Strange Creatures, The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum
By Lita Jude
Theme: Love and care for animals, the environment, and nature
Plot: Walter, a shy boy, has spent most of his time alone, scouring the family’s enormous garden. His father wants him to take over the family banking business, but the boy loves animals and being in nature. This is a true story about the life and work of Walter Rothschild.
Theme: Jamie had just learned what to do if a stranger approached him, but when it came to applying his learning, things turned out to be more complicated the Jamie thought.
Plot: A short while after receiving his Super Safety Expert Badge from officer Crane for learning stranger safety, Jamie comes face to face with a stranger. Would he remember the rules, uphold his badge and stay safe?
By Kendra J. Barrett, Jacqueline B. Toner, and Claire A.B. Freeland
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Theme: Overcoming disability; school inclusion;
Plot: How a happy first grader, in a wheelchair, can make friends and enjoy her days at school and participate in ordinary school activities;
Moral: This story teaches us to have a positive attitude towards the people with special needs; instead of excluding them from daily activities, we should find activities suited for their condition; instead of turning a blind eye and pretending they aren’t there, we should see them for who they are and help them with their goals.
Storyline: Barnaby is a school age rabbit (yes, rabbits go to school too) that has a problem: he is, sometimes, forgetful. But who isn’t, you’d say and you’d be right. Barnaby, for example, forgot where he put his glasses (yes, yes, rabbits can wear glasses too, can’t they?). Continue reading Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby→
Storyline: There’s not much happening in George’s life. His days are the same: school and back home, at his grandmother’s, a sad place and an empty one for the boy. We don’t know what happened to his parents but they are absent from his life hence the emptiness he feels. His grandma is a kind lady but they are not too close and George feels they are on different planets. Continue reading The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson→
Storyline: Ben has enough experience to write a self-help book about what to do when you are sent to your room. He has it mastered, a sign that he has done it a lot. He says that he gets sent to his room for feeding the dog his dinner but, from what we read, we pick at other reasons as well. Continue reading What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott→
Storyline: The kids are out on a school trip. Today, they are going to the Observatory on the Empire State building. The place is huge; from the ground you cannot see its end. The kids climb the stairs all the way up and the building is so tall that its tower is surrounded by clouds. Up at the top visibility is very low. It looks like the for is dense. As you go further, Continue reading Sector 7 by David Wiesner→
Storyline: It was a normal evening in a normal loud and busy city. Inside their apartments, people were doing their normal things. Our story’s family was no different. Dad was cooking dinner, mom was working on a computer, an older girl was talking on her phone while a younger one was unsuccessfully trying to get someone’s attention. And as they were going about this mundane businesses, suddenly the lights went out. Continue reading Blackout by John Rocco→
Storyline: We all know the story of Chicken Little…how a chick thought that it got hit by a piece of falling sky and, gathering a crowd of creature on its way, runs to tell the news to the king. The story is so popular (and funny) that many children’s book authors wrote and illustrated their own version of Chicken Little. So is the case with this book, which is Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley version of the narrative. Continue reading Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley→
Storyline: Tuesdays, Martha’s family used to have green beans for dinner. Martha, a girl about 5 years or older, didn’t like green beans and never ate them in spite the fact of being left alone at the table. She did not believe that green beans are good for you, as her mother said, or that they make you strong, as her father put it. Continue reading How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle→
Storyline: Camilla Cream is a school age girl that loves lima beans and wants to please everybody. But she cannot admit to other kids that she likes the beans because nobody like them and she is afraid they might laugh at her. Also she cannot decide what to wear to school because she cannot find an outfit that may please everybody. Continue reading A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon→
Storyline: One day, Miss Tilly – the owner of a cat called Oliver – brings home a baby bunny which she names Marshmallow. When she shows Oliver the new pet, the cat, who had never seen another animal except for one stuffed rabbit, steps back frightened. Continue reading Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry→
Storyline: This is the story of a Native-American girl and her devotion to horses. She lived in a village that had a herd of horses. She would lead the horses to drink and graze, because she knew what they enjoyed. People said that she understood them in a special way.
by Lois Ehlert Storyline: This is a story about a cat that sneaks out through a crack in the door. The animal is not named, but is identified by onomatopoeia, Jingle-Jingle. The narrator tells us that the cat went out to find a “a spicy treat for today’s menu” aka to hunt a bird. But the cat has a bell at his collar and the birds get the warnings and fly away at the sound, leaving the cat with only feathers for his menu.
Storyline: Archie is a penguin known by his brave approach to challenges. He has won many competition and impresses his friends many times. His nickname is the Daredevil. But he has one secret: he cannot swim because he is afraid of the briny deep and the creatures that lurk there.
Storyline: This book is a diary from the perspective of a worm. The main character is a boy worm that writes about his daily life. Nothing spectacular, but rather common events in one’s life if we disregard the species of the writer. Continue reading Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin→