Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Review- Birdsong

By Ellie Sandall
Published by Egmont USA
To Be Released (in the US) on March 22nd, 2011 TODAY
Released in the UK on February 1st, 2010
Source- Book from the Egmont
Ages- 4 yrs & up
5 stars- A Great Read

A lone bird sits in a big tree, merrily singing its tune to the world. But soon it will be joined by a friend, and then another, and another. . . . As each colorful bird lands on the branch of the tree it joins the last in a cheerful song. But one flashy bird wants to rule the roost - until something small changes his tune (quoted from Goodreads).

This is a fun short story, with vivid colors and simple words that will capture the attention of both toddlers and beginning readers.

With each page of the book, another brightly colored bird comes and joins in with the bird song. The birds all sit together on the branch and continue singing as more and more birds join them, until a flashy, loud bird joins them, and he wants to be the loudest of the group. That is until something changes his tune and that something is a very small quiet thing.

My kids and I adore this story, as my son enjoys reading the story outloud and my daughter loves the brightly colored birds in the pictures. I like the story as it captures both of my children's attention while sharing a great message to kids that they don't always have to be the best and loudest at everything they do. I would recommend picking up this as it's fitting for both the classroom and at home, and it's one preschool age kids on up will enjoy.

Book Review- One Magical Morning

By Claire Freedman
Published by Sandy Creek
Released on April 25th, 2010 & April 4th, 2005
Source- Bought
5 stars- It's A Great Read

Join Little Bear and his mommy as they wander through the dewy grass. As the silvery moon, fades and the stars melt away, squirrels, mice and other come out to play (quoted from the back of the book).

This is a cute story about a little bear who's ventures w/ his mother through their wood in the morning and he observes the things happening around him. From the sun rising, to the foxes running in the meadow, the birds singing, little bear is in awe of the world that surrounds him.

The illustrations are beautiful and perfect for young children. The coloring will capture their attention and they'll enjoy seeing how the various woodland animals going about their morning. This is a fun read and a great way to talk your little ones on a walk in the woods with out venturing outdoors. I'd recommend this book for toddlers on up.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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