Monthly Archives: August 2018

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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