Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

In a Village by the Sea

Written By: Muon Van
Illustrated By: April Chu

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In a Village by the Sea

Summary: Moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home.

Rating: 3 ***

A sweet poem that starts with a village and follows simple elements that make up a family.

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Emily’s Blue Period

Written By: Cathleen Daly
Illustrated By: Lisa Brown

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Emily’s Blue Period

Summary: After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

Rating: 3 ***

It’s a story about Picasso and divorce, but most importantly love.

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Tumbleweed Baby

Written By: Anna Myers
Illustrated By: Charles Vess

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Tumbleweed Baby

Summary:
A large, loving family in the 1930s Dust Bowl finds a “tumbleweed baby”—a wild baby—in the plains near their cozy farm home.

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful reminder to love the wild child.

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Irene’s Wish

Written By: Jerdine Nolen
Illustrated By: Ag Ford

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Irene’s Wish

Summary:
A young girl wants her father to be home more, but her wish takes an unexpected turn in this story of enduring love between parent and child from an award-winning author and illustrator.

Rating: 5 *****

A quirky, yet endearing story about a girl who wishes to spend more time with her dad.

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My Bibi Always Remembers

Written By: Toni Buzzeo
Illustrated By: Mike Wohnoutka

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My Bibi Always Remembers

Summary:
Tembo, a little African elephant, wants to be just like her grandmother, Bibi, but is often distracted when she is supposed to be following Bibi to a watering hole. Includes a note about elephants.

Rating: 3 ***

An interesting story about elephants and how they stick together and find water and the importance of the family matriarch.

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My Daddy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Written by Martin Luther King III
Illustrated by AG Ford

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My Daddy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An account of the author’s brief years shared with his civil rights leader father offers insight into their special bond, their separation during Dr. King’s imprisonment, and the author’s five-year-old witness to the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Rating: 4****

This would make a better book for adults. There are several references to first-hand incidents Martin Luther King III experienced but because it’s a children’s story he only mentions them. It does open a great dialogue for discussion though with younger children.

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More More More Said the Baby

By Vera B. Williams

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More More More Said the Baby

Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, grandmother, and mother.

Rating: 4****

A fun book to interact with baby. As the three different relatives kiss, tickle and cuddle their baby you can do the same with yours. Your baby will be saying more, more, more as well. A Caldecott Honor book.

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Dear Daisy Dunnington

By Mathilde Stein

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Dear Daisy Dunnington
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Poor Daisy Dunnington is her demanding mother’s drudge. Buth then one day an unexpected letter drops on the doormat addressed to her. What can it be?

Rating: 3 ***

It’s hard to read a story to your child about another child with a terrible mother. The different letters are fun to read and very imaginative but the choice Stein makes about why Daisy wants to leave is very sad and opens up a conversation that might not be right for many children.

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Fly, Chick, Fly

By Jeanne Willis

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Fly, Chick, Fly!
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A chick that is reluctant to leave the nest finally learns how to fly.

Rating: 5 *****

The nice thing about this book is it gives a new idea for how to discuss trying with your child and helps put them in your perspective. The book also has sing-song lyrics and comes full circle back to the beginning at the end.

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Little Devils

By Robert Blake

Little Devils
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When their mother fails to return one night, three Tasmanian Devil cubs venture out of their den in search of food and, by doing what Tasmanian Devils are supposed to do, manage to save their mother from a trap.

Rating: 5 *****

A really sweet story about three cubs who learn quickly about growing up and life in the wild.

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