Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

Albert's Tree by Jenni Desmond

Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

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Albert’s Tree

By Jenni Desmond

The takeaway: There are no big hairy monsters under the bed, or in the closet, or up high and down below…just creatures you haven’t meet yet, and things you are still to find out about. That’s all there is! And once you realize what made you afraid, you’ll see you had the wrong idea altogether. This is a book about being scared of (nonexistent) monsters. Continue reading

Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn't go to bed by Caryl Hart

Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

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Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed

By Caryl Hart

Illustration by Leonie Lord

The takeaway:  Here is how to make bedtime more attractive for children that don’t want to go to sleep. This book is as much for grown ups as it is for kids. Continue reading

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

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These Hands

By Margaret H. Mason

Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The takeaway

About sixty years ago, the African American workers at the Wonder Bread, Awrey, and Tastee bakery factories were not allowed to work as bread mixers or bread handlers. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of jobs that were given to “whites only”. The Civil Rights act, passed in 1964, made it against the law to employ people based on their skin color. This book is based on a true story and is intended as a life and history lesson. Continue reading

The Pottery Place by Gail Gibbons

the pottery place by gail gibbons

The Pottery Place by Gail Gibbons

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The Pottery Place

By Gail Gibbons

Storyline: Written when pottery wasn’t such an exotic occupation as it seems today, this book tells us all there is about this craft. Of course, it was designed for children but even adults could learn about the daily life of a potter. Continue reading

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

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Flood

By Alvaro F. Villa

Storyline: It is a bright day. The sun is shining over the grassland and a bird is flying over the river. Two children are playing with their dog under an old but proud tree, not far from their white and blue house, with red and pink flower beds and a short white fence around. Continue reading

Bailey by Henry Bliss

Bailey by Harry Bliss

Bailey by Harry Bliss

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Bailey

By Harry Bliss

Storyline: This book is about a school day in the live of Bailey, the dog. At the first glimpse it may seem boring, a common place, or just another school day. But it’s not. For the simple reason that Bailey is a dog, and, unlike humans, dogs don’t go to school, as far as we know. Continue reading

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

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The Patchwork Quilt

By Valerie Flournoy

Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Storyline: It is just about spring when a little girl, Tanya learns that her grandmother, who seems to be sick, is thinking to start a special project. Continue reading

Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet

Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet

Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet

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Rescued by Love

By Lindsay Jouet

Storyline: What do you do when your dog is home alone? You can try a toy, a bone, a sleeping pill (just kidding), your old shoes, the kennel, or anything else that may come to your mind. But if nothing works, then turn to this book. It says that if your dog gets lonely then it’s time to find him a friend. Continue reading

Inky and the King by Richard Wickliffe

Inky and the King By Richard Wickliffe

Inky and the King
By Richard Wickliffe

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Inky and the King

By Richard Wickliffe

Storyline: This story is a clever tale that touches on diversity, confidence and inner strength, written with beat and imagination. Though a little too lengthy for a picture book, it has the potential to ignite children’s curiosity about the creatures of the deep ocean.

One day, while venturing out of his allowed part of the ocean, Inky, a clever but shy squid, finds a treasure chest. Continue reading

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco

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Bun Bun Button

By Patricia Polacco

Storyline: Darlings are the blessed kind. According to Grandma Darling, the Old Blue Chair that sat in the living room was a love soaker (we, on more everyday language, would call it a love chair): everybody that sat in it was touched by love and luck. And, as we can see from the first page of the book, there sat cats, dogs, Grandma Darling herself and her granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth Darling, who was visiting from time to time after school. Continue reading

Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

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Welcome to Kindergarten

By Ann Rockwell

Storyline: A little boy named Tim receives an invitation to meet his kindergartner teacher on Thursday at 3 o’clock, at the school on Sunrise Street.  As he explores the building and meets new friends, he shares his experiences with the reader. Continue reading

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Illustration by Lois Elhert

Storyline: It seems that there isn’t much to say about this book – “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”-, that all is self-explanatory, and yet, for those of us who didn’t got a chance to read it, or forgot about it, here is a summary.

It all started with the letter “A” … A told B, and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree”. Continue reading

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

The Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña

The Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña

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The Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt de la Peña

Illustration by Christian Robinson

Storyline: This is a book about a journey through a diverse and sophisticated city and the way to see it and understand it.

CJ and his grandma, here called Nana, have a Sunday routine: they go to the church first, then they take the bus along the Market Street. Continue reading

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam by David Wiesnertoday’s children storybook summary is

Flotsam

By David Wiesner

Storyline: There are no words to describe what is all about but as we open the book we see a blue watching an enormous bug. As we turn the page, everything becomes clear: a boy on the beach inspecting an insect through his magnifying glass. Continue reading

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

The Girl that Loved Wild Horse by Paul Globe

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

by Paul Goble

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.

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Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney

Nelly gnu and daddy too dewdney

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too – Book Cover

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Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

by Anna Dewdney

Story line: Nelly is a little gnu girl. She and her Daddy Gnu are making a playhouse. They measure and draw and tape and saw. When the house is done, Nelly thing that it needs some flowers. Nelly and her dad go to the store and buy paint and brushes. They paint the house. Later, Daddy Gnu makes dinner.

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