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Ten Cents a Pound By Nhung Tran-Davies

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Back of Book:
Back of Book: A young girl and her mother have a loving, passionate conversation with each other. The girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go, that there is more to life than the labor in the coffee trees.
My Review:
I was very excited to receive a copy of this book from Second Story Press in exchange for an honest review. I found this picture book to be a stunning example of the importance of literacy. The conversation between the daughter and mother has a haunting quality to it. Each page shares the conversation that the mother and daughter have. The daughter feels like she must stay, but the mother assures her that its okay to go. The message of this story is simple and profound. It shows readers the gift of education and the sacrifices that people give in order to obtain it. The illustrations are stunning and capture the feelings and strength of both the mother and daughter. A truly remarkable story that I highly recommend!
Ages 5 and up
24 Pages

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Bunny’s Staycation (Mama’s Business Trip)

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Back of Book:
Mama’s suitcase is packed for an important business trip. But it’s Mama’s turn to read bedtime stories! Bunny does not like Mama leaving one bit. If he can just figure out how to keep her home… or maybe he can go with her! But Papa and Bunny have a better idea. They set off on a grand adventure… in the living room. And kitchen. And bathtub. Bunny’s Staycation is the perfect book for every family with travel-for-work Mamas or Papas. Kids and parents will laugh, cheer, and celebrate the wonders — and happy challenges — faced by families who are juggling the joys of stay-at-home fun and business trips.
My Review:
This is a great book to share with readers who have parents that need to travel for work. It can be very difficult for young children to understand why their parents have to leave for work. I love the idea that Papa and Bunny had a staycation. This story gives readers great ideas on how they can pass the time before their loved one returns. The illustrations are sweet and enduring. I am glad a book like this was written for working parents.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack

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Back of Book:
Henry can’t wait until he can have a bee suit of his own so he can help his Aunt Lilla with the sister bees.
Day after day as Henry observes his Aunt Lilla work with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm, he becomes fascinated with her bee suit and her ability to communicate with the bees. When he learns that the bees are getting ready to look for a new place to live, he tries to find a way to communicate with the sister bees to convince them to stay.

My Review:
After reading this story I wished that I could be apart of the world that Henry lived in. The relationship that Henry has with his book is touching and real. The way Aunt Lilla teaches Henry about the way of the bees is a beautiful look at how older generations can teach younger generations about the importance of protecting and caring for nature. I love how much information the text gives about bees. The authors note in the back of the book shares that he has a love of bees and wanted to share that love with readers. The illustrations are truly stunning and show the details of the bees. I truly enjoyed reading this amazing book.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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I Am Enough by Grace Byers

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Back of Book:
This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.
My Review:
This is the type of book that we need more of it Kid Literature! It is a truly beautiful look a what it means to be kind and caring to one another. The entire book is uplifting and shows illustrations of children being kind and loving. I believe this is one of those stories that should be in every classroom and library. It shows readers a beautiful blend of the diversity in the world and how they can embrace and love and diversity. An excellent resource for all young girls. I hope that Grace and Keturah do another collaboration together soon.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson by Leda Schubert

 

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Back of Book:

This beautiful picture book tells the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland..

Raven Wilkinson was born on February 2, 1935, in New York City. From the time she was a little girl, all she wanted to do was dance. On Raven’s ninth birthday, her uncle gifted her with ballet lessons, and she completely fell in love with dance. While she was a student at Columbia University, Raven auditioned for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was finally accepted on her third try, even after being told she couldn’t dance with them because of her skin color.

When she started touring with her troupe in the United States in 1955, Raven encountered much racism in the South, but the applause, alongside the opportunity to dance, made all the hardship worth it. Several years later she would dance for royalty with the Dutch National Ballet and regularly performed with the New York City Opera until she was fifty.

My Review:

This book is a true gem in every way! I had never heard of Raven before reading this story and I am so glad that it was written. This book leaves an impact on all who read it. The strength and determination that Raven had to chase her dreams is truly inspiring. The shows her trials and triumphs in a way that all readers can understand and appreciate.  The photo in the front of the book of Raven and Misty Copeland is emotional and shows the impact that Raven had on ballet. I also loved that both famous ballerinas left a letter to the readers.  The illustrations in this story are beautify drawn and made me want to go see more ballet. I highly recommend this book for all libraries and classrooms.

Ages 6 and up

40 Pages

 

 

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Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story Of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way To Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History! by Shana Corey

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Back of Book:
A fun, feel-good, “underdog” story about a little-known female athlete whose derring-do transformed girls’ sports.

Are you brave enough to make a wave? If you love sports and people who aren’t afraid to swim against the tide, Annette Kellerman and her freestyle approach to life will make your heart swell.

With strokes of genius, Shana Corey and Edwin Fotheringham pool their talents to create a winning portrait of a little-known athlete, performer, and fashion revolutionary who broke records (and rules!) and dazzled the world with her splashy pluck and courage.
My Review:
Until reading this picture book, I had never realized that I took wearing a bathing suit for granted. When I read the description of this story I knew I had to add it to my National Women’s Month unit. I love that the book follows Annette from her childhood on. Annette was the first woman to ever swim the English Channel! She broke records and shocked the world with her talent. The illustrations are beautiful and show readers the beauty of water ballet. The back of the book has an extensive note from the author that shares more about the ways that Annette changed swim forever!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! It’s Shoe Time! by Mo Willems & Bryan Collier

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Back of Book:

Today is the day its time to choose. Which shoes will b right? Which shoes will be left? Its shoe time!

My Review:

I cannot say enough about what a wonderful writer and creator Mo Williams. His ideas are pure genius! As sad as I was to see the last Elephant and Piggie book published, I was thrilled to see his new collaborations that are hitting shelves.  One such book is Its Shoe Time written with Bryan Collier.  This story is a fun description of choosing the perfect pair of shoes to wear for the day. I love that Elephant and Piggie are in the story reading the book. It allows for a neat perspective to readers. This story does an excellent of staying engaging, while also teaching readers that it is okay to have a different since of style.  The text is written with bubble blurbs just like the Elephant and Piggie books. The illustrations are well drawn and fun. A fantastic read aloud to share with students, or at home.

Ages 5 and up 

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64 Pages

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The Word Collector By Peter H. Reynolds

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Back of Book:
In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.
My Review:
This story focuses on a young boy named Jerome. While others collect stamps, coins, or art Jerome collects words. He loves the sound of certain words So he begins collecting them. The more he collects the more he loves words. He uses his words to write poetry, and create songs. As the book progresses, Jerome learns the power that words can have on a person. This text is beautifully written and told. The illustrations are truly a work of art. Peter H. Reynolds is very talented. And created a true masterpiece with this book. The engaging imagery is something that is not seen in very many picture books today. A beautiful story that should be added to any collection.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Food, Uncategorized

Lorenzo, the Pizza-Loving Lobster by Claire Lordon

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Back of Book:
When Lorenzo the lobster discovers pizza for the first time while wandering the beach, it becomes his favorite food ever! He races back home to tell his friend Kalena about it, and together they try to make a pizza. There’s only one problem… Lorenzo can’t remember what it was made of!
Will they be able to make a delicious pizza together?
My Review:
My students recently went on a fieldtrip to a pizza parlor. This was a perfect picture book to read about a pizza loving lobster. My students were absolutely in love with this book! They laughed along with Lorenzo and Kalena as they try different food on their pizza. The text is simple as makes for a great read aloud. I loved that the book discusses shapes and colors. I also love that the book discusses eating new kinds of foods. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. A perfect book to read to preschoolers.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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100th Day of School, Uncategorized

The Three Little Pigs Count to 100 by Grace Maccarone

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The well-known fable of the Three Little Pigs gets a makeover in this efficient counting guide for beginning readers. The first little pig uses 5 bundles of straw to build a house in the shape of a cylinder, but the wolf blows it down. Using 6 big sticks and sheets to build a cone-shaped house, the second little pig is also unsuccessful at keeping the wolf at bay. Finally, the third little pig smartly gathers 100 strong bricks to build a cube-shaped house. Guess which piggy’s house finally withstands the big bad wolf’s blows?

My Review:
What could be better than combining the Three Little Pigs with the 100th Day of School? My students really enjoy the story of the Three Little Pigs I think we have read almost every version that there is. When I saw that there was a story that revolved around counting to 100, I knew I had to get it! It is a perfect combination of shapes, numbers, and fairy tales. I loved that the pigs made their houses into the shapes of a cylinder, a triangle, and a cube. It allowed me to discuss the concept of 3D shapes with my students. I loved that the pigs meet up with several other fairytale characters like Little Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty, and the Gingerbread Man. Finally, The way the author groups numbers to reach one hundred is well done. The illustrations are fun and engaging. I highly recommend this story for any 100th Day of School.

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