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Hey, Al
3.85
I groaned when I picked up this book. It looked like a dull '80s picture book (why were so many picture books dull in the '80s when everything else wa ...more
Jan 30, 2010
Jan 30, 2010
 
Animals of the Bible
2.83
This was the first book to win the Caldecott, and within a year, the next winner (mei li) was significantly better. Animals are cool, the bible is coo ...more
Apr 04, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
 
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
3.78
I want to drive back to FW right now and read this to my kids. I had no clue who Uri Shulevitz was before he wrote/illustrated How I Learned Geography ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
 
Ox-Cart Man
3.99
This is like the antithesis of when we tell our students to write small seed ideas. :) It would be good to discuss how families' lives used to be dict ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
 
Mei Li
3.10
I had to trek downtown to the children's reference section to find a copy of this book. Probably very interesting when it was written, it's pretty bel ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
 
White Snow, Bright Snow
3.76
Despite the fact that guys do all the cool stuff in this book and the woman just stays at home knitting scarves, most of the verses of this poem are p ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
 
Always Room for One More
3.67
I'm going to use this book next fall with my new group of students and teach myself the song too. What fun! I also think the art would go great with o ...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
 
Snowflake Bentley
4.13
How is it I never knew of this book?! I love woodcuts, I love books about interesting people and I love it when picture books have interesting facts t ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
Madeline's Rescue
4.22
Read this in my quest to read all the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners. A little too high-brow and girly for my taste. No wonder I never got into M ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 09, 2010
 
Finders Keepers
3.20
This book was pretty funny, until the dogs got their bones back by beating the crap out of another dog. Normally I'm not ultra-opposed to violence in ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
 
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
4.23
With a year to reflect on this book receiving the Caldecott, I find it sweeter and funnier than I originally thought. My class liked it a lot more tha ...more
Oct 03, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
 
Abraham Lincoln
3.96
I didn't have terribly high expectations for this book, written in 1939, but I was pleasantly surprised. Except that all the African Americans look li ...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
 
Duffy and the Devil
3.40
Haha, devils and witches? No WAY would I be allowed to read this book to my students. Not that it's terribly amazing. It's like Rumplestiltskin but th ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
 
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
4.10
I had been putting off reading this book because I thought it was going to be boring, but I really like the holes and the fact that Taback uses collag ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
Once a Mouse...
3.72
The woodcuts are absolutely my favorite of any i've ever seen. The story is a bit sparse, but as the Caldecott is for illustrations, I'm not surprised ...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
 
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
3.91
A moral tale in the vein of the boy who cried wolf, Sam learns the difference between real and moonshine, and when pretending can stop being fun.
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
 
The Egg Tree
3.51
I'm spoiled and don't usually care for the two-or-three-colored picture books of the 1950s, but this book, full of folk art, was great.
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
Saint George and the Dragon
4.17
So great. I love detailed pictures like these, where the backgrounds and borders have their own stories to tell.
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
 
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
3.83
Interesting. The illustrations are nice, but I much prefer the Dillons' work in Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears.
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
 
The Little Island
3.65
If I needed a book to teach the seasons or to introduce a kindergarten science kit, I'd pick this one hands down.
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
 
A Tree Is Nice
3.86
I like Marc Simont, but this is soooooo basic. If the geisel award had existed in 1956, this would have been a shoe in.
not set
Apr 03, 2010
 
Song of the Swallows
3.67
Although the book is kind of condescendingly un-PC (it won the Caldecott in the 1940s), I loved the illustrations.
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
 
The Biggest Bear
4.01
I'm not quite sure the ending would fly today, but this was a pretty humorous tale. The illustrations are funny.
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
 
Cinderella
3.72
We read this alongside Julian Hector's THE GENTLEMAN BUG, and it was quite a lovely discussion.
Sep 25, 2013
Jul 25, 2014
 
Time of Wonder
4.02
My dad visited Maine every summer when he was young -- I wonder why he's never mentioned this book to me?
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
 
Officer Buckle & Gloria
4.13
At first, I was worried this book would be too cutesy, but I really thought the illustrations were sweet.
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
Frog Went a-Courtin'
3.70
My students love this because we use this song in a brain and body break. Thumbs up.
Dec 2014
Dec 07, 2014
 
The Little House
4.28
Brilliant storytelling. But I mean, the city wasn't really THAT awful, was it?
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
 
My Friend Rabbit
3.85
An extra star based on how absolutely delighted my kids were when we read this out loud.
Nov 02, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
 
They Were Strong and Good
3.42
I'm a sucker for pen-and-ink drawings, what can I say? That elevated this book up a star.
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
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