Wednesday, October 18, 2017

From Far Away Book Review

From Far Away gives a personal look at immigration and humanizes a sometimes abstract concept. The book addresses issues like violence head on by stating more than once that people were shot at in Saoussan's unnamed home country, but it is not graphic, just realistic. From Far Away is a good book for introducing or reinforcing the concept of immigration for elementary-aged children.From Far Away

Robert Munsch; Saoussan Askar
Rebecca Green
Annick Press
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: August 8, 2017


Saoussan is a second grader, she is seven years old, she came from far away, and she frames her story as if she is talking directly to the reader, her reading buddy. Saoussan tells her story of coming to Canada from her home country where a war started. With the war came bombings, a lack of food, and people being shot at. When she gets to Canada her father tells her to be good and listen in school, but Saoussan doesn't speak English, so she can't understand the teacher or the other students. School it difficult at first and she doesn't want to go back, but over time, Saoussan begins to learn English and becomes the best reader and speller in her class. She's so good at speaking English that her teacher complains that she never stops talking to her friends! Saoussan shares bits and pieces of her new life, giving a glimpse of what it is like to immigrate to a new country.

From Far Away gives a personal look at immigration and humanizes a sometimes abstract concept. The book addresses issues like violence head on by stating more than once that people were shot at in Saoussan's unnamed home country, but it is not graphic, just realistic. From Far Away is a good book for introducing or reinforcing the concept of immigration for elementary-aged children.

If you’re interested in reading From Far Away, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wild Zoo Train Book Review

Filled with train sounds and animals, The Wild Zoo Train will be a hit with toddlers and preschool age kids!Wild Zoo Train

Carmela LaVigna Coyle (Author)
Steve Gray (Illustrator)
Muddy Boots
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: October 1, 2017


Once the Wild Zoo Train loads up its riders, it pulls out of the station with some choos and some dings and a clickety-clack and a toot-toot and it embarks on an off-the-zoo-map adventure. The train ventures through a canyon to a jungle to a savanna to the Antarctic and beyond!

Filled with train sounds and animals, The Wild Zoo Train will be a hit with toddlers and preschool age kids!

If you’re interested in reading Wild Zoo Train, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, October 13, 2017

The Man Who Knew Everything The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher Book Review

The Man Who Knew Everything: 
The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher

Athanasius Kircher was an interesting and unique man - a celebrity scientist of his time. Though he had more misses than hits when it came to his theories, his work helped spread and improve scientific knowledge and it laid the groundwork for other scientists who came after him.  If you're looking for an interesting and well-illustrated biography, be sure to check out The Man Who Knew Everything!
Marilee Peters
Roxanna Bikadoroff
Annick Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Upper Elementary, Middle Grades

Publication Date: October 10, 2017


The Man Who Knew Everything is a fun and colorful biography of Athanasius Kircher. Part scientist, part inventor, part show man, part con man: Athanasius Kircher made his mark on history. He explored inside a volcano by being lowered into itself mouth in a wicker basket. He wrote many books about his theories and findings. He drew up a design for a cat piano. And he filled a museum with fantastic creations, inventions, and displays (though same were not exactly grounded in fact and science).

Athanasius Kircher was an interesting and unique man - a celebrity scientist of his time. Though he had more misses than hits when it came to his theories, his work helped spread and improve scientific knowledge and it laid the groundwork for other scientists who came after him.

If you're looking for an interesting and well-illustrated biography, be sure to check out The Man Who Knew Everything!

If you’re interested in reading The Man Who Knew Everything: The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Stick Until... Book Review

A Stick Until... tells the story of how a stick can start as part of a tree, have many uses, be helpful, and come full circle. From elephants using a leafed stick as a flyswatter to alligators using a stick as bait and to many more uses, the life of a stick is much more interesting than you might expect.A Stick Until...

Constance Anderson 
(Author, Illustrator)
Star Bright Books
Children’s Book, Picture Books

Publication Date: June 30, 2017


A Stick Until... tells the story of how a stick can start as part of a tree, have many uses, be helpful, and come full circle. From elephants using a leafed stick as a flyswatter to alligators using a stick as bait and to many more uses, the life of a stick is much more interesting than you might expect. The simple story is paired with factual asides that help set this book apart and will keep kids wondering what else a stick can do.

If you’re interested in reading A Stick Until..., you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


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