Crenshaw is Jackson's invisible friend; a very large black and white cat. Jackson is 10 now and doesn't think he needs Crenshaw. But, sometimes friendCrenshaw is Jackson's invisible friend; a very large black and white cat. Jackson is 10 now and doesn't think he needs Crenshaw. But, sometimes friends, even invisible ones are there when you need them most.
Jackson's family is struggling. His father has MS and his mother is working multiple part-time jobs to keep everything together. But, there is just not enough money - for food, for rent, for clothes.
Jackson is struggling because he feels his parents do not trust he and his younger sister Robin enough to tell them the truth. They always stay positive. But, now they are having a yard sale and selling almost everything they own. Jackson is getting worried. Worried kids need invisible friends.
Crenshaw is told by Jackson, a young boy who is more mature than his years and tries to care for his entire family. He sometimes feels he is the most mature of the group. Jackson is a charming character, full of humor and wisdom. He is very introspective and possibly understands himself more than he is willing to admit, even to Crenshaw.
This story is full of humor, sadness, and hope. An excellent middle-grade story that should appeal equally to boys and girls. Crenshaw is an excellent introduction for children to serious problems in our society - poverty and homelessness - told with truth, empathy and humor. Highly recommended.
Big Box for Ben has all the factors I look for when deciding on board books for my library system. It is a charmingly written story about Ben's box thBig Box for Ben has all the factors I look for when deciding on board books for my library system. It is a charmingly written story about Ben's box that becomes many more things in Ben's imagination. As Ben plays with his dog, Wags, his box becomes a car, an airplane, and eventually a dog house. The text is written in a nice and gentle rhyme to read to an infant or toddler. The illustrations are low-key and demonstrate the box within Ben's imagined item. It is great to see an African-American child in a general setting. Sweet book - recommended.
In my job as a children's librarian I am currently responsible for buying board books for the library system. I avoid books that are really picture boIn my job as a children's librarian I am currently responsible for buying board books for the library system. I avoid books that are really picture books squeezed into a board book format with tons of verbage, complex concepts and involved illustrations. I look for books that are really appropriate for infants/toddlers. Here is an excellent example of what I look for.
Yum Yum by Catherine Hnatov assists in the teaching of colors through descriptions of the foods that various animals eat. As you turn each page, the left side is a full page of a color. Very simple words identify the animal and the food it eats that is that particular color. And the name of the color is in a larger print than the other words. On the right is a very simple drawing of the animal eating the food done in black and white with a bit of the color. Simple, sweet, entertaining, and addresses the topic appropriately for the age group. Seriously, the perfect type of book for a board book collection.
One other advantage for a library system - no flaps, no toys, no "touch" materials, nothing but just good, clean board book pages. ...more