This true story of Wally Floody, the Canadian man who was instrumental in the breakout of Stalag Luft III, the Nazi prisoner of war camp, when 23 of 7...moreThis true story of Wally Floody, the Canadian man who was instrumental in the breakout of Stalag Luft III, the Nazi prisoner of war camp, when 23 of 73 prisoners successfully escaped, is a brilliant introduction to a true Canadian hero. Floody was transferred to another prison before the escape occurred, but survived until the end of the war and even became a consultant on the movie, The Great Escape. Hehner does an excellent job of setting the scene and introducing details to an audience 70 years removed from WW2.(less)
This is a book with a serious awwww factor. My son (mostly) read it to my younger daughter and myself, and there was enough in it to satisfy all of us...moreThis is a book with a serious awwww factor. My son (mostly) read it to my younger daughter and myself, and there was enough in it to satisfy all of us. My son loves animals and nonfiction and especially photographs. My daughter loves the sweetness. Okay, I love the sweetness too. I think it got my kids thinking about what makes a family too, so that + nature makes it a great nonfiction choice.(less)
Stellar book about dolphins and what and how we can learn from them. Highlights include the complex relationships between individual dolphins. Highly...moreStellar book about dolphins and what and how we can learn from them. Highlights include the complex relationships between individual dolphins. Highly recommended to middle grade readers and up.(less)
This is an extremely simple math concept book that introduces fractions and cooking to kindergarten-aged children. My son has been borrowing math conc...moreThis is an extremely simple math concept book that introduces fractions and cooking to kindergarten-aged children. My son has been borrowing math concept books from his school library in Japanese, and I found this in English to match his interest.
The premise of this book is simple- two kids eating various foods and figuring out how to share them, by dividing them in halves, thirds, and fourths. There are only a few words on each page- which definitely agrees with my first grader! It is not by any means a book to help kids who are actually learning fractions at school in Grade 2 or 3, just a basic introduction.
The colours are bright and there are a variety of foods, mostly in the dessert category, and they are all vegetarian-friendly. The appendix gives recipes for all as well as ideas on how to involve the kids while cooking so they can see fractions at work (with half teaspoons etc.), which is very helpful.
The book has a mix of basic illustrations and photographs. This is an early 90s book and the photographs are dated. I think that might be a minus for some but I quite enjoyed it, as it reminds me of my childhood (and yes, I had a haircut exactly like one of the two kids!). I really like that the boy is wearing pink. I doubt that would happen in a book produced in this day and age. Sometimes we are not always moving forward.
The other part which might be a minus is that one of the foods, a Wiggle Pear Salad, looks absolutely disgusting. But that makes it hilarious to my kids. So I'll knock another one into the plus column. (less)
Emily Carr is probably Canada's most famous artist. She captures a way of life in Pacific Canada that was soon changed irrevocably, and her respect for nature and modern methods are still influencing artists today.
The book is divided into four parts, so each of Carr's pictures symbolizes a time period and artistic style in her life. The themes of depression, standing out from society, and the meaning of art make this more suitable to junior high students and older than for younger kids. Not only does it introduce Carr and the Group of Seven, it also gives a glimpse into Victorian times and turn-of-the-century Canadian society.
The endpapers of this book are beautiful, a collection of Carr's sketches of Coastal First Nations motifs including the totems for which she is famous on a beautiful red paper. The quality is first-rate, just like the rest of the book. (less)
Both size comparisons and measurements feature in the background of Fennell's mixed media illustrations, but the message is that it's not the size of a body, it's the size of one's heart that matters. Small actions can be big when they have a big impact, and anyone is capable of a big action.
I was so pleased that my daughter picked out a perfect companion book for the first grade social studies curriculum I am using. One of the main objectives is to find one's place in their world, the first step toward global citizenship. As Paratore says, "Big is being a valuable member of your family, school, and neighborhood."
Fennell's characters give lots of good ideas of acts of kindness that kids can do to be truly big at heart. Those little acts add up to a lot of change in the world! We were happy to see lots of diversity in the kids featured in this book too, there are so few picture books with kids that look like mine.(less)