This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles' writing is witty and Sara Palacios' illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves.
Already we know that we love Richard Cowdrey's illustrations, and he did a great job with his version of Dandi Daley Mackall's The Legend of the Easter Robin and now an equally great job of Lori Walburg's The Legend of the Easter Egg. This is a beautifully done glittery cover! The Legend of the Easter Robin illustrated by Richard Cowdrey includes beautiful full-page full-color illustrations that tell a historical and traditional tale for Easter time. Carrying over characters from other Lori Walburg Legends of stories, this book shows a perspective from a little boy with an ill sister with scarlet fever. In this story, the tale of resurrection is told through the curiosity of a little boy and beautiful images as he learns to pray, prays and hopes for health for his sister and for Easter to come. There are also dyed eggs and the relation of the rolled-away stone and new life.
This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, renews the wonder and charm of the timeless tale that explores the symbol of the robin and its connection to Easter.
We are very fond of Richard Cowdrey and his illustrations from our adventures with Marley the dog and his mischief. Over the last few years, I have really delighted in collecting holiday legends and stories told by Dandi Daley Mackall - the latest of these being The Legend of the Easter Robin. My children need to know that the Lenten and Easter season is about more than just eggs and a bunny. Just as the Advent and Christmas season is about more than Santa Claus and peppermint candy canes.
The day that this book arrived, I did not get it hidden fast enough to save it for a surprise for Easter, so we are already enjoying it and delighted with the illustrations of Richard Cowdrey and words from Dandi Daley Mackall. I love the colors on the cover of this book, the embossed title makes it so fancy and special for my tactile children. This one doesn't have glitter, but never fear there is plenty more of that in our Easter Book List!
The copyright for the text of this picture book is from 2010, however, it has been updated this 2016 with illustrations of Richard Cowdrey of which we are big fans in the Creative Madness Mama household. The vivid full-page, full-color pages in this book are gorgeous and ones that I know my girls are going to pour over again and again. Before reading this story, I had not heard the legend of the easter robin or the robin's red breast from Christ's blood. Nor did I know that the same Pennsylvania Dutch that tell this story are known for having brought dying eggs as a tradition. This is a great easter read to share with your children before dying eggs and for a warm, or cool spring day.
The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmasis an 8x8 paperback perfect for a quick read during the Christmas season. As the cubs settle down with Papa to hear the story of the nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ, so to your little one can read the excitement of the cubs and learn the story as well. A good one to read again and again. It will be going in our seasonal Christmas box of books, for sure!
I was delighted with the first book for the new A Pig in a Wig Series and I’m just as enthusiastic about the second book if not more so. A great bedtime book, but also one for naps, or any reading practice in between. Short building phrases and animal interest keep this quirky pig in a great pile for reading practice.
My second-grade daughter and I have been working on her Elections Lap-Pak (lapbook and activities - review forthcoming) from Homeschool in the Woods. While she worked, cutting out materials and putting together our current lapbook section, I read aloud from a few picture books including the Michelle Markel's Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead. I already knew that I enjoyed Michelle Markel's writing in picture books for female historical characters, as another book in our stack is Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909.
While I am not a political blogger.... This is an interesting and informative biographical book on the person of Hillary Clinton, regardless of my political opinions in contrast to her policy standings. As the 2016 elections are in the near future, this is an appropriate time for a picture book of a female candidate such as Hillary Clinton, as she recently announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America.
Hillary has made history again and again—running for president, managing diplomacy and worldwide international relations as secretary of state, leading the country as First Lady, and more. Smart, strong, and an incredibly hard worker, Hillary Clinton is a inspiration for young girls everywhere.
Books set in an urban setting are always intriguing to me. Growing up in suburbia and rural areas I have no real knowledge about what it would be like to grow up in a city other than what I've read in books and seen on cartoons and movies on TV, thus I'm always intrigued to experience such stories and now to share them with my own children. Girl & Gorilla Out and About is a fun story about two friends on their way to play at the park, but it seems to be taking so long to walk there and in an attempt to pass the time they come up with all sorts of traveling games. But the fun part is that do not seem to realize they are doing so and they entertain themselves on the way there and while they're there and then it seems to start again on their way back home. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
This book is a fun work of art between two sisters. Both of their work is new to me, but I'm delighted with it now that I've experienced it! Dill, an extraordinary duck and a delightfully strange bird Bizzy are at the start of a friendship. This would be a great read about the time of reading such friendship reads like picture books of a Kevin Henkes vein. The colors chosen are vibrant and not of the standard picture book. I won't hesitate to share this one with my girls.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Amazing! Wonderful! I love this 'big sister' book and I've read quite a few. This is my favorite. The simpl Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Amazing! Wonderful! I love this 'big sister' book and I've read quite a few. This is my favorite. The simple Peter H. Reynolds illustrations are delightful as per usual. Rhyming text from Amy Krouse Rosenthal is enlightening and covers more than just the initial excitement and then chaos. Every big sister should get this book!
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.The first I notice is on the cover, that is indeed NOT an itty bitty kitty... Secondly, Joan Holub, I love Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.The first I notice is on the cover, that is indeed NOT an itty bitty kitty... Secondly, Joan Holub, I love Joan Holub! There is a plethora of rhymes in these pages and the story is poetic in style. Itty Bitty is a kitty on nearly a 'Clifford' scale. Ava's parents are in a no-mood to the idea of a new kitty addition, however, she just might be a hero.
I love Holub's books and the illsutrations of James Burks are creative and colorful. I love the idea of a 'giant' Itty Bitty Kitty, but the premise of an escapee baby makes this mama cringe. I'm also not a fan of the suggestion to my little people to hid a little kitty. --- but then maybe I take picture books too seriously. Coming in March 2016!
PigInaWigBooks.com |emmavirjan.com ... A Pig in a Wig is funny and perfect as an early reader book. Building, repetition, and sequence. Friendship is the main theme and I think this one would be great for the classroom and acting out. I'm eager to share it with my budding readers.
I was delighted with the first book for the new A Pig in a Wig Series and I'm just as enthusiastic about the second book if not more so. A great bedtime book, but also one for naps, or any reading practice in between. Short building phrases and animal interest keep this quirky pig in a great pile for reading practice.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.I love Otter! We love Otter! Otter is absolutely adorable, truly I do not exaggerate. Otter! was a big hit, Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.I love Otter! We love Otter! Otter is absolutely adorable, truly I do not exaggerate. Otter! was a big hit, Otter in Space! was perfect for us this year, and now Otter Loves Halloween! is a great addition. While the first two books are taller 9x11" jacket hardcovers, this seasonal special is a 9x9" hardcover and will go great on the holiday shelf next to the Marley, Splat the Cat, and Pete the Cat books.
Otter is a brave sole, just as are most children in the 4-8 age range and he is excited for Halloween. He is very into the idea of costumes being super scary, but he gets in a little over his head as he soon finds everything else to be scary too. In the end, he's fearless "of course" and he just wants to protect his friend Pig. This little seasoned story is a great fit for those who are exuberant, but might find themselves a little concerned when it comes to the big fright night.