Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Chicken/Three-Legged Hero/My Indy/Ghost Ship


ABOUT THE BOOK

A chicken pecks the ground looking for food. It was once a tiny embryo inside an egg. So how did it develop? Beginning readers will discover how an embryo inside an egg grows into an adult chicken in this basic introduction to animal development. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The clear text, fresh design, and colorful, eye-catching photos are sure to capture the interest of emergent readers.

REVIEW

I always find it interesting when I pick up a book for children, especially young children, and learn something from it.  Now it's not like I didn't know basic information about chickens, but I did learn a few things.  For example, I did not know that baby chicks can peep inside their egg.  And I had no idea there were 350 different types of chickens.  With detailed photographs and straightforward information about the development and hatching of an egg, this book gives young readers a clear glimpse into the main characteristics of chickens and how they get that way.  The text is large with a nice font that makes it easy to read.  In addition the photographs show clearly everything being described.  This book makes for a nice addition to a library for those readers who love books about animals.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Ten-year-old Cali watched her new dog-walking client hop around the neighborhood. Thunder was a retired military dog--a real-life hero who had saved several lives in Afghanistan. The German shepherd only had three legs, but he moved around almost as quickly as any other dog. What did Thunder do in the Marines, and would he once again prove himself a hero? Cali was about to find out.

REVIEW

I was a bit surprised to discover this is a fictionalized story about a former military war dog.  And while the illustrations and story are adequate, they didn't impress me all that much.  The story revolves around a young girl who is starting a dog walking business.  She meets up with a neighbor one day when the dogs she's walking cause her some trouble.  This neighbor is a former soldier with a three-legged dog who was injured saving her life.  The dog proves himself to still be a hero after Cali takes him for a walk one day.  The illustrations are cute but nothing that really stands out.  But young readers who love dog stories will probably like it.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Jamey's father walked into the kitchen, holding a surprise. It was an adorable black lab puppy. "A puppy? For me?" Jamey shouted. "Not just any puppy. With your help, he'll grow up to use his sight and other senses to help a person who can't see," said her dad. Little did Jamey know that an incredible bond would soon grow between her and Indy, the tiny puppy destined to become a guide dog.

REVIEW

In this cute book about love and pet responsibility, Jamey receives a puppy for July 4th.  But this puppy isn't for her to keep.  Instead, she is responsible to raise the puppy with good manners so he can go on to become a guide dog.  With careful training and a great deal of love, Jamey prepares the puppy she names Indy (for Independent) for his future life.  But is she prepared for the day she'll have to say goodbye?  This is a cute story about a girl and her dog.  I especially enjoyed the details about Indy's preparation for guide dog school.


ABOUT THE BOOK

In the 1950s, a 4,000-year-old giant wooden ship was discovered buried in the Egyptian desert. In this book, readers will explore one of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries of the past century. They will also learn how ships and the Nile River were closely connected to the ancient Egyptians' belief in death and the afterlife.

REVIEW

I thoroughly enjoyed this account of the discovery of a ship buried at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza.  I learned a lot about the time and place.  To read about what is currently the world's oldest still existing boat gave me insight into what life was like in Ancient Egypt.  The sharp design of the book adds to it's appeal with a nice combination of text and photographs/illustrations.  Like many of their other nonfiction titles, Bearport has done a great job in creating a book that young readers interested in the subject are bound to pick up.

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