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The Way Downtown by Inna Gertsberg

cover114613-mediumThe Way Downtown by Inna Gertsberg is a wonderful book that teaches about public transport in the city. The book covers details about several aspects of public transportation; such as, tickets, trams, trolleybuses, modern light transportation trains. The illustrations are wonderful. They are simple but interesting through the transportation and maps.

Throughout the book the reader “meets” a few families as they take public transportation. A couple of the families are; the Zanies are street performers who take public transportation where they perform on the didgeridoo and juggle and Dr. Brody takes a ferry to go to work each day. The maps, explanations of the sights and sounds are useful to kids. The book even gives advice on what to do if someone gets lost. The pictures are both helpful and hilarious.

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

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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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The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali

cover114626-mediumThe Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali is a cute story of tiny person. It’s a fun story about Little Pea who finds he is too small to do many things. He finds a job that suits him perfectly and seems to live happily ever after.

The main character, Little Pea, loves life. Little Pea does not realize that he is very tiny until he begins school. It was only at school that he realized that there were things he could not do. He learned that the world is not very accommodating, but he made do with his situation.  In the end Little Pea finds a job, lives in his own home, and has a garden. Most importantly, he is happy. as it’s a fun story about Little Pea who finds he’s too small to do many things. He finds a job that suits him perfectly and seems to live happily ever after.

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

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Spork by Kyo Maclear

8301964Spork by Kyo Maclear is a picture book dealing with multi-race or multi-ethnic families. In this book they use cutlery to present this notion. Spork has part of his mom, a spoon, and his dad, a fork. He is never picked when someone sets the table, he never gets the bubble bath after a meal and he is shunned by both the spoons and the forks.

This story highlights that there is a place in the world for everyone. You just have to find it. Luckily for Spork, when neither the forks or spoons could handle the baby, he got the chance to show what he could do. Of course, there is a place for everyone, as evidence by the ending of this book. The illustrations are detailed but with little color. The expressions on some of the cutlery is scary at times, but Spork is quite adorable.

I think it is important to help children explore how we are all different. This story could be used in various discussions such as all families are different, bullying by omission, finding your purpose and strengths, be true to yourself.

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

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Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, The by Ashley Spires

31934710The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires is an interesting story because it is about what Lou couldn’t do, rather than what she does do. I love that it is not all wrapped nice and neat by the end of the book, because sometimes doing things we fear takes us a little longer then one day to get through.

This is a  great story that encourages kids to keep trying. Lou love adventures, but when her friends decide to climb a tree, she isn’t so sure its the kind of adventure she enjoys, until she tries! This story is about having fun, and being confident, being brave, and trying new things.

Fun book, that is a good starting off to explain the above. Bright pictures, and simple story.

I received this ARC from Kids Can 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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The Most Magnificient Thing by Ashley Spires

18383325The Most Magnificient Thing by Ashley Spires is a cute kids book about never giving up on what you are trying to accomplish no how frustrating or difficult it may be. The main character is a girl who wants to make something unique something magnificent.

The illustrations are simply beautiful and elegant with bright high quality color. I loved the idea of the story and the with that the author included in this beautiful story skillfully. The simplicity of the story and the concept is something that made this picture book special to read.

I love the different ways the girl tries to make the magnificent thing better. At the peak of her frustration she she quits then she gains a little perspective with the help of her assistant and comes back to examine the many wrong things she made only to realize they all have things about them that she likes. After closely examining all of the wrong things she finally knows how to make her thing magnificent and she does! It’s not perfect, it leans, it’s heavy, it’s not the best color but it’s just what she wanted and she’s no longer disappointed.

I like that the protagonist is unnamed. She is just “the girl”, she could be any girl. The story has a nice sense of humor to it. I like the way the neighbors found uses for the girls “failures.” What I enjoyed most was how the author conveys emotions. The girl is consumed and a little oblivious of the world around her as she works toward her goal. She tries many things until she nearly reaches exhaustion where she explodes with frustration. After a little break she comes back with a new perspective and can see what she created wasn’t so bad after all. She takes all of the things she liked best about her failures and puts them together to make her magnificent thing.

This is a sweet book that anyone who has tried to create something from a picture in their mind will be able to relate to. It’s a great message to children that they should not give up if they are not immediately successful.

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

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