With unique images and a story of bravery and strength, readers are treated to one of the most important women in history: Rosa Parks. Rosa's Story isWith unique images and a story of bravery and strength, readers are treated to one of the most important women in history: Rosa Parks. Rosa's Story is universally known, refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Little did Rosa Parks know she would go from being a seamstress to a timeless figure of history. By standing up for what she believed in and what is right, Rosa finds strengths and courage, giving all those around her the same.
Bryan Collier's images are nothing like any other. Using a patchwork style, there is something wholesome about each images, with rich colors and multidimensional effects. For those looking to inspire children with courage and inner strength, this is a wonderful book to add to any collection....more
The Snowy Day is the perfect book to read at the start of the winter season. The weather is finally cold and snow has finally arrived. The Snowy Day iThe Snowy Day is the perfect book to read at the start of the winter season. The weather is finally cold and snow has finally arrived. The Snowy Day is told through simple words and simple images, yet the simplistic joy of playing in the first snow of the season is beautifully told. What child doesn't love to wake up to see a blanket of white covering the entire city? A playground awaiting!
Ezra Jack Keats uses the simplistic joys of snow to tell this story: snowball fights and snow angels. Keats' illustrations and use of color give you images that stand out, again using simplistic styling. Peter stands out against the snow in his red coat. Keats uses paper to convey different textures, a technique that is rarely executed beautifully.
There is nothing as simple yet beautiful than a child, as with anyone, enjoying the simplistic joys provided by nature. This is a must read for every child and adult who enjoy the winter season and all it has to offer....more
Chester and the Big Bad Bully is a wonderful book for all children to learn how to deal with bullies who may be picking on them. Because of a mean badChester and the Big Bad Bully is a wonderful book for all children to learn how to deal with bullies who may be picking on them. Because of a mean badger bully, Chester and his friends are afraid to play on the playground at school. Mrs. Raccoon comes to the rescue with words of wisdom and advice for Chester and how to 'deal' with his bully. Mrs. Raccoon does this in the way she does best: by telling a story. Mrs. Raccoon compares the bully to a rough blue stone, with many rough edges, amongst many smooth yellow stones. Because this stone was different it wasn't desired like the other ones... that is until all of its' rough edges were smoothed out. After hearing this story Chester and his friends go back to school armed with courage and understanding. Instead of being afraid, Chester invites the badger bully to play with them instead of alone.
While this is not the first book in the much loved Chester series, like the rest, Audrey Penn takes an issue that most children (and even adults) have (in this case bullying) and turns it into a life lesson that its' readers can take with them. Not only does Audrey Penn focus on bullying but she also presents another side of the conflict, one that is not usually understand until we are adults: people act out when they are different from others. In this way Audrey Penn uses Mrs. Racoon's story to show that while one might be different (blue with rough edges) after accepting these differences (smoothing out the rough edges) life is better (you get to play together), even though you are still different (the stone is still blue).
One cannot forget Barbara L. Gibson's wonderful illustrations that compliment Audrey Penn's story perfectly. Gibson gives you plenty to look at while making sure to not detract from the main point of the story on each page. Another wonderful book to add to any children's shelf. ...more
"Delish" is right! Death By Chocolate is a fun and yummy read, sure to quench your sweet tooth but leaving you wanting just one more taste. I am alway"Delish" is right! Death By Chocolate is a fun and yummy read, sure to quench your sweet tooth but leaving you wanting just one more taste. I am always a fan of short stories, giving you a taste of an author's talent. While all of these stories were wonderful my favorite is "Sweet Witchery" by Cheryl Carvajal.
In "Sweet Witchery" a new chocolate shop opens up in a small medieval Romanian town by a woman named Madame Ramnusia. Our main character, Catalena Kristova, first comes across as a normal teenage girl - even has a crush on a very 'yummy' blacksmith, Anatole. Life in this Romanian town starts to get more interesting when a local man, blind, is suddenly cured after eating one of Madame Ramnusia's chocolates. As with most of the short stories in this work, I was impressed by the level of descriptions...
"What met my eyes were dainties in white chocolate, encrusted with coconut and topped with a moist raisin. Chocolates so dark they were nearly purple, with stripes of red and white swirled along their sides. Moist cakes drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with a white powder I had never seen before. Sugar, in every form imaginable, far finer than the coarse brown we used at home."
You are crazy if you are not left wanting chocolate after reading that! And normally I am not a fan of chocolate...
One of the best things about this anthology is how each story differs from the next. While under the same 'theme' of chocolate you are given a wide range of plots, developments and writing styles, each with a paranormal twist. This all actually makes this anthology a very fast read. If you are looking for a fun paranormal book this is the one for you! ...more
Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake is a fun adventurous book that any child would love. Mr. Badger lives in Dingley Dell, a place that is peaceful andMr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake is a fun adventurous book that any child would love. Mr. Badger lives in Dingley Dell, a place that is peaceful and quiet. That is, until one day Mr. Badger bumps his head and causes the peaceful balance to waver. After bumping his head Mr. Badger believes he is a snail, a horse and a frog. However, along the way the other residents of Dingley Dell help Mr. Badger return home to safety. Meanwhile, this wavering peaceful balance causes the towns' monster to wake and stir until a faerie casts a spell to save the day.
Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake almost has 3 plots going on at once: Mr. Badger is making a cake, getting help from his friends, and the towns' monster awakes. For adults this is easy to understand; however, for children there might be too much going on at once for complete comprehension. However, readers are engaged by being asked questions and gorgeous drawings that are relateable to children as they look like crayon drawings.
There is even a nice surprise at the end - a recipe for for Rose Petal Cake, the same cake Mr. Badger makes!...more
"Dubs Goes to Washington" is a fun and delightful story about a dog who learns about America while on a journey looking for his ball. Dubs takes you t"Dubs Goes to Washington" is a fun and delightful story about a dog who learns about America while on a journey looking for his ball. Dubs takes you to major tour sites in Washington D.C. (ie. US Supreme Court, WWII Memorial) while learning the importance of each site. More importantly, Dubs realizes how events in American History affect him and everyone else.
Dick Morris' use of rhymes and simple sentences make this book readable by children as well as comprehensible. Liotta's illustrations are beautiful to look at, while clear drawn lines.
This is a perfect book for children who are starting to learn about American History. Beyond the 'cuteness' of the book, I loved how while the places Dubs visit are political in nature, Morris does not push a political agenda, allowing its readers to enjoy the simplicity yet complexity of American History and it affect on the present and future. ...more