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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman

Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Chronicle for Kids
Release Date: March 14, 2017



Lukie and his sister, Roxie, are at home when she remembers she left her jump rope at the local park. Rushing off to retrieve it, they cannot begin to believe what they see. A group of foxes has her jump rope, though they're struggling to successfully use it.

Knowing they can't leave until they've helped, Lukie and Roxie decide to take the time to help out. Can they teach the foxes how to jump rope? Will they be able to get the jump rope back?

The lesson learned in The Fox Wish is clear. This is a book that focuses on the joys of sharing and being kind of strangers. I enjoyed that message and think it's one that really benefits children. Illustrations by Komako Sakai capture the story beautifully and draw the reader into the story. The language is easy for readers who are starting to pick up bigger words like "immediately" or "remembered."




Sunday, January 22, 2017

Two Board Books from Author Junzo Terada

Genre: Toddler Board Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books for Kids
Ages: 2 to 5
Release Date: March 2017




For this review, I'm taking a closer look at two upcoming board books for toddlers from author Junzo Terada. Both are charming books that feature bright, cheerful animals who join each other for a fun event.

Animal Friends Barnyard Jamboree is the first offering. In this book for children ages 2 to 5, Cat has her banjo and is quickly joined by her friends. Who's joining the impromptu jamboree and what will that animal play?




In Animal Friends Swimming Hole Party, Monkey wants to go swimming, but he needs to decide who is coming with him.

Both books are ideal for beginning readers thanks to simple vocabulary and images that perfectly capture the action. Pages are thick and definitely can stand up to the repeat usage of any child. With only a few pages, it won't be long before children are reading along with ease.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I'm A Lot of Sometimes by Jack Guinan

Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Red Chair Press
Release Date: January 1, 2017



Young rabbit shares his strengths and weaknesses, though he doesn't see them as weaknesses. Instead, the young rabbit shares his "sometimes." Whether he's slow or fast, big or small, brave or shy, rabbit embraces all that makes him special.

I'm A Lot of Somethings shares such a great message. Being shy sometimes isn't a fault, no matter what some may tell you. (And trust me, I had far too many teachers tell me being shy was a bad thing!) The message simply is to embrace yourself, through all your sometimes.

Illustrations are perfect and capture the essence of the young rabbit. The narrative is easy for a beginning reader. I definitely recommend this one!