A Community Helper Guessing Book
By Miranda Paul
This delightful new book offers fun rhyming clues and great illustrations to help the reader guess each community helper’s work. A variety of community helpers are described-some are more challenging to guess than others, and the rhyming and picture clues make this book great fun to read with your child.
Luciana Navarro Powell’s illustrations show both ethnic and gender diversity, and give great attention to detail.
Both engaging and educational, this would also make a great read-aloud for early elementary classrooms. I had such fun guessing each profession, and think you will too. Happy reading!
by Lynne Garner
illustrated by Sarah Gill
Spindle the mouse gets a handmade sweater from his grandmother and decides that it is the BEST sweater ever. It fits so perfectly that he wears it everywhere, even when it’s not cold (he ties it around his waist, just in case). Like all sweaters, especially those given lots of love, it gets a little tear. Mama fixes it, but soon there’s another problem! It won’t fit over his ears! After being snipped and sewed and fixed over and over, the best sweater finally finds new life as another surprise from Grandma.
This is a sweet story about family, growing up, and learning that things will always be changing. Soft watercolor and pastel drawings fill the pages with color, making this a beautiful book to share with your little one. It might just give you an idea of how to to ease the transition from a well-loved blanket or toy.
Recommended for ages 4-8.
When I discovered this new book in the library, Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, I couldn’t wait to read it. Beatrix Potter is a well-known and loved children’s book author and one of my favorites. I’m sure we have all read some of her delightful tales and are quite aware of her love for animals. Even as a small child, Beatrix and her brother enjoyed many different kind of pets. She had frogs, salamanders, lizards, hedgehogs and newts just to name a few of her unusual pets and she loved to paint them. So her request to paint her neighbor’s guinea pig was of no surprise to anyone. Beatrix picked the prettiest guinea pig, Queen Elizabeth. Beatrix was pleased with the guinea pig’s portrait but was summoned to a dinner party. Little did she know that Queen Elizabeth was quite hungry and decided to munch on glue, string and paper while Beatrix was at dinner. Devastated might be the word to use when Beatrix found Queen Elizabeth the next morning. She had expired due to her previous evening’s meal. Would Miss Nina Paget, her neighbor, forgive her when Queen Elizabeth was brought back home? A distressed Beatrix asked for forgiveness and also gave her the beautiful picture she had painted of Queen Elizabeth.
This noted author, Deborah Hopkinson has written a humorous and charming book about Beatrix that I’m sure you will enjoy. The author has also added pictures and a small biography of Beatrix Potter in the back of the book along with a note to all readers: “What would you have done in Miss Nina Paget’s shoes. You many have been wise and kept the picture since Beatrix Potter became so famous that many of her pictures sold for thousands of pounds.”
On another note, the illustrations by Charlotte Voake capture your imagination and add to the charm of this delightful book.
Dash by Kirby Larson
Historical fiction is my favorite genre, because I love learning about other time periods and other perspectives of life.
Dash is set during World War II. The story revolves around Mitsi, who is separated from her dog, Dash, when her family is sent to a Japanese internment camp. Based on the story of a real life person, the story touched my heart. Larson’s writing pulls you into a young girl’s emotional perspective. Fortunately, Mitsi and Dash are reunited, but unfortunately the internment camps were a reality that impacted so many people in America in a negative way.
I have read a couple of Kirby Larson books for teens and kids, and I’m glad I tried this one. On page 200 of the book, one of the adult characters who has created a tumbleweed garden at the camp, says, “…if you look with your heart, you can find beauty anywhere.” This book would be great for young readers and adults who are willing to discuss the past and look to the future!
With fun vocabulary and richly-colored illustrations, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! is an absolute delight to read aloud, and perfect for preschoolers.
Stylized, colored text focuses attention on the magical words that herald a change, and gate-fold pages add an element of surprise.
A little green shoot comes into focus. Alakazam! [Open the fold out page] Now it’s a crocus! Buds on trees become leaves; sticks and strings become a nest; and cocoons become colorful butterflies. The rhyme is spot-on and the repetition leads to the invitation to look at every bright new thing! Abracadabra! Now it’s spring.
Enjoy this book’s energetic, joyful ode to the magical changes that the spring season brings.
By: Shannon Hitchcock
It’s 1969 and everything is changing for twelve-year-old Sarah Beth Willis. Sarah blames herself when her six-year-old sister, Robin, is hit by a car and is seriously injured. There is also racial tension in North Carolina where Sarah lives and it affects Sarah’s friendship with her best friend Ruby Lee. Sarah, who is white, has been best friends with Ruby, who is black, since she was a small child. In addition, the school the girls attend is being integrated and they will have their first black teacher. Despite the title of the book, the story centers more around the relationship between Sarah and her little sister Robin. Sarah tries to ease her guilty conscience by giving her sister something she has always wanted.
This is a touching story with well-developed characters and a realistic historical setting.
Reviewed by: Renee (Parr Library)
by Lucy Ruth Cummins
The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or is the culprit a little…closer to home?
With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks—what do you think happened to the hungry lion’s friends?
A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Through their descriptive language and gorgeous art the team of Aston and Long present another treasure for young nature lovers. “A beetle is shy,” reads the first page as a Spotted Tortoise Beetle hides in its egg case. “A beetle is bold,” says the last page as the same beetle emerges and glistens against a purple blossom. Along the way the reader meets 26 more beetles by trait category. Words in large font carry the rhyme “A beetle is…” Additonal text in smaller font delivers interesting facts that inform without overwhelming young readers and listeners. The book is rich with scientific vocabulary such as larva, pupa, and exoskeleton, generally in italics. It is also poetically elegant with words such as kaleidoscopic and colossal. A beautiful and enlightening experience for young and old.
Also by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long: