Sunday, June 26, 2022

Hooray for Trucks! - a bookwrap

 

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Hooray for Trucks!

Authored by Susan Hughes

Illustrated by Suharu Ogawa


Specs


*  Reading Age:  3-6 years

*  Grade Level:  PS-1

* Hardcover:  24 pages

* Publisher:  Owlkids Publication

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 15. 2022

* ISBN-10: 1771474672

* ISBN-13:  978-1771474672

*   Language:  English




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The Book



This is such a sweet book for kids who love mighty machines.  The book is full of a variety of big, vibrant coloured, personified trucks and the expressive text is written in rhyme.  


Because of their daily hard work the big rigs are covered in dirt and grime.  The construction site manager tries to gather the group together and demands that a good scrubbing and washing is in order.  


At first the trucks balk and refuse his offer.  No way!  They don't want to waste valuable time getting soaked and lathered up.  They want to continue hauling dirt, carrying bricks and lifting heavy beams.  The trucks want to work!


Finally the trucks discover the purpose for their clean-up and they get on board for a massive sudsy bath. The purpose? The spotless team of truck giants are going to be showcased in a truck parade.  How exciting is that! 


They are so happy and proud as they roll down the street cheered on by a diverse crowd of big truck fans.  


This book is a celebration of trucks and the reader is invited to cheer them on as the parade passes by.  The illustrations are perfect and kids will love the book from beginning to end.  I highly recommend it.  




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Meet the Author






Born in Toronto, Canada, Susan Hughes is the author of more than 30 children's books—picture books, chapter books, MG novels, young adult novels, non-fiction for all ages—including Same Here!: The Differences We Share (Owlkids), Sounds All Around, and Lights Day and Night (Owlkids), Walking for Water: How One Boy Stood Up for Gender Equality (Kids Can), the Puppy Collection series (Scholastic), and Off to Class (Owlkids).

Her books have received multiple nominations for awards, including the Forest of Reading awards, the TD Children's Literature Awards, and the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Literature.

Susan is a freelance story coach and editor who works with writers, both novice and experienced, providing critiques and developmental edits, and guiding them in their writing practice. She also works with educational publishers to develop student books; and she writes commissioned stories and articles for many clients.



About the Illustrator





SUHARU OGAWA is a Toronto-based illustrator originally from Japan. Formally trained in Art History and Cultural Anthropology, she worked for several years as a university librarian and has done various work for magazines, children’s books, public art projects, and more. Suharu teaches illustration at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario.



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Friday, June 24, 2022

Books for Birdwatchers Big and Small - various bookwraps

 

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Bird by Bird: Books for Birdwatchers Big and Small


by Patricia J. Murphy





Patricia J. Murphy is writer/creator and ideator for BIG and little people, the owner and chief creative officer of Pattycake Productions, and a passionate literacy advocate. You can learn more about her at www.patriciajmurphy.com.


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Looking for a hobby for your kids that will banish boredom and reduce screen time without costing a fortune? Well, I have one word for you: birdwatching!

According to Ed Dominguez, lead naturalist at the Seward Park Audubon Center in Seattle, Washington, birdwatching can have many benefits you might not expect. “Birdwatching can give children a sense of awe, wonder, and curiosity which can lead to interest and feelings of empathy,” Dominguez said. “And, this empathy for birds can transfer to other creatures in the world, wanting to care for them and their habitats, and help children become holistic and better human beings.”

To get young birdwatchers started and maximize their birdwatching experiences, I’ve compiled a list of books to read before, during, and after birdwatching. Many of them offer ways to identify birds and detail how to attract feathered friends to your backyard. My favorites encourage birders to keep a safe distance from birds while watching them and leave only footprints behind.





Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet

by Mrs. Peanuckle, illustrated by Jessie Ford


The latest edition of Mrs. Peanuckle’s alphabet books, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bird Alphabet, categorizes 26 birds from A to Z. Each spread pairs a colorful illustration with a fascinating, lesser-known fact about our feathered friends. Did you know bluebirds can sing 1,000 songs in one hour, or crows are intelligent and can remember faces? Kids will learn these facts and more as they read this informative book. Check out the rest of Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet series for more alphabet fun.
(Ages 0 - 3)


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Birding for Babies: Backyard Birds

by Chloe Goodhart, illustrated by Gareth Lucas


It’s time to head to the backyard with baby, where birds are waiting for you to count them! In this STEM-based bird book, your little chicks count the birds on each page, discover interesting facts about birds, and learn tips for finding them. When you’re finished with this book, migrate to its companion title about colors, Birding for Babies: Migrating Birds.
(Ages 0 - 3)





Hello, World! Birds

by Jill McDonald


Hello, World! Birds is the perfect way to introduce babies and toddlers to the genre of nonfiction and the world of birds. Readers will learn about birds in their backyards and beyond with its easy-to-read terms and colorful collage illustrations. Footnotes expound on the book's facts and offer additional information. Keep the fun going by taking turns counting all the birds, playing “I SPY,” or doing a scavenger hunt in the book. Say “Hi” to the other Hello, World! titles about the farm, weather, dinosaurs, cars, trucks, and more. You and your little ones won’t be able to say goodbye to any of these books.
(Ages 0 - 3)






Bird Builds a Nest: A First Science Storybook

by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones


This First Science Storybook is one part story, one part science, and a lot of feathery fun. With simple text and mixed-media illustrations, readers follow a mother bird as she uses “force” to create a cozy nest for her eggs. The last pages’ egg-gaging (sorry) questions will encourage scientific discussion and nest exploration. While exploring nests, remember to stay clear of baby birds and their mamas. Nesting suggestion: Leave out small bits of fabric, yarn, ribbon, and lint to help mama birds create their nests.
(Ages 4 - 6)





DKfindout! Birds

by DK


Let the bird love affair begin! Perfect for older bird watchers (6-9 years old), this fact-filled fowl fest explores nearly 150 ovarian species. Readers will learn about their diverse habitats, unique qualities, distinctive life cycles, mating and migration activities, plus sections about threatened species and the people helping them. With stunning photos, exciting facts, and delightful details, young birders will see the world through birds and want to explore them on their own. It’s a must-have for aspiring ornithologists and bird lovers alike.
(Ages 6 - 9)






The Extraordinary World of Birds

by David Lindo, illustrated by Claire McElfatrick


For older birdwatchers, The Extraordinary World of Birds explores a wide range of birding topics including birds of prey, dinosaur ancestors, and colorful displays. Told in full-color, detailed spreads, this book would be an extraordinary addition to a budding bird lover’s collection.
(Ages 7 - 9)

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Look at That Bird!

by Karen DeWitz


This fun and easy-to-read beginner’s bird guide begins with a “birder’s pledge” to respect the birds and the places you find them (e.g., only get as close as the birds allow, stay clear of babies and nests, leave nothing behind, etc.). It continues with a close-up look at 50 of the most common bird species in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn about the diverse bird population from the region, how to identify them, and how to attract birds to your backyard.
(Ages 8 - 12)





Look Up!

by Annette LeBlanc Cate


Look Up! combines a comic book feel and a nonfiction bird watching guide to lift your eyes to the skies. Cate’s beautifully illustrated book will convert even the most reluctant birder to go outside and discover birds. Comic panels share fascinating facts about dozens of birds, conversations between cartoon birds, and practical tips on how (and why) to observe birds in their natural habitats. Readers will wonder why they have never considered birdwatching before. Winner of the Sibert Honor Award in 2014, this guide will springboard your birdwatching to a new level!
(Ages 8 - 12)




The Bird Atlas

by Barbara Taylor, illustrated by Richard Orr


The atlas has gone to the birds — literally! The Bird Atlas shows young birders where birds live, migrate, and roam. This unique resource is arranged by continent to offer a global view of the geography, climate, landscapes, habitats, and activities of the world’s fowl. It’s a perfect introduction to birds around the world, endangered species, and how to help them.
(Ages 9 - 12)




Sibley Backyard Birding Bingo

by David Allen Sibley


If your kids love bingo — you are in luck! This colorful, information-filled bingo game features 50 North American birds to identify and learn about. The game cards are labeled with bird names and illustrations exquisitely painted by the pre-eminent birding author/illustrator, David Sibley. After the last BINGO is called, birders can venture into nature to observe the feathered creatures. The sturdy packaging, game cards, and pieces can endure hours of fun — indoors or outdoors!

(All Ages)


 

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

"Jeet and Fudge" - a bookwrap

 

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Jeet and Fudge: Forever Friends (Jeet and Fudge, 1)


Authored by Amandeep S. Kochar

Illustrated by Candy RodΓ³ Weaverbird Interactive



Specs


* Reading Age:  5-7 years

* Grade Level:  1-2 

* Paperback:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Paw Prints

* Pub. Date:  September 6, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1223183467

* ISBN-13:  978-1223183466

* Language:  English


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The Book


Jeet, a sweet adopted Sikh boy, is new in town and is feeling sad and lonely.  His mother sensing her son's emotional state offers to go on a walk with him.  On their travels they encounter the local animal shelter. Immediately upon seeing all the animals Jeet perks up and asks to go inside for a visit. While there he offers to become a volunteer because serving his community will bring both he and the animals much pleasure and happiness.  His mother agrees that that would be a wonderful thing to do. 


While there Jeet meets an adorable chocolate-coloured labradoodle puppy named Fudge.  A beautiful relationship and bond ensues between the two.  Jeet always wanted a dog of his very own to love and care for.  Do you think his parents will allow him to adopt Fudge just like they adopted him?  He wants so much to give this special little guy a forever home.  


This delightful book is a beginner readers Level 1 and 2.  It touches on themes of managing emotions, building empathy, developing friendships, carrying out responsibility, serving your community and it showcases culture diversity.  The illustrations are colourful, bright and greatly enrich the story narrative.  I love how much emotional support Jeet receives from both parents.  The author includes resources and information at the end of the book regarding how pets are beneficial for children and about Sikhs.  It's a wonderful book and I recommend it. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author







Amandeep ‘Aman’ S. Kochar is President and CEO of Baker & Taylor, the near 200-year-old book distributor, content services, and software company. He is Edtech Digest’s 2021 Global Leader of the Year, and a passionate champion for early literacy and education, serving on the board of directors for both United for Libraries, a division of the American Libraries Association (ALA), and the National Book Foundation. Formerly of New Delhi, Aman lives in North Carolina with his family, which includes “the real” Fudge.



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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

"Beautiful You, Beautiful Me" - a bookwrap

 

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Beautiful You, Beautiful Me

Authored by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Illustrated by Salini Perera



"A child who looks different from her mother finds beauty and belonging in this new book from the creator of New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars."



Specs


* Reading Age:  3-7

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Owlkids

* Pub. Date:  October 18, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1771474521

* ISBN-13:  978-1771474528

* Language:  English



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The Book


Izzy and her Mama have a very special relationship.  Izzy loves being  wrapped in her Mama's arms.  There she feels loved, safe and warm.  One night while curled up on her mother's lap she suddenly realizes that she and her Mama look very different from each other. Their skin tones and hair texture don't match. Izzy's skin colour is chocolate and Mama's skin is the colour of sand. The next day Izzy's notices her hair is all curly and swirly while Mama's hair is smooth and straight and hangs down her back.  She wants to be Mama's kind of beautiful. 


Mama's response to her beloved Izzy is: 


"You're part of me,

and I'm part of you.

I'm beautiful like me,

and you're beautiful like you."  


That afternoon they take a walk together and observe a mama duck with her ducklings, a mama cat cleaning her diverse litter of kittens, and a mother robin feeding her nestlings.  Izzy discovers that not all of the babies match. Her Mama adds to that breakthrough... "But they still belong to one another."  


Mama encourages Izzy and tells her that she is beautiful and perfect just the way she is.  This story about a multiracial child navigating identity and belonging draws from author Tasha Spillett-Sumner's own experience growing up as an Afro-Indigenous girl. The illustrations are gorgeous and the message to the reader is that true love is a heart-to-heart bond and transcends physical traits.  I love this sweet heartwarming book and highly recommend it. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author





TASHA SPILLETT-SUMNER is an Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars and the award-winningSurviving the City graphic novel series. 



About the Illustrator






I'm a Canadian Illustrator, who uses she/her pronouns. I was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Scarborough, and have been making art for as long as I can remember. Now, I get to make art for picture books, a life long dream come true. I live in Toronto with my husband, Michael, and our two cats, Victoria and Albert.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Unsinkable Gus Davis - a bookwrap

 


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The Unsinkable Gus Davis 

Authored by Laurie Trumble Davis

Illustrated by Paulette Bogan


Specs


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  The Collective Book Studio

* Pub. Date:  June 21, 2022

* ISBN-10: 1951412788

* ISBN-13: 978-1951412784


Editorial Reviews 




"A sweet celebration of the bond between kids and their dogs." —Colby Greenhalgh, NH/ME Territory Manager, Pet Food Experts


"This book is wicked cute....an excellent story for children of all ages." —Evangelos Baltas, Second Class Petty Officer, United States Navy


"The Unsinkable Gus Davis...captures the determination of a dog and the love of a child that befriended him." —Laura Minnucci, Lead Groomer, Loyal Companion (Wayland, MA)


"The Unsinkable Gus Davis is a heartwarming book that not only tells the story of a persistent little Frenchie who wants nothing more than to swim, but also teaches an important lesson about pet safety around the water." —Kerri Rose, Retired Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)


"Lovable Gus teaches us to never give up and that families need to practice water safety with dogs as well as kids. As a vet with over 30 years experience, I am glad to see this story finally told." —Dr. Leslie Marci, VMD, Acorn Animal Hospital, Franklin MA


"Cool tones of rippling waves and weathered wood contrast with patches of orange and pink in the splashy illustrations of this story about working together....while readers glean a subtle message on water safety." --Foreword Reviews


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The Book


This delightful book has such wonderful illustrations! Gus, an adorable little French Bulldog, has one wish and that is to be able to swim.  He is determined to do so and tries again and again but unfortunately fails in his attempts. 


His loving owner, Bean, explains to him that he not a failure but his physical makeup inhibits his success.  She explains that his legs are too short, his nose is too flat and well...he's a bit too pudgy.


Does Gus give up his dream?  No way.  He ignores those facts and off he goes again and again to cannonball into the water.  Each time he sinks....glug, glug, glug!  Luckily Bean rescues her beloved pet and realizes Gus needs help and a safe way to enjoy the art of swimming. 


Bean finally solves the problem and intoduces Gus to a tool that will finally solve the problem.  Can you guess what might be a lifesaver for Gus and allow him the freedom and joy of swimming beside his best friend Bean? 


I love the underlying messages represented in the book such as being a responsible pet owner, the idea of never giving up on your dreams and

believing in yourself.  Overall " The Unsinkable Gus Davis" is a winner that both kids and adults will love reading.  It's a heartwarming tale that will put a smile on your face guaranteed!  I highly recommend it!    


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author







Laurie Trumble Davis is a book lover who lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her family. They spend their summers on Cape Cod at Schoolhouse Pond, where Gus, her French bulldog, believed he was the best swimmer on the pond. And he was. . . especially when wearing his life jacket! Although this is her debut picture book, Laurie is no stranger to the world of books and book selling. She has worked for Barnes & Noble coordinating author appearances in New England. She has also done publicity and promotions in news media.



About the Illustrator







Paulette Bogan is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children, including Goodnight Lulu and Lulu the Big Little Chick. She also illustrated Fossil Fever by Kathleen Weidner Zoefeld, as well as two books by Aaron Reynolds, Chicks and Salsa and Buffalo Wings. Paulette lives with her family and her dogs, Spikey and Mufasa, in New York City. Visit her online at www.paulettebogan.com or on Twitter @PaulettBogan1.…


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