Sunday, July 10, 2016

Monday Reading - A Giveaway!



           Every Monday, it's a pleasure to link up with a group that reviews books they want to share with others. Come discover new books!
          Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.   
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         At last, after waiting for a long while, Aaron Becker's Journey Trilogy comes to an end with another gorgeous adventure to sink into, Return!

        Aaron Becker enthralled us with Journey, a wordless picture book that held a stern message to parents who are spending too much time away from their children. A young girl is shown to be so lonely that she draws herself into an adventure, filled with the wonder of a castle with all its elements. The illustrations keep one on each page for a long, long time admiring the details, and then discovering more! They are spell-binding! There is sadness, adventure, and a special surprise at the end. I imagine using this to tell stories, to find one's own red crayon and take off on a new adventure.  This book was named a Caldecott Honor book in 2014.

        


          As this young girl ended that fantastical Journey, a boy joined her in QuestI wondered if Aaron Becker could show us another story so filled with adventure as he did with Journey, and he did. Again, I pored over the beautiful, detail-filled pages, finding new things each time while enjoying the story. This time, the children help save a friendly king, in what appears to be an overthrow of his kingdom. They are helped by a purple bird, experience one escape in an underwater adventure, with even the bird having its own air tank!  I loved anticipating the “what’s next” and think it would be wonderful to sit with a small group, each one adding to a group story. What a terrific book!


Thanks to Candlewick Press, I'm able to offer a giveaway for these first two books in this trilogy. Return's book birthday is August 2nd, just a few weeks from now!




      It's a challenge to review this final book and not give anything away. I want readers to have the joy of discovery themselves. This time, finally, the father notices his little girl is gone, we know off on another adventure with her friend. However, all he sees is a dropped kite, yes, that same red kite that we know she would love to fly, with her father! He's off to find her, and becomes immersed in a "JOURNEY" with his child and her friend. You will love the ending. Illustrations again fill the mind with lovely color-filled detail in this story finale.

 Here are several links that will add to the wonder of these books:






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       I wanted to be sure to share this giveaway, will return with reviews of all the other wonderful books I've been reading. I just finished Serafina And The Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty. and have started Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson.

29 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an interesting reading week. It's great that you have the opportunity to give away books! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome. Best wishes in the giveaway!

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  2. I need to get these books for my library!

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    1. They are wonderful, Loralee. Best wishes in this giveaway!

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  3. I haven't read any of these. I am going to have to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You will love them, Lisa. Best of luck in this giveaway!

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  4. I had the pleasure of seeing Aaron Becker give a keynote and loved hearing his Journey into writing Journey. I'm looking forward to seeing the other two books.

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    1. How wonderful that you got to hear him speak. The books are really fabulous! Good luck in this giveaway!

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  5. I don't know any of the books in this trilogy, but I think I want to! They look amazing! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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    1. You're welcome, Kay. I've enjoyed the adventure in them very much. Good luck!

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  6. I would love to be able to share the Aaron Becker books with my students! They are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win them! Hope you're having a terrific reading week! I'm reading Serafina and the Black Cloak so that I can read Serafina and the Twisted Staff.

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway, Jana! I probably should have read the Black Cloak first, but just read the reviews. I enjoyed Serafina and the Twisted Staff a lot! Thanks!

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  7. How exciting!! I adore wordless picture books, they are such wonderful prompts for discovery, exploration and creativity.

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    1. I agree, Jane. These are filled with imagination of story. I see something different every time I read them. Best wishes in the giveaway!

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  8. I can't wait for Return! I love recommending these books and seeing the wonder of the readers!

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    1. I think it ended well, Earl. Will look forward to what you think about it too. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  9. I had the first book and lost it to a storm(broken window in my classroom, rainstorm at night, and there went a crate of picture books!). Happy to enter this give away, Linda!

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    1. Terrific, Tara. Be sure to put your name in the Rafflecopter! And good luck!

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  10. I love this whole trilogy, and I cannot wait to share them on Unleashing Readers too! Return is a brilliant conclusion to the three books.

    Happy reading this week! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kellee, I'm glad you've seen this new one, too!

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  11. I haven't seen the third book, but I LOVE the first two!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lee. I hope you entered the giveaway! Best of luck!

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  12. I have only read the first book. I will have to remedy that! Have a great reading week!

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    1. Thanks Andrea. Good luck with the drawing!

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  13. HOW EXCITING is this giveaway! I am pumped for the third book, and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Thanks so much for your constant passion, Linda. <3

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    1. You're welcome, Ricki. Best wishes in the Giveaway!

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  14. Like everyone else I am SO excited to get my hands on this third title! These books are magical.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie, they are ones to enjoy over and over! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  15. I so love the look of Return! I hope I can get my hands on this one soonest. :)

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