Friday, August 14, 2020

When Pumpkins Fly by Margaret Lawrence

This is a cute tale of how children in remote areas get their pumpkins and celebrate Halloween. 

Inhabit media and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 8th.

The illustrations are lovely.  It's amazing what happens to the pumpkin in the extreme cold.  You even learn a couple of new words.  This would make a wonderful Halloween gift!  Just be sure you explain the spirits away...

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood, Don Wood

The little Mouse looks out his door and finds a gorgeous red strawberry ready for picking.  He gets his ladder and goes out to pick it.  While he's harvesting it, he finds out there is a bear in the woods who loves strawberries too.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.

The mouse tries all kinds of unique ways to hide his strawberry, but he knows the bear will find it.  So he does the most sensible thing, he cuts it in half, shes it with the narrator, and eats his half.  The perfect solution!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Kits, Cubs, and Calves by Suzie Napayok-Short, Tamara Campeau


Take a trip to Alaska from your comfortable reading chair.

Inhabit Media and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.

When a little girl goes to stay with her aunt and uncle, she learns a lot about nature.  She sees a fox and her kits on the way home.  They are going on a picnic the next day and will get to view polar bears and their cubs.  It used to be a camp for her family but the bears took it over.

On the boat, heading for the island, she sees beluga whales and the calf one mother has.  Then a whale calf shows up all alone.  The mother adopts that one so her baby has a companion.  Seeing the interaction of the animals is a lot like humans.

This is good way to learn about animals.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Snoozapalooza by Kimberlee Gard, Vivian Mineker

Mouse goes in his den to take a snooze.  After all, it's winter and time to sleep.

Familius and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.

The little mouse is sleeping away and doesn't notice as other animals join him..  This will help your little one learn to count.  A nice variety of animals all snuggle together until there are ten of them.  Soon their snoring disturbs the forest.

It's fun to watch what the other animals do to wake them up!

Everyone is friends in this story and it's very sweet.  Small ones will enjoy reading it.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Dragon Mountain by Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang

Billy Chan is being sent to a Chinese language and culture class this summer.  He hates it.  But, surprisingly, he finds himself making friend with a few kids.  Maybe it won't be so bad...

Sterling Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.

With Dylan O’Donnell, Charlotte Bell, and Liu Ling-Fei, they set out to find the item on their scavenger hunt.  They take a short cut that Liu knows about.  They pavilion that's supposed to have monkeys all over it has a tiger instead.  Despite their fear they attempt to stay safe.  The tiger is not playing that game, though.  Then there is an earthquake...

When they go back to camp, no one felt the earthquake.  They also get in trouble for going the way they did.  And they came in last at the scavenger hunt.  But they saw a dragon and intend to go back.  The next free morning they have they enter the cave.  They are amazed the dragon can talk in their language.  He invites three more dragons out and then tells the four children they are meant to bond with them.

They do, and they name their dragons.  In no time at all, they are in a war with the evil dragons who want to take over the world.  It's a hard nasty fight but the good dragons win.  The only problem is the bad dragon kidnapped Dylan.  Billy won't leave until he gets him back...

The next book will continue the adventure.  This was a fun book to read and should grip the young readers.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Find Me! Adventures in the Forest by Agnese Baruzzi

This book is intended for children but some of the questions stumped me, too.  They give you several things to search for on each page.  Give this to a child with patience.  Some of the searches take awhile.

The book was sent to me to read and review.  It has been published and you can grab it now.  There are more in this series.

I enjoy looking for differences.  These pages are full of animals and it's a challenge to find all three things they have you look for.  But it's fun!  Why not surprise your child with a copy and see how they do?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Chestnut by Jennifer Li Shotz

Chestnut got lost in the woods and was hungry for both love and food.  Meg is working with her family on the Christmas tree farm.  When she heads for home, she hears a dog whimpering and goes to look.  He's got his head stuck in the fence.  She gets him loose and then hides him in an outbuilding they don't use anymore.  She takes him food and water, loves him, and walks him when she can.

HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.

She asks again, but her parents say no to having a dog.  She lies rather revealing the truth and when the dog gets out and comes in the house, she's in big trouble...

They tell her it has to go to the pound.  As soon as they have delivered the dog there and she's home, she goes to visit her friend who has dogs.  He asks if they could foster a new dog.  His parents say yes, but not for long.  When they get to the pound, the lady tells them the dog has already been adopted.  As Meg feels her stomach sinking, she hears the lady say the dog had four white paws.  Her dog only had one and he's still there.

Then someone stole a bunch of their trees at the back of the property.  The sheriff says there's no way to prove who the trees belonged to, so don't expect recovery.  Meg takes Chestnut to the back of the property and has him track them to their house.  Then she starts for home but it's night, it's cold, the ground is rough and she falls.  Will her parents find her in the snow off the farm land?