Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Picture Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

Handsome princes, fancy castles, extravagant balls . . . in this girl-power fractured fairy tale, Cinderella learns that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is, and it's better to create your own happy ending.

Cinderella is dying to go to the ball. She's seen pictures of the fancy castle and the handsome prince, she's heard the fairy tales about true love, she's found the perfect dress in Princess magazine and she's even found an ad for a Fairy Godmother. She's all set. 

Except the fairy godmother doesn't look like the one in the ad. And the castle doesn't look like the picture. And the prince . . . well, Cinderella decides her fairy-tale ending is going to look different--and be a whole lot more fun.




5 Stars
This is a funny version of the original Cinderella story set to modern day thinking. Just because she's stuck in a dead-end job doesn't mean she needs to pin all her hopes on landing a prince. The illustrations reflect artwork from current cartoons and would be appealing to a young reader. I especially liked the ending of this one. You go girl! 








Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Picture Book Review: One Haunted House







One Haunted House is joined by Two Perfect Pumpkins, Three Winsome Witches, Four Baffled Bats and even more Halloween friends Perfect for toddlers through Kindergarteners, One Haunted House is a gentle introduction to the spooky side of Halloween, with lots of candy and good fun of course!












4 Stars

One Haunted House is an early math book that could be used during the month of October to reinforce counting in preschoolers. The illustrations are eye-catching and the monsters are not scary.  It captures the essence of the holiday and would be a good addition to a preschool or home library.







Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Picture Book Review: A Cup of Tea







When mommy got home from work today, she was “oh, so tired” and couldn’t play. I had hoped she would go on a bug hunt with me, but she just needed to relax with a “nice cuppa tea”. A warm picture book about a boy longing to play with his parents. And about tea!



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4 Stars

A Cup of Tea shows busy parents and a little guy who just wants to draw dinosaurs and collect bugs with his mom and dad. As he wrestles with one delay after another he finally comes up with the idea to set up his own "tea" and invites his parents. The illustrations are really well done, complete with tea rings on every page and the clothing on the characters harkens back to earlier times.  This is a story that reaches kids on their level!











Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Picture Book Review: Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies


Charley Chatty likes shiny things, especially shiny pennies. Sometimes Charley thinks her siblings get more than her so she likes to keep the pennies safe in her pocket.
Charley spots some pennies lying around the house, and puts them in her piggy bank. But she gets very nervous when her Dad starts looking for the missing pennies. Luckily, Charley's Dad is good at working out what might have happened and helps Charley to put it all right again.
Written by a mom who understands and her daughter, who is adopted, this insightful story will help your whole family to feel a bit better.

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5 Stars

Charley Chatty has a little problem. Her slidey eyes see all kinds of things including other people's money. This simple story deals with stealing and helps parents strategize on the best way to handle the situation. It is written by two therapists who deal with childhood behavior and comes with a few pages of parent training at the end of the book.  This would be a great family or classroom book to have on hand when the situation presents itself.







Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Picture Book Review: Tessie Tames Her Tongue






Tessie is bright and eager to share all the stories about her life. She talks to her parents, her little brother, the bus driver, her teacher, and her classmates. But when she gets chatty, she’s loud . . . and talks with her mouth full of food . . . and doesn’t give anyone else a chance to say what’s on their minds. After her little brother complains and her classmates ignore her, Tessie knows it’s time to tame her talkative tongue. With help from her school counselor, Tessie learns to talk less and listen more.


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5 Stars
Tessie is a little girl who cannot stop talking! Whether she's interrupting her family or her entire class she has to always dominate the conversation.  One of the things I loved about this book was that Tessie's interrupting words were large on the page and all of the other characters spoke in a much smaller font. It showed how much someone who is loud and talkative takes over the airtime in a room. Tessie does tame her tongue through strategies given to her by her teachers and even recognizes the bad habit in another child. There are instructional pages at the end of the book to help parents and teachers work with talkative children. Fun to read and very useful in the classroom or at home.


Use the tips and rules provided in the back of this book!