Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Jane Cabrera

Row Row Row Your Boat

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Summary:
In this expansion of a familiar song, the occupants of a rowboat enjoy seeing and making the sounds of different jungle animals.

Rating: 5 *****

Kids will love to sing all of the wacky animal versions to this favorite song.

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Beautiful Hands

Written By: Kathryn Otoshi
Illustrated By: Bret Baumgarten

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Beautiful Hands

Summary: Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; lift spirits; stretch imaginations. This colorful concept book rouses children to use their hands for the good and reach for their dreams.

Rating: 4 ****

Baumgarten’s illustrations are very thoughtful. Hand prints are used to make everything from flowers to creatures to suns and other natural elements.

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Vegetables in Underwear

By: Jared Chapman

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Vegetables in Underwear

Summary: Illustrations and brief text reveal the wide variety of unmentionables sported by vegetables.

Rating: 4 ****

A fun way to get kids interested in underwear and vegetables.

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I Will Take a Nap!

By: Mo Willems

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I Will Take a Nap!

Summary:
Gerald is tired and cranky and wants to take a nap, but Piggie is not helping.

Rating: 4 ****

A great book that teaches kids when you’re cranky it’s time to take a nap.

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Countablock

Written By: Christopher Franceschelli
Illustrated By: Peskimo

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Countablock

Summary:
Teaches the numbers from one to one hundred by showing how a certain number of objects can become something else, from one acorn growing into an oak tree to one hundred puzzle pieces becoming one large puzzle.

Rating: 5 *****

A fantastic counting book. It covers every number from 1 to 100.

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Mix it Up

By: Hervé Tullet

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Mix It Up

Summary:
Using no special effects other than the reader’s imagination, simple directions lead the reader to experiment with mixing and changing colors on the printed page.

Rating: 5 *****

Kids get to learn about and play with color theory without getting messy. This book is like a hands on activity book for fun with color.

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Some Bugs

Written By: Angela DiTerlizzi
Illustrated By: Brendan Wenzel

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Some Bugs

Summary:
From butterflies and moths to crickets and cicadas, a rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior.

Rating: 3 ***

Watch the ladybug. She pretends to be each type of bug as each one is introduced. She’s the only constant bug in the book.

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Gravity

By: Jason Chin

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Gravity

Summary:
Simple text presents the concept of gravity to young readers.

Rating: 3 ***

Inspired by the movie this book explains to the youngest of children this scientific phenomenon. An appendix in the back explains the concept for older children using outer space for examples.

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And Away We Go!

Written By: Migy

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And Away We Go!

Summary:
Mr. Fox is going to the moon. Away he goes in his hot air balloon. But wait. Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let’s bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox’s balloon, but look out–a surprise is in store for everyone, too.

Rating: 3 ***

A nice book where Mr. Fox invites animals he encounters along the way onto his balloon ride to the moon. Although some of the animals are not invited. Not sure why.

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Goodnight Songs

By: Margaret Wise Brown

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Goodnight Songs

Summary: A previously unpublished collection of twelve lullabies, illustrated by contemporary, award-winning artists.

Rating: 5 *****

Beautiful, lyrical lullabies as only Margaret Wise Brown can write. Surprisingly all of the stories are in one book and not broken into twelve. Included in the book is a CD of the songs, which is only fair. Somehow the songs themselves lose the cadence of her spoken poetry.

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