Reviews by battlem
This book is so much fun! I love the monkeys and all the caps.
I am helping a young girl learn about reviewing books for Summer Reading. She says this book is really good. The fact that it has crafts makes it fun.
This gorgeous book has the rare marriage of distinguished text and amazing illustrations. The patterned story allows children to follow the repetition of the structure, with a slightly different twist each time. In addition, they are introduced to the chronological cycle of the day, different members of a medieval court, and a surprise ending. What a joy that the child ends up being the wisest of all! The illustrations are carefully crafted to depict each time of day accurately, with watercolor lighting that sets the exact mood for the timeline. Perfect!
This outstanding biography is actually an interesting read, as well as highly informative. The unbiased biography shows you the life of P.T. Barnum, warts and all. His successes and failures are addressed, as well as his positive qualities and detriments. It is even pointed out how his ego was equally responsible for much of his success, and much of his trouble when it came to both his business and personal life. In addition to Barnum himself, we are introduced to the "cast of characters" who were featured at his museum. Highly recommended for upper grade readers through adults.
This quiet book chronicles the physical healing process of Charley as she recovers from injuries suffered in an accident. But her doctor-prescribed walks around the lake result in her crossing paths with a shy stray dog and with memories of her dead mother. Both the dog and Charley are in need of soothing, and slowly learn to trust each other, and provide a comforting companionship for each other that helps the other slowly recover. There is no quick resolution or fast-paced action to recommend this book. What recommends it are the quiet moments in the woods, the soft words, and the true moments of healing.