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1 October 2011 - Book Review: The Gingerbread Rabbit
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a mischievous, fast-paced tale, with elements from The Velveteen Rabbit and The Gingerbread Man blithely borrowed and mingled to spin an entirely new story.
8 September 2010 - Book Review: Peter and the Wolf
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Sergei Prokofiev wrote a number of orchestral works for children, the most popular of which is Peter and the Wolf…. This book provides just the kind of visual focal point young children need… While this book would not be a great read-aloud on its own, it is an excellent supplement to the orchestral classic.
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.
13 April 2010 - Book Review: Sarah Whitcher’s Story
Age 04-08. Little Sarah Whitcher, left in the charge of her older siblings while her parents leave their New Hampshire cabin for the day, wanders away and is lost in the woods… Although the tale ends happily, it is a “scarer,” and may not be suited to more sensitive listeners. But for those who are able to handle Sarah’s real danger, it provides a wonderful, suspenseful adventure, gives a glimpse of early New Hampshire life, and portrays a tight-knit, loving family.
22 January 2010 - Book Review: Warton and the Castaways
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The story isn’t quite as good as A Toad for Tuesday, but it is lighthearted, funny, and suspenseful enough to hold the attention of a child transitioning into chapter books… This is not a must-read, but it’s an enjoyable fantasy adventure, rooted in positive values of friendship, kindness, and courage.
14 January 2010 - Book Review: A Toad for Tuesday
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This delightful story situates itself somewhere between Frog and Toad and The Wind in the Willows in reading level. It has a wider vocabulary than most picture books or easy readers, and makes an excellent read-aloud for young listeners just transitioning into chapter books.
11 November 2009 - Book Review: The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is probably the second most well-known of Beatrix Potter’s wonderful rabbit stories… The cat is dangerous, the bunnies foolish and lovable, the father heroic and brave, and the warm home scene allows the reader a sigh of relief at the end.
14 August 2009 - Book Review: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is a wonderful old folk song telling the ageless story of a fox who raids a farmer’s goose house and brings his kill home to his family. Peter Spier’s detailed and charming drawings bring the story to dramatic life with alternately black-and-white and colored illustrations…. The story is good enough to be enjoyed for its own sake, but also may provide an opportunity to discuss themes such as creation stewardship, ownership, theft, and animal predatory behavior.
13 July 2009 - Book Review: Blueberries for Sal
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Sal and her mother set out for Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries for the winter, Mother with her large tin pail and Sal with her small one. Meanwhile, Mother Bear and her cub start up the other side of Blueberry Hill to eat blueberries for the winter…. Meeting a bear in the outdoors is a deliciously danger-filled adventure to read about, yet the story is not fearful, primarily because of the parallels drawn between the mothers and their children…. This is a wonderful story for introducing blueberries or blueberry season, or for preparing to spend time in an unfamiliar outdoor environment. More importantly, it’s simply an entertaining story which underscores the security of parental love and care for their children.
26 June 2009 - Book Review: Call It Courage
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. Mafatu, the ten-year-old son of a Polynesian chieftan, has always feared the sea…. As he approaches the edge of manhood, his fear prevents him from winning a place in his community. Realizing their indifference to him, he sets out to sea alone in his canoe, taking only his dog and a few tools…. At the end of his journey he returns to his village having proved himself a man…. No one having read this book should believe they have learned anything about the real Polynesia… [but] if a reader can accept that Call it Courage is a lesson not in history but in moral courage, they may benefit from the moral example this hero represents.
Obscenity is not only a moral fault; as the Greeks understood, it is also an artistic fault. Insensitivity to aesthetic decorum is perhaps one of the worst weaknesses of contemporary literature. — , Reading Between the Lines, 36
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