Book Review: Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer I feel the target is mainly preschoolers, but I'd read this one to my fellow teachers in university! We are all deep in conversations about equality and inclusion these days and this wonderful story shows us the very important lessons about systemic racism … Continue reading A Brilliant Story About True Friendship
Book Reviews: Caps For Sale: A tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina I feel I've seen this one sometimes ago in my own childhood. A very simple tale with lots of repetition and an uncertain meaning. Great way to start a conversation with kids.... sometimes. As a teaching … Continue reading A Traditional Fable in Contemporary Wrappings
Book Review: You Made Me A Dad by Laurenne Sala What a wonderful book to read your child... of any age! I loved sharing this with my daughter and getting her hug in return. I can imagine reading this to a class of kids, kindergarten to about grade two. Doing it as a follow-up to … Continue reading Tears of joy
Book Review: Mr. Granite is from Another Planet by Dan Gutman Another hysterical read from Mr. Gunman! I loved this one too!!! In case you've forgotten and are just taking life way too seriously, follow the kids in this story and see how beautifully funny the world must be when everything is literal. Absolutely wonderful … Continue reading A child’s perspective is a guaranteed smile
Book Review: My Weird School #3: Mrs. Roopy is Loopy! by Dan Gutman I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Teaching is all about inspiring the love of learning, in my books. 😉 The illustrations complement the writing charmingly, and the writing... well, it's perfect for the kid in all of us! Every child has something special that … Continue reading Mrs. Roopy is the kind of teacher I want to be!
Book Review: Pete The Cat and the Bedtime Blues by James Dean Join Pete as he discovers that a trick his parents use to help him fall asleep really works on his friends too. At the same time, the friends all learn that there's a time to play and a time to rest... so they … Continue reading Time to sleep
Book Review: Papagayo: The Mischief Maker Beautifully illustrated.A fun story about ... The moon... or is it more.Amazing use of vocabulary. I'm guessing an Aztec or Inca tale. It would be wonderful to share this in any class and ask my students to discuss what they think it's about.What's the significance of Papagayo in this … Continue reading Beautiful Indigenous folk tales for everyone!
Book Review: Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Please keep in mind that I consider books as teaching tools, especially children's books. I look for one's that offer teachable moments and morality questions that could stimulate discussion. This one could, but I'm not sure it would be obvious to the students. The illustrations are cute.The … Continue reading Cute, but what else do I need? You be the judge.
Book Review: Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe by Junia Wonders The rhymes are cute and the illustrations are wonderful. I'm not sure what the message is meant to be, nor the age of the audience for this book. The moral might be that sharing is good, greed is bad and both have consequences. The … Continue reading Teaching With Uncertain Fables
Book Review: Red - A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall This is one of those gems adults get to experience, unless under special circumstances. If you're in a teacher training course and have a clever mentor, if you got it as a gift to read your own child, or if you are a wise teacher … Continue reading Amazing Reinterpretation of The Ugly Ducking