Showing posts from December, 2019

CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS : Little Robin's Christmas/Maisy's Christmas Party/ The Crayons' Christmas

LITTLE ROBIN'S CHRISTMAS by Jan Fearnley Nosy Crow, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0825-2 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK It's a week before Christmas and Little Robin has everything ready, including a nice warm vest for each frosty day. But Little Robin didn't count on meeting seven chilly friends, and his generosity gets the best of him as he shares his vests with the animals he meets. With no vest left for himself, poor little Robin huddles on an icy roof ... until someone very special comes to the rescue. REVIEW Robin eagerly looks forward to the arrival of Christmas.  His seven warm vests have him all ready to enjoy winter activities in the meantime.  But for each of the next seven days as Robin heads out to enjoy a variety of different activities, he comes across an animals suffering from the cold.  His kind heart leads him to give away all of his vests.  As he huddles, shivering on a roo

CHRISTMAS/WINTER BOARD BOOKS and EARLY READER: Christmas Puppy/Snoopy's Snow Day/Christmas is Here!

CHRISTMAS PUPPY A Wag My Tail Book by Salina Yoon Little Simon, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-5344-4343-3 Source: publisher for review Ages 0-3 Board book All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK A joyous puppy with a very twitchy tail is looking for the perfect holiday present in this re bark able Christmas novelty book from award-winning creator Salina Yoon. Christmas Puppy has a Christmas present under the tree...but which one is it? Help Puppy wag his tail whenever he helps open a new present! With a sturdy pull-tab that wags Puppy’s plush tail, this interactive novelty book is perfect for Christmas stockings. REVIEW A cute 10-page board book about a puppy looking for which present under the tree is his.  The first one is for the mouse, the second for hamster, and so on until puppy finds his present.  The book has a pull-tab that allows the young listener or reader to wag the puppy's tail as each present is found.  The pull tab is fun, but for me

CYBILS JUNIOR/SENIOR NONFICTION: Fly Girls/Creepy and True Mummies Exposed!/Torpedoed

FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History Young Reader's Edition by Keith O'Brien Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-328-61842-9 Source: publisher for review for Cybils Ages 12 and up All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK From NPR correspondent Keith O’ Brien comes this thrilling Young Readers' edition of the untold story about pioneering women, including Amelia Earhart, who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s—and won. In the years between World War I and World War II, airplane racing was one of the most popular sports in America. Thousands of fans flocked to multiday events, and the pilots who competed in these races were hailed as heroes. Well, the male pilots were hailed. Women who flew planes were often ridiculed by the press, and initially they weren’t invited to race. Yet a group of women were determined to take to the sky

CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS: Santa's Story/Dasher/The Great Santa Stakeout

SANTA'S STORY by Will Hillenbrand two lions, 2019 Source: purchased Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Santa is ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but he can’t find the reindeer anywhere. Dasher is busy dashing, Donner is dozing, and Cupid is crooning. It isn’t until Santa remembers their annual tradition—reading a Christmas story together—that the reindeer are ready. Reindeer merriment abounds in this charming yuletide tale about honoring the celebration of holiday customs with those you love. REVIEW Hillenbrand's adorable Santa and reindeer stand out in this sweet story about the importance of stories and traditions.  Santa's ready to leave on Christmas Eve when he discovers that the reindeer are not in the stable.  As he searches for them, the reindeer live up to their names by dancing, prancing, and dozing. The use of alliteration makes the book fun to read a loud.  When Santa can't find the reindeer, he resorts to

BLOG TOUR : Growing Up Gorilla by Clare Hodgson Meeker

GROWING UP GORILLA : How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together by Clare Hodgson Meeker Millbrook Press, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-5415-4240-2 Source: author for blog tour/review Ages 9-12 Middle grade nonfiction All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK This heartwarming true story chronicles what happened after a mother gorilla gave birth for the first time and then walked away from her newborn baby at Seattle's Woodland Park. The dedicated staff worked tirelessly to find innovative ways for mother and baby to build a relationship. The efforts were ultimately successful, as baby Yola bonded with her mother and the rest of the family group. AUTHOR LINKS https://www. https://www.facebook. com/clarehodgsonmeeker/ ClareMeeker https://www.   REVIEW   This tender story of the early life of a western lowland gorilla provides a glimpse into the world of a fascinating specie