4 ½ stars, ½ star off because of my personal vegan sensibilities about how animals should be treated. However, this is a beautiful book and it’s very...more4 ½ stars, ½ star off because of my personal vegan sensibilities about how animals should be treated. However, this is a beautiful book and it’s very well done, and I’m so delighted that this book exists, I have to give it a full 5 stars. (I initially gave it 4.)
Seuss’s books were among the first books I was able to read on my own, and I own several of his books, including some of the ones published most recently. I knew very little about the man though. I learned a lot about him from reading this book.
Unlike when I was first reading Dr. Seuss books over 50 years ago, there are so many fabulous children’s picture book biographies and other non-fiction picture books available for children. I’m so glad this book was written/illustrated because this man definitely deserves a picture book biography. This is a worthy one.
I love the paintings by the two illustrators and appreciate that there is a third contributor. Decorative illustrations are included that were created by Dr. Seuss.
I got a kick of how it’s reiterated how as a boy and young man he excelled at “fooling around” and also about how he came to use the name Dr. Seuss.
This biography has a lot of humor, but the boy/man himself went through things that weren’t so funny, including bullying and people who didn’t believe in him, for instance. He had many hurdles to overcome, and it’s heartening to see how he did that, and in his own way.
I appreciated the extra material in the back, which is particularly good for older kids (and adults too.) It’s accompanied by additional decorative illustrations by Seuss and a photo of him as an elderly man. There is a timeline that shows both Geisel’s life and the publication of his books, and goes from his birth until his death. There is a full list of books written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss. When I saw the last few books on the list of his books I felt so grateful that he lived and worked until the age he did. The world is richer for these books and all his books; I think some of his better books came later in his career.
This is a wonderful book for all fans of Dr. Seuss books, for any kids who feel as though they don’t fit in, for people of all ages who appreciate thinking and acting for themselves and who don’t take “authority” too seriously, and as part of lessons on bullying, For kids who have a passion not supported by others, reading about Ted might help give them courage to pursue what they love doing.
I’m not surprised to learn that every single one of the books he wrote & illustrated is still in print.(less)
The illustrations are so detailed and it’s fun to look at everything on every page. I love the art st...moreI am really fond of this book. I really liked it.
The illustrations are so detailed and it’s fun to look at everything on every page. I love the art style, especially the way animals are depicted. The bright, multiple colors are really eye catching. There is a bit of a Where’s Waldo aspect on many pages. All the paintings are fun and readers/listeners can take a great deal of time viewing each page.
The story is so sweet, and it shows a real sense of community in a small town of people who obviously know one another. I love how people are kind to and take care of each other, the dogs, cats, birds, and even the mice. I love the bits of humor throughout.
Of course, I could feel cozy reading it when it’s sunny and 60 degrees outside. I’m not sure it would be as appealing to readers living through the depths of winter and who might be sick of snow and yearning for spring.
I checked the copyright date because it has the feel of a classic, but it’s a new book from 2012.
I appreciated the inclusion of the 2 ingredients recipe at the end of the book for maple sugar and fresh clean snow candy, and it’s careful to include in the directions what children vs. adults can do to safely make it, and eat it.(less)
If Magic wasn’t a real cat I’d probably have given this book one less star, but the photo of Magic on the back cover, and the very short description a...moreIf Magic wasn’t a real cat I’d probably have given this book one less star, but the photo of Magic on the back cover, and the very short description about him, had me fully engaged in the story before I started it. I always want to get inside the heads of dogs and cats. Those I know I do often feel as though I know exactly what they’re thinking and feel we can almost fully communicate. This imagining of Magic’s imaginings doesn’t strike me as that plausible, but I don’t know the real Magic, and the narrative sure gives room for some really pretty illustrations. Magic sure does live in a beautiful place. I did find myself smiling and even chuckling a bit through this book, so it probably deserves its star rating. I was entertained. Now I’m longing for cat companionship, a vacation by a lake, and a place where I can safely view wildlife.(less)
This story and its illustrations are so cute. My favorite part was all the pictures of Bess’s ultra adorable dog. I came close to guessing Bess’s favo...moreThis story and its illustrations are so cute. My favorite part was all the pictures of Bess’s ultra adorable dog. I came close to guessing Bess’s favorite outfit, but not exactly. (Before I read this I asked and found out the details from a Goodreads friend, the one who I’ve got in my recommended by field.) What I really liked was how so many of Princess Bess’s daily schedule/duties are normal play and typical for girls who might be reading this. Not the balls and fancy dinners, but much of what Bess does. The illustrations are busy, maybe almost too busy, but I enjoyed having so much to view.
I think that girls 3-8+ who love dogs, princesses, fancy dresses, comfortable clothes, and books about all those things (and more!) will be charmed by this book.(less)
The last few pages had a couple humorous twists, and those elevated the book enough for me so that I can give it 3 stars, but barely. I do like the “I...moreThe last few pages had a couple humorous twists, and those elevated the book enough for me so that I can give it 3 stars, but barely. I do like the “I’m bored” refrain and kids will certainly identify and understand. I don’t know any kid who’s never complained about being bored. However, the bulk of the book is too didactic and obviously so, and until the last few pages, I was rather bored. The pictures are very cute and expressive. The potato angle is unique, I admit.(less)
I have really enjoyed the Fancy Nancy books I’ve read, and thanks to Maggie I discovered this one. I found it delightful. I loved how Nancy makes a mi...moreI have really enjoyed the Fancy Nancy books I’ve read, and thanks to Maggie I discovered this one. I found it delightful. I loved how Nancy makes a mistake, realizes she wasn’t an expert, checks to make sure something nice she did didn’t have dire consequences, and then became an expert via reading a book. I even learned a little bit about poison ivy. I practically chortled when I read about the upcoming picture day.
As usual, there is a glossary of “fancy words” in the book. As usual, the illustrations were great fun.
This book seemed a little less detailed than some other Fancy Nancy books, though I’m not certain of that. The book is a smaller size than many other hardcover picture books, including the other Fancy Nancy books I remember reading.
There is no poison ivy near where I live, but this story reminded me of the time I got poison oak on a sixth grade camping trip. It was a badge of honor at the time, but very itchy and ugly.
Two Patricia Polacco books almost right in a row! What a treat. While this wasn’t one of my very favorite ones, I did really like it, and it did nearl...moreTwo Patricia Polacco books almost right in a row! What a treat. While this wasn’t one of my very favorite ones, I did really like it, and it did nearly make me tear up, and it’s a lovely fable, a sweet Christmas story. And it’s another book I don’t know whether to put on my fiction or non-fiction shelf, or both. There’s definitely a fantasy component in this story but I suspect it’s also based on real memories.
Tricia and her family (a young Patricia Polacco and her family) are main characters in this book. The title kind of says it all.
Great for those looking for a Christmas story, for kids who’ve experienced loss, for encouraging homemade and creative Christmas gifts, good for kids who believe in Santa Claus or want to keep the spirit of Santa, good for kids who celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, Christian children, kids who live on farms or are interested in life in rural areas or small towns, and anyone who finds heartwarming stories appealing.
I loved the illustrations here, and especially enjoyed the two page spread of the town scene. I am still getting used to Polacco’s depictions of people, but I’m now fond enough of them that I really enjoy them. I’ve always appreciated their expressiveness. As her books go along, overall I’m enjoying her illustrations more & more.
I think Christmas is very special to this author-illustrator; she has a few picture books with a Christmas theme.(less)
I thought this book was very, very funny. The illustrations are fabulous and are integral to the story. Yes, even though this is an alphabet book ther...moreI thought this book was very, very funny. The illustrations are fabulous and are integral to the story. Yes, even though this is an alphabet book there is a story. It has a very sweet ending too. Young kids who have issues with delayed gratification, which is 99.99% of them at one time or another, will really identify with moose. Good alphabet book for all levels and an engaging story and wonderful illustrations; both are amusing and interesting. I loved it. 4 ½ stars(less)
I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed. In fact, I think this is my favorite of the 4 books.
I was charmed the minute I opened the book and saw a bunch of gorgeous rocks pictured on the 2 inside front covers, and then turned to the back to see if they’d show the same or different rocks or something else, and they were the same rocks but on the 2 pages of the inside back covers they are labeled with their names. Loved it! I would have poured over these pages as a child, choosing my favorites.
And then the information in the book proper is fascinating. I knew some but not all of it. The examples given were so, so interesting. I was completely captivated and would have been even more so when I was a rock and mineral fanatic and loved studying geology, especially volcanoes, and was avidly pouring over my copy of Rocks and Minerals.
A part of me wants to include more details in this review, including the descriptive terms and various examples used on the pages, but I’ve decided it will be more fun for readers of all ages to discover for themselves the contents of this book. It’s really wonderful.
The youngest children can enjoy the illustrations in this book; they’re outstanding, very beautiful. Children 7-13 can appreciate the more detailed information inside. As for independent reading, I’d say this book is for 8 or 9 and up, depending on the previous knowledge and the vocabulary of the person.
If I was 8-12 I’d have spent my allowance to have a copy of this book in my home library, and if I had children at home I’d make sure to have an owned copy there.
I fervently hope that this team creates more books in this nature series.
I’ll reread this book at least once before I (sadly) return it to the library, and I’m happy it will be available for borrowing in the future.
If I go on now it will sound like hyperbole, so I’ll stop now.(less)
Oh, I wanted to love this book. Before I started I even had people in mind to recommend it. It turns out I’m not sending official recommendations to a...moreOh, I wanted to love this book. Before I started I even had people in mind to recommend it. It turns out I’m not sending official recommendations to anyone.
The good: The illustrations are wonderful. They do make the various vegetables look wonderful. I like that many show a family all preparing vegetables, and then growing/harvesting vegetables. There is some interesting information about various types of vegetables and some about growing them too.
The bad: It’s really hard to read this book. I tried to read it page by page and that just doesn’t work. For the book to make sense you have to read it at least twice. The first time I guess it should be read to look at the pictures and read the sentences at the bottom of the pages, the main text. Then you have to go back and read all the captions under each vegetable and all the extra text, including some about things such as soybeans used for non-edible purposes. It’s a very unwieldy process, very awkward, though some kids may enjoy the process. And even when read in this way, the sentences seemed really clunky to me.
The really dreadful: This is one of the most didactic books I’ve ever read. For kids who love vegetables, especially those who help choose what to buy and those who help with the cooking, or those who want to do vegetable gardening, or who like learning about the various types of gardening depending on setting, they might very well enjoy it. I’ve loved almost all vegetables my whole life. But this book is not going to convince vegetable adverse kids to change their minds. I cringed at all the propaganda: “It is good for us to eat vegetables…” to “Don’t forget…it is important to eat vegetables. They are good for you.” Yeah, that’s going to work. Not! Not for most kids. I’m sure there are always a few who will be swayed. But the pictures are fun and enjoyable to view.
So, 4 ½ stars for the pictures but only 2 ½ stars for the content (1 for the message but 3 ½ for much of the information) so I guess 3, though that might be slightly generous. I can’t really give it less than 3 stars though. The illustrations are superb and learning about the various types of vegetables, well that part could be interesting for kids who don’t have that information before they read the book/have it read to them.(less)
Wow. What a gem. 4 ½ stars (view spoiler)[ ½ star off because of the ending: too happy and too unbelievable for me. I’m reading a novel and I’ve been...moreWow. What a gem. 4 ½ stars (view spoiler)[ ½ star off because of the ending: too happy and too unbelievable for me. I’m reading a novel and I’ve been afraid it will have an overly happy ending for its subject, but I was not expecting that of this book. For this one what happens is definitely within the realm of possibility but for me it ruined the mood somewhat. While it took something away, I admit it was satisfying in its own way. (hide spoiler)]
The art is exquisite. It’s so lovely. The story of two lonely, only children, who have rich imaginations is one that would have and does resonate greatly for me. They have so much in common, though the boy is wealthy and lives in Paris, with servants, and the girl lives in poverty in the Mojave Desert, the Napa Valley, and wherever her farm worker parents can get work. For different reasons they have limited contact with their parents. The book is on my san-francisco shelf because of one scene in San Francisco at a Giants baseball game. Most of the poetic story is magical as are the illustrations.
This is a text heavy picture book and the vocabulary is too advanced for young children. Had I received this book for my 9th or 10th birthdays I’d have really treasured it and frequently reread it.
The book is lovely and brilliant, and special and unusual. I’m so grateful to my Goodreads friend Melody’s review for alerting me to it. I had to borrow it from my library’s LINK+ sister libraries system; I’m not sure I’d have ever found it if not for Melody/Goodreads. It’s definitely worth reading.
I’d say it’s for girls and boys, ages 8 or 9 through adulthood.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh, this is a gem of a story and it has gorgeous illustrations. If you want to read a sweet, amusing, and ultimately sort of sad but ultimately uplift...moreOh, this is a gem of a story and it has gorgeous illustrations. If you want to read a sweet, amusing, and ultimately sort of sad but ultimately uplifting tree story, read this one and skip The Giving Tree. (Sorry to fans of that book.)
This story is about a family who saves a tree that lives on the land where they build a family house. I love how the tree gets its name, I love how the tree serves various functions as this loving family grows, and I love that this story is told via a letter by the father to his adult children who are about to return for a visit. Even though there is great sadness at the end, Steve’s final fate had me smiling.
The only quibble I had with the story was the fat joke (fat uncle in the hammock).
The illustrations I wasn’t sure about at first when I initially saw the faces, but I quickly got into the nature/tree scenes and ended up loving all the illustrations. Wonderful use of color throughout the seasons/pages! I particularly liked the tree and surrounding natural world and the dog. The page with the tree, dog, and underwear had me chuckling.
This is an incredibly lovely story and it’s suitable for ages 2 to 102, and fine for independent reading, reading aloud one to one, within families and other groups of children ages 3-8. Adults and children will equally enjoy this book so it makes it an especially fine book to share.
Oh, I just loved this book. It’s such a sweet, and quite funny, story about a stray (orange!) cat and how it works its way into the heart of a woman w...moreOh, I just loved this book. It’s such a sweet, and quite funny, story about a stray (orange!) cat and how it works its way into the heart of a woman who “has no use for a cat” but ends up having a soft spot in her heart.
The story and illustrations had me smiling all the way through, though I’m a bit envious of Mrs. Crump.
All cat lovers, or even those who know cats, are sure to enjoy this story and its illustrations.
This is a wonderful book for teaching about animal rescue or for anyone who’s about to adopt an animal or for anyone who’s ever adopted a stray animal.
This is the kind of picture book (along with books by favorite authors such as Patricia Polacco) that will prevent me from ever completely giving up reading picture books. Thank you to Kathryn for alerting me to this book! I’m so glad it was one I got and read immediately.(less)
This book is structured the same as the above-mentioned book. The bulk of the book consists of gorgeous illustrations with information provided by the sun as narrator. Some of the information is rather sophisticated and I think better suited toward older elementary school children. That’s particularly true of the final 4 pages, which are illustrated but consist mostly of text with more in depth information.
As with the other book, I really enjoyed the pictures (in this book especially of those creatures deep under the sea) but didn’t get that engaged with the way the (admittedly interesting) information was presented. I admire what was done here and feel guilty that I didn’t get more engaged with the book/these books. Perhaps it’s my mood (I’m reading under unpleasant circumstances: loud and annoying noises, second hand smoke, etc.) as others have been more wowed than I.(less)