Friday, October 31, 2014

More Halloween Picture Books!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and one little pumpkin seed tries and tries to be scary. But he doesn’t scare anyone . . . not the snowflakes in winter, not the bees in spring, not even the watering can!

The wind tells him to be patient—he’ll be scary soon enough. But waiting is hard. Will the little seed ever be really, truly scary?

This simple story is more than a fun Halloween read—it is a heartwarming tale perfect for any child who can’t wait to grow up.


REVIEW

There are a lot of things that I really liked about this book.  First, the theme of the book focuses on the need for patience in waiting until the appropriate time to do the things we want to do.  The little seed wants to be scary, but has to wait until he is grown until he can do so.  This idea is presented in a friendly, cute way.  The second thing that I really liked was the wind who acts as the seed's mentor, helping to be patient and wait for the right time and who cheers him on in positive ways. Children and adults both need mentors like this to help us become our best selves as well as helping us endure the process.  The third thing that I really liked about the book is that is walks through the major stages of the pumpkin seed's growth which makes it a nice fictional addition to units on seeds and plant growth.  A fun book all around.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Ready for a treat? How about a trick or two? Dog and Bear are back in three new Halloween stories that are sure to delight their many fans and win them new ones. Join them as they search for the perfect costume, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters (or not!), and then go trick-or-treating themselves in this latest installment by award-winning author Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

REVIEW

I've long been a fan of Dog and Bear.  They are a cute pair of friends that are perfect for sharing with preschoolers and kindergartners.  This book takes a look at Halloween as Dog and Bear search for costumes, discover a fascination with a mirror, and learn the meaning of trick or treating. I found each of the three stories to be sweet, funny, and simple.  Sure to be a hit with the youngest readers.


ABOUT THE BOOK

It's time for Hailey's favorite holidayHalloween! She plans her costume. She also carves jack-o'-lanterns with her family. Finally, it's time for Hailey to trick-or-treat with her friends. Find out how people celebrate this spooky time of year!

REVIEW

Hailey's Halloween is a cute introduction to both the traditions and history of Halloween.  While Hailey searches for the perfect costume she explains to the reader the basic history of the holiday. The animated illustrations are bright and appealing and the story and information blend well together. There are also side notes that add more information for those who want to share more.  There is also a recipe for face paint included at the end.

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