Saturday, November 28, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Thunder Egg

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A heart waring tale of bravery and sacrifice to save a people.

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Title:  The Thunder Egg
Author: Tim J. Myers
Illustrations: Winfield Coleman
Publisher:  Wisdom Tales Press
ISBN:   9781937786397


A shy young girl called Stands-By-Herself, a Cheyenne, lived with her grandmother on the Great Plains. She was often teased by other children because she was so different. She liked to dream and gaze at the new moon. One day she found a large rock that looked like a giant egg. Her grandmother told her that it might have been laid by a Thunderbird, the rain bringer. The young girl cared for the large egg and even created a song for it.

The summer was hot and dry. Some people got sick and most were hungry and suffering because it hadn’t rained in a very long time. If the stories were true that a Thunderbird could bring rain, then Stands-By-Herself would have to sacrifice her egg. Is she brave enough and strong enough to save her people? Will the Thunderbird come?

Author Tim J. Myers has created a story that teaches bravery and sacrifice. Simple sentence structure and the soft tone of the story match the beautiful illustrations. The illustrations truly depict the simplicity of Native American living. Parents and teachers will love the underlying message and can discuss what life was like for these people long ago. This book features an Afterword by the author, informative Notes on the Illustrations, and a bibliography.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Max and Bear Children's Book Review

KBN is giving away a cute cuddly story. For a chance to win be sure to follow, share and leave a comment. Offer expires 11/27/15,

Title: Max and Bear
Author: Pam Saxelby
Illustrations: Stephen Adams
Publisher:  Archway Publishing
ISBN:  9781480807907


Bear is soft, plain, and cuddly. He is waiting for baby Max to be born. Bear wasn’t prepared for what was to come. When Max arrived he liked to play with Sophie the Giraffe, because she squeaked. As Max grew he played with Turtle because he played music. Max kept growing and Bear kept waiting. One day after eating too much avocado Max wailed with a tummy ache. Not Sophie the giraffe nor Turtle’s music could calm him down. Who do you think could?
Author Pam Saxelby has created a heartfelt story about a baby and a bear. Visually captivating illustration share the stories warmth. Simple sentence structure make for a great read for beginners.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Night On Fire Children's Book Review & Giveaway

Freedom Riders were an important part of history. Billie and Jarmaine will soon become a part of the fight for the rights of a people.

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Title: Night On Fire
Author:  Ronald Kidd
Illustrations: David Wardle
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN: 9780807570241


Billie Sims lives in the town of Anniston, Alabama. In her time blacks are segregated from whites. It’s just the way it is and in the 13 years of her life she’d never known any other way. When a bus full of Freedom Riders is attacked in her town she watches as the violence towards the blacks on the bus unfolds. The police, along with her father, did nothing to help. When she meets and befriends her maid’s daughter Jarmaine, her life begins to change.

Billie and Jarmaine get on a bus to Birmingham. They want to see Martin Luther King, Jr speak. On their journey they adjusted to becoming Freedom Riders themselves. As Billie witnesses how blacks are treated, she has realized her own actions and how much segregation there really was and that she had been a part of it. Can Billie continue to stand by and accept this world or will she gain the courage to fight for a right way and better way of life for a people?

Author Ronald Kidd has taken a touchy but yet historical situation and given readers the point of view of a young white girl in the south. Although the story has sensitive parts it is not so harsh that young readers will shy away. This story needs to be told and young readers will be engaged. The story flows well and the characters are relatable. Teachers can utilize this tool as a way to ask and answer questions regarding the Civil Rights Movement. Parents can use this tool as a way of sharing family history and what they were doing during this era if applicable.

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