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!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Picture Book Review: You Know What?

Oliver should go to sleep. But there is so much he wants to tell his mother about: what happened that day at school, the things he read in books, everything he sees around him…. A touching and familiar picture book about (postponing) the ritual of going to sleep.

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5 Stars

Anyone who has ever tried to put a child to sleep knows the game this delightful little guy is playing.
Go to sleep. Oliver explores everything from toilet habits to milk mustaches. This book is funny and perfect for preschoolers who like to stretch out their pre-bedtime activities. The illustrations are full of color and great for children to "read" on their own.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Picture Book Review: Magic Words

Magic Words is a modern translation (1965) of a very old Inuit creation story by nationally known poet Edward Field. As a poem it captures beautifully the intimate relationship this Arctic people have with their natural world.
Magic Words describes a world where humans and animals share bodies and languages, where the world of the imagination mixes easily with the physical. It began as a story that told how the Inuit people came to be and became a legend passed from generation to generation. In translation, it grew from myth to poem. The text comes from expedition notes recorded by Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen in 1921. Edward Field got a copy from the Harvard Library and translated it into English.

The Inuit people, whom I had previously thought of as Eskimos, became a reality to me in the 1960s when I was asked to create a book of poems out of the notebooks of the Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen’s expeditions to this remarkable people living north of the Arctic Circle. From his observations and jottings, much of it transcribed verbatim from Inuit people themselves, I selected passages that had the mark of traditional retellings of Inuit history and cosmology – and when I spotted the lines in Rasmussen’s rough translation that became “Magic Words,” I knew that this poem came from the soul of the Inuit people. In fact, “Magic Words” became my most successful Inuit translation, one that has met with a wide response for the lost, and extraordinary, truth it reveals. The artist Mike Blanc has here beautifully captured in his illustrations the pure spirit, the essence, of Inuit art to illuminate this gem of Inuit wisdom for our children, who more than anyone are responsive to the magical power of words and images. I can only congratulate Vanita Oelschlager for bringing this beautiful edition of the ancient Inuit poem I had the honor to discover and translate to the children and to their parents who will read it to them.- Edward Field

5 Stars
This beautiful book takes an old Inuit creation myth and brings it to life. Teaching about other cultures is so important and Magic Words gives kids a look into an ancient Inuit poem and the artwork of this part of the world. This book would work with a class or a parent/child reading time. It is easy to understand, look at and would be a great source of discussion for little ones. Great!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Picture Book Review: This Book is Full of Monsters

This is a book full of monsters: small, smelly, yelling, creepy… monsters! So it’s a book for hard core monster lovers, but also for beginners in monsterology. With shock effects! Try it yourself! Softies keep out! Conquer your deepest fears! Tremble and shiver with pleasure! Are you scared already? No? Just you wait and see…. (Includes a monstrously fun pop-up spread at the end of the book!)

I obtained this book from Net Galley and am happy to give an honest review.


5 Stars
This book is incredibly interactive and a wonderful to read along with your child. They don't just sit there and listen but roar along with the monsters. If they start to get scared they are gently told they can slam the book shut. The illustrations are suitably monster-creepy and this book is funny! Kids will love it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Picture Book Review: When Will Fall Arrive?

A moving story about friendship - and hibernation! Bunny is looking forward to a cozy fall and winter with Hedgehog. But Hedgehog says he will start hibernating when the first leaf falls. Bunny is worried. He cannot go that long without seeing his friend! He comes up with a clever plan: he is simply going to hide the falling leaves and the arrival of fall....

A merry and heartfelt story about friendship.

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5 Stars

When Will Fall Arrive is a great little story about two friends who love spending time together. When the hedgehog informs his friend bunny he will be hibernating in the fall and winter, the bunny tries to collect every incoming leaf to stop the hibernation process. Little ones with friends coming and going would find comfort in the resolution of this story as well as enjoy the beautiful fall illustrations.  This would be a great book for a preschool classroom or a preschooler at home.