Sunday, June 28, 2015

Children's Book Review: Birthday Mice!

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Mice are having a birthday! It's going to be a great day!
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Birthday Mice
Bethany Roberts
BIBLIO: 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ages 3 to 5, $3.99.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Early Reader
ISBN:  9780544456068

Reading a book is a great experience. Young learners will get a kick out of this quick fun read. A little mouse is turning two years old. He is dressed like a cowboy from the old west with a hat, scarf and even a sheriff’s badge pinned to his vest. His family is busy blowing up balloons, hanging decorations, setting tables and putting candles on a giant cupcake. But, the rambunctious little cowboy is creating mayhem while bopping around on his wooden horse. He pops a balloon. Mom and Dad are not very happy. When guest arrive and the music begins, this little buckaroo dances about and creates a do-si-do mess.

Readers will have to see if the birthday party continues. Author Bethany Roberts has created an easy to read and follow story for beginning readers. This level one read has simple words, rhymes and rhythms showcasing colorful illustrations with recognizable objects in a familiar scenario. Parents, teachers and care givers will love the variety in the series as they watch young one read and turn the pages of this story all by themselves.
BIBLIO: 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ages 3 to 5, $3.99.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Early Reader
ISBN:  9780544456068

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Children's Book Reviews Featuring Author Carole P. Roman

I review a lot of books for children. I love sharing my reviews and the books I receive from the many talented authors. But one author, Carole P. Roman, stands out because she produces lots of books and sends them to me often. She is a writing queen and inspires me to get busy writing too!

Carole P. Roman
Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned business woman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Captain No Beard has developed into a series of 3 more books. Her next project is the book series I Want To Do Yoga Too. She is currently working on a new educational series that explores different cultures from a child's point of view.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Children's Book Giveaway: The Last Bunny In Brooklyn

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Young children will enjoy this heartfelt story of a very lonely bunny.
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Title: The Last Bunny In Brooklyn
Author: Zetta Elliot
Illustrations: Babs Webb
Publisher:  Rosetta Press
ISBN:  9781500870416


Chloe is a sweet little bunny who lives in a burrow at a museum in Brooklyn. She visits her cousins, brothers and sisters in their nearby burrows once a month. When she goes to visit, no bunnies are found. Chloe asks other animals if they’ve seen any of her kind. Rat and the cardinals have not. Professor Pigeon stated that the bunnies might be extinct like some of the other animals in the museum. When Chloe visited raccoon he simply thought they left for greener grasses. While eating some rose petals Chloe noticed the gardener speaking to her. The gardener mentioned a mysterious plague. Is this what happened to Chloe’s family?

Author Zetta Elliott has spun a delightful story about a lonely but very important rabbit. Parents and teachers will be able to open up dialogue regarding the importance of zoos, museums and extinction with young children. Readers will enjoy this thought provoking story. The soft and somewhat dark illustrations, truly set the mood for what the story is trying to convey, which is the grim reality of extinction.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Children's Book Review: Red Cloud's War

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Author Paul Goble and Wisdom Tales Press bring the story of Red Cloud to life.
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Title: Red Cloud’s War
Author: Paul Goble
Illustrations: Paul Goble
Publisher:  Wisdom Tale Press
ISBN:  9781937786380


In the mid 1800’s America was going through many changes. The Civil War had ended and the reconstruction period was underway. Native Americans were being displaced and pioneers were traveling west for the gold rush.

During the gold rush the most commonly used trail was The Bozeman Trail. This trail went through the Lakota territory. Because this area was so popular for travel the U.S. government built army forts to protect the pioneers from Indian attacks. This route threatened the hunting ground of Native Americans. As a result, Chief Red Cloud gathered his people in preparation to fight. Red Cloud’s War lasted two years. His men attacked forts, soldiers and stopped pioneers from utilizing the trail. The U.S. Troops were not prepared for such a battle and decided to make peace instead of war. The Lakota were moved to a reservation. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before gold rush enthusiasts still continued to trespass.

Author and historian Paul Goble has reunited readers with a story that speaks truths about what happened during Red Cloud’s War. The foreword is written by Robert Lewis, a Cherokee, Navaho, and Apache storyteller. Illustrations, created by Goble, were on loan for this project from the South Dakota Art Museum. The color and detail truly bring this story to life. Parents and teachers can engage readers with these historical events. This exciting account will have readers flipping the pages over and over again.

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