Sunday, December 9, 2018

Monday Reading - Wow Books!

              Visit Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who post their favorites.

                I have a second post today HERE, sharing a book giveaway as part of a blog tour! Come visit!

              In this busy month, I wish you joy with family and friends and cozy times with a good book, wherever you are, whatever you celebrate.

Thanks to Candlewick for these two beautiful Christmas books. 
        It is a story of a homeless boy who discovers he can have his own Christmas tree. What he does with it and then the community shows a generous child making his own cheer in a sad situation. The illustrations are lovely and nostalgic with many snowy city scenes.
       It's a beautiful lift-the-flap exploration of nature as little tree realizes it is not so alone as it thinks. Each page holds several flaps and the words tease readers to find what's being said by lifting the flaps. Some of nature's things are visible, but others hide, and in clever places, too. Where is the "brilliant goldfinch (that) sings?" and where is the field mouse "who needs a place to hide"? It's a great book to introduce come of the wonders of nature.

            In brief poetic text, Suzanne Slade's shows the vision of President John Kennedy's challenge to go to the moon, covering the facts, the dangers, the community effort to complete the missions. She explains that it became even more imperative to finish what was started after the assassination of President Kennedy. After each mission, there are pages that show the basic facts and a picture of each astronaut. I noted that few are still living today. Throughout, real photos are there, along with Thomas Gonzalez' paintings that capture the action, the people, the places that until these space flights, no one had ever seen them before. They are stunning depictions of this marvelous history. It is a book to read, to savor, to then look again, being sure not to miss a thing. The backmatter adds more information, author's and illustrator's notes, a bibliography, source list for quotations and photo credits.

Blog Tour and A Giveaway! Elephant In A Bathtub?

            It's always fun to know of a new book and offer a giveaway! I'm happy to share in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Connie Bowman.

Here's a picture of the cover! Every child will like imagining this and giggle!
On my first read, I laughed and loved this cumulative tale of a father who happens to be the one who found that elephant! And, calm as can be, he takes the elephant, the one with "sharp shiny tusks" who doesn't "make a trumpet sound" or "charge at all" off to someone's bedroom. This father tells the story to an unknown person, says that creature "followed me quietly to your bedroom." 
Hmm, then I read the story to my young granddaughter, seven, and she was immediately in a hurry, laughing and saying things like "hurry up, turn the page". She had a tough time waiting to see what was next. The father in the story, however, continues to be calm as calm can be, even when he discovered a camel in his study, a cobra in front of his bedroom window, and a rhinoceros in the laundry room. Colorful and realistic illustrations by Kelly O'Neill add to the story's matter-of-fact pace. Those animals behave with surprising calm although I spied a bit of eye-rolling from the father. The story will be a favorite as kids gather ALL their favorite stuffies while getting ready for a dream-filled sleep.

Here are some stars from Broadway singing about an elephant in the room and showing the book.


Enter to win a copy of There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub by Connie Bowman, and a menagerie of stuffed animals!
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub
  • A menagerie of stuffed animals, as featured in the prize image
Nine (9) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub
Giveaway begins December 1, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 31, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Connie Bowman is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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The Tour Guide

The Children's Book Review
Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway
December 1
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Review
December 3
Mommy Ramblings
Book Review
December 4
Word Spelunking
December 5
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
December 6
The Fairview Review
Book Review
December 7
Book Review
December 10
LitPick Student Book Reviews
December 11
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review
December 12
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Review
December 13
Book Review
December 14
Inspired by Savannah
Book Review
December 15
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk
Book Review
December 17

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Poetry Friday - Daily Gift

          Elizabeth Steinglass hosts our Poetry Friday today, celebrating J. Patrick Lewis' The Poetry of Us and her poem about her menorah for Hanukkah. Thanks for hosting, Liz!

         Mary Lee Hahn, A Year of Reading, has again challenged us to write a haiku each day in December, this time to the hashtag #haikuforhope. In this ever-busy month, to take a few moments in contemplation and craft something that, to me, captures that time is a pleasure and a December gift. Thank you, Mary Lee, for this daily gift. Everyone is welcome to join in!

Here are the days of December thus far, including one for tomorrow:

Dec. 1 - 

after the snow
sun melt on the pavement –
rabbit sips

Dec. 2 - 

morning migration,
even geese fly
where grass is greener

Dec. 3 -

the morning’s quiet house –
only pages turning

Dec. 4 - 

morning freeze –
squirrels a no-show
even for peanuts

Dec. 5

shivering cold,
winter shock–
I miss raking leaves

Dec. 6

sky’s promise
of wonder to come –
crescent moon  

Dec. 7


winter advice
for plants and humans –
no surprise

Linda Baie ©

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

NFPB Wednesday - Women You Need to Know!

art by Sarah S. Brannen
           Visit Alyson Beecher on Wednesdays for Non-Fiction Picture Books at Kidlit Frenzy.  From her post and others, you will discover and want to celebrate terrific nonfiction picture books! 
           After reading more and more picture book biographies out in recent years, I am sad that many tell the story of women long ago, and woman I never heard or read about in my own education growing up. I'm excited that my grandchildren will now know stories of strong women who managed great things in spite of others who tried to take away their power. 
 From United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, illustrated by the wonderful Maira Kalman comes this picture book about ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote.

             Senator Gillibrand's own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother served as mentors to her to stand up and fight for what she believes in. In this book, she shares a few of the long line of women before them who spoke out for what's right, to be Bold and Brave.
            Here's a picture of the back cover showing the list of ten leaders who fought to win the right to vote for American women. It took seventy years! 
Additional women who fought are mentioned briefly in a timeline at the back. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Monday Reading - More 'Don't-Miss' Books

          Visit Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who post their favorites.

         Thank you to Candlewick Press for this wonderful new gallery of five stories from Katherine Rundell. It will serve as a marvelous introduction to Mowgli and his growing up as he learns about the wise jungle animals that have become his family. Here again, we meet and learn the stories of Bagheera, Kaa, Baloo, Shere Khan, and others. Katherine Rundell’s books are favorites of mine as well as Kipling's stories, and I enjoyed her clever glimpse into the background stories of a few characters.                                                Illustrations by Kristjana William's are fabulous in showing vivid jungle scenes. An underlying theme is the cooperation among all the jungle creatures, borne out in the final challenge to save two small tiger cubs. Strength comes in learning others' languages, working together to achieve a goal that wouldn't have happened otherwise and equality among all the cultures. 

         Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne was the first read-aloud I ever read to my first class, a group of first graders. And I read it to my own children, then parts of it to middle-schoolers! Yes, even older kids enjoy the love and friendship in the stories, can find themselves in those endearing characters. Now Lindsay Mattick has expanded her story of Winnie from the earlier picture book and tells more by telling it to her son, Cole. He was named for his great-grandfather, Harry Colebourn, who bought this bear at a train station as he made his way to England, then to serve as a veterinarian for the horses serving in World War I. It is quite a story of love, despite the hardships, despite the sorrow, Winnipeg, becoming Winnie, won soldiers' hearts and then those visitors of the London Zoo where he waited for Harry to return, first for visits, then for good! He didn't get to stay with Harry but remained at the Zoo where a chance visit by a little boy and his father ended in another story also about friendship and love, Winnie-the-Pooh. Don't miss the extra notes and pictures at the back. I enjoyed the book very much.