Picture Books

Book Review: The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike
Author: 
Clarke, Maxine
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Mom is fed up with her rambunctious kids but somehow she silently supports their active play as they build a bike out of junk and proceed to ride it up and down, all around and even through the house. Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Than Rudd is a vivacious celebration of childhood play. The illustrations are created with paint on a cardboard box and the texture and motion they create is the perfect complement to the sparse but active text. Take a look at the end papers to see how a stroke of paint can create vibrant motion. This is a fun read for kids 3 – 7.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon
Author: 
Slade, Suzanne
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

In the book, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Suzanne Slade and Thomas Gonzalez have created a gorgeous non-fiction book about Project Apollo and all the people who made the moon landing possible. Lush illustrations combine with informative free verse in this book for children age 10 - 14. There are photos, a selected bibliography, and website list in the back of the book.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: Over on the Farm

Over on the Farm
Author: 
Berkes, Marianne
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Over on the Farm can be sung to the traditional tune “Over in the
Meadow.” Through it, children can learn language, counting, and movement.
The activities at the end of the book help children interact with the farm
in a variety of ways. Information provided teaches about the various animals
mentioned.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: My Little Gifts: A Book of Sharing

My Little Gifts: A Book of Sharing
Author: 
Witek, Jo
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

There are so many different ways to give. This interactive book - with flaps
to open on each page - explores many of them. It also talks about sharing,
sibling rivalry, and collaboration. Learn about the importance of giving and
receiving gifts from the heart!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
Author: 
Hische, Jessica
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This beautifully hand-lettered book encourages kids to be adventurous,
strong, smart, curious, creative, confident, and brave. It also persuades
them to keep trying and not to worry if they haven’t been able to
accomplish all of those things today. They can realize that they don’t
have to be all of those things, but they can try their best.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: The Water Hole

The Water Hole
Author: 
Base, Graeme
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Animals come to drink at the water hole and find it drying up. This
beautifully illustrated book is partially counting book, but it’s also a
puzzle and a story. Learn about Earth’s continents, the variety of animals
living on each continent, and the impact water has on them.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Loretta's Gift

Loretta's Gift
Author: 
Miller, Pat
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Aunt Esme & Uncle Jax are expecting a baby and the whole family is helping
celebrate. Loretta searches for a gift to give, but hasn’t found one by
the time he was born. Even as he grows and his birthday approaches, she
can’t find the perfect gift. Will she ever find the gift or will she
realize that the best gift doesn’t necessarily come in a package. A great
book for those anticipating the arrival of a new baby whether it be cousin,
sibling, or friend.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

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