Posts tagged with Animals
3 December 2014 - Book Review: Christmas Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French’s text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion. Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it’ll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it’s so clearly make-believe that it shouldn’t matter whether the audience believes in Santa.
2 December 2014 - Book Review: Diary of a Baby Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. While it would be impossible to equal the brilliance of the original Diary of a Wombat, this is a pretty good follow-up. Kids who loved the original will enjoy this one almost as much. Like the original, this one is good for reading aloud and for early reading practice.
1 December 2014 - Book Review: Diary of a Wombat
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. An introduction to an animal we won’t see in the wild outside of Australia, a satisfying story suffused with ironic humor, and an endearing, likable character which retains its animal qualities, all combine for a read-aloud with a very wide appeal. I highly recommend it.
20 November 2014 - Book Review: This is Not My Hat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here’s another hat-stealing yarn from Jon Klassen… This another well-crafted, highly accessible object lesson in ironic humor: The thief repeatedly makes claims the reader knows are false, and our ability to be “in the know” makes the final confrontation utterly satisfying.
19 November 2014 - Book Review: I Want My Hat Back
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. A bear realizes his hat is missing and goes to look for it… It makes a lousy moral story. But it’s not a moral story – it’s a joke, and a more complex one than you usually find at this reading level. The irony of both characters defensively lying in a way that betrays their own guilt is screamingly hilarious to elementary-aged children (at least once they understand the joke). The illustrations aren’t spectacular, but the well-crafted, meticulously timed humor is really worth reading.
16 November 2014 - Book Review: From Head to Toe
Rating: In Eric Carl’s engaging book for toddlers, an array of animals take turns showing an action they can do and each ask a child, “Can you do it?” Each child responds by copying the action, saying “I can do it!” Preschoolers will follow the children’s example and learn the names of animals, body parts [...]
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Alligator Arrived with Apples
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crescent Dragonwagon presents a delightfully fun Thanksgiving feast, delivered by animals A to Z. For each letter of the alphabet, one animal joins the feast bearing an appropriate contribution, and the verb designating its delivery also matches the letter… This lighthearted celebration, with enjoyable wordplay and some incidental alphabet education, provides a need counterpoint to more serious Thanksgiving books.
13 November 2014 - Book Review: Doggies
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. It might seem that a board book whose words consist entirely of different kinds of dog barks (and one cat) would be boring. But Boynton, a master of rhythm and humor, captures ten different dog personalities through the sounds they make.
4 February 2013 - Book Review: A Mother for Choco
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Twenty years after P.D. Eastman’s classic Are You My Mother?, Keiko Kasza presents a heartwarming story of another lonely bird who sets off to find his mother — but is disappointed after interviewing a giraffe, penguin, and walrus, to find that no mother shares his wings, his yellow color, his round cheeks, or his striped feet… The straightforward plot communicates a profound principle that families need not be defined by biological similarity. This point lends itself to heavy-handedness, but it comes across here with simple good humor as Choco experiences a mother’s love through his encounter with Mrs. Bear. This story may be especially appealing to children whose families have been formed through adoption, but other children will benefit from it as well.
4 February 2013 - Book Review: Are You My Mother?
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When it begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother… This is a great read-aloud for preschoolers, who will identify with the baby bird’s fear at being separated from his parents… It’s also a good easy reader, although a student who has had the book read aloud in preschool may view it as babyish.
I am Giant Despair and Anthony is my wife Diffidence, but we are GOOD giants. My wife doesn’t call me Despair, she calls me Mr. Giant. — , 4/21/09
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