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#blogbookaday: Wordy Birdy

19 Mar

35805850Summary:  “Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky. . . .” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree. . . .” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Wordy Birdy loves to talk, but she’s not so great at listening. But, when her talking (and not paying attention) get her into some trouble, Wordy Birdy’s friends – Squirrel, Rabbit and Raccoon come to her rescue and she learns that talking is great, but so is listening. I loved all the speech bubbles and the design of the book worked really well, I knew exactly when to read the text of the story and when to read the speech bubbles. Plus, the animals expressions were absolutely adorable as they grew more exasperated with their friend, but were right there when they were needed.

Personal Reaction: This would be a great story to read to a little one who likes to be the center of attention and needs some help learning when listening should take priority. It’s also just a really fun story about friendship. The other woodland animals try their very best to help Wordy Birdy, even when Wordy Birdy doesn’t realize she needs help and that’s the mark of a true friend.

Title: Wordy Birdy
Author: Tammi Sauer
Illustrator: Dave Mottram
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 6, 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: Lexie the Word Wrangler

13 Mar

31019568.jpgSummary:  “Lexie is the best wrangler west of the Mississippi, word wrangler, that is. She watches over baby letters while they grow into words and ties shorter words together into longer ones; she herds words into sentences, hitches sentences together, and pens them all in to tell a story. But lately, something seems off at the ranch. First the “d” goes missing from her “bandana,” leaving her with a “banana” to tie around her neck, and soon afterward every “S-T-A-R” in the sky turns into “R-A-T-S.” There’s no doubt about it there’s a word rustler causing this ruckus, and Lexie plans to track him down.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is an adorable story of wordplay set on a ranch filled with cattle, lariats, boots, hats and, of course, a cowgirl. Lexie is the best word wrangler around – raising baby words, putting words together and creating stories, but when a word rustler starts making trouble, all of Lexie’s hard work may be for naught.

Personal Reaction: Since I reviewed a numbers book yesterday, I thought it was appropriate to share this book today – as I said yesterday, I love picture books that use wordplay to make them fun for kids and adults to read together. This would be a fun story to read and then for kids to work on their own word wrangling or story writing. I love books that can easily lend themselves to extension activities and this definitely works well for that!

Title: Lexie the Word Wrangler
Author: Rebecca Van Slyke
Illustrator: Jessie Hartland
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: April 4, 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: The Great Dictionary Caper

18 Feb

3.jpgSummary:  “When all of the words escape from the dictionary, it’s up to Noah Webster to restore alphabetical order in this supremely wacky picture book that celebrates language.

Words have secret lives. On a quiet afternoon the words escape the dictionary (much to the consternation of Mr. Noah Webster) and flock to Hollywood for a huge annual event—Lexi-Con. Liberated from the pages, words get together with friends and relations in groups including an onomatopoeia marching band, the palindrome family reunion, and hide-and-seek antonyms. It’s all great fun until the words disagree and begin to fall apart. Can Noah Webster step in to restore order before the dictionary is disorganized forever?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is such a fun book and one I would give to elementary school age kids who are familiar with some of the concepts of language such as palindromes, antonyms, anagrams and more. With lots of great wordplay and illustrations that match perfectly for the text, this is a fun book of language for kids and adults alike. Plus, it would make a great starting point for working on a specific concept or having kids illustrate their own examples of different words. One unfortunate note, the world rhyming is spelled incorrectly (which can happen), but in a book all about words from a dictionary, it’s especially regrettable.

Personal Reaction: I like books that play and interact with words like this one, I would agree with other reviewers in saying the storyline is a little sparse, but it’s a fun way to look at the English language and I think it would make a great resource for elementary school classrooms and for kids who love to read and write.

Title: The Great Dictionary Caper
Author: Judy Sierra
Illustrator: Eric Comstock
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books
Publication Date: January 23, 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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