Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Almond Eyes by: Terri Kelley

Sometimes, the things that a child hears about himself or herself is confusing to him or her. That is the case with the young boy in Almond Eyes. As a young child, he is constantly told that he has "beautiful Almond Eyes." He doesn't understand what this means until he asks his mother. She explains that his eyes are shaped like almonds because he is Korean. The boy then notices the different eye shapes of all of his friends. This is a wonderful book about celebrating the differences among friends.

Review: The Last Leaf To Fall: by Amy Tippit-Young

Analee doesnt want to leave her home on the maple tree. She cannot hold on forever, though, and must face the inevitable change that comes when she is The Last Leaf to Fall. A story for all ages and brilliantly illustrated by Donna Maske, children and adults can learn together that change is a natural part of life and not something to fear.
This is an eLIVE book, meaning each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for the free download of the audio version of the book.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: First Graders From Mars Episode 2: The Problem with Pelly by Shana Corey

A stellar new story in Shana Corey and Mark Teague's irresistible Martina chronicles--perfect for beginning readers.
A special visitor is coming to Pod 1! Everyone is excited. Except for Pelly...she may have been normal on her native Phobus, but now that her family lives on Mars, she's feeling desperately different. Why does she have to have fluffernobbin when all her Martian podmates have tentacles? And what in the galaxy will the special visitor think of her?
With their signature wit and warmth, Shana Corey and Mark Teague remind anyone who's ever felt like an alien that their differences can also make them special.

Review: First Grader from Mars Episode 1: Horus's Horrible Day by Shana Corey

Horus is exited about starting first grade. That is, until he discovers there are no slime tables, no snooze mats, and no snacks; and he gets put in the Beta reading group instead of the Alpha, and finds himself longing for the good old days of Martiangarten.

Review: Gregory, The Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

Gregory, the Terrible Eater, wants orange juice and eggs for breakfast. His parents are terribly upset!Why can't Gregory eat striped ties and violins, like the rest of the goats?
Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have entered into the spirit of Mitchell Sharmat's upside-down, turned-around world with bold, wacky, expressive illustrations. The trio's exuberant collaboration provokes healthy laughter and even includes a colorful chart which gives fresh meaning to the concept of "junk food."

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review: Don't Eat The Bluebonnets by Ellen Leventhal and Ellen Rotheberg

Sue Ellen, a sassy cow, loves to smell, lick and eat the bluebonnets although everyone warns her not to. "The bluebonnets will not come back next year if you eat them," Max the Longhorn tells her. When she can no longer stand the temptation of the tasty bluebonnets-having a mind of her own-she eats them all. The next spring the bluebonnets don't come back. Now Sue Ellen must solve the problem of getting the bluebonnets back in her favorite pasture.