Cover: Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop Reviews "Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop"

“Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop” is written by Helen L. Wilbur and illustrated by John Manders. It’s about a New York cop and his partner, a horse named Finnegan…
The story includes information about how a police horse is trained, but it’s also about one day in the life of a police ho View »

Cover: Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story Reviews "Delia's Dull Day"

A great book all about perception. Delia is a young girl who is convinced every day of her life is dull, boring, and uneventful. Her attentions are on her accidents, handheld electrical devices, day dreaming, doodling, repetitive practices, personal discomforts, and daily routines. If Delia… View »

Cover: No Year of the Cat Reviews "No Year of the Cat"

“No Year of the Cat” by Mary Dodson Wade and illustrated by Nicole Wong is a lovely retelling of a Chinese folktale explaining why the Chinese calendar features the animals it does — and no cat. The illustrations are beautiful — pastel with an Eastern feel…
The emperor decides he needs View »

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No Year of the Cat

One night last year, you went to bed and woke up a year later…
It wasn’t magic or because you were really tired. It happened because it was New Year’s Eve: you went to sleep in 2012 and woke up to 2013. Next December, you’ll do it again with a whole new year.

If you lived in China, you View »

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War and Peace: Book Reviews from the Children's Literature and Reading SIG

When Lily is considered too young to qualify for a Victory Garden during WWII, the determined girl takes things into her own hands and approaches a neighbor who has a piece of land that isn’t being used. He agrees but does so reluctantly and with the admonition not to disturb his wife who… View »

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F Is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet

F Is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet…
by Helen L. Wilbur and Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

I’ve never quite figured out my addiction to alphabet books. I don’t have children of my own (although I do have nieces and nephews who now have their own offspring), so I can’t hide be View »

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Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop

It’s a classic New York City buddy-cop story, but one of the officers is 10 years old, weighs more than 1,200 pounds, and has four hooves. Wilbur (F Is for Friend-ship: A Quilt Alphabet) offers a lighthearted tribute to the NYPD’s Mounted Unit, with seen-it-all narration provided by a horse… View »

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Frog's Flying Adventure review - January SLJ

Gr 1-3–At first glance this book is a typical easy reader, and children will delight in Frog’s adventures with his friends. Masse’s bright illustrations reinforce the sweet tone of the three stories. Adults, however, will note a distinct philosophical overlay in each of the episodes… View »

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No Year of the Cat review - January SLJ

K-Gr 4–The story of the Chinese zodiac is a popular folktale of friendship and betrayal, retold again and again in picture-book format. Since no one in the kingdom remembers when important events have occurred, the emperor decides to create a 12-year calendar. The first 12 animals to win… View »

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The Quilt Walk review - January SLJ

Gr 3-6–Ten-year-old Emmy Blue’s life on a farm near Quincy, Illinois, is just fine until her father announces that the family is moving to Colorado where gold is being mined. He hopes to build a store and sell supplies to miners. Emmy’s mother, Meggie, is not happy about the move and having… View »