Sunday, May 6, 2012

Love Those Books!

 Visit Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for this meme where you can find many ideas for children's book (YA too!), and Sheila at Book Journeys for even more. And Happy Blogaversary to both of htem for their celebration of their birthday!  

Picture Books this past week: see my other post today about mentor texts and the books by Byrd Baylor that I reviewed.  Plus, I read some of these next books, & others several weeks ago.

Traces by Paula Fox & illus. by Karla Kuskin

         Here are things that leave traces, foxes, frogs, airplanes, children (shadows) beautiful collage work.  Good book for younger children to learn a new, more abstract, word.  This was loaned by a friend.

Here’s A Little Poem, collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusak Peters, ill. by Polly Dunbar

Special ones I liked:
        Mrs. Moon by Roger McGough

It begins:  Mrs. Moon
       Sitting up in the sky
              Little old lady

Find the ending here.

        You Be Saucer by Eve Merriam 

You be saucer
I’ll be cup
piggyback, piggyback
pick me up.

And the rest is here at Amazon If you open Eve Merriam’s little poetry book, You Be Good & I’ll Be Night.

Me…Jane  by Patrick McDonnell  - Caldecott Honor – Lovely examples of her journals and questions, wonderful back story and letter itself from Jane.   I don’t own this, but imagine that I will buy it the next time I’m in a bookstore.  It’s that good!

Only One You  by Linda Krantz - A sweet book about the philosophy of life, that uses the words Mama and Papa which my daughter and son-in-law prefer, so I'm always looking for books for my granddaughters that use those parent names.  

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey  -  I loved the writing, rather dreamy and I enjoyed the development of the main characters, Jack & Mabel, but the ending was disappointing, although I'm not sure it could have been another way. I won't say more because I don't want to give it away.
  Two quotes I loved:  "If was as if she had reached into her own pocket and discovered a small pebble, as hard as a diamond, that she had forgotten belonged to her."
      "She wanted to escape the sense that fate was rolling in over the mountains like thunder.  She wanted to forget melting clumps of snow, flower crowns and fiery kisses, and fairy-tale endings."

Next:  A friend brought me Divergent by Veronica Roth, and I think that's the next one. I have quite a few to choose from, but this looks good!  There are several poetry books I need to read again to share this week in a couple of poetry lessons.  And I'm finishing The Outsiders with a book group.


  1. LOVED Divergent. Better than the Hunger Games, I thought. Am now reading Insurgent. Started it fast, but now reading it slowly, because I know it's a long time until the third one comes out.

    The Snow Child intrigues me. I may have to get it this summer and give it a whirl!

    1. Hi Deb! I've read such different opinions about Divergent, & am excited to read it. I'm glad you liked it! I'd like to see if you enjoy The Snow Child. Have a great week!

  2. I am with Deb. I loved it too and I am so excited that you are about to read it. Enjoy!

  3. I have Snow Child and have not had time to get to it yet.... GAH. So many books... I should do that soon! Have a great reading week. :)

  4. I have been meaning to look for Me...Jane. It needs to be moved up on my list. Here's a Little Poem, may be taking a trip in my library bag soon too! Great recommendations as usual.

  5. Nice! Lots of books here! I'm glad you finally read Me... Jane. I've been meaning to get a copy of Divergent, but alas, haven't had a chance yet. I'm pretty excited about The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. I am nearly done with Monsters of Men (woohoo!), the final book in the Chaos walking trilogy. Did I also share with you that I have just finished reading Caddie Woodlawn as well? Newbery Medalist. I wanted to include it for our Girl Power theme, but looks like I may not have the time to review it any more. Sadly. :)

    1. There is too, too much. I need to be able to read while I sleep, I guess. I loved Caddie Woodlawn, an old book to be sure, but it still holds itself well today for some young girls. The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy also sounds wonderful, as does Chaos Walking. Argh, what to do, what to do? Thanks for stopping in, Myra!


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