Saturday, May 9, 2009
Recent Reading with the Children
Little Beauty by Anthony Browne: Love, love, love this story. Who can resist a gorilla and a kitten who are best friends?
The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth: Muth's books are lesson stories, but not in a preachy way.
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen: Violet is a spunky little girl who doesn't give up on her dreams even in the face of teasing. In the end she becomes a hero.
A Home for Dakota by Jane Zita Grover: A sweet story. Dakota is a dog rescued from a puppy mill. The descriptions of her condition when found are realistic so the subject matter may be overwhelming for highly sensitive children. There is a happy ending though.
Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire A. Nivola: A biography of Wangari Maathai, who returned to Kenya, after studying in the United States, to find that the countries natural vegetation had been obliterated. She began a grassroots campaign among the women of the country to replant the trees. She won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.
<Willougby and the Lion by Greg Foley: Given ten wishes by a magical lion will Willoghby figure out what the best thing of all is?
Imagine a Place by Sarah L. Thomson which has beautiful illustrations, but I didn't feel like the idea was very well executed. Some of the verses really didn't make much sense...
Violet and Winston by Sonya Sones: Another book about unlikely friendship.
Anna's Wish by Bruno Hachler: A little girl's magical wish comes true.