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A Review of "Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band" in Washington Parent

With his wild, feathered head and bass-guitar skills, Rooster is one cool cat … er, fowl. And with the big barnyard talent show coming up, he wants to put together the best jazz band ever. Author Kwame Alexander riffs off the names of, and introduces young readers to, jazz greats, which… View »

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A Review of "Frog and Friends: Best Summer Ever" in Booklist Online

Like the other Frog and Friends titles in the I Am a Reader! series, this installment features three small-scale adventures. In the first tale, Frog and Little Brown Bat compare and contrast their traits and characteristics, declaring that they “do not have to be the same to be friends.” In… View »

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A Review of "Track that Scat!" in The Midwest Book Review

Track that Scat! is a picturebook about discovering the traces of common woodland creatures, including rabbits, chickadees, red foxes, and Canada geese. A young girl and her faithful dog venture on a woodland hike, and observe the tracks and feces of different animals (sometimes the girl… View »

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A Review of "Frog and Friends" in Great Kid Books

Finding books that work just right for new readers is a tricky business, as many families know. Children who are new to reading on their own often want humor, surprises and twists in the plot – and yet they need fairly straightforward books that are easy to grasp. The wonderful Eve Bunting… View »

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A Review of "Best Summer Ever" in Kirkus Reviews

Frog and his friends are back (Frog and Friends, 2011) in another trio of early-reader tales, but this time they focus less on humor and problem solving and more on life lessons and manners…
In the first story, Frog and Bat play a game, pointing out the ways in which they are different, t View »

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A Review of "Surviving the Hindenburg" in Booklist

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster is a good chance to rope in discussion of the 1937 explosion of the Hindenburg, which, as Verstraete’s foreword details, was nearly as long as the Titanic and intended to be “the world’s first flying hotel.” Told from the point of view of the… View »

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A Review of "The People of Twelve Thousand Winters" in Booklist

Long before the arrival of the first Europeans, the Lenni Lenape people lived near what is now northern New Jersey. Noble imagines what life was like for a 10-year-old boy, Walking Turtle, growing up at that time in his village above the Passaic River. Part of the Tales of the World series… View »

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A Review of "Track That Scat!" in Booklist

For young Finn and her hound, Skeeter, exploring the outdoors becomes a somewhat pungent adventure and a vehicle to introduce readers to identifying commonly known animals through their tracks and, particularly, droppings. From the onset, the pair encounters—and sometimes steps in—a… View »

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A Review of "What’s Looking at You, Kid?" in Booklist

Lewis, the current Children’s Poet Laureate, offers rhymes as riddles. Examples include “Hanging in the air’s the thing / he can do without a wing / Look, a yo-yo on a string! Whee!” and “Look who’s into something sweet. / She must live on Honey Street. / She’s got honey on her feet!” Each… View »

Cover: T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet

A Review of "T Is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet" in School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–This alphabet book provides introductory information about the ship itself, the people associated with it, and a very basic outline of the events surrounding that fateful night in April 1912. Each page includes a short, rhyming poem, a piece of original artwork, and several… View »