Small Fry Saturday: Sometimes Just One Is Just Right

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: Sometimes Just One Is Just RightAuthor: Gayle ByrneIllustrator: Mary HaverfieldPublisher: Abbeville KidsReleased: April 23, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):A lighthearted story about an only child who learns to appreciate being "just one." In this winsome story, a likeable young narrator explores the perks and pitfalls of being an only child. Comparing his situation to that of his cousin, Nico, who has many siblings, the narrator realizes that having a household full of brothers and sisters is not always as fun as it seems. Even though he is the only child at home, he has many…

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Kidlit Review: I Came From the Water by Vanita Oelschlager

Title: I Came From the WaterAuthor: Vanita OelschlagerIllustrator: Mike BlancPublisher: Vanita BooksReleased: September 2012Source: publisher (Edelweiss)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):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…

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Small Fry Saturday: The Frogs and Toads All Sang

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: The Frogs and Toads All SangAuthor: Arnold LobelIllustrator: Adrianne LobelPublisher: HarperCollinsReleased: May 2009Source: borrowed from local libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes a brand-new collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, The Frogs and Toads All Sang has the same warmth, compassion, and humor that is found in his best-loved work. Brimming with sweet silliness, this new book reminds us why Arnold Lobel's characters continue to be so popular years after debut.Our family is familiar with the early-reader format of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad stories,…

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Vlog for Small Fry Saturday: Dragons Love Tacos

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: Dragons Love TacosAuthor: Adam RubinIllustrator: Daniel SalmieriPublisher: Dial BooksReleased: June 2012Source: my personal libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsC, who turns 4 in a couple of weeks, joined me for a little vlog about this title!These dragons love to party, and boy, are they are ever enthusiastic about eating tacos! But it's up to the host of the party to make sure the guests don't accidentally ingest anything spicy. In this story, an unfortunate mistake is made and chaos ensues. Luckily, these dragons are kind enough to help their host clean up the mess.Dragons Love Tacos is a cute book with an…

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Kidlit Review: Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader (e-book)

My mom is undergoing chemotherapy and has lost all of her hair. We've been talking to C (who turns 4 this month) about it, showed her a lovely smiling photo of Nanny without her hair, trying to prep her a bit. C seemed totally fine, no big deal.But Friday I asked C if she'd like to go over for a visit. She replied with a sad trembling pout, fighting off tears: "I don't want to go see Nanny because I don't want to see her with her lost hair."Talk about breaking my heart...As any reader would, I immediately looked for a book that might help, and purchased this gem from the Nook store:Title: Nowhere HairAuthor: Sue GladerPublisher: Thousand Words PressReleased:…

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Armchair BEA: Children’s Literature

Design credit: Nina of Nina ReadsChildren's LiteratureI am so excited that children's literature is one of the Armchair BEA topics this week! This is something I've been wanting to post about for a while, especially since I get a lot of requests to review children's books.When it comes to children's literature, there is a word that describes what I avoid:Now, before you protest: Dr. Seuss books, Edward Lear's nonsense poems, and the like are not examples of twaddle! These works employ clever word plays, rhyming schemes, and use of rhythm. They don't talk down to children; they encourage and stretch their growing minds.Author Catherine Levison says, ". . . dumbed-down literature is easy to spot. When you’re standing in the…

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The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket

Title: The Composer Is DeadAuthor: Lemony SnicketPublisher: HarperCollinsReleased: March 2009Source: borrowed from local libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:There's dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead! If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously? In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead. Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects. Then listen to the…

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Small Fry Saturday: Speeding Down the Spiral

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: Speeding Down the Spiral: An Artful AdventureAuthor: Deborah Goodman DavisPublisher: DGDFAReleased: December 2012Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Goodreads | Book WebsiteSynopsis:One sunny Sunday, Lizzie and her baby brother Ben visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City with their father. They take the elevator to the top floor and begin walking down the ramp to look at the art. After an e-mail distracts Dad and Lizzie comes face-to-face with a giant growling dog, the stroller begins speeding down the spiral with Baby Ben. And a quiet museum trip turns into a madcap chase, with Lizzie in the lead, followed by…

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Small Fry Saturday: A Children’s Treasury of Poems

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: A Children's Treasury of PoemsAuthor: Linda Bleck (illustrator)Publisher: SterlingReleased: 2008Source: my personal libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:What child’s bookshelf is complete without a superbly illustrated collection of classic poems? This exquisitely produced anthology, which features embossed pages and flocking on the spine, will become a beloved family favorite. Featuring the most renowned creators of children’s verse, it makes the perfect read-aloud and an ideal introduction to poetry’s rhyme and rhythm. Kids will love listening to the imaginative words of Lewis Carroll (“How Doth the Little Crocodile?”); Kate Greenaway (“The Cats Have Come to Tea”); Edward Lear (“The Owl and…

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Small Fry Saturday: My Baby Blue Jays

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: My Baby Blue JaysAuthor: John BerendtPublisher: Viking JuvenileExpected Release: June 2011Source: my personal library (Dolly Parton's Imagination Library selection)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:A blue jay building a nest outside his window prompts John Berendt to find his camera and record the familiar, yet always fascinating sequence of events that will unfold, from eggs being laid to chicks emerging and trying to fly. Children and adults alike will be astonished at the adventurous spirit of one particularly curious young blue jay as he ventures into the world. The author of the best-selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil…

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