Timmy Toucan is a great character for pre-schoolers! My daughter took to him immediately and even recognized Mike Monkey right away too. Now every timTimmy Toucan is a great character for pre-schoolers! My daughter took to him immediately and even recognized Mike Monkey right away too. Now every time she sees a toucan she thinks it’s name is Timmy Toucan.
The book follows both Timmy and Mike as they try to find all the guavas they dropped in the forest. It’s a scavenger hunt, and a great way to get kids involved in the story. We had so much fun trying to find the hidden guavas in the picture. And talking about guavas – we learned about those too! I wasn’t sure what a guava was or how to explain it to a three year old so our curiousity took us to YouTube to learn all about them. While we were there we also looked for videos of toucans. It was just a great time, and I’m so glad we had this book to inspire us.
I loved the counting aspect. These books not only teach counting but also subtraction. For example, when we find one guava, then have nine still missing. This is even illustrated in a pyramid of guavas with the number highlighted for each one they find.
I can’t find any fault with this book and my daughter has already worn out her copy so much. It inspired a lot, and she learned a lot. Very highly recommend this series for young ones. ...more
The Summer Prince is a tale of love, sacrifice, and art. It is beautifully stunning and highly original. And I am in awe.
The story takes place in a futuristic Brazil in a city ruled by women, ordained by men who are elected by the people and then sacrificed in the moment that they choose the new queen. The main character of this book is June, a student whose goal in life is to become a famous artist. Throughout the story, June and her best friend Gil become entangled in "The Summer King's" life, both falling in love with him in their own way. While June conspires with Enki to make her best art project yet (and win the queen's award), Gil has a more personal relationship with him. In the end, both try to save Enki from the sacrifice in their own way.
What stands out about this story to me is how the author has seemingly created a whole new culture to learn about and has placed characters there in these crazy situations which seemed so life-like to me. And also, how she made me really care about all the characters, not just June, Enki, and Gil, but even the secondary characters, even the characters we are supposed to hate.
Not only does the author do these things, but she has incorporated so many things I love into this world. Cities run almost like miniture kingdoms, crazy cool technology that makes you think about the way things are headed in this world, art, music, and even a touch of Candomble, which is a religion that really fascinates me.
I know this story wont be for everyone, but if you want to read some really great young adult science fiction that makes you think and throws in some fascinating characters, world-building, and beautiful prose, this book might be for you. It is not the kind of story you fly through in a day. It took me a few weeks to get through, but I'm so glad I did because it was one of the best books I've read this year.
My daughter received this book earlier in the year from her gran as an easter gift. She loved it so much I had to read it to her about 30 times that wMy daughter received this book earlier in the year from her gran as an easter gift. She loved it so much I had to read it to her about 30 times that week. The writing is so fun and rhythmical. There is a certain quality to it that really makes it enjoyable for reading aloud and makes it fun for her to interact with too. The story is quirky. I really can't think of anything else like it....more
On our last visit to the library I picked out a bunch of books I thought I might like to read to my daughter. This was one of them. I didn't know whatOn our last visit to the library I picked out a bunch of books I thought I might like to read to my daughter. This was one of them. I didn't know what it was about, only being a classic children's book that I myself don't remember ever reading when I was a child.
We started to go through our big pile of library books today and this was the last book we read before it was finally (finally!) time for her to go to sleep. It was incredibly sweet. The book follows a mother and her son through the years. Every night the mother sneeks into her sons room, picks him up while he is sleeping, rocks him, and sings him a lulliby.
Not only did I enjoy the story as a parent, I know my daughter did too. Every time the woman started to sing her song, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you always," my daughter would lean down, look into my eyes, and smile at me. How could I not love a book that inspires that kind of loving behavoir?
On top of that, the ending was very clever and heart-wrenching sweet. It made me teary eyed and I could barely even get through the last few pages without degrading into a big pile of joyful tears. This is the best children's book I've read in a long time - both for parents and for children....more
I fell in love with The False Prince, and I fell hard! After finishing this book I wanted to take it to the altar and marry it, that's how much I love I fell in love with The False Prince, and I fell hard! After finishing this book I wanted to take it to the altar and marry it, that's how much I loved it. So I will have a hard time writing this without gushing over it, but I will give it a try.
From the first page I got sucked in. I mean, how could the line "I've never attempted roast thievery before, and I was already regretting it." not make me want to read on and find out a) who this character is and b) what was going to happen next. And then it was pretty much like that for the entire book. Every page I read made me want to read more and there was no natural place to stop reading because I felt like I would miss something if I did.
The characters were awesome. Between Sage, the other two orphans Roden and Tobias, Conner, Mott, Cregan, and...everyone else...I just wanted to sit down with every single one of them and hear their stories. The fact that the author gave me just that (without actually going into fictionland) made me all tingly, like a good comfort food feast.
Jennifer A. Nielsen was brilliant. She gave me everything I desired from this book. Every. Single. Thing. I finished it days ago and my head is still spinning from all the things that happened, the characters, and the world created. Highly, highly, highly recommended! Probably my favourite book this year.
When I picked this book up I had trouble getting into it at first. It actually stayed on top of my pile, with the bookmark around page 18 for about a When I picked this book up I had trouble getting into it at first. It actually stayed on top of my pile, with the bookmark around page 18 for about a month. I wasn't sure if it was one of those books where I'd have to get used to the writing first, or if I just didn't like it. Then this weekend I felt like reading something different and picked it up again.
Even though I had trouble at first with the way the characters thought and talked (I had a hard time picturing what was going on because the narration was a new perspective for me) I eventually caught on and got the flow of it. When I did, I was completely blown away. This was no ordinary drug story. I guess I have trouble picturing why or how anyone can get into drugs. We all have choices when it comes to our actions. Beneath a Meth Moon blew away all those pre-conceived ideas. It made me understand how someone so young could think drugs was a good idea. Laurel starts doing meth, not because her friends or doing it or she wants to party, but because it gets her through the day.
When the story opens we meet Laurel at her worst. On meth, and totally out of it. Then the story slowly backtracks and moves forward again. We get glimpses of her life and what she's gone through. I started to understand her thought process, her fears. It was compelling and changed something in me that I didn't know existed. I recommend this to anyone who likes a gritty contemporary. It made me cry a few times. It was sad and dark. I totally loved it!
Boy, did this book take my breath away. It was completely different than anything I have read before and yet still had a tinge of familiarity about itBoy, did this book take my breath away. It was completely different than anything I have read before and yet still had a tinge of familiarity about it.
From the very first page I knew this book would be special. The author's writing voice was a unique mix of small town rural and the air of a magical fairy tale. She captured the metaphors of certain moments perfectly with phrases like "road blood" and that "Boom. Boom-boom" that haunted her protaginst Ginny so much. It's this kind of writing I look forward to so much. Not only paying attention to plot and character development but presenting it in a way that is unique to the story.
This is a wonderful book that has a lot to offer. There are broken promises, chase scenes, bands, an apple pie baking marathon, two men out to destroy each other, and a girl who travels to Winnemucca and becomes a woman.
I can't say too much without giving things away, but I can say, I highly recommend this one!
I am completely obsessed with this book. I've had it out from the library about two weeks and have spent at least an hour a day just browsing throughI am completely obsessed with this book. I've had it out from the library about two weeks and have spent at least an hour a day just browsing through the pictures, reading a few paragraphs here and there and getting a TON of great solutions and ideas for decorating my own house. I love that it comes with a built in ribbon bookmark. I have that placed in the page with what is now my dream bookshelves. This is the best decorating idea book I've seen from my library finds. Everything is organized so well and there are a lot pictures crammed into it to show different room designs. Everything is just the style I love. Nothing too modern or too traditional. I am spending my Christmas money on this one just so I can have my own and continue to look through as I slowly update my home....more