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Reviews by : Shawano City-County Library


Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This book truly hits the mark!  Exclamation Mark really is not sure about himself in life- he knows he's different from the others, it's just a matter of finding his own uniqueness.  This book is a great example about standing out and trying to fit in, but ultimately finding that being yourself is best.  A timeless tale for all children.

Author: Kathryn Galbraith

Even bunnies are prone to squabbles and hop, hop, hop off their own directions.  But...some things, like sweet green clover and red ripe berries, are just better with friends!  In a simple, easy to understand text for very young readers, this book is a great example of not getting along with friends and then reconciling again.

Losing a Parent

Author: Rebecca Cobb

This story begins "Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy.  I am not sure where she has gone."  The story continues through a child's eyes of losing his mommy.  It's a simple and honest approach to discussing an emotionally difficult subject.  Although sad in nature, the book also explores the positive- still being part of a family and that he will always be special to his mommy.  A very touching book.

Author: Steve Jenkins

This comprehensive compendium of the animal kingdom is not to be missed!  Jenkins' stunning work covers roughly 300 of the world's most remarkable animals.  Facts are presented in an accessible and informative way.  In Jenkins' own words he explains the book covers "the exotic and the everyday- and describes some of the amazing things they can do."  The book is a must- have for any fan of the natural world.

Author: Charlotte Forten

Capstone Press' series First-Person Histories are excellent resources for learning about key points in our American history through the eyes of those that lived it, presented in diary format.  The six titles in the series cover topics such as pioneer farms, covered wagons, Civil War, and more.  The short books are filled with colorful illustrations and easy to process tidbits of information.  The books include a glossary, discussion questions using the Common Core, related internet sites and bibliography for further reading.  Attractive format that makes learn history even more fun.

Title: Windblown
Author: Edouard Manceau

This cumulative tale is simply stunning!  From one scrap of paper to seven, new animals emerge each claiming the scraps as their own.  From chicken, to fish, to bird and more, the scraps come together forming new animals until finally the wind blows them all away.  The sparse words and illustrations leave a big impact.

Author: Rachel Vail

Piggy Liam looks like an ordinary pig- chubby, pink and cute- however, he's got one interest in life- to become the Easter Bunny!  Even though Liam's parents remind him that he's a great piglet just as he is, it's grandma and grandpa that help Liam achieve his dream, bring so much joy for this little oinker.  The book is a reminder that all of us are unique individuals with something to offer.

Cranky Happens

Author: Samantha Berger

This book shows that every kid- at some point or another- can be a CRANKENSTEIN!  Perhaps it's a too early wake up call in the morning being bumped on the head with a ball- watch out, because Crankenstein is sure to emerge!  The cure, you're wondering?  How about a little bit of laughter to send Crankenstein back into the shadows.  The illustrator his the mark with this book- alternating between mute, dark grumpy pictures and colorful illustrations.