I love the cover. It’s so colorful and charming. The story inside? Well, maybe I needed to bring my much younger self to the forefront. I like the mesI love the cover. It’s so colorful and charming. The story inside? Well, maybe I needed to bring my much younger self to the forefront. I like the message re dancing to one’s own drummer, being different being more than just okay but something to celebrate, to aim to do something that doesn’t seem to come naturally. All positive messages.
It’s colorful and fun and has some positive things to say. But, somehow, for some reason, I couldn’t get past the anthropomorphizing of these particular animals, and especially the way the species relate to one another in ways they never would in nature. I should ban my adult self when I read books such as this because it sure intruded with this one. Also, while I liked the pictures, my favorite remains the cover illustration.
I can’t not like this book, but I was not as wild about it as I’d anticipated. And, as I see from the Goodreads members’ ratings breakdown, I’m in the minority. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it....more
This is a wonderful biography of Anne Frank that also contains quite a bit of general history about the Holocaust. But: Huh?!
The illustrations are gooThis is a wonderful biography of Anne Frank that also contains quite a bit of general history about the Holocaust. But: Huh?!
The illustrations are good but in my opinion they do not depict the people as they truly looked. Personally, I’d rather have had mostly photographs; there are plenty available.
The account, well, I read the inside front cover and thought maybe that information was for the adults. I saw this book on the library’s shelf and borrowed it to see how the contents would be handled in a picture book for children. But, who is this written for? Excellent but full graphic information of the atrocities perpetrated. Any child old enough to know this information is probably ready to read Anne’s diary and other “more advanced” books. I guess this could be a fine book to read as an introduction to the subject and just prior to reading Anne’s diary or other Holocaust books. But this is not Anne Frank/Holocaust “lite” but rather a book that does not spare the reader from the truth of all that happened. The account is very well written.
So, I’m a bit confused, and while I enjoyed it, I’m not sure which readership I’d recommend it to. There is a list at the beginning of other books written by this author, and they are biographies of famous historical figures, and I think most look very interesting, less horrific, and of interest to me, and probably books I could wholeheartedly recommend to young readers, but I haven’t read any of them, yet, so I’m not certain.
My star rating is for my enjoyment of reading and my admiration for packing in so much information in an interesting way. It does not reflect my opinion of this book as a picture book for children, even for older children....more
The illustrations here are truly magnificent. The paintings would not be out of place in an art museum. They’re amazing.
The story is both scary and fuThe illustrations here are truly magnificent. The paintings would not be out of place in an art museum. They’re amazing.
The story is both scary and funny. I’d have been terrified as a young child, but as an adult I really enjoyed the story.
It’s about a clever and loving mother and her seven children. (Given the children’s names, I did get a chuckle from wondering what she’d have done had she had eight children. ha ha) I guess this is a reassurance story since the mother outwits the witch but it’s a very scary story, in my opinion. What’s fun is for the reader/listener to guess, along with the mother, which child is which, in order to save them.
This is an original fairy tale like story. The inside cover says it’s inspired by a sixteenth-century game still played by children today. (That’s all that’s said about that. I don’t know anything about the game. I’m curious enough that I’ll probably go try to look it up.)
This is a fictional picture book for children about autism, more specifically how the siblings of a child with autism feel and react to their sibling’This is a fictional picture book for children about autism, more specifically how the siblings of a child with autism feel and react to their sibling’s condition. There is even a psychologist’s note at the beginning of the book, regarding children who have siblings with disabilities.
The simply told story is engaging and aims to give readers a feel both for what it might be like to have a sibling with autism and what it might be like to have autism, especially as it pertains to sensory differences.
I appreciate the level of psychological sophistication shown, albeit told very superficially, of the mixed feelings Ian’s sister has about him and her responsibility for him.
The illustrations are fabulous, done in a realistic style and perfectly mirroring the emotional tone of the story.
This could be a very useful book for children who know a child/children with autism, whether in their family, or as a classmate or friend. It could also be a springboard for discussion or introspective thought regarding empathy for when readers see someone who appears different, acts differently than one would expect, etc....more
This is a very cool book about friendship, giving, and sharing. Cool because the pictures tell the story and they’re such a delight. Surprising and fuThis is a very cool book about friendship, giving, and sharing. Cool because the pictures tell the story and they’re such a delight. Surprising and fun!...more
I got a bilingual English and Michif edition, except for the last 2 text pages that, unfortunately, are in English only. Although I personally could rI got a bilingual English and Michif edition, except for the last 2 text pages that, unfortunately, are in English only. Although I personally could read only the English, I wish those pages had also been in both languages. Unfortunately, my library copy came without the accompanying music CD; there is a note that the CD is available, but only at its original San Diego location. Too bad! I’m not usually interested in book companion music CDs, but I’d have definitely listened to this one had it been sent with the book.
Oh, this book touched me deeply and I could identify. The author’s four grandmothers were each Native people, from four different tribes, something of which he was unaware well into his adulthood. He is Métis, the only mixed blood people in the world acknowledged to be a nation. In this book he addresses his ancestors, and the reader, and reclaims his heritage. Many people, not just indigenous people, will identify with name changes and lack of sharing of their ancestry, people of various backgrounds. Many people have surnames that were changed at some point as a way to deny the family’s origins and many people know nothing or little of their ancestors/heritage/backgrounds. I admire and appreciate Bouchard’s efforts to learn details of his families’ history and his work to pass it on and to honor his ancestors, particularly mentioning he knows his grandmothers told stories hoping he’d hear them; that detail really got to me. The entire account is very poetic. The account is just superb.
The additional history given at the end was fascinating, and when I read it I could easily accept the guns that appear in the illustrations, the only thing about the pictures that bothered me as I was reading the book. The illustrations are fabulous and help bring the account to life. My mother was born in Winnipeg but for the first time I learned how the city of Winnipeg first developed.
This is an outstanding book. I learned so much. This fits accurately on my biography, history, and social-culture, etc. shelves. It’s perfect for learning about the Métis people, and for learning and discussion about various peoples who’ve been unfairly or brutally denied their history, culture, language, customs, etc....more
It features one of the most creative libraries ever, and I had to read the book twice, once taking very, very, very long to read it. The titles of some of the books are so clever and so amusing and so much fun. It’s impossible to just read the book because it takes so long to read the illustrations, the main text of the book would make no sense; the reader would have to struggle to remember what it said one page to the next. So, at least two readings are required to fully read the book.
Kids will enjoy the simple story and the big picture illustrations. Older, more well read readers, children, teens, and adults, will “get” all the illustrations, which are time consuming to read.
For me, the story was just okay, and not anything all that special, though some readers might find it thought provoking and an interesting springboard for discussion. The illustrations are special, and they are a big part of the story; they were the part of the story I most loved. The book titles, the colors, the changes in art style and colors, the rivers in the library, the stairs made out of books, and so much more, I found utterly enchanting. I have to give this book 5 stars; the pictures are just too creatively done to assign it any fewer stars. 4 ½ stars ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The illustrations are lovely. The sayings fold into one another in a lovely way, noe leading the way to the next. The sayings in this book, overall, didn’t touch me quite as much as in the other book, but though I tend to be derisive about pop psych, inspirational, and other such books, I found this one to be sweet and thought provoking. Not as good as its sequel though, at least not for me. Thought I read it first, I love that I liked this author’s second such book better than the first book; that doesn’t typically happen. The illustrations in both these books are terrific....more
This is a great book told first person by a boy who has muscular dystrophy, talking about his service Golden Retriever dog, how he first got him, traiThis is a great book told first person by a boy who has muscular dystrophy, talking about his service Golden Retriever dog, how he first got him, trained with him, and works with him, and how they’re best friends.
I read this book for the Children's Books group Picture Books Club, a selection for June, the theme being persons facing physical challenges.
What I found interesting is the dog sleeping on the boy’s bed with the boy. I hope that happens. I always thought service dogs weren’t allowed to do that. I know dogs working are not allowed to be petted by strangers/others, and this book explains why (I still hate it; I always want to pet them!) but I didn’t know their people couldn’t even pet (or feed?) them. I hate that too.
Aside from making it seem the dog in this book is working most of the time, except for sleeping, napping, and some games of fetch, this was a very heartwarming book. My favorite part was the trip to the pet store. So funny and true how a dog would be happy with that errand!
This story also does a fabulous job of showing what a difference a dog can make to a dog’s person’s social life. I know, as an able bodied person, just how many people I met when I had a dog. I knew the neighborhood(s) from our walks and outings. For a person with a disability this story shows how the boy is seen differently without vs. with his dog buddy. In my opinion, this makes as much of a difference as all the many helpful tasks the dog does.
This was a good choice for the Picture Books Club and I’m glad it was chosen. I doubt I’d ever have read it otherwise and it’s a very worthy book. It would be especially good for disabled children who might get a dog, for children who have contact (regular or rare) with children who have disabilities whose dogs are worker dogs.
I know dogs love to work, whether it’s “real” work or play, but I still wish in this book and real life (for some dogs) they got more affection, treats, etc. and more times just to be. But, this boy and this dog seem to be content and very happy, in general and with each other....more