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YOU CHOOSE by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart


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. ūüôā

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! ūüôā


Little Bird Lost by Kate Larkinson and photos by Steve Larkinson


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!




Cat Days by Alexa Andrews and illustrated by John & Wendy


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.




Flight of the Butterflies by Roberta Edwards and illustrated by Bob Kayganich and with photographs


Edwards, Roberta. Flight of the Butterflies. Illustrated by Bob Kayganich and with photographs. New York: Penguin Young Readers, c2010.


This book is a Penguin Young Readers book, level 3. They start off by describing what Migration is. They describe the journey that the Monarch Butterflies make into the forests in Mexico. This is a really neat book because it introduces new words that children may not know and also a pronunciation helper. We learn what dangers there are to the butterflies. We then are taken back through the flight back North, wear they lay their babies and back to where they first start. I am a big BIG lover of butterflies and one thing I found out from this book that I thought was very interesting is that the life span is very short;Approximately a year.


The illustrations are done with actual pictures and diagrams. When they describe things in the book, such as the plant they lay their eggs on, they show a picture so we know what it looks like. They show us a map with the migration and also the stages of their flight back up.


This is a really interesting read especially for science lovers. Even though this is an early reader, I think it would make a great Read Aloud book too!


xoxo, Jade

Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg by Tali Carmi and Illustrated by Mindy Liang


Carmi, Tali. Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg. Illustrated by Mindy Liang. c,2013.


This is a story about a boy named Terry Treetop who loves to climb trees. Terry finds a little egg all alone on the ground and goes on an adventure to try to find its mother. He asks several animals he sees with eggs about it, and when he comes up with no answers he almost gives up. This is an adventurous story that gives young minds a glance at what type of animals have babies via eggs and how they hatch. It also gives a lesson to young kids that if you find something, they should try to find the owner.


The illustrations are really cute. They give you a chance to visualize what is going on in the story and see Terry Treetop go through his adventure. Each animal he visits we see their eggs and see the difference between them all. There are a lot of neutral colors used to signify nature, but some brighter colors are used on Terrys clothes and such.


I really like this story and how it gives so many different ideas.


xoxo, Jade

Scaredy Squirrel at the beach by Melanie Watt


Watt, Melanie. Scaredy Squirrel. Illustrated by author. Tonawanda: Kids Can Press, c2008.

Scaredy Squirrel is a creature that wants to go to the beach but would rather not end up surrounded by the wrong crowd. He decides that he would like to make a beach at home, so he comes up with a plan and makes lists. He realizes he’s¬†forgetting¬†a shell, so decides to make a very quick trip to the real beach…I won’t spoil what happens, but this is an absolutely adorable book. My son laughed so much. It is silly and demonstrates planning skills, how to overcome fears, and encourages imagination. The author gives very cute¬†and¬†easy to understand diagrams¬†that the squirrel is referring to.


The illustrations¬†are very crisp and clean. I checked to see what medium was used and it is done¬†digitally by print shop. It doesn’t¬†look like everything was done in print shop, but this explains all the neat lines and perfection. The illustrations are adorable, and go with the whole silliness of the book. There are maps, and timelines, and exhibits…¬†simple enough for children to understand.


I really enjoyed this book. There are others in the series and I will definitely be checking those out. If interested in this, here is the paperback link. http://www.amazon.com/Scaredy-Squirrel-Beach-Melanie-Watt/dp/1554534623/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1377004316&sr=8-6&keywords=scaredy+squirrel


xoxo, Jade 

Free e-book “Chasing Butterflies” by Harry Toews – Read for info

Hey everyone! For my Children’s literature followers I have a friend that would like people to read his picture book; No review is required, but he would appreciate it if you did! If you are interested then please either email me at jmparks@uno.edu, reply to this post, or visit his website http://www.littlelifelessons.ca/. The story is a really charming story and I’ve actually posted a review for it on here already titled Chasing Butterflies by Harry Toews.

Alice in Wonderland adapted by Deborah Hautzig and Illustrated by Kathryn Rathke


Hautzig, Deborah. Alice in Wonderland. Illustrated by Kathryn Rathke. New York: Penguin Young Readers, c2010.


I know many of you are going to think I’m crazy for what I’m about to admit, but I have never read the books or seen the movies dealing with Alice in Wonderland. It was just never my cup of tea so to speak. I got this book because I thought my son would love it. This book is similar to an I can Read Book in that it is based on a level system and this book is a level 4. The instructions say if¬†a child reads well and fast then they are ready for level 4 books.


Since I’ve never read the books or seen the movies I can’t compare the original story to this adopted one. The story was pretty much what I imagined it would be. Queen of hearts, the rabbit, and Alice in the story with doors and such. The paragraphs seemed a bit hard for readers that are just getting comfortable with reading. As an adult I read it just fine, but I know my son, who is level 2, wouldn’t be able to read it without assistance.


The illustrations are unique. They remind me of older illustrated where outlining with thick black lines were frequent. The colors range between pastel and bright colors. The book is definitely more cartoonish than any books I’ve read recently. The illustrations add nothing extra besides a few minor details that aren’t central to the plot.


If interested, this book is also available for Prime members at no charge on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-Carrolls-Wonderland-Penguin-Readers/dp/0448452693/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376972868&sr=8-1&keywords=deborah+hautzig


xoxo, Jade

Chasing Butterflies by Harry Toews


I absolutely ADORE this story!! The story is about a brother and sister that visit their grandmothers house after school lets out for the summer. We follow the children out into their abuela’s magical garden and through the adventures to find the magic that their grandmother says is there. Towards the end we go through the same emotions that the children go through when they find the magic. The author has amazing talent to be able to make readers feel the emotion in so few pages.

The illustrations go along with the text and give us a bit of outside information that isn’t in the text. We get to see how the characters look since they aren’t described (standard for picture books). We get to see abuela’s garden and many other features of the story that are written or aren’t written. The author uses a very limited color pattern when showing illustrations of the children or room furniture, but it doesn’t take away from the story. When we see the garden with the butterflies and flowers we are shown color and LIFE, aka the magic that is brought out.

On top of the story there is a message intertwined into the story. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the major point of the story; that and of course finding the ‘magic’. I really loved this story and I will definitely review more of this authors work!!

This is an absolutely charming story filled with such character! I definitely recommend this!!!!

xoxo, Jade

Arabelle the Frightened Spider by Jill Van Der Voort


I got this in e-book form off of Amazon because my son loves creepy crawlers! The story is about a spider who is afraid of many things including a little boy that often plays near her web. The author notes at the ending that spiders are nothing to be frightened of, but I also felt the message applied to all things; concurring fears another words. It is told in rhyme, which I love because it has a steady beat. The words are extremely easy to understand.

The illustrations depict what we are told in the story. The lines are very clean and straight when they need to be and curvy when it is. I personally like illustrations that are a bit messy because I think it gives character and I like that.

I do like the fact that their is a whimsical feel to the illustrations. With Halloween right around the corner,¬†it could be a great book¬†that isn’t scary for young readers. I’m not sure if this is the case, but the illustrations look like they were done on the computer. That’s great, but with something naturesque I would prefer to see something more unperfect to go with the text. ¬†