Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday Book Review: Probably a Narwhal

Probably a NarwhalProbably a Narwhal by Shelley Moore Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just plain fun! Girl blames her messes (pies, rainbows, etc.), probably a narwhal. Quickly we figure out that she does not actually know what a narwhal is, but a narwhal shows up to set her straight! This book could also be used as a "take responsibility" mentor text. Loved this one!

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Wednesday Book Review: I Talk Like a River

I Talk Like a RiverI Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a heartwarming story about a boy who stutters. With watercolor illustrations that go from vivid to muddy mirroring his speech impediments, I think it would be a great SEL and therapy addition supporting speech therapists. It can also be a conversation starter in the classroom about how and why students sometimes stumble on their words and how to be supportive.

Thank you to Edelweiss for the eARC.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday Book Review: Oh! What a Surprise!

Oh! What a Surprise!Oh! What a Surprise! by Suzanne Bloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goose and Bear are making surprises. Fox MUST know what they are. When Goose and Bear don't share their surprises, Fox decides to make his own. All of the friends will find out their surprises! Adorable story for the very young could be used as reminder to be patient, or for just fun and finding little hints in the illustrations to figure out what the surprises are.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wednesday Book Review: All Along the River

All Along the RiverAll Along the River by Magnus Weightman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reminiscent of Richard Scarry's illustrations and anthropomorphized animals, crossed with a Where's Waldo/I Spy feel, this story is a cute animal story of lost and found. With tons of details to seek and follow, along with cute little pictorial jokes (my fave is when Little Duck is in the row of swans across one spread). The open ending gives readers a place to use their imagination to think of their own adventures that little duck and Bunny might go on next!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wednesday Book Review: Plastic Soup

Plastic SoupPlastic Soup by Judith Koppens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adorable illustrations bring this book about recycling and reusing to life! A group of animal friends go to the beach but find some unwanted rubbish! They learn more about plastic waste and water pollution and find ways to reuse their own items to lower the waste amount!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday Book Review: One Boy's Choice: A Tale of the Amazon

One Boy's Choice: A Tale of the AmazonOne Boy's Choice: A Tale of the Amazon by Sueli Menezes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lovely story, about a boy who wants to show off to his friends. He goes out with his granddad to catch the biggest fish, and once he has one netted, he has a big choice to make!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday Book Review: Snow Doves

Snow DovesSnow Doves by Nancy Hartry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an adorable wordless book about a new friend in a new place. The illustrations are colorful, vivid, but also have a watercolor quality that adds to the simply magic of this book, reminding us the simple joys of new friends and new places.

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