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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage
3.84
it was amazing
Review originally posted on Literaritea

This book came out on my birthday this year (January 8) along with titles such as Hokey Pokey, Navigating Early
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Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
The Boy on the Porch
3.89
really liked it
I almost shelved this book on my "parenting" shelf because it has a lot to say about parenting! Which brings us to the crux of the matter right off: w ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
 
Ghetto Cowboy
3.86
really liked it
You know you want to read a book with this title: Ghetto Cowboy. I mean, c'mon--doesn't that pique your interest just a teeny tiny bit??

This was a ver
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Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Dance in the Desert
3.88
it was amazing
To those wondering if this is an allegory about "a family" and "a little boy" in the "dessert".... I totally took this as an imaginative exploration o ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2012
 
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead
4.18
really liked it
5 stars for illustration; 3 for text.

First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: A picture book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton

What It’s About: Osten
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Feb 22, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Poems to Learn by Heart
4.17
it was amazing
It's hard to improve on the The Random House Book of Poetry for Children edited by Prelutsky and illustrated by Arnold Lobel for a good children's poe ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
Just Plain Fancy
4.12
it was amazing
This might be my favorite of Polacco's books. I loved her treatment of the Amish--realistic without being demeaning or critical. I loved the explanati ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Tornado
3.91
it was amazing
What a great book!! To sum up why I like it:
1. That dog/the illustrations--he looks JUST like my big old beastie... warm fuzzies all around.
2. The rea
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Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5)
4.10
really liked it
My favorite Penderwicks books are still the first (The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy) and the fo ...more
May 23, 2018
May 23, 2018
 
The Goods: Volume 1
4.53
it was amazing
This is hilarious--as only a team composed of the likes of Mac Barnett, Mo Willems, Jon Klaasen, and their ilk can be. Witty, clever takes on the clas ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 27, 2015
 
Freedom in Congo Square
4.29
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

This book came out early January and set the bar high for nonfiction picture books. While books about the slavery experie
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Feb 06, 2016
Feb 06, 2016
 
Odette's Secrets
4.05
liked it
Odette's Secrets sounded like it was right up my ally: novel in verse, WWII time period, little explored subject within its time frame. And I did enjo ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, Volume 1
4.05
liked it
I don't get what all the fuss is about: either the folks who are completely opposed to lowly Hank or those rabid fans of his....

These books are funny
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Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
4.29
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

Rather than looking at school segregation through the lens of Brown v. Board of Education, Goodman takes readers back 100
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Feb 12, 2016
Feb 12, 2016
 
Glory Be
3.90
really liked it
I've read a lot of Civil Rights related fiction recently, so at first I thought this was just same the old, same old. About halfway through I realized ...more
May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
4.18
really liked it
Woodson gives us a succinct history of one family's migration from the South to the North and their subsequent life in the North through several gener ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
The Mystery of the Gold Coin
3.79
liked it
Enh....

A mystery = +
Boy and girl protagonist = +
Traveling the world = +
Lackluster writing = -
Illustrations in a chapter book = +
Illustrations that ar
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Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
 
Black Dog
4.08
it was amazing
1. I confess to a great deal of sentimentality here: my two beloved 100+ pound black dogs are no longer with me, but when they were still alive, they ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
3.76
liked it
It's refreshing to read a chapter book that lauds MATH. So many books favor the library, the protagonist who loves to read or write, or other literary ...more
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015
 
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece
4.18
really liked it
Polacco handles the book-that-has-a-message so well. Based on her own fear of public speaking as a girl and the drama teacher who helped her overcome, ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
 
Emma Kate
4.09
really liked it
This is a wonderful read aloud!! There's a bit of a surprise ending to this charming story of two friends, one of whom is imaginary but looks to be in ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Bee-bim Bop!
4.13
really liked it
We call this "bibimbap" at our house and make it A LOT. So we had great fun with this picture book. A good description of a cultural meal (Korean) as ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 01, 2013
 
Animals of the Bible: A Picture Book
3.03
liked it
KJV text coupled with illustrations of the animals in the story. Illustrations are pretty good, but this was book will not find the same audience toda ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Beautiful Moon
4.17
really liked it
Reviewed first on Redeemed Reader

Beautiful Moon is a beautiful book illustrated by award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez. In it, a young boy is kep
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Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
 
Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin
3.92
really liked it
Picture book bios are so interesting: this one is about the Great Blondin, a tight-rope walker, who spent his life longing for the next death-defying ...more
Jul 08, 2016
Jul 08, 2016
 
Golem
3.70
really liked it
I did a whole paper on Wisniewski's cut paper illustrations in grad school (the last grad school :-) ) and his art still fascinates me. Probably becau ...more
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
 
Play with Me
3.92
it was amazing
A quiet book and one to sit still with. My daughter, in particular, cherished this book as a toddler. In the midst of such bright, bold, and busy pict ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Jul 17, 2013
 
Are We There Yet?
3.98
it was amazing
This book grew on me with repeated reads. Very fun and very clever/inventive. There are SO. MANY. DETAILS to note in the illustrations and, if you hav ...more
May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016
 
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
4.50
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

Written by Harry's great-granddaughter, the text feels as though a mother is indeed telling a family story to her young s
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Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
Nighttime Ninja
3.63
really liked it
Nearly wordless, this is a fun read aloud. The illustrations are marvelous and tell most of the story.
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
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