Sunday, April 9, 2017

CHICKEN WANTS A NAP












Marchini, Tracey
Felix, Monique, illus
CHICKEN WANTS A NAP
2017. Unpaged
Creative Editions
Enjoyed by all


Have you ever wanted to cuddle a chicken? You will if Chicken doesn’t get her nap. Monique Felix makes the pictures pop. After all, she has illustrated over 40 books.
Maybe the ground is too dry or too wet. The barn is too quiet or too LOUD. The farmer is kind and his dog is friendly. The porch is covered. And here comes the rain.
Is it a good day or bad day for Chicken? And what arrives with the rain?
WORMS!
Tracey Marchini has written a delightful story. CHICKEN WANTS A NAP will be enjoyed by all ages. Recommended!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Story Catcher







Addie wants to be a "story catcher." Everyone reads to her. She tries to catch the words with a butterfly net, a blanket, and her lunchbox. Until she learns to believe and have faith to catch the words. The illustrations are delightful.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

EVERY BRIDE NEEDS A GROOM








EVERY BRIDE NEEDS A GROOM
Janice Thompson

When Katie Fisher enters a Bridal contest just before the midnight deadline, she never imagined she would win. After all, her long time boyfriend was going to pop the question any minute. He had disappeared on different days. They lived in Fairfield, Texas. It’s only a one hour and a half to Dallas. Had he ordered the ring and gone back to pick it up?
This small town girl working in her dad’s hardware store drove to Casey’s house to tell him about the contest but he had news too. He was moving to Oklahoma. He didn’t want a long distance relationship. She stormed out of his house.
Her grandmother, Queenie had sage advice. Throughout the book Loretta Lynn in Cold Miner’s Daughter is used as an analogy. Why can’t Queenie reach out to her sister, Alva?
Finally, she
Katie Fisher goes to Dallas to tell Nadia and Madge the truth. No engagement, no husband and no wedding dress designed for her. But that isn’t what happens. The person that helps her most is a Maverick’s basketball player named Brady James.
There is humor, secrets and hope in this book. Along with grace of God staying with Katie all along, she enters a fairy tale life. This is also a new series by Janice Thompson, A Brides with Style Novel.  I bet you can’t put the book down until it’s finished.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PiBoIdMo

Can't wait for this workshop to start.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Why Did the Osprey Poop on my Head?





Tate Publishing
24 pages


Helene Clarke wrote an enlightening story that the youngest reader and listener will learn why bad things happen to good people. When an osprey poops on Timmy’s head, he questions why the wet and sticky stuff hits him. Parents will find a book that explains this issue gently and clearly. Parents will get a two-for. Not only do you get a softbound book but it’s an ELIVE book. You get secret code that allows the buyer to receive a download of the audible copy of the book as well. Buy one for yourself and one as a gift.

Friday, October 19, 2012

How the Moon Regained Her Shape

 


Janet Ruth Heller

How the Moon Regained Her Shape

Illustrated by Ben Hodson. 2006.

978-0-9764943-4-8 hb

978-1-934359-02-0 pb





Janet Ruth Heller takes the reader through a Native American folktale of How the Moon Regained Her Shape. The sun insults the moon and the moon disappears. A comet leads her to Rounded Arms a woman on earth. Many animal friends and a group of ladies tell the moon how much they need her moonlight. The moon grows and maintains a sense of self confidence. The bullying is in the past and she glows in the sky. The story includes the phases of the moon and Native names for them. In the back of the book, there are Moon Observations, a Native Calendar with moon names for each month, and How to Deal with Bullies. Ben Hodson’s art is entertaining and true to form. He won a Benjamin Franklin Award in 2007. How the Moon Regained Her Shape also won a Book Sense Pick (2006), a Children's Choices award (2007), and a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (2007). The book was also a finalist for the Oregon Reading Association's 2009 Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award. Many activities can be explored with this book.





Deborah Bates Cavitt, Educational Consultant, Duncanville, Texas.



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Three Cups






Although this book is written so children can learn how to save, the entire family will learn how to give to other people. Three Cups by Tony Townsley with Mark St. Germain shows how a young boy, on his 5th birthday, learns what he can do with his allowance. One cup is for savings, one is for spending, and one cup is for giving. He learns about banking and how to give something back, a lesson he takes with him through fatherhood. I was impressed by April Willy’s illustrations. The book includes a Teacher’s Guide.