Thanksgiving

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

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Back of Book:
Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main
course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

My Review:
This is the kind of read-aloud that will make children laugh out loud! Readers will love the following turkey as he tries to look like every other animal so he won’t be eaten. Sadly, nothing he tries is working. I love this book for many reasons. It is the perfect book to read before introducing a writing assignment. One of the fun things to do with this story is to let the students try to disguise the turkey as a different animal. This story is always at the top of my read-aloud list for Thsnsgiving. The illustrations in this book are fun watercolors that bring the turkeys plight to life. I was very excited when I saw this in the Scholastic catalog. I highly recommended it to all my parents.

Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Rules By Laurie Friedman

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Back of Book: Percy Isaac Gifford’s Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From “the early bird gets the turkey” to “life is sweeter when you eat sweets,” his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.
My Review:
I completely fell in love with this story. Isaac is a boy who is so excited to eat his Thanksgiving meal. I love that the story begins with telling readers that it is important to take pictures for mom and help dad around the house. I also loved that in the story, Isaac says hello to every visitor, and shakes hands with every person. Then it is off to the main event! The meal!
Readers will love the rhyming text that describes all the delicious food that Isacc is preparing to eat. The illustrations are fun and show readers diagrams of each part of the plan. This is a great read-aloud for the Thanksgiving Season.

Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Sharks

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

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Back of Book: Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn’t think women should be scientists.
Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks. After earning several college degrees and making countless discoveries, Eugenie wrote herself into the history of science, earning the nickname “Shark Lady.” Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to.
My Review:
If you have never heard or read about the amazing Eugenic Clark then this book is a must read! Zoologist Jess Keating did an excellent job researching the Shark Lady. The text follows Eugenic from a little girl obsessed with sharks, to a woman who made some of the most profound observations about the creature that everyone else feared! I loved learning about how Eugenic helped show people that sharks are not to be feared. She trained sharks like some people trained dogs. One of the aspects of this book that make it unique is the Shark Bites page in the back of the book. It shares more information about sharks. The book also has a timeline that shares the life of Eugenic Clark. Finally, the back of the book has a note from the author that tells readers who she wanted to share the lie of the amazing Shark Lady. The illustrations in this story are lovely and show sharks in a new light. Perfect book for any nonfiction collection.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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Biography

The Story of Barbie and the Woman Who Created Her by Cindy Eagan

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Back of Book: After noticing how her daughter played with “grown-up” paper dolls, Ruth Handler wanted to create a doll that would inspire little girls to use their huge imaginations and big dreams about their futures. While others told her it wasn’t possible, Ruth Handler proved them all wrong by creating the most famous doll ever!

Since 1959, Barbie has shown girls that they can live their dreams. From an astronaut to a chef to a president, she knows that girls can do anything!
My Review: Barbie was my most favorite doll to play with growing up. She inspired me to follow my dreams. When I heard that there was a picture book about the woman who created Barbie I was excited. This book was a beautifully retelling of the courage that Ruth had to keep trying. The story follows how Ruth came up with the idea for Barbie by watching her daughter play. Ruth introduced her idea at the 1959 Toy Fair and the concept was loved. The story explains the addition of Ken and all Barbie’s friends. The most unique part of this book was looking at all the jobs that Barbie has had through the years. This book is not only a look at the creator of the doll, but how Barbie evolved over the years. Ruth made sure that as the nation changed, so did Barbie. The illustrations are beautiful, and show readers the different careers that Barbie was a part of. This is a great nonfiction story to add to any library or classroom.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Growth Mindset

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

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Back of Book:
Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?
My Review:
I think the idea of a story about what happens after Humpty falls is shire brilliance. It gives a deeper look into a classic nursery rhyme. I love the steps the Humpty mentally takes to mentally begin the process climbing the wall. The last few pages are beautifully written, and built up. Readers can see that the end of story is going to be something special. The illustrations are truly fantastic! The detail in every picture is beyond amazing. The cereal aisle was by far my favorite illustration. This is the perfect book to read for growth mindset. Readers can associate with Humpy’s trial, and triumph in his accomplishments! This is the kind of book that is needed in classrooms and libraries.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Fairy Tales

The Mermaid By Jan Brett

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Back of Book:
When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.

But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.

Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett’s trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.

My Review:
I am such a huge fan of Jan Brett and fractured fairytales. This book is a beautiful combination of both. The story follows the filmier tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. Kiniro is a young mermaid with a curious mind. She enters the home of an octopus family and makes herself at home. She tries all the shells, chairs, and finally the beds. When the family returns they find Kiniro fast asleep in their bed. The difference in this book, is that Kiniro feels guilty that she broke the little octopus’s chair. In the end, she makes amends and brings the baby octopus a gift. As always, Jan Brett’s illustrations are beautiful and so engaging. Her detail to the underwater story is what makes it so engaging. In the back of the story, Jan shares that her inspiration for this book came from a visit to Okinawa. I love viewing each small picture within the page. Jan has done it again and created a masterpiece.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Friendship, Uncategorized

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Back of Book:
The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing.

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

My Review:
If you are like me, you fell in love with Uni the Unicorn. I was more excited about the return of Uni then my students were. When I finally got my hands on this book I was thrilled. This is another amazing story written by the late Amy. She was truly an inspiration to anyone who picked up her books. Readers get to see Uni and the little girl get together. This book is written for the readers who want to believe in the magic and beauty of unicorns. The illustrations jump of the page, and bring you to a world where anything can happen. The ending is joyful and filled with hope. Amy wrote from her hear until the end of her life. Her goal was to leave a lasting impression behind. I believe that she accomplished just that. Great read aloud for all.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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If you have never read the letter from Amy titled you may want to marry my husband. Click Here and read with tissues. She passed away in March of 2017.

Thanksgiving

The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

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Back of Book: It’s another Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Gavin expects a long day of boredom and being pestered by distantly related toddlers, but his cousin Rhonda has a different idea: make a break for it — out of the kids’ room to the swing set in the backyard! Gavin isn’t so sure, especially when they encounter vicious guard dogs (in homemade sweaters), a hallway full of overly affectionate aunts, and worse yet, the great wall of butts! Will they manage to avoid the obstacles and find some fun before turkey time? Or will they be captured before they’ve had a taste of freedom?

My Review:
I love leading my class books about Thanksgiving. When I stumbled upon this story from Scholastic, I knew that I had to add it to my collection. Almost every child can relate to having too many relatives who all want to hug them and ask how they are. I love how each part of the story talks about a different type of relative. (my favorite is the bit about teenagers) The illustrations are unique and make Mark Fearing’s story come to life. My students enjoyed the story and laughed at the surprise ending. This makes for a great read aloud in the classroom, or at home.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Read Your World

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

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Back of Book:

 

Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters — who don’t realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions — this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.

 

My Review:

 

Scholastic has managed to publish one of the most beautiful diverse picture books of the year.  It is a profound truth in a simple and easy to read format. Why am I me? Each page of this story shows the subtle differences that make a person unique.  The story follows a boy and a girl as they realize that everyone around them are unique and different.  The story is not text heavy, but rich in symbolism. This is an excellent story to teach cultural differences in a positive light. The illustrations make this book. They are detailed and truly stunning. This is the kind of story that should be in every school and library.  It is a book that opens up conversations to culture, race, and identity.  This is a beautiful addition to any diverse reading list.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

40 Pages

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Silly and fun books

Escargot By Dashka Slater

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Back of Book:
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:
1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.
But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one―with a little help from you! he discovers that it’s not so bad after all
My Review:
I absolutely fell in love with this story. It is among my favorite picture books have I have read this year. This is one of those books that will grab children, and keep then entertained for the entire story. I love that the book gives children directions on each page to follow. Escargot is a very loveable character and readers will fall in love with his personality. This story is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. I can say that I didn’t expect that a book about snails would be so fun. The illustrations are so fun and colorful. Each page gives Escargot personality and depth. The text in this book is easy to read, and perfect for beginning readers. I highly recommend this book.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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