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Goldi Rocks & the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton

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Back of Book:
Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear know how to rock! But they need a new singer, so they audition everyone—the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. To their dismay, no one seems just right.

Could the perfect lead singer be the mysterious girl sleeping on Baby Bear’s keyboard?

This mash up of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Voice is a surefire story time hit.
My Review
My Kindergarten students always seem to love the story of Goldilocks and the three bears more than every other fairy tale. So last year during my read aloud time twist on the I read my class several fractured fairy tales. Goldi Rocks and the three Bears is among my favorite versions. The rhyming text makes it perfect for young readers to follow along and enjoy. I love how the author added other fairy tale characters to the story like Little Red and the Three Little Pigs. The ending of this story has a different twist and in my opinion, a much happier ending then the original storyline. I love the illustrations in this story. They are busy enough to keep readers engaged without losing the fun whimsical aspect of fairy tales!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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A Unicorn Named Sparkle By Amy Young

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Back of Book:
When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she’ll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny–and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn’t pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn’t exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.

My Review:
This is such a sweet, and perfect story for any little girl who loves unicorns. Lucy is such a sweet character who wants to have her very own unicorn. Only one problem, the unicorn is a goat. What follows is a fun chain of events that follows Lucy trying to turn Sparkle into the perfect unicorn. I love that under the fun of this book, there is a message about beauty being in the eyes of the beholder. Amy Young did an excellent job of showing young readers that it is not what you have that is important, but what you do with it. The illustrations are fun and sweet. I am excited to see that there is a sequel and will be adding it to my to read list soon.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages.

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What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? By Ginny Jordan

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Back of Book:
What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is a whimsical story. Each page will bring giggles to children and adults as they wonder What is Making Walter C. Laugh? Is it a goldfish dancing with a banana on the kitchen table? Is it a snowman eating pizza in the bathtub?
My Review:
I was contacted by the very kind Ginny Jordan, and asked to review What’s Making Walter C laugh? The review is my own opinion. I love finding stories that make children laugh. To me, a child’s laughter is among the greatest sound in the world. So, when I picked up this story, I knew I and my students were in for a real treat. This is such a fun and imaginative story that is sure to bring on the giggles. The illustrations are beautifully done, and allow readers to picture the silly concepts that could be making Walter C laugh. My personal favorite picture was the one of the unicorns unicycling while juggling ice cream cones. As teacher, I can using this book as a writing prompt to see what else could make Walter C laugh. The book is a great length and is a great beginners book. I truly hope that Ginny continues to write more stories.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Super Manny Stands Up! Kelly DiPucchio

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Back of Book:

 

Zombie bears, evil cloud monsters, and alien robots with laser beam eyes are no match for Super Manny. But when Manny encounters a real-life nemesis in the school cafeteria, will he be able to summon his superhero strength to save the day?

 

My Review:  

 

I picked this book during a recent trip to the bookstore. I was so excited that I did. This is among one of  the best books I have read this summer.  It is a perfect example of how one person can stand up and make a difference. The story begins with Manny telling readers how he uses his imagination in many ways. He is fearless, he is brave, he is invincible. Each picture has a different color that draws readers into the scenes. I loved how calming the pictures are. Even though Manny encounters zombies, and evil cloud monsters, he prevails. But the true test is when a mean classmate enters the cafeteria. Manny shows readers that it doesn’t take much to be strong.  I loved that also this book is essentially about a bully, the term is never used.  Stephanie did an excellent job or creating soft illustrations that allow readers to associate with Manny and his emotions. Kelly wrote a story that is sure to a favorite with all children.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

40 Pages

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IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU RADING?

 

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

I have enjoyed all the back to school posts that give me such great ideas for my classroom. I am sharing all my back to school books

 

61bYLVdYqzL._SX388_BO1,204,203,200_ this is a wonderful first day of school book How to Get Your Teacher Ready By Jean Reagan

I would also add this story to any first week read aloud list  School’s First Day of School By Adam Rex.5140WLWHiLL__SX400_BO1,204,203,200_

This is my favorite back to school story.  It is a great book for anyone who is nervous about going back to school. 5f2978d44de8e5e3d44e2ca6824023f0 First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

I am very excited about the upcoming movie Wonder. In anticipation of the movie coming out I read 51tZ6QVaNbL._SX377_BO1,204,203,200_ We’re All Wonders By R. J. Palacio

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We’re All Wonders By R. J. Palacio

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Back of Book:

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

My Review:

I was very excited to learn that Wonder will soon be a Motion Picture. I was equally as excited to learn that RJ Palacio had written a book geared for a younger audience.  I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of We’re all Wonders. I love the simple, yet important message that is weaved throughout this story. The text focuses on the importance of being a wonder. It shows how every person is special and has something unique about them. I feel like the text shares one of the most important lessons we can teach children. It is okay to be different. It is okay to not be the same as everyone else. I believe that this book and the upcoming film, are going to make a huge impact on how bullying is perceived and handled in the classroom.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Pirates Love Underpants By Claire Freedman

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Back of Book:

Grab your peg leg and your parrot—and don’t forget the underpants! This wacky picture book pairs pirates and underwear in an uproarious adventure. N Grab your peg leg and your parrot—and don’t forget the underpants! This wacky picture book pairs pirates and underwear in an uproarious adventure. These pirates SO love underpants, They’re on a special quest To find the fabled Pants of Gold, For the Captain’s treasure chest.

My Review

Children as a rule love anything to do with pirates and underpants. Combining them together creates a fan and engaging story that is laugh out loud funny. The text stays in a rhyming pattern which allows children to follow along with the story. The illustrations are clear and perfect for young readers. The detail to each aspect of the pirates is amazing. I am a true fan of the Underpants series and hope to see more from author Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

 

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Land Shark By Beth Ferry

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Back of Book:

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they?

My Review: In honor of shark week I had to review Land Shark. It is a fun story about a boy named Bobby and his desire to have a pet shark. There is only one problem, his parents buy him a puppy instead. The story follows Bobby as he tries to convince his parents that a shark would be much better than a puppy. As the puppy brings on destruction of the house, Bobby becomes more and more sure that he will get his shark.  The story ends with a fun twist that readers will love. The Illustrations in this book are fantastic and fun. Great story to use as a read aloud.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

 

 

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Teal By

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Back of Book: Teal is the story of a little crayon who doesn’t fit in. Is Teal blue or is he green? This charming fable empowers children to think outside the box and embrace one another’s diversity.

My Review:

I was gifted a copy of Teal from Rene’e Galvin for an honest review.

I was very excited when I read the description of Teal. It sounded like a wonderful story. I was excited to find that it surpassed all my expectations. This is a story that all children can relate to. Teal is a crayon that doesn’t fit in. He isn’t blue, or green, he is somewhere in between. He loves that his color is the color of the ocean, and the sky. Still, when all the colors go into their box at night he is left alone. Teal puts his thinking cap on and comes up with a perfect solution.

Culture is a very important discussion today. Many authors, and publishers have seen the need to create memorable picture books that convey the importance of being unique. Teal is a perfect example of a story that should be a part of any culture and diversity discussion. I am a Kindergarten teacher and I can easily see using this book as the beginning of a lesson. Ms. Galvin created illustrations that are soft, but draw a reader in. The end of the story is a brilliant solution that both children, and adults will love. I would highly recommend this book be a part of every school, and classroom library. I look forward to reading other books by Ms. Galvin.

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages

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Pirasaurs By Josh Funk

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Back of Book:

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs! We rule the open seas! We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!  We do just what we please! Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team. But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

My Review:

There is something magical and brilliant about combining the ideas of dinosaurs and pirates. After I read this story, I was amazed that this concept has not been created before. The story follows the youngest recruit. He tries very hard to be a good pirasaurs and make his shipmates proud. The ending is a great lesson about working together. I liked that the ending had a surprise and made for a good ending. Josh is a talented author, I found the story to be fun, and filled with values. This is a great read aloud and I highly recommend it.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages