Basic Plot: Moana of Motunui must find the demigod Maui and get him to help her defeat Te Ka and restore the heart of Te Fiti to save the world!
Out ofBasic Plot: Moana of Motunui must find the demigod Maui and get him to help her defeat Te Ka and restore the heart of Te Fiti to save the world!
Out of all of these read-along books my son has chosen, he was probably most excited about this one. He *really* loved the movie. These books always feature the actual voices of the actors, lending a little more life to otherwise dull-ish adaptations. It was pretty fun hearing the Rock as Maui. The story is solid and lacks the usual romantic subplot of traditional Disney princess tales, which is refreshing and very positive.
That said, this was a pretty dull adaptation. I haven't quite pegged the reason why yet. It seemed a bit wordy, like it was trying to maintain the emotional weight of the movie, but wasn't quite hitting the mark. It's still better than the typical adaptations, and the art was good, too....more
Basic Plot: Paige Turner is an artist who just moved from Virginia to New York City and uses a new sketch book to work through her feelings about moviBasic Plot: Paige Turner is an artist who just moved from Virginia to New York City and uses a new sketch book to work through her feelings about moving, making friends, and her art.
I think this would be a great book to give any kid who likes to create and dream, whether they've recently moved or not. Teenagers need to learn to express themselves creatively and constructively, and this book encourages that concept in a positive fashion. The "rules" for creating art are well thought out and would help any budding, young expressive to test their voice and flex their artistic muscles. The story is loose, with no specific plot to speak of beyond Paige's growth and self-discovery. It's a much more character-driven than plot-driven book.
The art itself is really good. The characters are all very clear, and there is some real creativity in how the images are used. It's a difficult tightrope to walk sometimes, that line between clarity and creative expression is a difficult one to walk, but the author seems to have pulled it off....more
Basic Plot: Brother and Sister Bear learn not to judge things, especially people, on appearances.
I do not know why my son is on a Halloween book-readiBasic Plot: Brother and Sister Bear learn not to judge things, especially people, on appearances.
I do not know why my son is on a Halloween book-reading spree 3 weeks before Christmas, but I'm running with it anyway.
This is a fairly typical Berenstain Bears book, featuring some serious nostalgia in the way holidays, family, and children are treated. The kids get homemade treats on Halloween- even *I* don't remember that happening when I was a kid... At any rate, the lesson is an important one, not judging based on appearances. I think that's an important lesson, no matter how nostalgically it is told....more
Basic Plot: None, really, just a brief description of life on a farm.
This book loses a point because it said that chickens (not roosters) wake the farBasic Plot: None, really, just a brief description of life on a farm.
This book loses a point because it said that chickens (not roosters) wake the farm up with a "cockle-doodle-doo" each morning. However, it gains points for actually using terms like "combine" and "harvester." There's not much to it, but my son loved reading it, so it deserved a quick mention here....more
Basic Plot: Sister Bear is invited to a slumber party that goes out of control.
This book is very useful for starting a conversation with kids about prBasic Plot: Sister Bear is invited to a slumber party that goes out of control.
This book is very useful for starting a conversation with kids about privilege and responsibility. The Berenstain Bears books have always been wonderful tools for teaching kids lessons about everyday situations, and I read a LOT of them when I was a child. Now that my son is starting to read books with a little more advanced vocabulary, and he is needing some of these lessons, the Bears are an old friend I can turn to in a time of need.
The plot is straightforward enough- through a lack of communication, bad things happen to kids who meant well. The really cool thing about this particular book, though, was that it brought up the idea that the parents were just as at fault for making assumptions instead of communicating effectively themselves. For children, the idea of earning privileges through meeting responsibilities is of paramount importance, so this book really can help an adult begin that ongoing conversation with a child in terms the child can understand.
Here's to hoping for success in that teaching......more