Anne Frank by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

cover145809-mediumAnne Frank by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Little People, Big Dreams series, is a really nice introduction to Anne Frank.  This is an early picture book biography. The story is a very simplified version of the diary of Anne Frank. The pictures are cartoony, yet match the photos we have of her.

I enjoyed the illustrations that accompany the telling of Anne’s story and how her diary came to be published, and also the short section at the back with a greater level of detail that may be more suited towards older readers.

The story begins with some background to who Anne was (an ordinary girl) when she received her diary, and the historical events that led up to Anne and her family having to hide in the secret annex of a warehouse.

The focus of the book thereafter remained heavily on the diary and how Anne dreamed of becoming a writer. Due to her early death at the Bergen-Belsen camp in 1945, it was her father Otto (the only secret annex survivor) had her diary published so her story may be shared with readers forever. This fact, alongside others are shared in the books end pages which also includes a timeline of Anne’s life and where to find more information about her.

I received an e-ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Childrens via NetGalley.

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Stuffed! The Art of the Edible Vegetable Boat by Marlena Kur

35960135Stuffed! The Art of the Edible Vegetable Boat by Marlena Kur is a neat cookbook. I honestly never looked at veggies at being vessels for other things. Of course I have heard of stuffed avocados, peppers, and mushrooms; but, this book takes it to a whole new level! Stuffed fruit! Stuffed squashes! Stuffed zucchini. You name it – the author has got it in this book and the whole concept is really awesome and sustainable.

Marlena Kur, the author of this book and the website Zest My Lemon, has a passion for beautiful food that is also good for you. Presenting fruits and veggies as ‘boats’ loaded with yummy stuffings is how Kur expresses it. There are hot and cold stuffings, some including meats, some seafood, some simply veggies, with or without grains and/or cheese, and no repeats. All ingredients should be easily available at the supermarket, although some may be seasonal, depending on where you live. Although not every single recipe comes with one, the included photos are appetizing and attractively arranged. This is definitely not a diet book and thus does not include nutritional information for the recipes. If this is an important consideration for you, now you know.

I received an e-arc from NetGalley via Race Point Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

36717949Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh is a terrific, topical story is about Max who has recently moved to Brussels from the US and Ahmed, who is fleeing Syria. Max is unhappy about many things, including the fact that they are in Brussels, his French language school, and the kids in his class who are mean to him. Ahmed is fleeing war torn Syria and has lost his entire family, all his money, and his identity papers. He ends up in Max’s basement, sick, alone, and terrified. It’s a powerful story with big themes of friendship, bravery, immigration, dealing with war and actual events in history.

Each chapter alternate point of view, a style which works well for this format. When the boys meet and become friends, under the cover of secrecy, both slowly open up and begin to trust. A kindred friendship develops, and it is through Ahmed that Max begins to feel at home, connect with others, and have a cause that he feels strongly about.

The terror events that happened in Paris and Brussels are also set against the backdrop of this book, and it’s a powerful, timely piece on what the experience of a refugee is like.

Parts of the story are inspired by Albert Jonnart, a lawyer whose family harbored a Jewish boy during WWII. They were turned in by neighbors and Albert went to prison for hiding the boy.

Katherine Marsh was able to write a well-done, and relevant book. Brussels offered a front-row seat to the refugee crisis and Marsh found herself reflecting on the story of Jonnart as well as how it could be recreated under a modern lens. I highly recommend this book for upper elementary students and anyone interested in history.

I received an e-arc from NetGalley via Roaring Brook Press in exchange for an honest review.

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What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber

38814440What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber is a children’s book appropriate for younger children to be a springboard for discussing bullying. The writing is crystal clear that words hurt Gisbert the Giraffe, who begins to shrink when his friends make negative comments about his looks and actions. Gisbert stays home from school to avoid his hurt feelings. One of the friends from school drops a note for him at his doorstep that he is missed at school, and only then is a discussion started with his parents. This is key, that parents and teachers should stress, that talking with adults is important to help them problem solve the problems.

Illustrations that support the text and are very pleasing and kid friendly make this book perfect for every elementary school teacher to include in their classroom libraries. More books on this topic should be read over and over, so that young children can be given the tools to combat bullying.

I received an e-arc from NetGalley via Flyaway Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Megabat by Anna Humphrey

36678620Megabat by Anna Humphrey is a lovely story about new beginnings and new friends. This funny children’s book is enjoyable to read! The story about the boy and the bat is clever enough to keep the young reader going! It talks about a big change in a child’s life and how this can affect the poor thing. At the same time it shows ways that the child can be destructed and try to make new friendships.

Megabat is exactly what its called, it’s about a Megabat or also known as a Fruitbat he is living all alone in an attic of a house in Canada when the new family moves in with their very unhappy son Daniel who settles in the attic room. At first, Daniel thought the roof was leaking when he soon realizes that all the wet puddles on the floor are caused by a sad little bat who misses his family in Papaya Premium.

It a cute short book, you can finish it in one sitting, it has the elements of friendship and moving into a new city, and animal care. Although there weren’t many places there was a good amount of adventure and a sense of purpose in it.

I received an e-arc from NetGalley via Penguin Random House Canada and Tundra Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Leaf Litter Critters by Leslie Bulion

Leaf Litter Critters by Leslie Bulion is a fun and informative book. This is a great resource for upper elementary.  It is a book about decomposers. It teaches that decomposers are the critters that live in leaf piles and other natural waste. They help turn a leaf pile into nutrients for the soil. This book has poems that has to do with bugs, worms, fungi, bacteria and others that live in our backyards.

The last 10 pages include a glossary, poetry notes, which tell about all the different kinds of poems that were used, instructions on doing your own field work to find and observe the life in a leaf litter sample and resources for further reading.

I received this e-ARC from Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC and Peachtree Publishers via NetGalley

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How Does My Fruit Grow? by Gerda Muller

cover132730-mediumHow Does My Fruit Grow? by Gerda Muller is a story with detailed illustrations and close up view of many of the fruits and nuts being described in the story. This is an excellent resource for any library to teach children about plants and gardening.

The reader follows the main character, Sophie, who enjoys picking berries at his relatives house only to learn that she would be moving to the south of France. Sophie was not happy about moving but soon she makes some new friends and enjoys learning about the fruits that grow in the new climate.

As Sophie learns about the delicious foods, so does the reader. The illustrator does an excellent job of highlighting each fruit/nut on the page. Sophie’s story concludes with a presentation from each of her classmates about how various fruits grow. The end pages contain sketches of 11 different fruits, including almonds, pineapples, and cherries, and the flowers that preceded them. Readers can match the number of the fruit with its flower on the facing pages, thus, learning even more about the foods introduced in the book. Originally published in France, this is an extraordinarily beautiful and informative book.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

I received a dARC from NetGalley via Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC and Floris Books in exchange for an honest review.


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Kid Scientists by David Stabler and Anoosha Syed

cover140273-mediumKid Scientists by David Stabler and Anoosha Syed is a wonderful collection of stories that share the early path of some famous scientists. This is an excellent nonfiction book that would be great upper elementary and middle school students. I enjoyed reading about the ‘young’ scientists.

This book is fill with fun facts about a wide variety of famous scientists, with the focus on their lives as youngsters. You’ll find the stories to be motivational and inspirational. Some of the scientists you will find in the book is Benjamin Franklin, Vera Rubin, and Stephen Hawking. Stabler does a good job of covering details of these brilliant scientists and bringing light to the well-known and the not so well-known scientists.

This title was provided by NetGalley via Quirk Books in return for an honest review.

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Tree Song by Tiffany Stone

cover129618-mediumTree Song by Tiffany Stone is a joyful book follows the life cycle of a tree as it grows from seedling to mature tree, and finally gives way to a new sapling. At every stage of the tree’s life, children are seen playing under its branches. Each season brings with it new sounds, whether it’s the chirping of birds in the spring or the flitter flutter of leaves in the fall. As well as a home for animals, the tree provides a canopy for a summer picnic, and a perfect place to hang a swing. Most important of all, when old age fells the tree, it provides an acorn from which a new tree will grow. Colorful illustrations with lots of small details will capture the attention of young readers, while the lyrical text makes this an ideal read-aloud book. It can also serve as the perfect introduction to nature’s life cycles.

The message to me is conservation, getting out in nature and learning about the seasons and their affect on trees. There is so much to see in each illustration that this book could take a long time to get through if you encourage conversation. The text is written in a rhyming form that has a singsong cadence to it. A great book for use in classrooms to teach about a variety of things.

An absolutely wonderful book that has a lovely story and wonderful drawings.

I give this book 4/5 stars.

I received an e-book ARC from Netgalley via Annick Press Ltd. in exchange for an honest review.

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