Feathers: Not Just for Flying

April 24th, 2014 · Books

FeathersReview By HEATHER CLARK

Did you know that in addition to their use in flying and for body warmth, feathers can be used to make noise, dig, act as sunscreen, help a bird sink, swim or slide, even function as snowshoes or a scrub brush?!

Kids can learn all there is to know about feathers in Feathers: Not Just for Flying, a gorgeous and informative book by author Melissa Stewart and illustrator Sarah S. Brannen.

The book is laid out in a scrapbook style and highlights sixteen different bird types from around the world. The author explains different varieties of feathers and goes over their use. Brilliant watercolor illustrations feature true-to-life depictions of each bird, including close-ups of their feathers. Alongside there are pictures of everyday objects to help relate the unique feather capabilities to the job performed.

This is a nonfiction book, aimed at the early elementary age group. The text and photos are well researched, and the author has done a great job making it engaging as well as instructional.

In discussing the review copy with our child, we both deemed it enjoyable and worth having in our library, but one not likely to be re-read often.

The publisher sent this book for review.

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Posie Pixie and the Torn Tunic

April 21st, 2014 · Books

TornTunicCoverReview By CAROLYN M. MULLIN

Minus a brief reference to ham on page 16, this 52-page book (received as a review copy) is one I wished was in my library when I was a young gal. Adorably British, this elementary reader centers on a delightful little pixie named Posie who wanders through a charming woods on her many adventures.

In this particular title in The Whimsy Wood Series, Posie is seeking blackberries for making pies and jams. En route she encounters all sorts of wonderful creatures: Wibble Woodlouse (who wears a coat decorated with pumpkins), Raspberry Rabbit, Mrs. Spottisdowne sparrow who speaks in a fun Irish accent, and a band of enigmatic ants. The sparrow helps mend Posie’s tunic, which is the main issue in this story, and illuminates the reader on what the adage “a stitch in time saves nine” signifies.

Parents and children alike will enjoy the atypical verbiage found in Posie Pixie and the Torn Tunic: whilst, scurried, idle gossip, scrum-diddly-umptios, and other fun words. Trying to speak like Mrs. Spottisdowne will also be a laugh-out-loud experience, I think.

Ages 5-8.

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The Mouse and the Meadow

April 4th, 2014 · Books

9781584694823Review By JACQUELINE BODNAR

In this story a young mouse ventures out on his own and finds out that nature can be both beautiful and dangerous when you are a mouse. The mouse makes his way through the meadow, meeting various animals along the way. What the mouse learns is that there are some animals that will be friendly to him, while others may bring danger.

This book gives children a good look at nature in the meadow, from the point of view of a mouse, who learns valuable life lessons along the way. While the mouse fears being in nature, because he may become lunch, a friendly animal teaches the mouse that there are many great things about the meadow, too.

There is nothing in this book that vegetarian parents would not want their child exposed to. In fact, it would make a great addition to their book collection. It focuses on nature, is beautifully illustrated, and offers additional educational information in the back, including a look at the idea of animals talking in children’s books. This is a nice book all the way around and one that parents and kids alike will enjoy.

Dawn Publications provided a review copy.

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The Swamp Where Gator Hides

March 30th, 2014 · Books

9781584694717Review By JACQUELINE BODNAR

The Swamp Where Gator Hides takes kids on a little journey with a gator. It takes place in the Florida Everglades, giving children an idea of the types of life they may find in the swamp. Gator is hungry, and while the reader wonders what he will make his meal, the story finishes without him actually eating anything.

This book provides a look at nature and the habits of gators. There isn’t anything in it that vegetarian families should object to, despite the gator’s prey being discussed. It’s a nice book that has been beautifully illustrated and would make a good addition to any child’s book collection.

In addition to the story about gator, this book ends with a page dedicated to explaining more about what a swamp is. There is also a section that offers information on some of the various animals you would find in the swamp, including turtles, snakes, ducks, bullfrogs, and more. They finish the book with tips from the author, to help children get more out of the information, and tips from the illustrator, shedding light on how the illustrations are done.

Dawn Publications provided a review copy.

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