Posts tagged with Pets
27 August 2011 - Book Review: Storm in the Night
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This book, like Wiesner’s Hurricane, portrays a child facing a potentially frightening storm, and his fear is defused by the presence of a lovingly protective adult. In this book, however, the primary theme is that of dealing with fear. This conversation takes place in the context of a close, warm relationship, as Grandfather very gently uncovers Thomas’s feelings by identifying with him and providing an example of how he faced and overcame his own fear. By using a story about himself, he defuses the boy’s embarrassment at feeling afraid, and his calm demeanor creates a safe place for the boy to admit his vulnerability.
15 August 2011 - Book Review: Smoky Night
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a serious story which may be upsetting to some readers. It was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots… If parents feel the need to discuss these kinds of events with their children, this book book may be a helpful way to open the conversation.
5 August 2010 - Book Review: The Incredible Journey
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. Burnford’s story of three beloved family pets (a Labrador retriever, bull terrier and Siamese cat) who make a cross-country trek across Canadian wilderness to reach their home has an undeniable appeal for animal lovers.
2 August 2010 - Book Review: All Things Wise and Wonderful
Age 16-18. 5 Stars. This edition of James Herriot’s memoirs sees him being drafted into the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force to play his part during World War II, leaving behind his veterinary practice and his wife (now expecting young Jimmy).
5 July 2010 - Book Review: Ginger Pye
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Jerry and Rachel Pye make a companionable team, from their cheerful “Boombernickles” word game and outdoor explorations, to their acquisition of their family’s new puppy, Ginger… Ginger Pye combines a warmly written, empathetic, and often funny portrayal of a loving family with an engaging mystery to be solved, and concludes with a quite satisfying resolution.
28 September 2009 - Book Review: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (Adaptation)
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Pinkney’s adaptation uses modern language, retaining almost none of Kipling’s masterful language, but telling the story very well. What really makes this book are his lavish, exuberant watercolor paintings which draw the reader in and dramatize the story in a very vivid way.
22 September 2009 - Book Review: James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
Age 04-08. This is an outstanding collection of eight of James Herriot’s true stories about his life as a veterinarian in 1940′s Yorkshire, adapted for children and beautifully illustrated.
7 September 2009 - Book Review: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Age 16-18. 5 Stars. All Things Bright and Beautiful continues the memoirs of James Herriot, newly married to Helen, as he continues his veterinary practice in Yorkshire. This book is simply more of the same witty, incisive commentary on animal ways and human nature, and how they came together in his unique professional life. Utterly enjoyable.
7 September 2009 - Book Review: All Creatures Great and Small
Age 16-20. 5 Stars. All Creatures Great and Small opens an unforgettable series of personal memoirs by a country veterinarian in 1940′s Yorkshire… These are written in engaging chapters that cover brief vignettes, which are written with a warm, wry humor that vividly, affectionately, and sometimes mercilessly captures human nature in the context of this cultural scene. Many descriptions are laugh-out-loud hilarious, and will be spontaneously read aloud to the nearest listener. But Herriot is no cynic — his writing pokes fun at himself at least as often as others, and his self-deprecating wit provides an appeal that is near irresistible.
31 August 2009 - Book Review: Crictor
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crictor, a boa constrictor, arrives in Madame Bodot’s home in a doughnut-shaped box, shipped from Africa by her thoughtful herpetologist son…. the limitations of the technology do not greatly hinder Ungerer’s excellent writing, wry humor and sinuous lines. Madame Bodot and Crictor are each admirable in their own way — she in her generous service to the community, he in his loyal courage in defending her. This old story retains its charm, and is well worth reading.
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