Posts tagged with Wildlife
16 August 2011 - Book Review: Chibi, A True Story From Japan
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is the story of Oka-san, a mother duck who hatches ducklings in the Mitsui Office Park in Tokyo, Japan… In many ways the story parallels the American classic Make Way For Ducklings, but Chibi, based on true events, has a more journalistic feel.
11 February 2011 - Book Review: Cold Little Duck Duck Duck
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This is a charming, simple story about a young duck who arrives home just a bit early for Springtime… some parents may be uncomfortable with the underlying psychological theory of positive thinking… parents will need to decide for themselves whether this book is appropriate for their children.
23 November 2010 - Book Review: Galapagos Means “Tortoises”
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Galapagos Means “Tortoises” is a captivating collection of poems devoted to the animals found on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador… This excellent read-aloud is both informational and entertaining, making it a good choice for introducing an elementary audience to both naturalistic study and poetry appreciation.
9 July 2010 - Book Review: Bambi
Age 12-16. 4 Stars. Most of my generation, when they think of Bambi, think of the sentimental 1942 Disney movie. But the original book was a serious work. Its one-of-a-kind conception and spectacular writing have earned it classic status… There is a clear sense that Bambi’s coming-of-age is defined by no longer needing to rely on others… In contrast to this message of isolationism, the Bible teaches that a solitary existence falls short of God’s plan… The romantic appeal of Bambi’s self-chosen exile has an especial attraction in our individualistic culture. Adults will need to use discernment about when a child is ready for this book.
3 July 2010 - Book Review: The Trumpet of the Swan
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Louis, a trumpeter swan, was hatched without a voice and so is unable to win a mate, even though with the help of his human friend Sam, he has learned to read and write… The reader will finish the book not only having had a good time, but appreciating the value of love and music, work and family, as well as knowing a little more about the habits of trumpeter swans. It’s an outstanding choice for a read-aloud.
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.
4 February 2010 - Book Review: The Mitten
Age 00-04. 5 Stars. The story is told with well-paced, pleasant repetition and a funny, dramatic climax with a visual joke at the end, as Baba inspects the mysteriously enlarged mitten. Nicki is a likable and energetic child with a nurturing, sensible adult caretaker, and the animals are rendered in their animal characters, with only a shade of human personality. But it is the gorgeous illustrations that really make this story… This story will surprise and delight children from a wide range of ages, from toddlers (there is a simplified board book version just for them) to readers.
21 December 2009 - Book Review: The Big Snow
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a beautiful story for the budding naturalist and the compassionate reader…. When a great snow falls, the animals of the forest cannot find food. But when an older couple scatter seeds, nuts, and bread crumbs outside their cottage, the animals throng around their home, finding enough to eat until the weather thaws…. While feeding local wildlife may not be wise in all situations, this simple story presents a picture of responsibility toward animals that reflects God’s command for people to subdue, fill and steward the earth.
2 December 2009 - Book Review: Night Tree
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This sweet story tells about one family’s tradition of decking an outdoor Christmas tree with homemade, edible ornaments, then enjoying a hot-cocoa picnic with Christmas carols before leaving the tree for the wildlife… Like some of Bunting’s other stories, it verges on the sentimental, but is still a great addition to a Christmas reading basket.
9 November 2009 - Book Review: The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This brief book is masterfully crafted, and through Dalgiesh’s easy-to-read prose the young reader gets a picture of Jonathan’s close-knit, loyal, and sometimes overwhelming colonial family. In one day Jonathan experiences the pleasures of the outdoors, the comforts of the hearth, and the terror of a small child alone at night… Sensitive children might be troubled by the scene in which Jonathan meets the bears, but his quick rescue provides a comforting end to this suspenseful story. This is a great early chapter book, either for young listeners or young readers.
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