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The Spiffiest Giant in Town – Julia Donaldson

The Spiffiest Giant in Town shares the story of George the Giant. As the story begins, George is trading in his modest clothing for a spiffy new ensemble at a fancy store. As he walks through the town that same afternoon, he encounters a myriad of animals that need help. Kind hearted George endeavors to […]

Houndsley and Catina – James Howe

Houndsley and Catina is a great early reader chapter book series which focuses on the unlikely friendship of a dog and a cat. Houndsley and Catina are opposites in every sense, and their differences help to bring out the best in each other. Each book includes strong character based lessons which focus on being a […]

Good Night iPad – Ann Droyd

Good Night iPad is a parody of the beloved children’s book Good Night Moon.  The text and pictures perfectly follow the original story.  Although definitely good for a giggle, there is also a more serious message present about our reliance on our electronic gadgets and the value of true quality time.  The final illustration of […]

Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine – Allison Wortche

Our whole family loved this book!  Whether one is looking for a book to begin a seeds and plants unit or a perfect fit for a character education unit, Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine is a winner.  Without being heavy handed, Wortche explores the ultimate reward of hard work and perseverance as well as social […]

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae

Poor Gerald the Giraffe desperately wants to participate and have fun at the Jungle Dance, but as it approaches all he feels is sad.  He knows that he can’t dance and when it is his turn to dance he freezes and ends up walking home feeling very sad and very alone. 

On Gerald’s trip […]

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is just plain fun.  The pictures command the reader’s attention and delight with the use of bright colors and whimsical images.  The tale of the mouse who seems to always have yet another request is a great tool to teach cause and effect as well as a highly […]

The Amazing Tree – John Kilaka

The Amazing Tree retells a Tanzanian folk tale. During a time of great drought and famine the animals are all thirsty and hungry. They find a beautiful tree filled with ripe juicy fruit, but none of the fruit will fall no matter how hard they shake the tree. Although Rabbit suggests seeking the council of […]

Harriet Dancing – Ruth Symes

Harriet Dancing caught my eye the other day as we searching for new books at the library.  Harriet the Hedgehog has a happy heart and is enjoying a beautiful spring morning.  She is having a delightful time dancing in the sunshine along with some butterflies.  Soon the butterflies stop dancing.  When Harriet inquires why they […]

Almost Amish – Nancy Sleeth

Almost Amish chronicles the transformation of Nancy Sleeth’s family from a technology oriented “plugged in” family whose members were continually bringing the newest and the best into their home to a family that has simplified their lives in order to have more time to build meaningful relationships with their family, friends, and God. 

I […]