Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Alone in the Forest

By Gita Wolf


Illustrated by Bhajju Shyam

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Alone in the Forest

After hearing a loud sound while out in the woods, Musa is struck with fear, but must find a way out and back to his village.

Rating: 2**

The story has a great moral of mind over matter, but the main character Musa faces a problem and the book doesn’t explain how he solves it, just all of a sudden he is able to.

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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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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

By William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
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Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble and unthinkingly wishes himself a rock when frightened by a lion. Although safe from the lion, Sylvester cannot hold the pebble to wish himself into a donkey again.

Rating: 5 *****

A great beginning to discuss what would you wish for if you had a magic pebble and how would you use it.

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Throw a Kiss Harry

By Mary Chalmers

Throw a Kiss Harry
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Wandering away from his mother, Harry the Cat gets stuck in a tree until a fireman comes to his rescue.

Rating: 4 ****

There’s really not that much to this book, but it does show the importance of saying thank you.

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The Pocket Dogs

By Margaret Wild

The Pocket Dogs

Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr. Pockets’s pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.

Rating: *****

This is an adorable story. You will come to love Biff and Buff.

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Flashlight

By Betsy James

Flashlight

Waking up in the dark at Grandpa’s house can be scary–the door in the hallway looks like a cave, and that noise could be a bear. Lucky for Marie, the bear is really Grandpa, who’s come to offer some reassurance and a flashlight that will make the dark house a lot less spooky.

Rating: *****

Everything looks different in the dark, especially when you’re not in your own house. But with family and a creative solution all turns out well.

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Duck on a Bike

By David Shannon

Duck on a Bike

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun!

Rating: *****

There is so much that’s great about this book: trying something new, overcoming fear, and even showing individuality. That duck sure is one good role model.

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I Need a Snake

By Lynne Jonell

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I Need a Snake

Robbie says he wants a snake, but his mother won’t allow a snake in the house. After he and his mother look at snakes, Robbie finds a creative way to get his very own snake and keep his mother happy.

Rating: *****

A comical book that shows overcoming fear and responsibility in a very cleaver way.

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Sheila Rae The Brave

By Kevin Henkes

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Sheila Rae The Brave

A mouse both boastful and fearless, Sheila Rae decides to go home from school by taking a new route.

Rating: ****

Even the bravest of mice can get scared, but with the help of a friend or sister in this case these fears can be conquered.

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The Very Noisy Night

By Diana Hendry

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The Very Noisy Night

Little Mouse keeps Big Mouse awake with his worries about nighttime noises. Big Mouse offers him earmuffs, but the quiet only makes Little Mouse feel lonely. By morning, both mice are sound asleep in Big Mouse’s bed.

Rating: ****

A cute story about night time fears, but not a good ending if you’re trying to teach your child independence.

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