Beautiful, wordless picture book. The facial expressions definitely tell the story, which is perfect. The drab colors of the setting portray the farmeBeautiful, wordless picture book. The facial expressions definitely tell the story, which is perfect. The drab colors of the setting portray the farmer's life before the clown seamlessly and the vibrancy of the clown is perfectly cheerful. ...more
In our house, Ashley Wolff's Baby Bear Sees Blue is a daily read. When it first showed up in my mailbOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
In our house, Ashley Wolff's Baby Bear Sees Blue is a daily read. When it first showed up in my mailbox, I fell in love with the sweet illustrations and the unique way of teaching colors and just recently E started enjoying it too. He's finally getting to the point where he'll sit through longer books and it's definitely a favorite.
Though usually pretty informed when it comes to new releases, I had no idea a companion book was being published! I was thrilled to see Baby Bear Counts One show up at my door and it's just as fantastic as its predecessor.
A beautiful autumn theme is woven through the pages as Baby Bear discovers different things around him. There's one woodpecker, two squirrels, three beavers, and so on, all getting ready for winter to come.
We're working on counting with E and this book is a wonderful way to point out new animals, while learning to count them. He's obsessed with squirrels, so I was very happy to see those acorn-gathering animals on one of the very first pages! Ending with snowflakes was perfect and is a great gateway to talking about the next season.
I love Wolff's illustrations with their beautiful lines and the soft color palatte. I know Baby Bear Counts One will be another popular book on our shelves. ...more
A wonderfully simple telling of the Christmas story, in a calming, repetitive way. The illustrations are beautiful and the flow of the words is perfecA wonderfully simple telling of the Christmas story, in a calming, repetitive way. The illustrations are beautiful and the flow of the words is perfectly paced. I've added this one to our home shelves and I'm sure we'll read it each year at Christmas time. One of my new favorites!...more
This was uses a sweet story of a child and her father spending time together, skiing through the woodOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
This was uses a sweet story of a child and her father spending time together, skiing through the woods in the winter, discussing where all the animals go during the cold season. He refers to it as a "secret kingdom" under the snow, which is a pretty fabulous description. We may not be able to see what the animals are doing, but Messner shows us that through clues, we can discover a lot.
The flow of the text is perfectly paced and the softness of the illustrations, combined with the subtly of information makes this a really nice bedtime read. Teachers, don't worry, you're kids won't fall asleep if you read it in class, however it makes a nice one-on-one read as well. I really loved it!
A small section in the back expands on each of the animals and their wintry habits.
Friendship rises high, as four unlikely friends, two pigs, a bear, and a moose, decide that instead of lOriginally posted at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Friendship rises high, as four unlikely friends, two pigs, a bear, and a moose, decide that instead of living in separate houses, they would all be much happier in one big house! The enlist the help of a pack of beavers to build them the home of their dreams and when it's complete, the foursome couldn't be happier. They can now spend their evenings together having dinner and relaxing by the fire.
Nothing incredibly exciting happens in this story, but every once in awhile we all need a "slow it down" story. This would make a great bedtime read, especially with the soft, beautiful illustrations. I loved it!...more
Arrogant King? Definitely. Duncan is more concerned with his appearance than maintaining his kingdom andOriginally posted at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Arrogant King? Definitely. Duncan is more concerned with his appearance than maintaining his kingdom and keeping the citizens happy. He stars at himself in mirrors all day and even when the people protest for better roads or safer slides for children (the protest signs are quite humorous), the King's answer is to hang a giant poster of himself on the castle wall, for the kingdom to "enjoy."
A sneaky royal subject begins to gain revenge by painting mustaches all over the King's beloved billboards, enraging Duncan and creating some pretty silly results in the kingdom.
This one was a cute read for your older kids. The illustrations are definitely the standout portion of this story. Make sure you peruse the page for awhile to take in all the great details!...more
A dog is a dog right? Not if it's a cat. Or a squid. Or a moose! Imagine that! Silliness definitely playOriginally posted at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
A dog is a dog right? Not if it's a cat. Or a squid. Or a moose! Imagine that! Silliness definitely plays a huge role in this new picture book, from the funny storyline to the bright (and sometimes downright devilish) illustrations, your kids will love shouting out what they think the next animal will be...and you can laugh when they're wrong. ;)
If you're looking for a great read aloud, this is definitely one to pick up next time you're at the bookstore or library. A lot of fun, with excellent rhyming and a bit of quirkiness drawn into the illustrations. A really nice choice to liven up story time and stray away from the same old reads. ...more
If you have a baby shower gift to buy, keep your eyes on the lookout for this book! A new baby has aOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
If you have a baby shower gift to buy, keep your eyes on the lookout for this book! A new baby has arrived and his large family all has different ways of showing him love. From Oma playing peek-a-boo to puppy licking baby's face and sister tickling, the whole family loves their new addition and has wonderful ways of showing it.
A very simple concept presented with a great rhyming flow. I loved that the extended family was all included in the story and the soft illustrations make for a nice book to read before bedtime.
I think I would have liked to see this as a board book, rather than a picture book, as the age range could definitely be infant-toddler and the pages are pretty easy to tear. I'm all about durability!...more
I've never come across a Lane Smith book that I didn't like and I think this one will be going on theOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
I've never come across a Lane Smith book that I didn't like and I think this one will be going on the "love" shelf! A beautiful telling of Great-Grandpa Green's life, through the amazing topiary trees he created in the garden. It's not only an exploration of family history from a young boy's perspective, but also a whimsical look at just what can be made out of nature.
I loved the flow of the story and though the concept is rather serious, the overall feel is that of wonder and amazement. Learning about heritage is incredibly important in one's family and this book might get your younger children asking questions about their own families. ...more
Combine a super sweet story with one of my favorite illustrators and you'll definitely have winner onOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Combine a super sweet story with one of my favorite illustrators and you'll definitely have winner on your hands. Going down as one of my favorites of the year, Stars is incredibly simple, explaining all the wonderful places one might find stars and just what those stars can mean.
From being given a shiny star for doing something great, to blowing on a dandelion and releasing thousands of stars into the sky, this is an absolutely beautiful representation about appreciating the little things in life....more
This is my storytime read of the week! Better than any "Opposite Day" trick, all of the fun experiencOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
This is my storytime read of the week! Better than any "Opposite Day" trick, all of the fun experiences of fall have been mixed up into a super silly rhyming story. Pumpkins are red and apples are orange, squirrels are flying south, bonfires are cool...literally...and kids are eating caramel covering pumpkins and warm apple syrup. Everything you know about fall is flipped upside down!
Kids will love picking out the mistakes and laughing over silly bears gathering nuts and neighbors handing out stuffing and drumsticks at Halloween. It's all very silly and the rhyme flows perfectly. Great for reading aloud to a lively group of kids!...more
I always appreciate finding new books that speak about differences between children in a thought-provOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
I always appreciate finding new books that speak about differences between children in a thought-provoking, yet age-appropriate way. The beautiful collage illustrations in this one, paired with verse that offers questions surrounding color.
"If flowers had no colors, would they smell as sweet?" and "What color am I to the moon? What color am I to the sea?" are great examples of how the book not only questions what skin color means, but also what color in general means, in a manner that even toddlers can understand.
The illustrations are fabulous and though I'm not familiar with other work by Nelson, I'll definitely be seeking her illustrated books out....more
Poor chicken has some very excited (and slightly hyper) friends visiting, all of whom insist on jumpiOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Poor chicken has some very excited (and slightly hyper) friends visiting, all of whom insist on jumping on his couch! Well, first they jump, then they dance, then they wiggle, etc. Each time Chicken scolds them for messing around on the couch, they happily stop...but begin again with an equally raucous manner of play.
Very silly with bold, fun illustrations and great text. Books by Jan Thomas are awesome to read to a group of 3-4 year olds, as they are still enthralled with the illustrations and love the hilarity of the words. This one isn't my favorite (that would go to Can You Make a Scary Face?), but it's still a lot of fun. ...more
This is the third installment in this adorable series featuring Bear and Mouse. Bear is his usual gruOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
This is the third installment in this adorable series featuring Bear and Mouse. Bear is his usual grumpy self, though he also happens to have a very bad cold, making him even grumpier. Mouse, always overeager in his willingness to help, makes Bear snippier and grouchier, until of course, Mouse starts to feel yucky and the roles are reversed.
These books are always cute and sweet with soft illustrations that make them perfect for bedtime reading. The silly relationship between Bear and Mouse is definitely giggle-worthy, great for storytimes with toddlers....more
Karma Wilson's "Bear" books are some of my favorite to read aloud. The rhymes are always done reallyOriginally published at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Karma Wilson's "Bear" books are some of my favorite to read aloud. The rhymes are always done really well in terms of flow and the silliness of the story comes through perfectly.
In this latest Bear installment, poor Bear has a loose tooth! He's worried about what it means to have a loose tooth, until his faithful friends come to his rescue, as they always do. If you've read the other stories, you'll know Bear is a big worrywart and his friends are always there to comfort him and make him feel better.
Just enough silliness for some giggles and a touch of that sweetness I love in picture books. These books are great to read aloud with your family or for a storytime. I highly encourage checking out the others in the series, as well as Karma Wilson's other titles. She has a lot!...more
A little girl with a favorite dress discovers what can be made of clothes when we outgrow them. NReview originally posted at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
A little girl with a favorite dress discovers what can be made of clothes when we outgrow them. No need to get rid of her favorite dress, she can make it into a t-shirt! And then a tank top, a skirt, etc. If you have a budding fashionista in your house, this is definitely a book to check out!
The illustration are unique, with the artist using a collage-type medium with pencils, paints, and 3D elements and a fun to just look at...I discovered new things the closer I looked. I loved the creativity aspect and the idea of encouraging kids to reuse things they love and make memories out of them, rather than always buying new. ...more
Another simple story with a big impact. Billy loves bears, but he really, really loves his best fReview originally posted at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Another simple story with a big impact. Billy loves bears, but he really, really loves his best friend Griz. Griz is a bear that goes everywhere with Billy. He goes exploring with him, takes naps with him, and tells funny jokes. Griz is also Billy's teddy bear, but shhhhh.....don't tell Griz that!
A really sweet look at the power of imagination, this one would be great for toddlers that are learning about friendship. It may even convince them that playing alone can be just as fun as playing with mom and dad!
Would also make a nice storytime read for your younger crowd. ...more
Such a lovely, lovely lullaby! Naamah is Noah's wife and her name means "great singer" as shown onReview originally found at www.apatchworkofbooks.com
Such a lovely, lovely lullaby! Naamah is Noah's wife and her name means "great singer" as shown on these beautifully illustrated pages. All through the night she sings to the animals, to her sons and their wives, songs of prayer and songs of love.
An incredibly simple, yet powerful book, this make such a nice bedtime reading. The illustrations are amazing, showing off the strong implications of the text and the magnificence of the night. It's a soothing book and a unique. Rarely do we see mention of Noah's wife, even in the Bible, so for Bartoletti to imagine her in such a strong and beautiful way was inspirational.
This one would make a great gift for a new baby, for a baptism, or just for yourself, if you're like me!...more
Brilliant in its concept. So brilliant that I wish I had thought of it!
Taking completely unaltered rocks the author personally found, we are given a Brilliant in its concept. So brilliant that I wish I had thought of it!
Taking completely unaltered rocks the author personally found, we are given a simple, yet totally cool alphabet book. The rocks are each in the shape of a letter of the alphabet, as is whatever the letter is standing for. We have "b is for bear," "q is for question mark," "i is for igloo," and my favorite "g is for ghosts."
At the end, readers are given a neat explanation of how McGuirk came about the idea of this book and how the collection even came to be. I was so glad to see these tidbits included, because I was definitely wondering as I flipped through the pages.
This one is great for kids AND parents. Visually stimulating and a lot of fun...plus it just may spawn some ideas for kids starting their own cool collection. ...more
To Market, to Market by Nikki McClure (also the illustrator of the beautiful All in a Day) has created a beautiful and educational story with a nice story included as well.
Focusing on the wonders of a farmers market, the pages switch between a story about a family going to visit the market and facts about how different fruits and vegetables end up at the market. We learn about kale, apples, honey, cheese, and even napkins!
The text is paired with beautiful illustrations that are totally unique to this illustrator. I've never seen anything like them before and I've loved staring at all the books McClure has been a part of!
This one would make a really nice book for those wanting to introduce their kids to how great farmers markets are and how we really should be thanking the farmers for providing us with such wonderful produce and other products. ...more