Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Picture Book Review: A Pattern for Pepper

Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It's the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it's just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern?
Julie Kraulis takes readers on a journey through gorgeous patterns and their origins--from the mountains of Switzerland to the green grass of Scotland--in search of Pepper's ideal pattern. The incredible illustrations make for a dress, a character and a book that are impossible to forget.

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5 Stars

I wish there were more picture books like this one out there! Clothing construction is becoming a lost art for young people but A Pattern for Pepper helps a young girl pick a material pattern for a new dress to wear to tea with her grandmother. It playfully illustrates fabrics like herringbone, tartan plaid and dotted swiss giving just a little history about each fabric Pepper observes. After she picks the pattern the author shows the process of using a sewing pattern to create the dress. Great book to encourage textile arts or just for fun!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Picture Book Review: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type

The quirky, hilarious farmyard tale that started it all, from the New York Times bestselling duo of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin!

Farmer Brown
has a problem.
His cows like to type.
All day long he hears 
Click, clack, MOO.
Click, clack, MOO.
Clickety, clack, MOO. 
But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes.... 
Doreen Cronin's understated text and Betsy Lewin's expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation. Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside down.

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5 Stars
I absolutely love this book. It is as much fun to read aloud as it is to listen to. Farmer Brown has a problem when the cows find an old typewriter in the barn and make out a list of demands. The illustrations are great and the story is hilarious. I would recommend this book for toddlers through kindergarten.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Picture Book Review: Birds of a Feather

Children are innately curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh ("Ants in your pants!"), sound silly ("Barking up the wrong tree" or "Goosebumps") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd ("Like a bull in a china shop"). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms - words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
Birds of a Feather introduces idioms with outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the "real" meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.

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5 Stars

This is a wonderful book helping young children to understand idioms. The illustrations are comical but at the bottom of each picture is an explanation of what the phrase really means. Birds of a Feather would also be excellent for children or adults with developmental delays and ESL students. This should be on the shelf of every special education classroom!

I usually like to keep this section all free printables and ideas but I couldn't find even a free idiom coloring page! So, these items are not expensive, but not free.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Review: My First Book of Soccer

The fourth book in the fan-favorite Rookie Book series, Sports Illustrated Kids explains the most popular sport in the world to its youngest fans.

The ref blows the whistle, the striker approaches for kickoff, feet fly-a soccer match is underway! With a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text, a full glossary of terms, and awesome graphics, My First Book of Soccer introduces readers to the world's favorite game. Kids (and probably a few adults, too) will learn how the clock counts "up" and never stops, what an offside means, what's up with those yellow cards, and how kicks become a gooooaaaallll!

Illustrated "rookie" characters appears on every page, guiding the reader moment by moment, and helping to make My First Book of Soccer an ideal shared reading experience between parents and their little rookies before, during, and after the game.

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5 Stars

My First Book of Soccer is a funny, fact-filled picture about the rules of soccer. It explains different types of players and plays using real photographs and funny comments that keep the book enjoyable. This would be useful to beginning soccer players from preschool to fourth or fifth grade. Even bigger kids would enjoy this and it makes understanding the game very easy. Great way to teach about a sport!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Picture Book Review: Dustrats

Sir Muffin Muffinsson is a valiant, watchful cat charged with the care and keeping of baby Emma while she sleeps. It’s a busy job, and this week Sir Muffin forgot to do the tidying up! Seven days worth of dust springs to life in the form of "Dustrats," mischievous little imps who run amok through the house. While Sir Muffin chases the critters from room to room with his trusty vacuum, Emma’s vivid dreams begin to morph the world around him: An ocean in the bathroom, a magic kingdom in the attic, things are getting out of control! Will Sir Muffin make it back to the nursery before Emma’s dreams become a little too wild? An enchanting story full of imagination and adventure, 
Dustrats makes for a bedtime favorite.

5 Stars
What an adorable story and one that will be asked for time and time again. The illustrations are so detailed that a child will want to take this one to bed to "read" by themselves. Sir Muffin Muffinsson watches over the sleeping child and takes care of bad dreams, that is until he finds he must deal with seven little dustrats who are messing up the house. Of course, while the cat's away the dreams will play. Great book!