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There are some things that I really love about this book. I bought it for my son to read to his dad. He is 8, transitioning from 2nd to 3rd grade. It was easy for him to read and comprehend what he was reading. Another thing that I love about this book is the illustrations. They are really well done and portray a minority family which is something that isn’t often seen in these sort of books. It was a fun read and I enjoyed listening to and watching my son read this story to my husband. It has a mixture of narration and dialect. I liked that he was able to use his “narrator voice” and switch to a “dialect voice.” I’d definitely recommend this story. 🙂
The Walk Back Home is a cute little story about a boy from Earth who flew into space with his airplane. He ran out of fuel and landed on the moon. A martian also landed on the moon after his spaceship engine broke. The rest of the book talks about an adventure that the boy and martian go on to help them both get back home.
I am a first grade teacher. I read this story to my students for a Read-Aloud. They loved it because they were able to make predictions based on what we were reading. They connected with the characters because they too have had to help a friend do something.
The illustrations are done with water colors. They are clean and demonstrate what is being read on the page. The one complaint I do have about the book is on a few pages, the words are stuck on a part of the page that is dark and the letters are also dark. So, it is a bit hard to see, especially if a child was to attempt t read it on their own. I do recommend it as a read aloud.
Good afternoon! It has been an extremely long time since my last post. I have been through a rollercoaster of events. As the school year is coming to a close, I would really like to pick up where I left and continue my children’s book reviews. So, be on the look out for my next book review! I am a first grade teacher and read a LOT of books to my children. So, I will start publishing reviews to these books that I read to them. I will also try to explain how the kids reacted to the story. Enjoy your Sunday!
Good evening everyone! I just wanted to let ya’ll know that my reviews will be coming and be caught up by Sunday. I apologize for the delay in things but my son just started school, our pet just passed away and I was trying to get everything squared away before I start school on Monday. I hope all is well!
Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of messages asking what happened to the blog. I left off letting you guys know things were hectic and to make things even crazier I’ve been back and forth between the doctor for my son and myself since August. I think things are finally starting to settle so I am going to try and catch up. Please bare with me if I’ve promised a review as I am REALLY behind with school, the doctors and my sons extra curricular activities. I will try to get all the way caught up as soon as possible. Prayers for stability in my life is greatly appreciated. 🙂
Sharratt, Nick. You Choose. Illustrated by Pippa Goodhart. Tulsa: Kane Miller, c2012.
This book mainly done in illustrations. The story is as the title indicates, about choosing. The story goes through several scenarios from being hungry and choosing the food you want to choosing what to wear. The level of this picture book looks like it could easily be read by an early reader, not necessarily an emergent reader. Lots of common sight words that are soundable are used, but there are also words used such as “wear” that children may need help with. This is also suitable as a read aloud book. The sentences are in big, bold, black letters at the top.
The illustrations take on practically the whole page. At first, the illustrations seem extremely busy, but as you go on you realize that its not as busy as originally thought. The illustrations are aligned with the text in that when they ask you to choose shoes, they have 50 different pairs of shoes to choose from. Some of the characters that are in the illustrations have idea bubbles with comments, but these characters aren’t shown through out the book.
I think this is an adorable book and would recommend it! 🙂
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I thought it was really cute in a stinky sort of way 😉 At first I was a bit confused with no ending punctuation the I caught on that it was being wrote as a poem. I’m not too knowledgeable on the terminology here, so I’ll explain it. It was four sentences but no punctuation and in rhyme per page. The rhymes was done pretty well. There was one exception when I felt the words were a bit forced, but other than that it all rhymed and flowed nicely. This book is a silly type of book sort of like captain underpants. It tells the story of Arthur and how he creates music and well you’ll have to read it because I don’t want to give too much away. Each page has a title and each title is included in a table of contents at the beginning.
There are simple illustrations done on each page to go with the text. Unlike the cover, the illustrations in the actual book aren’t in color, but rather shades of white and grey. It doesn’t take away from the story, but seems to allow focus on what is going on in the illustrations instead. The drawings are silly and represent the story well. Some of the illustrations are surrounded by white space where as some are boxed in with a light shade. I would recommend this book, but maybe towards an older crowd of maybe 6 and over because there are terms used such as “fart” and “poo” and I know some parent’s don’t really want these words put into young learners vocabulary right away. If you don’t have a problem with that, then read ahead because this one is sure to bring on the giggles!!! 🙂
Good evening friends! So sorry it has been so long since I’ve reviewed. I’ve been a busy busy BUSY bee!
This story is a picture story like all of the books I review, but to be honest it is different! Usually the books have their words and then there is the illustrations. This photographer took the time to photograph a photo for each page. Each page has dialogue that goes in rhyme, but not necessarily ending on that page; basically page turners! The text is extremely easy to understand and although it is not a “young readers” book. It has short and simple sentence structure. I think a young reader would have no problem getting through it. I will let my son be the judge of that for reading time tomorrow!
Back to these wonderful photos! I can’t imagine the amount of time it took for the photographer to sit by this nest and gently snap these photos without scaring them and making them fit into the story. It is amazing how the text and these actual photos go hand in hand. I can’t praise this photographer enough. I urge all of you to go to Amazon and pull it up. It’s such a cute story about a bird family that will sure to bring smiles and sweet dreams to your little ones!
Andrews, Alexa. Cat Days. Illustrated by John and Wendy. New York: Penguin Young Readers, c2012.
This book is a level one young reader. This is truly a young reader versus some of the other ones I’ve come across. The vocabulary is very simple and easy to sound out. The pages are repetitive to give children a chance to remember words. The break this book into sections, but not necessarily chapters. Then each section they run with the theme. For example Cat Plays section has a few pages about the cat playing. The story is predictable which also helps with retention for young readers. It also uses ideas that most children are familiar with.
The illustrations are bright and simple. They use very simple shapes to make the pictures and it doesn’t distract the reader from the text. Everything is outlined in either black or grey. There is very little usage of white space, but they use color space in its place. The pages that have the section titles are the only ones that have white space usage.
The story doesn’t have much of a plot, but it does a great job with simple words and familiar territory for young readers.