14 September 2014
I love describing words and this book did an excellent job describing in both illustrations and written words how this boy feels. My little readers loved seeing the imagination in each picture and we had to stop and examine each one. The all started coming up with descriptions of themselves, 'could jump as high as a grasshopper', 'run as fast as a horse' 'sing as a loud as a bird'. It was sad to take this one back to the library, I may have to buy this one. :)
30 January 2014
Just wanted to recommend this resource to you parents. Might even be a good resource for a missions pastor or pastor to read so they understand better the MKs as they are so affectionately called.
09 August 2013
I had never seen this cool Find It book until recently! I love the I Spy books but this was a little more organized and filled with things my toddler recognized. Bright and colorful like I Spy. I think the rhymes were very comparable also.
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Posted by LeAnna at 6:10 PM
My kids loved this book! This silly polar bear and penguin have a great imagination! I love a good book that shows imagination. This pair goes out into the snow and builds a spaceship and then blast off into their imagination. I love how the illustrator makes the police officer look like a shark, this children are fish and the little dog look like a mini polar bear. I love how they end the book making a rocket out of boxes and take off...but they are on a ship headed home.
My one critic is that they use the word 'Jeesh' which in my opinion is a slang for Jesus who is my Savior so it is offensive to me.
Overall, I think my kids liked the illustrator's work more than the authors. They almost could have told they story without words.
Posted by LeAnna at 6:00 PM
22 February 2013
I just love Dr. Seuss. I know a lot of people say that, but let me tell you how much I love him:
Last month I came across a certain Wikipedia article that listed many of Dr. Seuss's works, and I discovered there a book I had never heard of, "Come Over to My House." It was written under the pen name Theo LeSieg, and as I soon discovered, is currently out of print. I wondered why it ended up out of print so I checked the reviews on Amazon.com (perhaps not always the most reliable, but generally helpful for books at least.) Every single reviewer loved the book to death! Naturally my next step was to check our library, but our local system didn't have it, though it was available through inter-library loan. So what could I do? I bought it off e-bay.
This book is fabulous! Dr. Seuss covers such a wonderful variety of cultures from every corner of the globe. A few cultures I didn't even recognize. (LeAnna was pleasantly surprised to find that New Zealand's Maori culture and hot springs are represented.) Richard Erdoes illustrated the book and portrays each different house simply but distinctly.
Since "Come Over to My House" describes the houses and other aspects of cultures around the world, when my copy came I wondered if perhaps I would discover some clue as to why the book is now out of print. I assumed perhaps it contained some horrendous politically incorrect cultural stereotype.
But try as I might, I could not find anything about this book that could be offensive. (Apparently it is out of print because some publisher out there is insane.) On the contrary, Seuss's underlying message tells us that wherever we go, we are all equal and may all be friends.
22 January 2013
I know, I know, it is winter...I currently am up in the chilly, well bitterly cold north in Minnesota. Wow, got to -14 last night! So I am trying to think warm thoughts and looking ahead to summer. My daughter is now starting to eat up books, she loves her reading class in school and she loves after school getting to put fish on her reading pond (like a reading tree but we put the name of the book on a fish to go in her pond instead of leaves on a tree). I digress... :) I found this blog recently that has a neat template for a summer reading log as well as some other cute reading related ideas. I loved her bookworms label so you can put gummy worms in a bag. She also has a list of 50 book suggestions (I do not endorse necessarily any of them). Thought I'd give a little glimpse of summer as we brave, at least those in the north, the cold temperatures. :)
15 January 2013
In an interview at the end of the book, the author discusses only the historical setting of the story, (a New England sea coast village,) and how important whaling was to that area. That bewildered me, as the story carries a subtle but sure message. Emily is obviously most happy being herself and helping others than when she is trying and failing to be something she was not: quiet. At first Emily is viewed by those around her as flawed, in that her voice is simply too loud. But the story takes us through the process of Emily finding a way to turn what makes her different into something useful and beneficial to others. In the end, though never stated as such, her volume is viewed as a gift.
My children both love this book, probably because I yell whenever I read Emily's lines! But someday I hope they will love embracing and using their own unique gifts to serve others, as Emily does.
Cinder Edna tells the tale of the girl living next door to Cinderella. Like Cinderella, she also is forced to work for her mean and demanding step-mother and two step-sisters. However, Cinder Edna has very different responses to her situation. With hard work and practicality, she takes matters into her own capable hands when the ball comes along, choosing, for example, to simply take the bus to the ball instead of relying on a fairy godmother. At the ball, she meets the prince's brother, who is far more interesting to talk to than the crown prince. When the clock strikes midnight, Cinder Edna realizes she must catch the last bus, and in her haste leaves behind one of her shoes- a practical brown loafer. Her prince comes to find her, not by trying the loafer on all the girls of the kingdom, but by asking all the Ednas in the kingdom a question only his Edna can answer. While the crown prince and Cinderella go on to lead rather dull royal lives, Edna and her prince live happily ever after working hard (together) and sharing their favorite jokes.
Although I see the point the author of Cinder Edna is trying to make, I did feel this story does somewhat of an injustice to the original Cinderella story by repainting her character as wimpy and dull. While the Cinderella in this book does indeed compare as very shallow, the original tale presents a girl up against much more difficult odds than Cinder Edna has to face, while still maintaining a sweetness of heart. As such, this book would probably be most appropriate for a child familiar with the original, and old enough to understand the differences in the setting of the story, the humor in the contrasting Edna, and the over-all message.
The over-all message is well worth understanding. Rather than sit in the cinders and feel sorry for herself Edna takes matters into her own capable hands and makes the best of her circumstances. The story points out elements of Edna's character, and ultimately those character points are what bring her and her "prince" together and keep them happily married in the end. Furthermore, the book's message counters the implied message of much of the princess craze of today by demonstrating that happiness is not found in the princess scene (i.e. riches and handsome guy.)
Lastly, I appreciated this book for finally addressing a particularly mystifying story-line flaw in the typical Cinderella tale: WHY didn't the Prince ever ASK Cinderella her name?!?
05 July 2012
I have chosen to review Watch Me Throw the Ball! first, however, because it showcases very well another aspect of Mo Willems writing: although written for children, many of his books have a little message for the adult reader as well.
In Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald (the elephant) throws his ball, and then Piggie asks for a turn to throw. Gerald takes her request very seriously, reminding Piggie that throwing a ball takes "skill and practice" and hard work. Piggie, however, just wants to have fun! After a horrendous toss and some silly antics from Piggie, Gerald points out Piggie's poor throw, which Piggie acknowledges. But then she replies "But I had fun!" and skips happily off.
My children love the book because of Piggie's silliness. But I love the reminder to us adults: it is OK for children to just have fun, no strings attached! Certainly there is a place for learning correct techniques, etc. But if my little ones are simply enjoying the process, that too is very important.
30 May 2012
Here are some neat ideas of how to make reading come alive to your child that I found in an old copy of an older Scholastic's magazine Parent & Child - June/July 2011 edition:
The Magic of Stories:
- Read "on location" - their idea is to read a story in a location that would entice your child's imagination even more. Read the Secret Garden or any other garden book in a garden or surrounded by flowers, even silk. How about reading Swiss Family Robinson or a pirate book on the beach. They even suggested to read different chapters in different spots depending on what is going on.
- Put on a play - act out a book, have a small party where each child is assigned a character in a book, they get to dress up like that character and come over to act it out. A great summer time activity.
- Draw pictures from each chapter they read (non picture books of course), when they are done, they have illustrations, the book will be remembered longer because another sense was used and they even could share the story to a younger sibling who might get bored otherwise with all those words. - I love this idea, storytelling is a vanishing art and this is a great idea to spur on some great tales, they even might create their own version of the story.
Just had to share these tips with you as I am constantly on the lookout to keep my reading power to my kids sharp and creative. Enjoy!
Debi Pearl does an excellent job keeping this book moving and enticing for little ears as well as motivating them to yell and tell if they feel someone is either going to hurt them or is. I have links to Amazon on the book cover as well as title and a link HERE to Debi Pearl's website where you can purchase them if you are interested.
Note: As stated in the review about the boy version of this book Samuel Learns to Yell & Tell, I do not agree with everything Debi Pearl writes, I believe she is too extreme in some issues that the Bible either does not state clearly or that the Bible is balanced on.
I ordered these books from Amazon, link on picture and title and just got them. You can also purchase them HERE at Debi Pearl's website. My husband and I both read them and agreed that they were material we could share with our kids as well as material they could understand clearly.
Note: I do not agree with everything Debi Pearl writes, she is extreme in some areas that I think the Bible is more balanced on but this book is well written and well done.