The 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.
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Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta is the story two story strands with different points of view in different time periods. The first character; Rafael, the baseball player, from the Dominican Republic as a boy and as a young man. The second character; Maya, a young tween from Minneapolis. It’s certainly not a typical format for a book, this one pulls it off nicely. At first, the jumping back and forth can feel a bit jarring to the reader, but the flow back and forth starts to make sense, as events from one time and place compliment and inform events from the other time and place.
It also takes the story on from the viewpoint of a character who is not a baseball fanatic, which will be helpful to readers who are not as interested in the game of baseball. For though this is a baseball book, it’s not a story that centers on a game of baseball. Rather, that is simply the common element that exists throughout and the connective tissue between the different times and characters. Readers will discover more about the characters’ lives, ambitions, and Rafael’s hardships through the reading than anything that is particularly baseball centered.
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Chester 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.
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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.
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