Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Clara Lee likes her best friends, her grandpa, kimchi, candy necklaces (her signature look!), and the idea of winning the Little Miss Apple Pie contest.
Clara Lee doesn't like her mom's fish soup, bad dreams (but Grandpa says they mean good luck!), speaking in public, or when her little sister is being annoying.
One day, after a bad dream, Clara Lee is thrilled to have a whole day of luck (Like!). But then, bad luck starts to follow (Dislike!). When will Clara Lee's luck change again? Will it change in time for the Little Miss Apple Pie contest? (quoted from Goodreads).
Sunday, April 24, 2011
By Jan Brett
If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he chooses the empty blue eggshell to reward Hoppi for his kindness.
Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin’s family drama unfolds.
A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit (quoted from Goodreads).
It's Easter and the rabbits are trying to get ready before the Easter Bunny comes. Each spring the rabbits gather the perfect items to help them create a beautiful unique egg, in hopes that the Easter Bunny will find their egg the most beautiful. If the Easter Bunny chooses their egg, they get to help him deliver the Easter Eggs.
Hoppi takes readers from rabbit to rabbit who are decorating their eggs, and he's hoping to come up with an idea on how to decorate his own. My kids loved seeing the variety of eggs that each bunny makes. Some our out of things you'd find in the woods, some are painted, some our carved. Each egg is created uniquely and each one is beautiful. During Hoppi's pondering on what kind of egg he can create it, Mother Robbin loses an egg from her nest. Hoppi takes it upon himself to protect the fallen egg and stays with it until something wonderful happens. Hoppi's created the most beautiful Easter egg and doesn't even realize it.
We are huge fans of Jan Brett's, well I should admit that I have a weakness to her books. Her illustrations are beautiful and really bring her stories to life. The Easter Egg is no exception. Not only is the story cute, but there's a wonderful message included in the story. Based on illustrations alone I highly recommend picking this book up. It's one that will be treasured for Easter's to come.
You can visit Jan's site here to find some fun The Easter Egg activities for kids.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist, environmentalist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global nonprofit organization that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.
With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall's autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young—and young at heart (quoted from Goodreads).
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Quiet Bunny loves the bright colors of spring: the yellow ducks, green frogs, and blue jays-everything but his own brown, wintry white fur. It takes the help of a wise old owl for Bunny to realize that it's the rainbow of colors-including his own-that makes the world so beautiful (quoted from Goodreads).
Quite Bunny's Many Colors pages are full of vivid bright colors and wonderful illustrations. We enjoyed learning about the different colors of spring and what animals, bugs and plants have those colors. I love the story's wonderful message and that's the importance of loving the differences that make us all unique. This is a wonderful book for preschool age kids and one I highly recommend picking up. It's already become a huge hit in our home.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! But it turns house Arthur is making a poster listing all the ways to save energy at home—and go green!
Just in time for Earth Day, this heartwarming story will be printed on recycled paper with soy based ink (quoted from Goodreads).
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
Released on April 6th, 2010
Source- book from Joan Holub for review
5 stars- It's A Great Read
AS PERSEPHONE'S MOTHER ENCOURAGES HER to do, she often "goes along to get along" instead of doing what she really wants. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels she has found someone with whom she can be herself. He's the first person who actually listens to her, and she finds herself liking him, despite the fact that the other goddessgirls think he's bad news. But if he makes her feel so special -- and so comfortable -- can he really be all that bad? (quoted from Goodreads).
I absolutely love this middle grade series! Not only is this a great way to introduce younger readers to greek mythology, but Joan and Suzanne have a wonderful message with each story. What I loved about Persephone is that she learns to not only find her own voice, but she teaches her friends that you can't always judge someone by how they look or where they live. I liked the interaction between her and Hades. I highly recommend picking up this series and I'm really looking forward to sharing my reviews for the other books in the series.