I kept thinking that this book might be trying too hard, what with the cartoon drawings and the cutesy way it sometimes presents the material, but I t...moreI kept thinking that this book might be trying too hard, what with the cartoon drawings and the cutesy way it sometimes presents the material, but I think it accomplished what it tried to do: provide some complex information in an easy to understand and entertaining manner. The facts presented are about size of creatures and why they’re just the right size, the ramifications of being big or small, and there is a lot about evolution included.
Overall, this is a fun and educational book, jam packed with detailed facts about all sorts of creatures who exist or have existed on earth, humans included.
The book is a pleasing small size and somewhat usually shaped; it has a lot more inside than the reader would guess from looking at its outside.(less)
I’m reading this late for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club. Last month’s theme was seaside/beaches and this is one of the selected book...moreI’m reading this late for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club. Last month’s theme was seaside/beaches and this is one of the selected books.
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, making brilliant use of color. They’re so reminiscent of the sea and so large, I felt as though I was right there.
I kept thinking I’d read this; it seemed so familiar, but I love sea turtles and I think I’ve read other similar books, but not this particular one.
The account is lovely, written poetically, and the information would be a great adjunct to an ecology lesson.
I hope all readers hate the fishing net as much as the turtle and I did.
The author’s note at the end of the book adds greatly to the story. She relates fully honestly about the endangerment of sea turtles and obviously cares about their fate.
The additional information at the end of the book (Fun Facts, Coral Reefs in Trouble!, and Famous Coral Reefs) actually are what brought up this 3 ½ s...moreThe additional information at the end of the book (Fun Facts, Coral Reefs in Trouble!, and Famous Coral Reefs) actually are what brought up this 3 ½ star book from 3 to 4 rated stars for me.
I love Steve Jenkins's art, and it’s lovely here too, but yet I felt disappointed. Given the glorious beauty of coral reefs, I was expecting even more from the depictions by this artist.
The author’s account is interesting enough, but not scintillating. A warning for the easily scared or squeamish: the food chain in the coral reef, and the dangers the reefs suffer are covered. Some of the drawings and their accompanying description could be rather frightening for small children or others who are sensitive. But, I think the information imparted is doing a great service; hopefully, readers will care more about coral reefs, have a better understanding of their importance, and doing whatever they can to protect them.(less)
The premise appealed to me, and the cover illustrations also immediately drew me in. (I was big on collecting rocks & shells when I was a kid and...moreThe premise appealed to me, and the cover illustrations also immediately drew me in. (I was big on collecting rocks & shells when I was a kid and I enjoy studying geology.)
I really, really, really loved the illustrations, and also would have when I was a kid.
There is no author’s note but it’s important to read the inside front and back covers as well as the book proper in order to get the full story. The story is about the author’s father when she was little and about her family, before, during, and after the Great Depression. It really honors her father and his passion for rock collecting and learning about rocks.
This is a gem of a book (no pun intended!), though I wish more details could have fit. Yet, it’s perfect as is too. Charming! It’s a priceless story about a man and family financially affected, but seemingly not negatively emotionally impacted, by the Great Depression. There is some wonderful content about father-daughter and father-family and man-wide world relationships, rocks, a science museum, Model T cars, and some intangible joyfulness. It’s a very special book.(less)
Oh, I loved this book because it was told mostly from the dog, Perry’s, point of view, and his perceptions and experiences are so enjoyable to read ab...moreOh, I loved this book because it was told mostly from the dog, Perry’s, point of view, and his perceptions and experiences are so enjoyable to read about. And Perry’s sort of narration explains why this book is fiction and not non-fiction, because Sarah and Perry are an actual team, a blind woman and a guide dog, a team who are interesting and have done some wonderful and amazing things. I love how the two make school visits to educate school children, and I love that time is given for the kids to pet Perry. I also liked Perry’s supposed thoughts and feelings, including about the times when he (in minor ways) breaks the rules. This is a wonderful account (I’d like to read a full length biography about these two) and it’s both entertaining and educational. There is an “About the Characters” note at the end of the book. The illustrations were okay and I think they’ll appeal to kids; they definitely fit the story well. I’d have preferred at least one real photo be included.(less)
This is a very good biography of Morris Frank, who lost his sight at 16 and at 20 became the first recipient of a...moreCried all the way through this book.
This is a very good biography of Morris Frank, who lost his sight at 16 and at 20 became the first recipient of a guide dog for the blind. He then went on to found the first guide dog school in the United States.
I had seen a tv movie ages ago about this pair and had read other accounts but I learned quite a big from this 40 page book, which is a cross between a chapter book (it does have 9 chapters and additional material) and a very advanced picture book.
There are illustrations and then at the end there are quite a few wonderful photos, including a few of the original Buddy. Frank had other dogs after his first Buddy died and named them all Buddy. One thing I learned was that he renamed the first Bubby, and I can see why he objected to the original name, although for me I’d have liked it.
This book works to show some of what guide dogs can do and the learning process of dog and person, especially the person; quite a bit is required.
Given how much I love and trust dogs, I found this book incredibly touching. It’s a great way to introduce the subject, including to children who might be considering being a guide dog puppy raiser, those who know anyone with any type of assistance dog, those who know anyone who’s got a disability, and all dog lovers. It’s a wonderful history book too because the account shows how much about so much has changed since the late 1920s.
For further learning about the subject, a bibliography listing many books and a list of 3 web sites are provided at the end of the book.
Oh, I could view this book and its illustrations for ages.
On the inside front cover are the caterpillars and on the inside back cover are the butterflies. Inside the account starts and ends with details of butterflies’ life cycles, and in-between there are a plethora of facts about butterflies. This book uses the same basic format of the first two books. Using the words patient, creative, helpful, protective, poisonous, spectacular, thirsty, big, tiny, scaly, traveler, and magical, and then expounding on those descriptions. There’s also a page on a butterfly is not a moth.
I learned a lot, so much more than I could ever have expected. It turns out that until I read this book I was ignorant of much of this book’s contents. I found the information to be very interesting.
The illustrations are special; they’re truly gorgeous, as they should be in a book about butterflies. I am used to seeing monarchs and I’ve seen quite a few other types of butterflies, but many of the included types were brand new to me. All beautiful, and it’s not just the butterflies, but every leaf and other object in the book is painted beautifully.
This is a gem of a book, and I admired it just as much as the books about seeds and eggs.(less)
An extra half star for a book about turkeys that mention nothing about how they’re used by humans. 3 ½ stars. Also, the “story” is told with a “singin...moreAn extra half star for a book about turkeys that mention nothing about how they’re used by humans. 3 ½ stars. Also, the “story” is told with a “singing” cadence so while normally I hate promotions for anything other than the book on a book’s cover, in this case the ability to download the free original song that goes with this book was something I found welcome, even though I didn’t take advantage of it.
This is a book about wild turkeys. It’s somewhat informative though more for fun than for education, but readers/listeners will learn some things about turkeys’ lives.
The illustrations’ colors are wonderful but the style didn’t wow me. And, much to my chagrin, my favorite picture is the one of the turkey being pursued by what I think is a wolf. Ah well.(less)
Like Chin’s book Redwoods, this book has a fictional story within the non-fiction book and marvelous illustrations.
When a young girl in the NYC publi...moreLike Chin’s book Redwoods, this book has a fictional story within the non-fiction book and marvelous illustrations.
When a young girl in the NYC public library pulls a book about coral reefs (this very one) off the shelves and reads it, she falls right into the book, into the coral reef. The page where this first happens elicited a huge smile from me; that illustration is so much fun.
There are many interesting facts about coral reefs but even in the book proper, the information detail and vocabulary have me thinking this is for readers 9 and up. Younger children who have interest in marine biology and coral reefs might enjoying viewing the book and having it read to them, but I think it will best be appreciated by those 9-13.
There is a two page spread in the back that has additional information with great emphasis on how coral reefs are vulnerable and about some ways humans can protect them. The author is definitely ecologically minded. He reveals in his author’s note how as part of research for this book he traveled to the Belize barrier reef. (Lucky man, who made the most of it, and gave back to his readers.) He also lists books and websites he used.(less)
Though they are colorful and fun, and som...moreI read this book for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club; the theme for May is Spring-Time Books.
Though they are colorful and fun, and sometimes informative, I wasn’t wild about the illustrations.
What I loved about this book is how many historical and modern traditions from various cultures are shared. Also, there are appealing and doable crafts projects and recipes in the back of the book. This would also be a useful book for learning about how the earth turns on its axis and how the seasons change.
The illustrations are remarkable. The illustrator created them from watercolor, and cutting, pasting, sculpting and then glui...moreOutstanding in every way!
The illustrations are remarkable. The illustrator created them from watercolor, and cutting, pasting, sculpting and then gluing them. Had I not known that, I’d have assumed real leaves and some other real forest material was used. The pictures are so realistic, I could literally imagine the odor of the mulch and other forest life. Wonderful depictions of plants and animals too.
I have this on my non-fiction and nature shelves, even though the account is just an example of what might occur in the circle of life of a tree; that part is actually fiction.
One terrific thing about this book is that children of many ages with enjoy it, and younger children will learn many new words because the vocabulary is definitely advanced. But, I definitely wouldn’t limit reading this to children who will already be familiar with all the words.
It’s a perfect book for seeing the circle of life of a tree and log and tree and… and of all the insects, other animals, and plants that grow and thrive at all stages of its life and death and life again.
It’s a gorgeous book and it’s very informative. It educates in a manner that most should find very interesting.
Much thanks to Goodreads’ friend Gundula for alerting me to this stellar book!
It’s extremely rare that I feel horribly guilty for borrowing rather than buying a book. I have extremely limited disposable income so I do borrow mos...moreIt’s extremely rare that I feel horribly guilty for borrowing rather than buying a book. I have extremely limited disposable income so I do borrow most of my books. This one I might have to buy.
I love kids, and this eleven-year-old author is incredibly impressive. She’s a fine artist and writer, but most importantly she cares. She cares about birds and the environment, and she is creative enough to use her talents to make a difference, a huge difference, both directly and by inspiring other kids (and I hope adults too) to do what they can to make a difference.
I love Olivia’s bird paintings. They’re wonderful! The information about birds that Olivia gives is interesting, fascinating. I was near tears at points knowing Olivia’s artwork and her book are earning money for charity that will help birds, and the environment in general too. Olivia even gives tips on how to help, including for those who are not likely to have her artistic gifts.
This is a fabulous book for showing how one person can make a difference and it’s also attractive, educational, and entertaining. And, I’m virtually certain I’d have given it only ½ star less had the author-illustrator been an adult. The age of the author-illustrator-activist is amazing and inspiring and humbling.
Note: This is an Aduubon book.And, there are photos of Olivia included, which I enjoyed and I think kids will appreciate too.(less)
I love tiny pictures of vegetables and fruits and the ones in this book are great. I suppose I enjoyed all the illustrations, even though the people d...moreI love tiny pictures of vegetables and fruits and the ones in this book are great. I suppose I enjoyed all the illustrations, even though the people did not look like the people they’re depicting. There is a wonderful photograph on the back cover of the book of people who participated in the planting & harvesting of the garden and the preparation & consuming of the food from it.
There are a bunch of recipes in the back of the book. The garden is a vegetable and fruit, and okay, honey too, garden, but not one single recipe is vegan. Very disappointing for me.
There are wonderful additional lists of resources in the back of the book: Books About U.S. Presidents, the White House – and Bo; Websites About the White House; Books About Gardens and Gardening for Young Readers; Websites About Gardening; Websites About Local Agriculture.
The book works wonderfully as a history of the White House, especially its gardens and its child residents, but also bits of information about some of the U.S. presidents, and also as a book about sustainable and organic home gardens, and educational re eating healthfully and as families for sit down meals, etc. etc. I found Michelle Obama’s idea and fruition for the current White House garden very inspiring, how she had local schoolchildren help, how some of the produce goes to the homeless and some to the First Family and some for official State Dinners and other events, etc.
The book is packed with information, recounted in an entertaining and educational way.
Before reading this book, I hadn’t known that Obama doesn’t like beets. I appreciated the dab of humor eventually added into the book re that fact.(less)