Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

The Other Side

Written By: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated By: E.B. Lewis

The Other Side

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Summary:
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

Rating: 4 ****

A story of friendship and breaking down barriers. At times the words read a bit awkward, but maybe that was the point.

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Little Elliot Big Family

By: Mike Curato

Little Elliot Big Family

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Summary: At Mouse’s house, Elliot the elephant finds more than a friend–he finds a family.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about loneliness and friendship.

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Stick and Stone

Written By: Beth Ferry
Illustrated By: Tom Lichtenheld

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Stick and Stone

Summary: Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone’s teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.

Rating: 3 ***

An extremely clever story. Ferry manages to create a story about sticks and stones break my bones but names will never hurt me.

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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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The Lion and The Bird

By: Marianne Dubuc

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The Lion and the Bird

Summary: A lion finds a wounded bird in his garden and decides to care for it through the winter. When spring arrives, the bird’s flock returns. The bird goes off with its flock. Lion is sad. But autumn brings a wonderful surprise.

Rating: 3 ***

A sweet story about friendship and companionship.

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Two Speckled Eggs

By: Jennifer K. Mann

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Two Speckled Eggs

Summary: It’s Ginger’s birthday, and she has to invite all the girls in her class to her party, including Lyla Browning. Even though she doesn’t want to! Lyla isn’t like the other girls: she smells like old leaves, doesn’t talk much, and once brought a tarantula to school for show-and-tell.

Rating: 4 ****

An adorable story about giving people a chance even though they may seem different.

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Findus Disappears!

By: Sven Nordqvist

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The Adventures of Pettson and Findus: Findus Disappears!

Summary: Farmer Pettson’s talking cat Findus disappears on the farm and runs into some mice and a badger before being rescued by Pettson.

Rating: 3 ***

A sweet story about a lonely farmer who adopts a cat and makes a friend for life.

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Bird and Bear

By: Ann James

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Bird and Bear

Summary: Bear and Bird are two friends who love to spend time together. In their first adventure, they discover their reflections.

Rating: 2 **

The book seems to be a bit random. It’s about birthdays and reflections.

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Yeti and the Bird

By: Nadia Shireen

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Yeti and the Bird

Summary: A lonely forest monster and a lost bird become friends.

Rating: 4 ****

The yeti is very cute and makes wonderful noises. He goes from being lonely to finding the way to make friends.

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The Cake

By: Dorothée de Monfreid

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The Cake

Summary: Tiger wants to bake a cake. A chocolate cake. But Rabbit has a weakness for carrot cake. Monkey wants a banana cake. Dog is licking his chops thinking about a bone cake. And little Bear really wants a fish cake. Is there a way to satisfy everyone?

Rating: 2 **

For whatever reason the animals appear to be selfish and mean to one another only to find out in the end it was all a surprise.

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