Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chapter Book Review: New York City

New York City (Read-It! Chapter Books) (Read-It! Chapter Books)

New York City (Read-it! Chapter Books)
Written and illustrated by:  Lisa Thompson
Published by: Picture Window Books, 2006

* On one of their weekend trips to the library my husband found this book and thought my daughter would enjoy it.  My daughter read it on her own and then, because I was curious, I read the book.  I found this book to be a great mix of fiction and fact.  Ari and Tess are skateboarding, although I'm not sure you know here, when they receive their first mission.  They discover that they have been picked as special agents by the SWAT (Secret World Adventure Team) and must travel to New York City.  They have 24 hours to help a boy named TJ and his friends save their skate park.  Once they get to New York and meet TJ they get involved in a treasure hunt competition that, if they win, will give them enough money to save the skate park.  As the kids race around NYC lots of information about famous landmarks are given.  I also liked the use of real photographs interspersed with black and white "sketch" illustrations.  I don't think the skateboard theme was very appealing to my six year old daughter (who knows practically nothing about skateboarding and doesn't seem very interested in learning more!).  However, we live in the suburbs of NYC and she's been several times, so she was familiar with some of the landmarks mentioned.  Plus, she enjoys scavenger hunts.  She's already expressed interest in reading book #2 in the series Mission 002:  Sent to Sydney.  I'm also very curious to check it out.  Other missions take the reader to London, Tokyo, Africa, Spain, India, and Thailand. I think these books are a great way for children to learn more about the world around them! 

This book was borrowed from the library.

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Family Rating: 2 thumbs up!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Non-Fiction Picture Book Review: Benjamin Franklin: An American Genius

Benjamin Franklin: An American Genius

Benjamin Franklin:  An American Genius
Written by:  Kay Melchisedech Olson
Illustrated by:  Gordon Purcell and Barbara Schulz
Published by:  Capstone Press, 2006

* I recently picked up the first book in The 39 Clues series, Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan, on audio.  We have all been listening to the story with interest, while driving in the car.  So far the book has focused a lot on Benjamin Franklin.  I thought it might be helpful and informative for my daughter if we read a biography about him.  I found this book at the library among several different bios that they had of Franklin.  My daughter has shown interest in graphic novels so I thought that this would be right up her alley.

This book is broken up into four chapters that highlight important parts of his life:  Printer, Inventor, Patriot, and Statesman.  Each illustrated box has a text box with factual information and then speech bubbles with character commentary.  I think the book did a great job of highlighting the important parts of Franklin's life, in a format that is easy to read and understand.  My daughter was able to make many connections to things we read about Benjamin Franklin in this book and things that were mentioned in Maze of Bones

This book is one in a series of Graphic Biographies published by Capstone.  They also have a series of books called Graphic History that focus on important events in history.  As the new Common Core Standards are being implemented in most states there is a greater need for children to read more non-fiction.  This series can help motivate the reluctant reader by presenting factual information in a fun and interesting format.

This was an informative book that my six year old daughter and I enjoyed reading.  We will definitely check out some of the other books in the series.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: Babymouse Our Hero

Our Hero (Babymouse, #2)

Babymouse Our Hero
Written and illustrated by:  Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
Published by:  Random House, 2005

* My daughter found the graphic novel section of the children's library on her own and Babymouse was one of the first books that she picked out on her own.  Since that first discovery, she has now read many of the books in the series.  Unfortunately, I usually go to the library during the week with my son while my daughter is in school.  But I always pick out a bunch of books for her.  On my last trip this book was included in my picks for her.  She read this book in one sitting, telling me that it's really quick and easy to read.  I was interested in reading the book to see what the draw of these books are for her.  She gave me a little tip before reading that, "the black and white pages are what's happening and the pink pages are what she's thinking in her imagination."  This ended up being a right-on target, helpful tip.

The gist of this story is that Babymouse is participating in a dodgeball tournament in gym class.  She really hates playing and isn't very good but her teacher is making everyone play and it counts as part of their grade.  So Babymouse practices and trains with her friends, knowing that she will be up against reigning champ, Felicia "The Elminator" Furrypaws.  Babymouse and Felicia end up alone in a final showdown and of course, Babymouse saves the day, thus the title of the book.

I have very fond memories of dodgeball in school.  Along with kickball, it was one of my favorite games to play.  Unfortunately, I think my daughter is a little young to have played the game so she was at a little disadvantage reading this.  She enjoyed the book through and plans on reading more in the series.  I like that this series is written and illustrated by a brother and sister.  While I will keep myself busy reading my books I don't mind my daughter reading these books on her own.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Early Chapter Book Review: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest
Written by:  Wanda Coven
Illustrated by:  Priscilla Burris
Published by: Little Simon, 2012
Ages 5-7

* This book is the third in the Heidi Heckelbeck series.  My daughter and I have read all three and find them very enjoyable.  This is a great new series for the newly independent reader.  The book is broken up into short chapters with illustrations on almost every page. In book one we are introduced to Heidi, who used to be homeschooled but is now starting second grade at Brewster Elemntary School.  She meets Melanie, who teases and picks on her, and continues to do so throughout the series.  But Heidi also meets a new friend, Lucy. We also discover that Heidi is a witch! 

This third book opens with Heidi signing up for the Brewster Elementary cookie contest.  After much deliberation she finally decides to make her family's famous chocolate chunk cookie recipe.  But after hearing about the different cookies her classmates plan on making, Heidi thinks that her cookies are too plain.  So even though she's not supposed to use her witching skills in everyday life, she of course uses a Cookie Charm spell to jazz up her cookies.  Unfortunately, the cookies don't turn out as expected and Heidi learns a lesson that sometimes simple is best. 

We are enjoying this series and will be reading number four in the series Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise soon!

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Non-fiction Picture Book Review: Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Written by: Jean Marzollo
Illustrated by:  J. Brian Pinkney
Published by: Scholastic, 1993

* We have read many books about Martin Luther King, Jr. at home and my children have heard many at school.  I think it's important for them to understand the significance of the holiday and realize that it's not just a day off from school.  It's hard for them being so young to understand that there was a time when children of color had to use a different water fountain and go to a different school. 

I found this book on a display at the library.  It caught my eye because it didn't look too difficult for my four year old to understand.  After reading this book I did think it was perfect for my son.  It's written in very easy to understand language.  It doesn't give many facts or details but does give a nice overview of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. The author, in her foreword, mentions that, "if you feel the words "shot and killed" are inappropriate for the child or children you plan to read this book to, you many want to change the words and say simply that Martin Luther King "died" in 1968.  I felt that my four year old son could handle hearing that MLK Jr. was "shot and killed" but some young children may not be able to. My daughter told me that she didn't really like it but I think it's because she already knew everything that the book mentioned. 

The illustrations are done in what looks like scratch art.  Overall, I think that this is a good introduction for young children to Martin Luther King.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating:  1 1/2 thumbs up.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Beginning Reader Book Review: Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan

Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan (Henry and Mudge, #19)

Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan
Written by:  Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by:  Sucie Stevenson
Published by: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999

* My daughter and I have read several books in Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge series.  However, this was the first Henry and Mudge book that my son has read.  I had wrongly thought that he was familiar with the series so I had to give him a little background on the characters.  I told him that Henry was an only child and asked his parents for a dog.  That's pretty much all he had to know before beginning!

My son is a beginning reader.  This book is broken up into three titled sections. So, he ended up reading one section a day, over three days.  In this book, when Henry sees a poster advertising a snowman contest, he gets really excited and runs home to tell his dad.  His dad is in the midst of painting a chair but ends up with more paint on him than on the chair.  The day of the contest Henry and his dad already have their snowman plan ready.  When the judging begins there are all kinds of snow sculptures including snow aliens and a snow Abraham Lincoln.  Henry and his dad are happy with the way things turn out and their prizes. 

This book is actually #19 in the series.  Luckily, I don't think the books have to be read in any special order to understand them.  Henry and Mudge is a good beginning chapter series, with short chapters.  My son had very little difficulty reading this book to me.  He enjoyed it enough that he's interested in reading more of the series. 

We own this book.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Picture Book Review: Nora the Mind Reader

Nora the Mind Reader

Nora the Mind Reader
Written by:  Orit Gidali
Illustrated by:  Aya Gordon-Noy
Published by:  Enchanted Lion Books, 2012

* Orit Gidali is an Israeli author.  She wrote this book, in Hebrew, for her six-year old daughter, which was then translated by Annette Appel.  In this story, Nora comes home from Kindergarten upset that a classmate told her that she had "flamingo legs."  Her mother gives her a magic wand (a bubble wand) which allows her to see what people say and what they actually mean.  Nora comes to realize that insulting people doesn't make sense but not doing anything about being insulted doesn't help either.  So she decides to be nice to the boy and gives him a compliment (which she really means).  She even invites the boy over to play but makes him promise to stop name calling.  Nora discovers that she doesn't need the wand anymore and her mom leaves it outside for someone else to discover. 

I am glad that so far my kids haven't experienced being insulted or teased by their peers and I hope that they never do.  However, this was a good book to introduce them to the topic.  Because even though I don't want them being teased, I don't want my kids insulting their peers either. It's important for them to try to put themselves in someone else's shoes before they say something.  This book helped show that people sometimes say one thing and often mean another.  For example, one illustration shows a boy saying that he didn't feel like playing soccer but he really thinks to himself, "I don't feel like losing."  So, the book doesn't just deal with insults.  Empathy is a difficult thing to teach, but this book is a great start.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Chapter Book Review: Goofballs #1: The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder

Goofballs #1:  The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder

Goofballs #1:  The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder
Written by:  Tony Abbott
Illustrated by:  Colleen Madden
Published by: Egmont, 2012
Ages: 7-9
101 pages

* I am always on the lookout for new chapter books to read with my daughter.  Many new series have been published since I stopped teaching 3rd grade over four years ago!  My daughter and I have had a long-time ritual of reading a chapter book together while we wait for the bus to come in the morning. Unfortunately, I end up getting way too many chapter books for us to read and there's not enough time for us to get through them.  Like this book for instance.  My daughter decided that she wanted to read it on her own this weekend when she had some "relaxing time."  Because I was really interested in checking it out I had to read it on my own.  :( 

This first book in the Goofball series follows four friends, Jeff, Mara, Brian, and Kelly, who dub themselves the Goofballs because......well, they are goofy!  They like to solve mysteries and take books out of the library to help them solve them.  The Goofballs became big in town when they solved "The Totally Incredible Pizza Disaster"(which has already happened before this story takes place, but we learn bits and pieces of it.).  A super-rich boy named Randall Crandall heard about the Goofballs from that incident and have hired them to find his missing horse, Thunder.  Using Jeff's clue book, making some observations, and looking at evidence, the group helps solve another mystery. 

This book definitely had some humor that had my eyes rolling, but my daughter enjoyed.  When I asked her how she liked it (before I had read it) she said, "It was funny.  He said, "Don't leaf me here" like L-E-A-F instead of leave me here.  Yes.....LOTS of puns are used in this book! 

There are lots of illustrations throughout the book.  I think it's a great new addition to the children's mystery genre.  Overall, we both enjoyed this book, although while my daughter reads the next one in the series, I'll sit that one out!

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Picture Book Review: Love and Roast Chicken

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains

Love and Roast Chicken:  A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains
Written and illustrated by: Barbara Knutson
Published by: Carolrhoda Books, 2004

* My husband picked this book off the shelf when he took the kids to the library.  The author Barbara Knutson lived in Peru and drew on personal experience to write this trickster tale.  The story takes place in the Andes Mountains where Cuy, the Guinea Pig is about to be Tio Antonio the Fox's dinner.  He thinks quickly and tricks the Fox....and then tricks him again and again, and again.  Cuy gets stuck to a sticky gum baby, which we've seen in other classic trickster tales. At one point I thought that Cuy might get caught, but he's a very clever guinea pig!  The illustrations are bright and colorful and help add to this South American themed tale.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Picture Book Review: Goldilocks and Just One Bear

Goldilocks and Just One Bear

Goldilocks and Just One Bear
Written and illustrated by:  Leigh Hodgkinson
Published by: Nosy Crow, 2011

* We have read many variations of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  This is another twist on the classic, from one of the bear's perspective.  A bear ends up lost in a big city and heads into Snooty Towers to take a rest.  He's hungry and tired and attempts to find some food and take a nap.  After some testing Bear settles on dry toast and a bean bag chair before finally finding a bed.  But then the family arrives home and discovers Bear in their house.  But Bear didn't walk into just anyone's house.  It was his old friend Goldilocks!  The two have a happy little reunion and after some porridge Bear heads back home.

I loved the use of the different fonts in the story and the illustrations are colorful, detailed, and humorous.  Be sure to check out the two page spread of Bear before he enters Snooty Towers.  I love the names of the stores, signs, and streets! 

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Picture Book Review: Good News Bad News

Good News, Bad News

Good News Bad News
Written and illustrated by:  Jeff Mack
Published by: Chronicle Books, 2012

* My kids first read this story with my husband.  I had a pile of books that they had read with him that I hadn't read yet.  I asked them which one they wanted to hear again and they both agreed that this book was their favorite!

For a book that only has four words in it "Good News......Bad News" this book offers a lot!  Rabbit and mouse are friends but Rabbit seems to see the positive in things while Mouse tends to see the negative.  Each page has either Rabbit with "Good news!" or Mouse with "Bad news."  I enjoyed having the kids explain to me why each picture was either "good" or "bad" news.  Since I hadn't read the book I made predictions as I read.  My daughter was surprised, "How did you know that?!!" which led me to go back to the illustrations and have her think about the scenario.  In the end the book is really about friendship and spending time with each other, whether you see the glass "half-full" or "half-empty."

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating:  2 thumbs up!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Picture Book Review: The Snow Princess

The Snow Princess

The Snow Princess
Written and illustrated by:  Ruth Sanderson
Published by: Little Brown and Company, 2004

* I happened to find this book while browsing the shelves of the children's section at the library.  The title caught my eye, because we recently experienced some snow.....and I usually check out any book with "princess" in the title since my daughter is such a lover of all "princess" things. 

This fairy tale is inspired by a Russian opera. Father Frost and Mother Spring had a daughter Snow Princess.  When the Snow Princess got older she really wanted to go out and explore the world.  Her parents let her, but warned her that she was not to fall in love.  For if she did, she would no longer be safe from death.  But of course she does end up meeting a boy, Sergei.  She helps to save his life and the two fall in love, which turns Snow Princess (Katia) human. Mother Spring tells her daughter, "You will die surely you are human and mortal, and like all mortals, you will grow old and die." 

The illustrations in this book are beautiful.  Sanderson captures the coldness of the snow but the beauty of the Snow Princess.  The glittering snow on the cover
was also eye-catching.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Picture Book Review: Duck! Rabbit!

Duck! Rabbit!

Duck! Rabbit!
Written by:  Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Published by: Chronicle Books, 2009

* Our family has read many books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and enjoyed them.  This book was no exception!  This book really focuses on different perspectives and how you look at things.  When you look at the cover do you see a duck or a rabbit?  That's the premise of this book as two different sides argue their opinion.  This is a quick, very fun read!

My daughter and I both saw a rabbit but my son saw a duck.....what do you see?!

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Picture Book Review: Snowzilla


Written by:  Janet Lawler
Illustrated by:  Amanda Haley
Published by: Amazon Children's Publishing, 2012

* Written in rhyme, this book tells the story of Cami Lou and her brother who build a huge snowman so big that they name it "Snowzilla."  But then neighbors start complaining about their blocked views and their scared pets and the judge rules that Snowzilla has to come down.  Well, Cami Lou is an activist.  She e-mails, texts, and blogs to get support and comes up with an excellent solution. The illustrations are very cheery and colorful. 

My husband first read this book alone with the kids.  They were just as engaged and interested when I read it with them the second time and were super excited that they knew and could share the ending with me. My how children's books have evolved where I think kids can connect with Cami Lou and her e-mail, texting, and blogging!  This is a great book to read after a big snowfall where I think kids would be inspired to go out and build their own "Snowzilla!"

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Picture Book Review: Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story
Written and illustrated by:  Salina Yoon
Published by: Walker & Company, 2012

*  One day Penguin finds an object (a pinecone) but doesn't know what it is.  Whatever it is, it looks cold, so he knits a scarf for it and loves his new friend.  Penguin's grandfather explains that Pinecone needs to live in the forest where it's warmer.  So Penguin goes on a trip to bring Pinecone back to the forest. As time passes by Penguin wants to see if Pinecone has grown big and strong, back in the forest.  He discovers that his friend has grown up.  The two play but Penguin can't stay.  Even though they are both sad they know that they will stay in each other's hearts. 

My parents read this story to the kids, on a rare night that my husband and I went out!  I then read it to my son, who enjoyed it the second time too! This was a very cute story about friendship. I enjoyed this one a lot and thought it touched upon more than just friends having fun.  It showed that friends can be apart from each other and think about and miss one other. It also showed that when reunited, friends can have as much fun as they did when they first met. I loved the ending line "when you give grows." The illustrations were cute and helped add to the story.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 2 thumbs up!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Picture Book Review: I Need My Own Country!

I Need My Own Country!

I Need My Own Country!
Written by: Rick Walton
Illustrated by:  Wes Hargis
Published by: Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2012

* As my 4 year old son often states when my 6 year old daughter is having a "moment,"  "It's hard to be six!"  This is often followed by feet stomping up the stairs and her bedroom door slamming......I fear that if she's like this at six, I don't want to see what she's like at sixteen!  I tell this because this story begins with the main character, a young girl, similarly going to her room and shutting the door.  She decides that she needs her own country and then proceeds to explain to the reader how to go about creating his or her own country.  First off, you'll need a location, a name, and a flag....and then you'll need to make rules and an anthem.  There may be invasions ( a little brother trying to get in) and visits from foreign leaders (a.k.a. parents!).  The illustrations in the book are humorous and definitely add to the story. 

My daughter first read this on her own when we brought it home from the library and took off with the idea of creating her own country.  Soon, there were signs all over her door and she was sitting with her brother writing rules out. This book reminded me of a project that I had to do when I was in second grade, where I had to create my own country. I'm all for books that inspire creativity!

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Early Chapter Book Review: Mrs. Noodlekugel

Mrs. Noodlekugel

Mrs. Noodlekugel
Written by:  Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrated by:  Adam Stower
Published by:  Candlewick Press, 2012

* This book is aimed at the transitional reader who is past the beginning reading stages but not quite ready for large chapter books. In this book Nick and Maxine discover a little house behind their tall apartment building.  They learn about a secret door in the boiler room that leads to Mrs. Noodlekugel's house.  Here you can find a talking, standing, piano-playing cat and four far-sighted mice who like to help make cookies.  They eventually discover that Mrs. Noodlekugel will be their babysitter.

This didn't feel like a complete book to me....more like an introduction and meeting of Mrs. Noodlekugel.  The writing seemed a little awkward, with the scene between Nick and Maxine discussing their meeting with Mrs. Noodlekugel, especially sticking out in my mind.  The illustrations though were cute and abundant!

 My 6 year old daughter and I read this early chapter book together over one weekend.  As critical as I am about the book, I have to remember that it's target audience is right around my daughter's age.  For her it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. She enjoyed this book and is looking forward to reading the next book in the series Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice which comes out later this year.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Picture Book Review: The Three Ninja Pigs

The Three Ninja Pigs

The Three Ninja Pigs
Written by:  Rosen Schwartz
Illustrated by:  Dan Santa
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012

* I am a big fan of fractured fairy tales and we have read many as a family.  I think this one is one of my favorites!  This story told in rhyme, is a take on The Three Little Pigs with a martial arts theme.  My family could relate to this book since both my husband and kids are all taking tae kwon do.  In this book the reader is introduced to aikido, jujitsu, and karate, since each pig chooses a different discipline to study at the Ninja school, after being bullied by the wolf.  The pigs (and reader) learns that takes time and practice to master.  I liked how the third pig demonstrated to the pig what she could do with some bricks, rather than actually hurt the pig.  That alone was enough to scare him off.  The pig related puns were humorous and the illustrations were colorful and engaging.  This was an enjoyable read that we all enjoyed!

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 2 thumbs up!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Picture Book Review: Sky Color

Sky Color

Sky Color
Written and illustrated by:  Peter H. Reynolds
Published by: Candlewick Press, 2012

* What color is the sky?  Most people would probably say blue.  In this book Marisol is a young artist who loves to paint.  When her class paints a mural for the library Marisol volunteers to paint the sky.  But when she goes to the paint box there's no blue.  Marisol doesn't know how she's going to paint the sky.  A bus ride home and a dream help inspire Marisol to paint the sky.  The illustrations in this book are mostly done in shades of black, white, and gray with splashes of color, highlighting the paints and paintings. 

While we were reading this book I stopped when Marisol couldn't find blue paint and asked the kids to predict what she might do.  They thought that she could bring blue paint from home (a realistic possibility!).  It took a lot of hinting and reading on but my daughter finally came up with another, more accurate possibility.

I think this book helps children with creativity and thinking outside of the box.  It helps them see that there's more than one way to look at things.  We all enjoyed this book. 
This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up .

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Picture Book Review: Lemonade in Winter

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

Lemonade in Winter:  A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
Written by:  Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Published by: Schwartz and Wade, 2012

* A lemonade stand in winter?!  Yes, that is what Pauline and John-John decide to do.  Even though their parents tell them that no one will be on the street and no one will want a cold drink.  But the kids collect their money and go to the story to buy supplies to make lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade.  They do end up selling some drinks and chant a catchy little advertising slogan.

This is a great book that I can see being used in classrooms when learning about money.  There's counting change, equivalents, adding, and subtracting.  As we read the book we had my 4 year old and 6 year old computing how much money the kids had altogether, how much the supplies cost, and how much money the kids made.  Of course this has already had my daughter talk about selling lemonade!  Besides being a "counting" book this book had cute illustrations and a good story line.  This was a book that we all enjoyed.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Picture Book Review: Mossy


Written and illustrated by:  Jan Brett
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012

* My husband was at the library with the kids when the children's librarian asked the kids if they were interested in reading this book.  It was brand new to the library and she was getting ready to put it out on display.  Of course they said yes.  Our family is a huge fan of Jan Brett.  We have read most of her books and have yet to be disappointed. 

In short, this story is about Mossy an Eastern Box Turtle who is living in Lilypad Pond.  She is special because a garden is growing on her shell.  She has made a new friend Scoot when biologist,  Dr. Carolina, catches her and puts her on exhibit at her museum.  While Mossy brings many visitors to the museum, Dr. Carolina's niece, Tory notices that Mossy looks sad.  Dr. Carolina invites Flora and Fauna to come paint Mossy's picture and then she and Tory return Mossy to the pond. 

As usual, the pictures in this book are beautiful and so detailed.  I found this book interesting and didn't realize until reading it that plants can grow on turtle shells.  Winter has just begun and as the cold weather and snow have just started arriving it's nice to read a book that makes me think about and anticipate spring! 

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 2 thumbs up.