Monthly Archives: August 2018

Up in the Leaves, The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up in the Leaves, The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses
by Shira Boss, illustrated by Jamey Christoph
Sterling Children’s Books, 2018

Bob Redman does not like the feel of crowded New York. But he does like climbing lampposts, going up on building roofs and climbing castle walls at the park. And he loves the cool, green, calm park. He soon finds great hiding places up in the trees.  One day he builds a small platform in a tree so he can read his books.  When his treehouse disappeared, he built a bigger one, then a bigger one, inviting up friends.  He built a total of 12 treehouses until, when he became of age, park staff called for him to come down from his treehouse.  As they had followed his adventures for years, they asked if he could like to work for the park and take care of the trees.  Wonderful story inviting readers to follow their dreams, no matter how tall they become!

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Mommy’s Khimar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy’s Khimar
by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Emony Glenn
Salaam Reads, 2018

A perfect book to introduce khimars to young readers.

A young girl plays dress up with her mommy’s khimar.  We learn they come in many colors and she uses it in many ways.  We even learn the young girl plays with it when mommy isn’t looking! She’s a superhero, flies with her daddy and wraps her brother.  So many ways to use it and places to wear it, that by the end of the story a newcomer to a khimar feels comfortable with one. A loving mother-daughter story and the perfect book for those unfamiliar with khimars.

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Am I Yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I Yours?
by Alex Latimer
Peachtree, 2018

Two hundred million years ago, in the age of dinosaurs, a great wind pushed an egg out of its nest. It rolled far down the hill until it landed in the valley.  No one stopped to claim the egg, so the dino inside the egg started asking, “Excuse me, please, but am I yours?  One by one each dinosaur asked if it had body parts that matched his or her own body parts, long neck, three horns, a crest, etc.  Until the sun sets…and they see its profile and they know exactly who the egg belongs to.

This story seems to speak to that part of a child that wants to know it belongs.  A lovely story.

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ABRACADABRA! The Magic of Trying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABRACADABRA! The Magic of Trying   
by Maria Loretta Giraldo, illustrated by Nicoletta Bertelle
Magination Press, 2018
Originally published in Italy.

Little Owl is the last bird in his class to try to fly.  He’s too afraid!  When Mrs. Pigeon encourages him to fly, he insists he doesn’t want to fly.  Turtle passes by and asks why he isn’t flying like the others and Little Owl admits he’s too afraid of falling.  Turtle gives him the magic word, ABRACADABRA! and insists Little Owl can fly. But Owl fell. Mouse, then Hedgehog also encourage him. With all their reassurance, Little Owl tries one more time, follows all their suggestions, and flies. When he flies over a pond and discovers a Little Frog who is afraid to make his big jump out of the pond, Little Owl gives him the magic word and encouragement until Little Frog jumps out.

Striking colors in loose designs on white backgrounds calm young ones and invite them to apply the story to their situation.  Includes notes for parents to help their child overcome a fear.

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When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…
by Molly Bang
The Blue Sky Press, 2018

A thinker of a story and a great introduction to math.

On a rainy day, Sophie is stuck inside trying to build a puzzle pieces into a square. When her sister walks by and quickly makes a square, Sophie concludes she is not smart. Fortunately, her teacher introduces the concept that “we become smart”, when most the kids believes you have to be born smart. She gives them a math puzzle using squares and rectangles.  After the kids struggle with the puzzle, the teacher introduces the most important word, “Yet” and tells them, “You haven’t figured it out … YET.”

That one word changes everything for Sophie.

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Earth! My first 4.54 Billion Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth! My first 4.54 Billion Years
by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield
Henry Holt and Company, 2017

Told from Earth’s playful and proud voice readers learn all about how earth began and exists today. Using humor and familiar terms, “You can call me Planet Awesome” will keep pages turning.  First, we learn all about Earth’s family, including the Milky Way family that has billions of planets.  Then we learn of Earth as a baby and how it formed oceans and land over thousands of years. Using a timeline, it shows progression and changes in life on Earth, from plants, bugs, dinosaurs, mammals to humans. Earth notes humans are the only creature to ever care about Earth, but also the only creates that forget to “share and play nice and clean up after themselves.”

This is friendly introduction to the science of Earth.  Illustrations are big, bold, bright, friendly and easy to read.  Young scientists will study and ask questions, fortunately there is back matter that includes sources for more science on earth!

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A Horse Named Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Horse Named Jack
by Linda Vander Heyden, illustrated by Petra Brown
Sleeping Bear Press, 2018

A perfectly-rhymed, counting book about a mischievous, loveable horse named Jack, what could possibly be better for young readers?

“When Jack greets children on the farm,
he’s friendly, frisky—full of charm.”

Jack ventures out of his stall to learn about kittens, hay bales and carrots, only his neighbor doesn’t approve of him munching on her garden and ten tomatoes hurl his way!  Cherries, bees, a puddle of mud, make one dirty horse who returns to his barn.

Pure fun, pure joy, kids will delight in Jack’s mishaps and adventures.

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