It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers
This week, I’m happy to be sharing some recent releases from KidsCan Press.
There Was an Old Sailor – Claire Saxby
There was an old sailor who swallowed a krill
I don’t know why he swallowed a krill –
It’ll make him ill!
Ahoy mates! This lively nautical version of the classic and familiar song “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” would be a perfect book to read during a unit of study about the ocean. It is filled with many sea creatures – some familiar and others not so much and the delightful illustrations by Cassandra Allen are the perfect touch! I was also thinking it would be a fun book to use for visualizing!
The Mermaid and the Shoe – K. G. Campbell
Oh my – there are so many things I loved about this book! The story, the character, the illustrations… a definite must read! This book was inspired by classic fairy tales but takes on its own style. Minnow is the 50th daughter of King Neptune. While the other 49 daughters are remarkable, dearest Minnow is not. The only thing that makes her remarkable is the fact that she asks so many questions. (LOVE her!) Where do bubbles go? Why don’t crabs have fins? One day she discovers a mysterious object and her curiosity about it leads her on a journey of discovery. I won’t give it away – you must read it! This would make a wonderful book to promote the power of questioning.
A Fish Named Glub – Dan Bar-el
Here is another book that celebrates the power of questions! Glub is a fish who lives in a fishbowl and asks deep questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where do I belong? We meet many different patrons from the diner where he lives and they interact with Glub and try to help answer his questions. Each person we meet is either lonely or missing something in their lives and with the help of Glub (and a little magic) find answers to their own questions. This book is more suited for older students but would be a great one for questioning and inferring. I loved the illustrations and the voice of Glub.
The Most Magnificent Thing – Ashley Spires
A great connect book for all you inventors and perfectionists! This is the story of a little girl who wants to make the most magnificent thing. She knows exactly what its supposed to do and what it should look like. The only problem is, try as she might, she just can’t get it right. Eventually, she is overwhelmed with frustration – “I quit!” She goes for a walk, cools off, then goes back with a fresh outlook and new determination. I love how this book promotes many important issues – creativity, patience and determination – not to mention a positive model for how to deal with frustration! Great illustrations and a very cute doggie assistant!
Baseball Is… Louise Borden
Spring means many things to many people – but to my 15 yr. old son it is not about the chirping birds, bursting blossoms or budding tulips. To him, spring only means one thing – BASEBALL! So when I saw this book on display at the book store – I knew it was a must have for our house. But the good news is that you don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate or enjoy this fantastic book! This book is a sensory delight – filled with details of baseball facts, stats, rituals and players. The excitement and joy of the game spill out onto every page. The writing is amazing and I’m definitely going to add it to my collection of anchor books that model word choice. Take me out to the ball game – or just read this book!
The Wild Book – Margarita Engle
This book is based on the life of Margarita Engle’s grandmother, who suffered from dyslexia, or word blindness” as it was referred to in Cuba in the early 1900’s. Her mother gives her a notebook – or “wild book” and tells her to “think of this book as a garden – scatter your seeds all over the page”. The girl (Elfa) begins to write. The book is told in verse and I really enjoyed learning about life and war in Cuba during this time period. This book celebrates words, reading and writing and an inspiration to any child or adult who may experience literacy challenges.
Goodnight Songs – Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon was one of my favorite books to read to my children when they were younger so I was thrilled to learn of this new collection of unpublished lullabies by the late Margaret Wise Brown. They are illustrated by many a range of award winning illustrators and accompanied with music and a CD. Quiet songs and poems to play in your primary classroom or a lovely gift for a new baby.
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to know which book has caught your eye this week!