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August 31, 2014

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I am currently reading Adventurers Wanted Sands of Nezza by M.L. Forman.  I will have this review up soon.  School has started and limits my reading time.  

Review: Steam Train, Dream Train.

Steam Train, Dream TrainSteam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rinker, Sherri Duskey., and Tom Lichtenheld. Steam Train, Dream Train. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle, 2013. Print.

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld is a great bed time book. This book has everything that little children want in a bed time story, from animals to trains, to bright colors in the engaging illustrations. Children will enjoy the creative text written in a funny creative rhyme scheme. This is an excellent choice for libraries and for new parents who want something different to read at bed time.

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Review: Journey by Aaron Becker

JourneyJourney by Aaron Becker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Becker, Aaron. Journey. Candlewick. 2013. Print.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Through the power of a beautiful wordless book, aptly named Journey Aaron Becker takes the reader on an epic journey. When a little girl receives a magic crayon, she uses her imagination to escape into a magical world and have many adventures. Wordless picture books, when done correctly, are awesome. The power of the picture enables the reader to create their own story. Journey won the Caldecott honor award for the illustrations. This is definitely a book that should be in every library.

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Review: It's About Time

It's About Time: Untangling Everything You Need to Know About TimeIt's About Time: Untangling Everything You Need to Know About Time by Pascale Estellon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Estellon, Pascale, and Sarah Quinn. It's about Time: Untangling Everything You Need to Know about Time. Owl Kids. 2010. Translation by Sarah Quinn. 2014.Print.
This review is from Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com
It's About Time is a primer for teaching about time. Pascale Estellon walks the reader through the many aspects of time. Giving specific examples of how long a second, minute, hour is. What makes this a good book is it provides a frame of reference for children learning how to tell time. To illustrate an hour, the characters bake a cake that takes exactly one hour to bake. If this book is paired with that activity, there is a concrete frame of reference that will help the child learn to tell time. Teachers and librarians should definitely consider this book for their classrooms especially among grades that are learning to tell time. Libraries that serve children under 12 will want to have this book to suggest to parents/teachers who may be looking for books on time.

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Arthur Turns Green Review

Arthur Turns GreenArthur Turns Green by Marc Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brown, Marc. Arthur Turns Green. Little Brown. 2011.
This review is from Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com
Arthur Turns Green is yet another volume in the Arthur series. Ongoing since the 1980's, this series follows Arthur, the third grader that everyone already knows. In this volume Arthur's class is working on a project to be more green. They call it the Big Green Machine. Arthur goes around the house trying to help his family be more energy efficient and engage in routines that are better for the Earth, like not running the water while brushing teeth, and turning off lights that are not being used. Arthur Turns Green is a good way to begin this conversation without being too in your face about it.
Overall, Arthur Turns Green is a fun Arthur book that is perfect for children ages 6-9.

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Upcoming Reviews

I went to the library and picked up a few books.  Reviews will be up soon.

Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown
It's About Time by Pascale Estellon
Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
Journey by Aaron Becker.

Frozen A Big Golden Book Review

The newest of Disney's Animated films is Frozen.  Debuting last year, it broke all kinds of records and has become very popular. So popular that it already has creeped its way onto ABC's Once Upon A Time.  That being said, most of the readers of this blog are either fans of books for children or looking for books for children.  If you do not know what Frozen is I beg you to look it up.  It is a really good movie.


Frozen Big Golden Book (Disney Frozen)Frozen Big Golden Book by Walt Disney Company
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is from Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Scollon, Bill. Frozen. Random House. 2013. Print.

Disney's Frozen is the record breaker for DIsney Animation. Much like The Little Mermaid, this film has done significantly better than the predecessors. Hopefully It will bring in a new era for Disney Animation. The story is exactly from the film. Elsa and Anna were playing one night there is an accident. Anna is hurt and they take her to the elves to help. Elsa is locked away to sink deep into her fear and regret for what happened to Anna. No matter how much Anna begged, she would not answer, or build a snowman.
On coronation day it all goes wrong since Anna has fallen in love with Hans, a local Prince and wants him to move int with them. Elsa forbids it and after a confrontation runs away to find solitude. If you have seen the movie you know the rest, and if you haven't you should both read this book and see the movie.
Since the movie was animated as a computer animated feature, this book gives a unique perspective. The illustrations were done by Disney's storybook artists. But all the pictures are hand drawn. Disney could easily have had stills from the film as illustrations but they decided to give the audience a unique look at what the film would have looked like if it had been hand drawn. The hand drawn versions of Elsa and Anna look great but they still work better as computer animated characters.
This book is definitely a must have for children's libraries. What makes it even better for libraries is the fact that the Big Golden Books have a spine wide enough to read the title.

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