I like this little book for Kindergarten level readers and it's a shame there's no bookcover, because what you would see is brilliant green bean pods....moreI like this little book for Kindergarten level readers and it's a shame there's no bookcover, because what you would see is brilliant green bean pods.
The text in this book is exceedingly simple and is matched with appropriate color photographs.
The book takes children from Burpee seed packet to planting, flowering, picking to cleaning; and it uses phrases like:
beans in a packet beans in a seed beans in a hole beans in a garden...
A nice little book worth getting out of the library for practice reading, or for sharing how things grow with younger children.
LOOSE TOOTH is a fun little book for children who are reading at the Kindergarten level.
The story is about a boy who wakes up one morning to find that...moreLOOSE TOOTH is a fun little book for children who are reading at the Kindergarten level.
The story is about a boy who wakes up one morning to find that his tooth is loose. He's excited the same way that my children were when they were little. Bouncing around with energy. He says:
I can see it. I can feel it. I can pull it. I can push it.
But it won't come out!
(text from 3 pages)
The boy gleefully shows everyone, and then he tries to eat carrots and other hard foods hoping it will come out. His brother (who's a scoundrel) even offers to pull it out --with huge pliers!
The artwork in LOOSE TOOTH is very appealing, as is the text. I don't know about your children but mine were fascinated with the whole tooth replacement phenomena. And Schaefer's book is a fun one to share.
ORANGE TRIANGLE FOX is a really cute boardbook that is really intelligently done. It features simple drawings of animals in shapes --like a frog sitti...moreORANGE TRIANGLE FOX is a really cute boardbook that is really intelligently done. It features simple drawings of animals in shapes --like a frog sitting in a position that makes him look like a star or a little hedgehog on his back looking like a circle.
And despite the simplistic appearance this boardbook offers a lot for adults to share with little ones. You can name the animals, colors and shapes, making this a good book for the home shelves.
I've read many, many boardbooks over the years. And while there are many books I've borrowed from the library, the ones that have made it to my own ho...moreI've read many, many boardbooks over the years. And while there are many books I've borrowed from the library, the ones that have made it to my own home shelves are the ones that are multipurpose. Not just entertaining, but which give me something to teach and share with my children.
BUNNIES NEAR AND FAR is a book that would make the cut. It's a great little boardbook with artwork that's in muted, calming tones --and it was cute enough that even my tween son was forced to smile.
Here's a sample of the text.
1 bunny near 2 bunnies far 3 bunnies take a walk 4 in a car
As you can see it makes for a good read-aloud.
Fun aside, what I LOVE about this book is that author/artist Sarah Jones gives adults so many things to do with the book --besides just read it.
BUNNIES NEAR AND FAR can be read to older babies so they can hear the rhyme and cadence. You can also point out and name things like eyes, car, building, and teeter-totter.
But there's even more to do with Toddlers. You can use this book for number practice; both counting the cute bunnies, and identifying the numeric symbols. And if you want to take it a step further, you can have your child trace the large numbers with their index finger --a practice used by some teachers to prepare children to write.
Finally, there are Contrasts in every set of pages. Some like near-and-far, walk-and-ride, and up-and-down may be familiar. But there are also those that are less common, like country-and-town, and sing (a song) and play (an instrument). .
I would definitely say that if you're in the market for a boardbook that will be good for more than a month, that you consider BUNNIES NEAR AND FAR. It should be able to take you from older baby to toddler (and perhaps preschooler depending on your child).
Thanks to BLUE MANATEE for a review copy of this and Sarah Jones other book ORANGE TRIANGLE FOX. I think she's amazing.
You might think that TOP 10 refers to the Top 10 places YOU MUST VISIT when in wonderful London. But it's actually better and more useful than that. T...moreYou might think that TOP 10 refers to the Top 10 places YOU MUST VISIT when in wonderful London. But it's actually better and more useful than that. The book is actually about the Top 10 things to see when at more-than-10 nifty places in London.
There's the Top 10 things at the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Museum, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's, Westminster, and more.
And beyond that there are lists of Top 10 for famous residences, pubs, shopping, restaurants, and more.
For restaurants, for example, there are two 'initial' pages of info. A list of 10 Top places to eat, followed by a mini-list of the Top 10 places to eat With-A-View. The book gives you a short description of the cuisine as well as info like whether you'll need reservations. At the end of each short paragraph, the book usually refers you further back in the book where you can find addresses, phone numbers, and map-references.
Which brings me to the maps. One of the things I love about this book, besides the fact that it is small and suitable to keeping in a camera bag or hand bag, are the maps. The front page unfolds 3 times to give you two nicely plasticized maps. The outside map has colored blocks that give 'districts', like Regent Park, versus say, Covent Gardens. In inside map has major roads, and little markers which show train stations and points of interest. It runs from Kennington in the south to Islington in the north. [This front-of-the-book map only runs from the Hyde Park area on the west to the Tower area on the east.]
The back map focuses on West End, Minister, and the South Bank --on the inside. On the other side is a SITE INDEX and a SELECTED STREET INDEX, both of which have map keys. You will need this. I will need this. I've been to London a couple of times but if you are there for fun, by the end of the day you'll be exhausted enough that you'll need this sort of assistance.
I didn't want to write a long review, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the glossy map that is included with the book. This map sits in a plastic pocket and folds up small enough that you could put it in your coat pocket. Or even a shirt pocket. It has a map of the tube system, city map and list of 10 Useful Phone Numbers, 10 Free Sites, and 10 Historic Sites. A useful tool.
For being a small volume, TOP 10 LONDON contains a lot of information. It's not as thorough as the beefier books that are available out there; but its one I plan on buying (currently reading the library's new book) because it's just a great size and perfect for toting around during the day. With it's maps and structure I'm convinced it will help my husband and I to make our first trip to London with our children a pleasant one. The quick guides will remind us what else we might want to see if we're in a particular area, and hopefully will help us to stay flexible. Tired of museums.... Hmm, well how about shopping. We aren't people to stick to a rigid plan. This will help. (less)
This is the edition that my local library has, and it's the book I'm going to review. However, I have purchased the newer, 3rd Edition which shall be...moreThis is the edition that my local library has, and it's the book I'm going to review. However, I have purchased the newer, 3rd Edition which shall be more up-to-date, one hopes.
I found this book useful. The author definitely has children in mind, although his exact advice isn't available for every age-range on every topic. He advises parent's of little ones to be careful in old trains as the windows can go all the way down. And he warns people that charter planes are a terrible choice for families, but advice on which site is best for which age group is frequently absent.
Still, the author does give an idea of what hands-on activities are available, and that's very, very helpful.
The book is written with a good dose of humor, which makes it a pleasure to read, and he tackles areas of Britain in a logical fashion, giving examples of what a day tour might involve. He talks about Passes (to save money) and restaurants, and the usual sorts of things that travel guides include.
Surprisingly, there was nothing about dress, nor much about hotels. BUT I'm glad I read this book --it gave me lots of idea for organizing my own expedition-- as is indicated by the fact that I purchased the newer edition. (I'm hoping he has another coming out this year or next.)
SILLY LILLY AND THE FOUR SEASONS is a practice reader for children reading at the kindergarten level. It's a cute little book that follows Lilly throu...moreSILLY LILLY AND THE FOUR SEASONS is a practice reader for children reading at the kindergarten level. It's a cute little book that follows Lilly through the seasons.
It begins with Spring and Lilly going to the park where she plays with her teddy bear. The text talks about how she likes to dance, jump, nap and play. And I should add that the 'story' is told in frames, like a comic book.
Summer has Lilly at the beach. She's standing in the water and noting the creatures around her, like fish and shell-critters. Fall is represented by apples. Lilly points out there different colors and eats one. And finally, Lilly is seen playing in the Winter snow. Teddy is back and the target of snowballs. It's actually pretty humorous as the bear's expression changes.
To complete the cycle, Lilly is back at Spring, swinging at the park. I think this helps children to grasp the cyclical rotation of the seasons.
SILLY LILLY AND THE FOUR SEASONS is a very nice practice reader for young children. The text is still large, but the format is different --like a comic-- which I think is a nice change of pace for kids. Besides practicing reading, children will get some reinforcement of what they know about the seasons. There's no heavy science, but Lilly is shown in season appropriate garb doing seasonally appropriate activities. So that is nice.
HERE COMES SPRING...AND SUMMER AND FALL AND WINTER is an adorable little book that features a momma dog and her pup enjoying the four seasons.
The artw...moreHERE COMES SPRING...AND SUMMER AND FALL AND WINTER is an adorable little book that features a momma dog and her pup enjoying the four seasons.
The artwork is very bright and cheerful, and the artist didn't loose the 'dogginess' of the characters when having them play in leaves, or taking a nap. Honestly, so cute. In one scene mom is gardening and junior is digging a hole.
The text is large and the sentences are small. The font is more curvy than most books kindergarteners are likely to have come across, but still very readable.
With color from edge to edge and dogs! having so much fun, this is a good book to share. There's no heavy science but there are apple blossoms and the sun 'high in the sky', apple picking and crunchy leaves. The science isn't obvious, so adults may have to point out what they would like children to learn.
IT'S SPRING, DEAR DRAGON makes me smile. It's a book for kindergarten level readers and it's simple See Spot Run sentences evoke the warm fuzzies for...moreIT'S SPRING, DEAR DRAGON makes me smile. It's a book for kindergarten level readers and it's simple See Spot Run sentences evoke the warm fuzzies for me.
Oh, yes! I see something. Something little and green.
To which mom responds with:
The little green things will get big and pretty. You will see.
Classic Dick and Jane stuff.
The book might have only gotten 3 STARS from me except for the artwork. If you expand upon what the artist has included, you will be able to talk about Spring in terms of growing flowers, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Robins with their migration patterns.
THE MISSING TOOTH is a short little book that is written at the 210 Lexile level. Which is to say that it is at the upper edge of Kindergarten, almost...moreTHE MISSING TOOTH is a short little book that is written at the 210 Lexile level. Which is to say that it is at the upper edge of Kindergarten, almost First Grade level.
(view spoiler)[ The story is about Kim who is sort of having a bad day. She wakes up late, finds a hole in her sock and trips over her cat, before losing her tooth while eating an apple at breakfast. Kim's a little worried about how she looks with the toothless gap after this-- until she meets Jan on the bus. Jan is also missing a tooth and Jan looks fine, so Kim is reassured.
The book ends with Kim waking up on time the next morning with tooth-money!!! (hide spoiler)]
Losing teeth is a really popular topic with kids. When mine were little they were absolutely fascinated by the whole process, and little books like this are a fun way to share their enthusiasm and get in some reading practice.
Not Pulitzer material, but a fun little book with a sense of humor.
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