9: What Book Left You Feeling Peace

21 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

#MGBookmas Day 8: Favorite Book That Inspires Sharing

20 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

Go Camping with Picture Books

4 Aug

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My parents were (and still are) pretty cool – they’d pack all four of us up (with the dog), maybe some cousins and we’d go camping all around western PA in the summer. We had a small pop-up camper and I absolutely loved every minute of it! So I’ve created a short list of picture books about enjoying the outdoors and going camping!

  1. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
  2. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
  4. Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
  5. S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
  6. Duck Tents by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
  7. Yes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  8. Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  9. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  10. The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and the National Parks by Bob Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
  11. Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
  12. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson
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