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
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?
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
Thursday, July 25, 2013
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
Janet Ruth Heller
How the Moon Regained Her Shape
Illustrated by Ben Hodson. 2006.
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
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.
Friday, December 2, 2011
11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph by Darcy Pattison is the winner of “The Help” children’s Story Contest. The book will be a winner to you too. The book begins with her mommy is pregnant with her. As the girl grows up, the girl is sad that her dad has gone soldiering. Each month, photographs are taken and she seems to be blotted out, blurred, and deliberately hidden through each month of the year. Each photograph is full of humor. Finally he comes home, mommy has another baby. This time, the little girl becomes the photographer. What a great book for anyone explaining deployment to a child, student, or class. This isn’t Darcy Pattison’s first book and it won’t be her last. Coming in February 2012, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross.