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Maxi The Little Taxi By Elizabeth Upton

 

 

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Back of Book:

It’s Maxi the Taxi’s first day of work. What fun it is to zip and zoom all around the town! SPLASH go the mud puddles! PLIPPITY-PLOP drips the ice cream and mustard from sticky little fingers! Soon Maxi becomes so grimy and gooey that no one wants to ride with him. Who will help this dirty little taxi discover what he needs most? It’s a smart little boy who takes Maxi for a noisy, tickly bath in the car wash!

My Review:  I put this book on my wish list at my school’s May book fair. I was very excited when I got it. It is a sweet story that is loads of fun to read aloud to my class. From a teacher perspective, this is an excellent story to use when teaching figurative language. I loved all the examples of metaphors, simile, and onomatopoeia.  My nephew loved the illustrations, and that Maxi is so happy.  I highly recommended this story.

32 Pages

ages 5 and up

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Friendship

Punk Skunks By Trisha Speed Shaskan

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Back of Book: Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever. Every day they rock out together. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get into a HUGE fight! They try to hum, drum, and strum on their own, but it’s all wrong. Will Kit and Buzz find a way to make up?

My Review:  I feel like friendship is among the most important things that we can teach children. How to have a friend, and be a friend.  Punk Skunks is a perfect story to teach children about being a friend and compromising. The illustrations in this story are eye catching and very fun.  I loved the way the story was written.  The text is easy for early readers to understand. Overall, a great story.

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Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive By Karma Wilson

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Back of Book: Two cows, Mabel and Molly, take the farmer’s truck and go for an eventful joyride into town.  They speed through the stop sign, narrowly missing a sheriff’s car, sideswiping the mayor’s flowerbed, and ending up in town, where the folks all gather to see the ridiculous sight.

My Review:  What a perfect story to use as a read aloud. Nothing is more fun to children, then hearing a story that could never happen in real life.  I used this story for my farm unit, and loved how engaged my class was. They loved all the crazy things that the cows were a part of.  I loved the rhyming text and the repetition of the words.   Karla Firehammer did an excellent job of creating welcoming illustrations that perfectly told the story.  I highly recommend this story.

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! By Elise Parsley

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Back of Book: If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen? In a riotous series of mishaps, Magnolia quickly learns that–not surprisingly–a piano doesn’t mix well with sand, sun, and seagulls!

My Review: This is a perfect and fun story to read during the summer.  The story follows a little girl who wants to bring her piano to the beach. Even with the best of intentions, she still has problems with the piano. I read my class this story before we left and they loved it! The illustrations are fun and unique.  The story shows how the girl doesn’t give up and fights all odds to keep her piano at the beach. The ending is surprising, but very fun.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! By Judy Cox

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Back of Book: Mrs. Millie has lots of fun teasing her kindergartners. She tells them to hang up their goats, eat gorilla cheese sandwiches, and to remember to wear their bats and kittens when they go outside for recess. Coupled with hilarious artwork that literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie’s “mistakes”.

My Review:  One of the things I learned as a Kindergarten teacher is sometimes a silly and fun book is needed.  Judy Cox does an amazing job of writing stories that are fun, engaging, and keep children’s attention. My students love all the fun ways Mrs. Millie would mix up words and meanings. They would shout out the correct answer.  I highly recommend this story.

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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Fairy Tales

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion By Alex T. Smith

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Back of Book: Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion. The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red. The Lion’s plan doesn’t work out the way he wanted.

My Review:   I have been a longtime fan of fractured fairytales. I think they are a perfect and fun way to share content with children.  The story of Little Red Riding Hood is a fun tale, and can be used for so many aspects in learning. Little Red and the very Hungry Lion, is a new take on the classic tale. The story starts out as the common tale of a little girl going to help a family member in need. The change in this story, is how smart Red is. She decides to show the very naughty lion a lesson. I loved the safari twist to the story. The illustrations are fun and allow for little girls everywhere to feel fearless. I love that this story is diverse in culture, and race. I love this story and highly recommend it!

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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Teacher Book Talk

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Today I am very excited to link up with Kidpeople Classroom for Kathleen’s weekly book talk. Thank you for Hosting Kathleen.  I recently got back from vacation, and got some great ideas for reviews while I was gone. I taught Kindergarten last year. We read  The Last Day of Kindergarten By Nancy Loewen Which was a perfect way to end the school year.

Before school ended I also read my students Nibbles the book monster By Emma Yarlett what a fun and exciting read.

My plan for this week is to review several summer stories that kids will love.

In July, my goal is to post a review everyday. I am excited about shark week. I also am planning on reviewing Christmas books.

I hope you all have a great week.

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Nibbles the book monster By Emma Yarlett

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Back of Book:

Nibbles is on the loose, and he’s chomping through all of your favorite fairy tales! With books within the book, Emma Yarlett’s utterly appealing artwork, and lots and lots of nibbled holes, this laugh-out-loud funny and ferocious charmer’s unstoppable appetite for the printed page will nibble a hole right through your heart.

My Review:

I recently was a part of an Usborne book party. I heard about this amazing story and knew that my class had to have it.  They absolutely feel in love with Nibbles and so did I. I have never seen a book that is quite as creative as this one. Nibbles actuality enters other fairy tales. Each story he enters is its own unique story within the story. I loved reading each part of this book. After reading this story aloud, I was able to use it as a writing activity. My students asked to read this book every day during independent reading time. I was amazed at the impact Nibbles had on them. The illustrations are fantastic and truly draw a reader in. This is an excellent story and I highly recommend it.

Ages 4 and up

16 Pages

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School

The Last Day of Kindergarten By Nancy Loewen

 

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Back of Book:

Today is the last day of kindergarten. I wish it were the FIRST. Then I’d meet Mrs. Popinski all over again. A little girl is sad that kindergarten is coming to an end. She wishes it were the first day again, when everything was exciting and new and there was such a fun year ahead. But then she realizes that graduating is exciting, too, and maybe first grade won’t be so bad, after all!

My Review:

I read this sweet story to my Kinders on our last day of school. They loved following the main character as she talks about all her favorite memories. I love the illustrations and think they bring added sweetness to the text.  In my opinion, this is a must to end every Kindergarten year.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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