Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Read the traditional nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?

Paperback, 24 pages, Reading Level: Gr. K-1, Tadpoles Series – “Engaging illustrations highlight simple stories that repeat words and phrases to help build reading skills.”

This easy reader book teaches rhyme. The original version is followed by another version of the same style. Good illustrations. I like this one!

 

Natural resources on Earth are at risk of running out. Using too many natural resources, such as water, trees, and fossil fuels, is putting pressure on our supplies and damaging the environment. Discover the facts about how resources are used around the world, which resources are renewable and non-renewable, and what the future of natural resource management looks like.

Paperback, 32 pages, Reading Level: Gr. 5, Eco Facts Series – “vividly illustrated guides to the environmental challenges affecting our planet. Each book explores real-life examples of environmental threats, disasters, and solutions. Young readers will discover fascinating facts and statistics and learn some simple ways they can make a difference.”

This book has plenty of illustrations and photos on every page and the text is neatly organized and interesting. It’s helpful that it includes a table of contents, glossary and index. Crabtree Publishing’s website says there is a free downloadable teacher’s guide for this book but I don’t see it listed with the other teacher support materials accessible from their home page.

Crabtree Publishing Company is dedicated to producing high-quality books and educational products for K-9+.

Crabtree Publishing Company provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Picture of Room on Our Rock

There are two ways to read this story. When read from left to right, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. When the book is read backward, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock. A heartwarming story about sharing and compassion.

Hardcover book, 32 pages. ages 4-8. 

The carefully chosen words complete another story when the book is read again by turning the pages from the last page back to the first. There are full page illustrations but limited text. To me, the limited words create more of a poem feel than an typical story. 

It appears that $1 from every book supports the Refugee Action Support Program. The author’s website states Room on our Rock is “a story about empathy and thinking about others where as older readers are making connections to social issues.” I do not care to have a social message in a child’s book. 

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Author: Libby Walden
Illustrator: Clover Robin

 

Each hard cover book offers 12 pages of of information and illustration about nature and the natural world.

Animal introductions come by rhyming text and pop-up illustration. A few additional facts are also included. Text is age appropriate and catchy.

This is an excellent first information book. The illustrations go beyond any age limitations; they are beautiful and captivating! The amazing pop-ups by Clover Robin bring each animal scene to life.

Expect rhyming text, pop-up illustrations, animal and habitat facts. Provides STEM applications. Highly recommend.

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

 

 

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How many bugs can you count? From walking sticks to spittlebugs, dragonflies to katydids, discovering 10 bugs at a time, you just might see 100 bugs!

Little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure. With Suzanne Kaufman’s bright, whimsical illustrations and Kate Narita’s clever rhyming text, 100 Bugs! is part look-and-find, part learning experience, and all kinds of fun. 

This is a hardcover picture book that’s about the combinations of ten. And bugs. And flowers. This story offers a discovery on every page. Lovely illustrations and rhyming text, this is a cute book kiddos will enjoy. A valuable addition for school and family libraries. 

Kate Narita provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The almost true story of Steve, a very scary fish.
 
Steve is not very big. His teeth aren’t very sharp. And even though he’s no Angel Fish, there are far scarier fish in the sea. So why are all the other fish so frightened of him?
 
This very funny story is full of real facts (mutualistic relationship between sharks and pilot fish) and introduces a range of sea creatures in a fun and appealing way. It’s also fun to read over and over again.

Megan’s underwater illustrations are simple but with that important detail that keeps a young listener interested and amused. The last page spread is the true part of the story explaining the relationship between pilot fish and sharks. A fun book and educational, too. This is Megan’s second picture book. I say it’s a charming book for ages 4-8. 

 

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter and poet Eric Ode joins forces with New York Times bestselling illustrator Ruth Harper in this gentle, stunningly beautiful homage to all things wetland. From raccoons to muskrats, frogs to heron, it’s a celebration of biodiversity, art, poetry and healthy ecosystems.

February 2019

A poetry book for younger kids definitely needs illustrations and Ruth Harper does a terrific job. Her illustrations are a great compliment to each poem. They set the scene for each poetry selection. The author, Eric Ode, has put together 18 short poems about the inhabitants of the wetlands. Readers can learn about what’s found in this ecosystem and enjoy the expressiveness that’s found in a poem. A wonderful book for ages 5 and up. 

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes

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Plant, Cook, Eat!  is published by Charlesbridge Publishing. They offer “high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners.” 

Hardcover, 112 pages. Ages 7-10; Grades 2-5

The book starts with some gardening information and plant science for elementary students. The remaining book consists of several vegetables (I count 16 veggies) that are presented with basic how-to growing tips followed by one recipe that includes that veggie. Adult assistance is required for both the gardening and cooking instructions in this book.

I find the “plant” section of the book useful. The “Cook” and “Eat”,  not so much. Overall, the book didn’t meet my expectations. 

Charlesbridge provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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