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 Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond→
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 These Hands by Margaret H. Mason→
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 The Pottery Place by Gail Gibbons→
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 Flood by Alvaro F. Villa→
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 Bailey by Henry Bliss→
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 Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet→
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.
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 Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco→
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 Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell→
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.
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 Flotsam by David Wiesner→
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.
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.