September 20, 2017

Book Review: Daytime Nighttime All Through the Year





Animals are so busy! In daytime eagles dive for fish, lizards gobble insects, and tortoises dine on cactus flowers. When night falls, bats catch moths, crickets sing, and cougars prowl.  Engaging rhymes describe the action through the cycle of every day and night, as well as through each month of the year. An "Explore More" section provides teachers and parents with lots of ideas to expand on the seasonal and nocturnal themes.












5 Stars
This is an enchanting nonfiction picture book that takes the reader through the calendar year observing animals and insects in the daytime and at night. The illustrations are exactly right for this age and the light verse is easy to understand. The back of the book has teaching activities and more information. This would be a good book for science in a preschool or early elementary classroom or at home.


There are so many animals in this book that I've just included a couple. 








September 11, 2017

Children's Book Review: I Came From the Water

The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight-year-old boy, and resident of St. Helene's orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was literally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by whom we believe was his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene's. The title is Moses' reply to the author when she asked where he is from.
After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Port-au-Prince and much of the surrounding area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parentless boys and girls. Moses helped these children adapt to their new lives and in so doing displays a fearless hope and determination that may lead to Haiti's renewal as a self-support- ing nation.
St. Helene's orphanage is run by Father Rick Frechette known globally for his dedication to improving the lives of poor children across Latin America.
Net profits from I Came From the Water will go to support St. Helene's and Father Rick's efforts to help rebuild Haiti by offering a safe place to live and a free education for children like Moses.
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5 Stars
This is a gentle telling of the experiences of a little boy in Haiti who was found after a flood in a basket and sent to St. Helene's orphanage and then named Moses. This story is about the resilience of this little guy but also the need to help the faith community and orphanages like this one. It is well written and would be a great book to use in home, class, or Sunday school. Even though the format leans towards a picture book, I think this book would be a delight to children from preschool to third grade. 









August 21, 2017

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Libraries

When he was a child in the 1840s, Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to America in search of a new beginning. His working-class Scottish family arrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Carnegie worked hard, in factories and telegraphy. He invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his time. 

Carnegie believed strongly in sharing his wealth, and one of the ways he did this was by funding the construction of over 2,500 public libraries around the world. His philanthropy completely revolutionized public libraries, which weren’t widespread at the time. 

Told in simple, lyrical text, the story unfolds against striking, stylized illustrations that transport readers to the bustle and boom of the Industrial Revolution. An informational spread explains more about Carnegie’s life and work.When he was a child in the 1840s, Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to America in search of a new beginning. His working-class Scottish family arrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Carnegie worked hard, in factories and telegraphy. He invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his time.



5 Stars
The story and unique illustrations of  The Man Who Loved Libraries create a wonderful way for elementary aged children to learn about Andrew Carnegie. The overriding message of how he always gave back because of that kindness was given to him, really makes this book stick with a young reader.  After the story, there is a section describing Andrew Carnegie's legacy and some of the structures he built.