Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Grandma’s Gloves

Written By: Cecil Castellucci
Illustrated By: Julia Denos

Grandma’s Gloves

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Summary:
When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about how a little girl learns about death when her grandmother passes away and learns about a way to keep her memory alive by continuing to do something they enjoyed doing together.

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Sonya’s Chickens

By: Phoebe Wahl

Sonya’s Chickens

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Summary: Sonya raises her three chickens from the time they are tiny chicks. She feeds them, shelters them and loves them. Everywhere Sonya goes, her chicks are peeping at her heels. Under her care, the chicks grow into hens and even give Sonya a wonderful gift: an egg! One night, Sonya hears noises coming from the chicken coop and discovers that one of her hens has disappeared. Where did the hen go? What happened to her? When Sonya discovers the answers, she learns some important truths about the interconnectedness of nature and the true joys and sorrows of caring for another creature.

Rating: 3 ***

Might be a good story for once kids realize that the animal chicken and the food chicken are one and the same.

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Once a Shepherd

Written By: Glenda Millard
Illustrated By: Phil Lesnie

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Once A Shepherd

Summary:
A story of a shepherd who takes a young wife, goes to war, leaving a child behind, and dies.

Rating: 2 **

This really isn’t a story for young children, unless it’s meant for military families. One of the pages reads “Once he marched right into hell.” The language and the story are very bleak and depressing. Definitely not something you want to read a child before bedtime.

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The Flat Rabbit

By: Bárður Oskarsson

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The Flat Rabbit

Summary: When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can’t be much fun to lie there; she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired and unique idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can’t be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her. The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor — and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog’s and the rat’s caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.

Rating: 3 ***

A very odd portrayal of death. Didn’t even realize the rabbit was dead until read other reviews. Not sure the animals are compassionate as much as misguided.

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Rafa Was My Robot

Written By: Alexandra Dellevoet
Illustrated By: Ken Turner

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Rafa Was My Robot

Summary: Jacob and his robot Rafa do everything together, but one day, Rafa begins to slow down, becoming weaker with each day, and Jacob, unable to find a cure for his friend, must come to terms with possibly losing him.

Rating: 2 **

The story is about a robot who is dying and a boy who searches the world to try to save him by trying to replace its battery. The book lacked the depth or emotion needed for a book about death.

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