Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen 
by Jerry Pinkney

This is a wonderful rendition of the classic story of The Little Red Hen. As I was reading along to the kids, we talked about how hard working and diligent the hen was and how lazy the other animals were. As with most versions of this story, the kids chimed in with "Not I" as the animals refused to help the hen. However, they were excited to see that the farmer in the story was "brown like them." This is, of course, a great story to teach about diligence! We enjoyed it!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating FathersIn Daddy's Arms I Am Tall
Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

This is a collection of poems celebrating African American fathers and the influence that they have over their families. The poems are coupled with the artwork of Javaka Steptoe. This would made a nice gift for dad.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Peeny Butter Fudge

Peeny Butter FudgePeeny Butter Fudge
by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison
illustrated by Joe Cepeda

While mom heads out, Nana is left with the children and a schedule and instructions to follow. However, this fun-loving grandmother doesn't quite adhere to the instructions, but her and the kids sure have a great time. Just before the mother returns, Nana and the kids make a batch of peeny butter fudge, a secret family recipe. Mother returns and sees the huge mess that Nana and the kids made. However, before she can begin to reprimand, she catches a whiff of the delicious peeny butter fudge and remembers making it herself as a child. Want to make peeny butter fudge? There is a recipe in the back of the book!

My kids LOVED this book. They thought Nana was so much fun! We even followed the recipe and made our own batch of peeny butter fudge.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rhyme Time Valentine

Rhyme Time Valentine
by Nancy Poydar

Ruby loves Valentines Day and her favorite color is red! For Valentines Day she decides to make rhyming valentines for her classmates. However, with a whip and dip of the wind, her red, hand-made, heart-shaped valentines flutter away. After being quite upset about the valentines, Ruby is very excited when she notices passerby's catching her valentines as the swish through the wind. My kids really enjoyed this book and were excited to make their own heart-shaped valentines!

FYI, the book does use the word "dumb." We do not use this word in our home. So I thought I would forewarn you in case you do the same. As I read the book to the kids, I simply skipped over it and used another more appropriate word in its place.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fish School

Fish SchoolFish School
by Nancy Poydar

Charlie got a goldfish for his birthday and he vowed to teach Wishy everything he learned! Attempting to follow through with his promise, Charlie secretly hides Wishy in his backpack and takes him on the school field trip to the aquarium! After he misplaces his backpack, Charlie and his classmates stick together like a school of fish and search for Wishy together!

This is a really cute  book! My kids LOVED it! In fact, the proclaimed that they wanted to get another fish and name him Wishy. However, fish tend to have a short life span in our house, so I really do not see a Wishy in our near future!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pinata in a Pine Tree

A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of ChristmasPinata in a Pine Tree
by Pat Mora
illustrated by Magaly Morales

A Pinata in a Pine Tree is a Latino Twelve Days of Christmas book. I think the kid's favorite part of the book was my attempt at singing the song with all of the Spanish words! My favorite part was when the kids chimed in and we all belted out "On the ___ day of Christmas me amiga game to me...a pinata in a pine tree."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

N is for Navidad

N is for NavidadN is for Navidad
by Susan Middleton Elya & Merry Banks
illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Celebrate Christmas Latino style with this festive Spanish alphabet book! With each letter of the alphabet you are introduced to another Christmas tradition as well as another Spanish word! My kids and I loved all of the colorful pages and it was fun for them to learn some new Spanish words!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before Christmas
by Rachel Isadora

This is a wonderfully unique version of the beloved holiday story, The Night Before Christmas. It takes place in an African village where everyone is excited about the arrival of Santa and his reindeer. This is a captivating book, full of bright, vibrant colors. My kids were enthralled with each turn of the page! They loved seeing a Santa that looked like them!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Messy Bessy's Holidays

Messy Bessey's Holidays (Rookie Readers)Messy Bessy's Holidays
by Patricia & Fredrick McKissack
illustrated by Dana Regan

This is a rookie reader book about a girl named Bessy and how she bakes holiday cookies to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. After cleaning up her mess, she gives the cookies to her neighbors who celebrate the different holidays! There is even a sugar cookie recipe at the end of the book so that you and your little one can make holiday cookies as well!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sweets and Treats

by Toni Trent Parker
photos by Earl Anderson

This is a rhyming Halloween book that features photos of kids in different costumes. While there are no scary costumes, there is a reference to ghosts and witches:

"Ghosts and witches don't scare me.
I'm a firefighter-brave as can be."


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