The Shelter by Céline Claire

cover114627-mediumThe Shelter by Céline Claire is a beautiful and wonderful story that teaches about goodness. A big storm is brewing and all the animals are headed inside for safety. But two lone bears are out and about. They knock door to door looking for shelter from the storm. They offer their tea in exchange, but no one opens their doors. Once snow starts to fall the bears make their own shelter, and are able to be the help someone else needs when the time arrives.

The reader is introduced to a small group of animals who are preparing for a storm. Two polar bear brother are stuck in the storm. They try to find shelter from other animals but as they go door to door no one lets them in. While the fox den turns the bears away because of size, the foxes helped the bears with a small gift. Eventually the bears find their own shelter and when the fox family finds themselves in the cold when their den collapses the bears invite the foxes in to their shelter.

The story has a great message of goodness and helping other when possible. The pictures are done by watercolor illustrations, which shows the mood and atmosphere of the story.  It brings the beauty of the forest, it’s inhabitants, their hidden houses and families to the reader. A true story of friendship, caring, compassion, sharing and love.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and Kids Can Press in exchange for an honest review.

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Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey

31952702Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey is a cute children’s book about a trip across Canada. Annie makes the journey with her dog from the Pacific to the Atlantic across Canada as they sight see. The illustrations are lively watercolors, intended to capture the spirit of the trip rather than the actual realistic landscape. The pair travels light and their tale is fun.

The story starts on one side of Canada, and ends up on the other side. Carson and his mistress are cheerful and adventurous, and they make sure to have a good time as they travel and camp their way across the country. The vibe is upbeat and energetic. Carson is a peppy sort of dog and adds a good deal of personality to the trip.

I received this ARC copy from Penguin Random House Canada and Tundra Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn

31863434Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover  by Audrey Penn is a great book about Chester the raccoon and his almost perfect sleepover. At first, I thought that it was about spending the night at another animals house but instead it was about spending the day and nap time at another house. All the animals were interesting and funny including the skunk who stinky poofs.

When Chester Raccoon is invited to an “overday” at his friend Pepper Opossum’s tree, he will be away from mother raccoon for the full day. She kisses his hand and closes it on her kiss as he is leaving. Chester joins all his friends for a day full of fun games and activities. When they all get tired, they go to Pepper’s tree and curl up in her hollow. All his friends fall asleep except for Chester. He remembers his mother’s Kissing Hand, but he still feels homesick and a tear escapes from his eye. When Pepper’s mom notices how sad he is, she enlists the help of Mrs. Rabbit to take Chester home. Once home and in his mother’s arms, he has not problem falling asleep across the hollow from his brother. Chester learns that it okay to be nervous when you experience new things and not to be afraid to ask for help. This is a great book to read to young children who might be nervous or scared about a new activity or to be leaving mom whether to go to a friend or relative’s house or even to school. The illustrations are adorable and the animals are so cute. I especially liked Sassafrass the skunk who kept “stinky puffing” when she was nervous, tired or giggling. This is also a good book about teaching tolerance for friends and those who might be different.

I received this ARC from Tanglewood Publishing and Tanglewood via NetGalley

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Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frère by Marie Letourneau

856872Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frère by Marie Letourneau is a book with wonderful illustrations. The book is set in a petit bistro in France, it is the story of a restaurant run by a family of mice. Each of the mice is unique in its own character and the illustrations depicted are both elegant and witty.

Frenzy arises when Chef Marcel, of Le Bistrot de Sept Freres, has only one hour to prepare his award winning cheese soup to be judged by the Committee for the Best cheese soup in All of France. But Chef Marcel is out of his secret ingredient! Chef Marcel quickly leaves to get his secret ingredient but doesn’t return in time for the judge, leaving his 7 brothers to create their own secret ingredient to add.

The story has aa wonderful message that teaches children that just because things do not go as planned, team work can make everything turn out better than expected.

The artwork is cute. I love the fact that the story teaches French words and has a page dedicated to pronunciation. The book teaches French words to the reader in a fun and enjoyable way. The characters are so much fun, but I especially like the hero of the story.

I received the ARC from Tanglewood via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Sea Otter Heroes The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman

cover107826-mediumSea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman is a nonfiction children’s book, which has an interesting story to tell. The ecosystem of California’s Elkhorn Slough showed some abnormalities. The seagrass was unusually healthy, considering the pollution that drained into the slough. As marine biologist Brent Hughes investigated, he found complex relationships among various plant and animal species in the region, including sea otters. Sea Otter Heroes emphasizes the scientific methodology involved in Hughes’s work, and thoroughly explains the connections between the biota under study. The sea otters are important players in the story, but they are not the primary focus suggested by the title.

Featuring an extremely cute sea otter on the cover, this upper elementary read documents the biologists process, describes the problem and lets the reader see for themselves the results. There’s even a “do it yourself ecosystem mini experiment” at the back of the book for budding environmentalists (involving spiders and crickets and grasshoppers). A superb example of the scientific process in action. Pages are full of captioned photographs, sidebars, charts, and graphs. Also includes tips to protect the environment, source notes, index, a glossary and bibliography, plus a list of books and website sources to find out more.

The book is not for young children as there is a lot of text and detail, but certainly middlegrade students studying ecosystems would get a lot out of this book. The photographs add so much to the book and make it easier to understand.

I received this ARC from Lerner Publishing Group and Hillbrook Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec

cover100357-mediumDifferent? Same! by Heather Tekavec is a beautiful and playful animal book that seeks to engage young readers by pointing out differences between groupings of widely different animals and then asking what similarity exists. The similarity might be stripes, horns, whiskers or shells.

It is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated. While the book is for young children (ages 2-5) I read it to my 5th and 6th grade students who enjoyed the book very much. It makes you consider animals in different ways and think about why these vastly different animals might all have horns, whiskers, shells, etc. We had fun with the last page of the book, pointing at various animals that all had a particular characteristic.

On each two-page spread, there are four animals. The animals each something about themselves or their habitat and each thing is different. Then we are told what they have in common or how they all the same, such as they have stripes or scales or tusks etc. I loved the science behind this but it is so much more than that. The message that no matter how different we all are, we are still all the same, we are human is a message that needs to be reiterated over and over. The illustrations are wonderful, so cute and playful. The vocabulary is descriptive, yet simple. the only complaint I have is that the animals are not named. It would be nice if they had been labeled so that children could ask questions and get further information. If they do not know what the animal is, that could prove to be difficult.

Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for this ARC. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Animals Do, Too!: How They Behave Just Like You by Etta Kaner, Marilyn Faucher

31934707Animals Do, Too!: How They Behave Just Like You by Etta Kaner, Marilyn Faucher is very informative book with beautiful illustrations. The book is fun and engaging, which allows  the reader to discovers how similar humans and animals act. 

The illustrations are colorful and bright, and help to compare kids and animals doing the same activity. I liked that the kids are shown in different spaces, like a park, beach or their home, and accompanied by their family and friends. Each animal is also portrayed in its environment and surrounded by their own. Beautiful picture book.

 This book combines an adorable, easy to read picture book with nonfiction and unique information about animals. The animal facts are presented in a manner that a young child can understand.  I appreciate the added facts about the animals at the end; however, some are redundant. 

At the end the author has listed more interesting facts about the animals she has included in her book. It is a wonderful picture book from cover to cover and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from Kids Can Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Animal Planet Baby Animals by Dorothea Deprisco, Animal Planet

30842589Animal Planet: Animal Bite, Baby Animals by Dorothea Deprisco, Animal Planet is a book about various animal species family life. It talks about live and egg birth, how long babies stay with their parents, what they eat, where they live, how they travel and more.

The photos in this book are vibrant. They are close that you feel as if you can touch the animals.

There are some special sections on that side of the page that that include cool animal facts, simple infographics, and illustrated maps of the Earth and the habitats as well as the short bits on “All Grown Up”. The special sections will invite discussion and further investigation. They even have bits on “Just like Humans” where they show how human families interact in some of the various topics.

On the top of the page there are activities, further resources and an extensive Glossary.

I received the advanced reader’s copy from Time Inc. Books and Animal Planet via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Bijou by Susan Hughes

cover94681-mediumBijou by Susan Hughes is the fourth book in the Puppy Pals Series. These are cute early chapter books definitely geared to young girls. The main characters are Kat, her best friend Maya and now a new friend Grace. They are obsessed with puppies, although none of them has a dog of their own.

In this book, the girls called to help Kat’s Aunt Jenn. Someone has left a box with three bichon frise puppies outside the door of her pet salon. She needs the girls to keep the dogs busy, name them and make posters to find them forever homes. There are still some issues of teasing/bullying in this book that the girls, especially Grace, are dealing with. When Megan, the girl they are having the problems with, shows up with her mother and father to adopt the last puppy, Bijou, Grace and Kat need to make a decision.

There are a couple of good issues dealt with in this book. One is the abandonment of the puppies and finding them good homes and the second is the teasing and how the girls deal with it. There are some cute black and white illustrations in the book that add to the story. This is a series that little girls, especially those that love animals (dogs in particular) will enjoy. Short simple chapters will keep them interested. A good book for late primary, early junior classrooms as well as elementary school libraries.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Animal Planet: Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals by Animal Planet & Charles Gingha

28964071Animal Planet: Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals by Animal Planet & Charles Gingham has a wide range of interesting things to read and learn about of animals. The book is divided in four parts, Strange, Unusual, Gross, and Cool. The book has wonderful and abundant pictures.

There are more than 200 photographs in this book that is divided into four different focuses: “Galleries” to explore a theme, “Featured Creature” to spotlight particular extraordinary animals, “Creature Collections” with groups of animals to compare and contrast, and “Macroview,” showing tiny details.

The featured animals are just amazing, and include the blobfish, the deep sea octopod, the ghost octopus, the red-lipped batfish, banded gila monster, and as you can tell by the names, a host of unusual creatures. On all of these pages, you learn astounding facts about what makes these animals so unusual.

The book includes a glossary, annotated links to find out more, and an index. I really appreciate that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of books benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond) – Animal Planet’s project to help make the world a better place for animals.

I highly recommend this book for animal aficionados, both child and adult. It is a book that allows readers to learn about animals and spark interest to continue learning.

I received this book from Time Inc. Books and Animal Planet via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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