Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

today’s children storybook summary is

Fanny

By Holly Hobbie

The takeaway

This book is about not taking “no” for an answer. If you believe in something, you can do it. Just like little Fanny. When her mother said “no”, she doesn’t give up (which, to be realistic, should just be the exception from the rule, not the norm). When her friends say “no”, she also perseveres until they change their minds. Continue reading

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

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The Adventures of Tom Thumb

By Marianna Mayer

Pictures by K.Y. Craft

The takeaway

Doesn’t matter your size, you can still defeat a giant if you put your mind to it. Continue reading

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

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How to Get Your Teacher Ready

By Jean Regan

Illustrated by Lee Wildish

The takeaway

Read this book to kindergarten kids or first and second grader to get them motivated to work with other towards a common goal, to teach them good behavior, and give them inspiration to be helpful in the classroom and listen to the teacher. Continue reading

Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols

Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols

Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols

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Crabtree

By Jon & Tucker Nichols

The takeaway

Everybody needs to put a little order in their homes; even adults need help to get organized. Because when you have a lot of stuff, you risk losing your most important things. Take Alfred Crabtree for example…. He lost his smile… well, it wasn’t an actual smile but very similar.  Continue reading

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

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Umbrella

By Taro Yashima

The Takeaway

Patience is the key word for this book. Children learn to hold on their impulses. They are taught that there is a right time for everything. Continue reading

Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation

Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation by Mark Teague

Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation by Mark Teague

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Detective LaRue – Letters from the Investigation

By Mark Teague

Storyline: Ike LaRue, the wire fox terrier dog, is back with a new adventure. This time, he is solving a crime involving a burglary and the disappearance of the neighbor’s cats. We find out about it through a series of letters he sends to his master Gertrude LaRue.

On September 30th, the Snort City Gazette reported that two cats have gone missing from their home, Mrs. Hibbins apartment. 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

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

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My Chincoteague Pony

By Susan Jeffers

Storyline: Based on several true accounts, this book tells the story of a little girl determined to pass on the gift she had received from strangers, that made her dream come true. This book is not to be confused with “Misty of 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

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

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 Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story

By Lisa Westberg Peters

Illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Storyline: This book tells the story of the making of mankind through a biological point of view. It is, therefore, as the title say, an evolutionary tale. So be warn that creationism, as a religious perspective, is nowhere to find in this book. Continue reading

How the Leopard Got His Spots retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

How the Lepord Got His Spots by Stephanie P. Gilman

How the Lepord Got His Spots by Stephanie P. Gilman

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Title How the Leopard Got His Spots

Retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

Illustration by T.J. Tjornehoj

Storyline: This story is based upon the classic tales of Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book, and it is one of the numerous version out there. Its protagonist, is a playful leopard named Henry. Continue reading

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley

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Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

By Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Illustration by Kevin O’Malley

Storyline: The fifth-grade children from Miss Malarkey’s class are very worried that there’s something going on with their teacher. She seems easily distracted and often she giggles and sings to herself. She even made the school principal, Mr. Wiggins, laugh. Continue reading

Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Call Crow by Lois Lowry

Call Crow by Lois Lowry

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Crow Call

By Lois Lowry

Illustration Bagram Ibatoulline

Storyline: It is an early November morning and Liz and her dad have gone hunting. Liz is a little shy and doesn’t know her dad very well. Her father had just returned home after being out to war. Continue reading

Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby

Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby

Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby

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Barnaby Never Forgets

By Pierre Collet-Derby

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

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson

the big little book of happy sadness by colin thompson

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson

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The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness

By Colin Thompson

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

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

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Journey

By Aaron Becker

Storyline: The heroin of this book, a girl about seven years old, lives in a big city. There, people are very busy and everything is monochromatic, shades of brown perhaps (or rather gray which, as right now, I find it highly inappropriate to speak of, thanks to that writer, you know who). The only bright spots are her toys, a scooter, a kite, a pencil, all red. Continue reading

Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington by Michael Bond

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Paddington

By Michael Bond

Illustration by R.W. Alley

Storyline: Judy was just about to arrive in town and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brown were waiting for her on the Paddington railway station. 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

What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott

what to do when you are sent to your room by ann stott

what to do when you are sent to your room by ann stott

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What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room

By Ann Stott

Illustration by Stephen Gilpin

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

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day By Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day
By Judith Viorst

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

Illustration by Ray Cruz

Storyline: Alexander is having a very bad day. In fact, it is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, as he says. It starts early in the morning when he noticed gum in his hair because he had gone to sleep with gum in his mouse (a very bad idea, I should say). Continue reading

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valery Gorbachev

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Turtle’s Penguin Day

By Valery Gorbachev

Storyline:  One night, after learning interesting facts about penguins when his father read to him at bed time, Little Turtle dream that he was a penguin. He dreamed that he was swimming on the ocean and played on the ice. Continue reading

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Diary-of-a-wombat by Jackie French

Diary-of-a-wombat by Jackie French

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Diary of a Wombat

By Jackie French

Illustration by Bruce Whatley

Storyline: What does a day in the life of wombat looks like? Well, let’s read the diary of Mothball, the wombat. Continue reading

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

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Hogwash!

By Karma Wilson

Illustration by Jim McMullan

Storyline:  It’s spring cleaning at the farm. After scrubbing clean his horses, ducks, cows, dogs, goats and other animals and birds on Farmer’s yard, all was left, were the hogs. So Farmer took his pail and soap and headed to the pigs’ pen. Continue reading

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack

Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney

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Goin’ Someplace Special

By Patricia C. McKissack

Illustration by Jerry Pinkney

Storyline: Mama Frances is in the kitchen, preparing vegetables for cooking when ‘Tricia Ann asks her if she can go Someplace Special all by herself. She’s all dressed up in a nice blue dress with a yellow ribbon, a hat, and a hand purse. ‘Tricia Ann is about 12 years old but as her grandmother, Mama Frances, says, “goin’ off alone is a mighty big step”. 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

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

Sector 7 by David Wiesner

Sector 7 by David Wiesner

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Sector 7

By David Wiesner

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