Keller's life is told as a series of events using an age appropriate vocabulary, with an abundance of factual notes & related images.
MacLeod has presented accurate facts of Helen Keller's life that can be read smoothly and easily. Unfortunately it amounts to an uninspiring list of data & events, where Keller's difficult challenges are basically named and then, simply, overcome. The opening two paragraphs state the problems and the success Helen achieves. Illustrations appear crude and faces are nearly expressionless, evoking little reaction. Instead, consider Helen Keller: A Determined Life .
Though his son asks for the "truth" about the tooth fairy, a father explains that fairies used to exist, that humans and modern technology drove the fairies away, and that serious effort can make the tooth fairy real.
Gaby asks Dad (the author) to tell the truth: is there a tooth fairy or is it just parents? The author's 'truth' holds that fairies once existed, but vanished as humans gained control of their environment. Further, if one "tries really hard" to believe, the tooth fairy's voice still appears in parents' minds suggesting they provide small treasures in exchange for a baby tooth. Belief "must come from you, and you alone". Thus, Alexander urges fantasy and whim upon children, just as they are seeking reality and reason.
"Good night _______" is said to a number of dull, inanimate features found in illustrations of a dull and dim room.
The text occasionally rhymes, but is often awkward. The mainly black and white picture elements are often creepy looking: there is a cat in a grandfather clock, scaring a mouse; a 'grandma' rabbit knitting in a chair simply disappears in subsequent images. In a sleepy and 'spacey' way, with no redeeming message or atmosphere, your child can be bored to sleep.
Nick makes up a new word for "pen", and believes its wide acceptance 'proves' words are mere convention.
In grade five, Nick interprets “we decide new words” as meaning words are assigned to things arbitrarily. Believing he and his friends can make a new word, he invents “frindle” to replace “pen”. His perseverance gains media attention so widely that the word eventually appears in a dictionary. This story of word origins is as convincing as it is damaging to children. Frindle should only be used as an example of literary casuistry.
Henry anticipates trouble in his jobs as a baby sitter, and comes up with honest, thoughtful solutions for unexpected events and mistakes.
Hoping to make some money during his holiday visit to Grover's Corner, N.J., Henry devises a household poll. Okayyy, if babysitters really are wanted... Even a boy ;-) can make a success of the most troublesome Baby-Sitting jobs. Henry’s challenges include a boy out to hurt him; a fiendish, disappearing girl; apparent fires; trailer thefts; and escaped animals! Worse, the obnoxious, older Sebastian twins add splatters, floods, ghosts and job theft to his troubles. Changing events keep the reader's interest and reiterate the theme: thoughtful, honest work brings success and can be fun!
The itsy bitsy spider is undaunted by a fan, a mouse, a cat & a rocking chair, as she purposefully makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web. Iza's troupe of gentle singers complement the poem perfectly.
Iza Trapani offers us seven Itsy Bitsy Spider verses, accompanied with beautifully matched illustrations. The little spider is particularly cute, and she always bounces back. "The Itsy Bitsy Spider / Climbed up the yellow pail. / In came a mouse / And flicked her with his tail / Down fell the spider." you can guess what's next. Each verse is a happy "get up and try again" achievement worth sharing with your kids!
E,S&L contrasts the proper and improper use of commas, effectively showing their impact on understanding.
This is a children's version of Lynne Truss's adult book, by the same title. It presents 13 examples of comma abuse (14, if you count the title) and their corrections, using sentences that are humorous when incorrect. For example, "Slow, children crossing" is a partial sentence of two independent phrases. However, without the comma the word slow in "Slow children crossing" becomes an adjective that modifies children. All thirteen examples are explained at end of the book.
Capucilli helps parents and child adopt, not only the right approach, but the right mood, for potty training.
Parents should examine The Potty Book for Boys before they consider potty training their child. The Potty Book will help them develop an idea of what to expect, and will thereby prevent problems before they arise. The fun illustrations and simple rhyme touch on numerous aspects of potty training, making them explicit for your child.
Using only 'K' sounding 'C' words, Clarence Clown's balanced stack of "C" animals crashes when Clara Canary lands on the top.
This is a fun introduction to hard sounding "C" words for children. Clarence Clown begins by catching two "cats carrying canes", on top of which three "Collies carrying clubs" are stacked. Then it's "cows carrying cakes" and Caroline Catfish, ending with a Clara Canary as the last 'straw'. This is a great introduction to a single phonetic sound by alliteration. Apparently, the Berenstains only did "A", "B" and "C".
The beauty and mystery of life and art are brought together when a little girl presents lily bulbs to Emily, and in return receives a poem and a wish for understanding: "Perhaps in time they both will bloom."
Mother's piano playing captivates "Myth", the recluse across the street, who invites her to play. It's spring and the little girl has set lily bulbs on her windowsill. When Mother visits Myth, the little girl comes too, dress pockets bulging. On arrival we learn Myth's real name is Emily. Emily hides upstairs, calling down how she loves the music. Under the sound of the piano, our girl slips upstairs to give Emily a gift of two lily bulbs. Emily responds with a poem that inspiring a love of life and the World.