Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Review- Clavis Young Reader Story Books

By Pierre Winters
Illustrated by Barbara Ortelli
Published by Clavis Publishing
Released on May 1st, 2011
Ages 5 & up
Source: book to review from publisher
4 stars- A fun read with whimsical illustrations

Nina is a young girl of six who is often grumpy and impolite. Her lack of respect and compassion earns her a visit to the circus of Mr. Thankyouplease, where the clever ringmaster tries to teach Nina some good manners. This picture book makes a plea for respect and politeness and explains how kind words and thoughtful manners can make life more pleasant.

With bright, whimsical illustrations, kids will love reading Nina's story on how she learned to use her manners. Nina often forgets to be nice and to use her manners until one day she finds herself at the Circus of Good Manners. This is no ordinary circus, it's a magical one that Nina finds through a whole in a tree when she hears someone calling her name. From there Nina finds herself in a circus that only uses good manners. She learns the importance of talking nice and using her manners all the time.

I loved the illustrations and the story's message. This is one that kids and parents will enjoy reading together.

Published by Clavis Publishing
Released on June 1st, 2011
Source- book from publisher for review
Ages 5 & up
3 stars- It's A Good Read

On a very hot night, Ricky decides to keep cool by sleeping outside in his tent, just as the other young bunnies do. Ricky's parents gently ask him if he will be all right outside by himself. He tries to be courageous as there are many new sounds outside at night. With the help of his Zorro cape, Ricky shows how he deals with being afraid of the dark and encourages emotional development in young readers who experience similar obstacles.

Ricky's story is one younger readers will relate to. Like many kids, Ricky enjoys being outside on hot summer days playing with his friends, swimming and eating an ice cream cone. With the warmer summer night's Ricky wants to camp out in his back yard. With fun, colorful illustrations, kids will enjoy reading about Ricky over coming his fears of sleeping in a tent alone. Ricky uses his imagination and a little reassurance from his Mum and Dad to realize that he really is brave.
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