A picture-book introduction to the world’s eight bear species. Skillfully detailed paintings show the variety in textures of the bears’ fur–some soft, some wiry, others thick and fluffy. Facial close-ups of panda, sloth, black, moon, sun, and spectacled bears show intelligence and compassion. ... Two appended pages of “Bear Fun Facts” and a half page of excellent “Bear Sources and Websites” are appropriate for older children.
Covering aspects of the Revolution from the Stamp Act to the Old North Church to the X Regiment and Elizabeth Zane, this visually arresting treatment acts as an engrossing introduction to some of the people, places, and events that figured in America's fight for independence.
"Inspired by childhood visits to family farms, Minor shares descriptions and facts about different farm animals and their behaviors. The interactive verse playfully engages readers, asking, 'When it’s early in the morning / Will you cock-a-doodle too?' or, '…suppose you tried to take a bath / And a cow got in your way?' ... this book begs to be read aloud, individually or with a group.
A father decides a river best captures his feelings for his young daughter. A gift of life and changing beauty, a river encompasses so much more than meets the eye. It is the swan gliding upon its surface in the morning, the craggy stone steps leading down to its bank, the puppy trotting alongside a jogger on the path beside it, the sailboat gently drifting, and the hammock, perfect for reading stories in, beneath the willows that drape overhead.
A somber picture of the legendary Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, crouched alone within the confines of a dark room after defeat, opens this lyrical biography: "In this place of fences, strange smells... where finally I am caught and cannot get free, I close my eyes and am home again." With a turn of the page, readers go from near blackness to a landscape of bright sky and water, where Sioux families gather outside tipis and horses gallop in the background.
A moving portrait of a cultural moment, before the age of 24/7 electronic media, when tribute was paid to the slain president by those who turned out to see the train pass. Text and pictures convey the watchers' sense of solemnity.
The Minors offer a delightful treat–a simple rhyming text combined with colorful, whimsical art that can be seen quite nicely all the way to the back row of a storytime. A brief history of the Christmas tree is included. This charming read-aloud will give children the chance to use their imaginations, and maybe come up with a few ideas of their own.
Breezy rhymes introduce each dazzling double-page scene of penguin life, from “flying” underwater to tobogganing over the arctic snow to feeding a pair of adorably fuzzy chicks. Wendell’s vibrant large-scale figures, set against bracing polar landscapes, have enough personality to captivate a crowd, but their breathtaking detail demands the closer inspection and shared exploration of a lap-sit session.
Feb. 23 is Pub Day! From SLJ: "A solid option for a read-aloud or for children to present as readers’ theater. Minor’s detailed watercolor spreads strongly support the writing by emphasizing Earth’s natural beauty, the effects of industrialization on the environment, and the bright outcomes of treating the natural world with respect. An authors’ note and an illustrator’s note highlight the simple steps kids can take to go green. VERDICT A fine selection for reading and sharing."