Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

First Snow

By: Peter McCarty

First Snow

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Summary: When Pedro comes from far away to visit his cousins, who are eager to introduce him to snow, all Pedro can think about at first is how much he dislikes cold.

Rating: 3 ***

A book about not liking something, but still trying, and finding out it’s not so bad after all.

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The Perfect Percival Priggs

By: Julie Anne Graham

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The Perfect Percival Priggs

Summary: Enduring a life without free time in a high-achieving family, Percival Priggs worries that his relatives will not love him if he does not perform perfectly in every competition, until his parents reveal their own humorous imperfections.

Rating: 4 ****

A wonderful story to teach kids that even with high expectations, mistakes will happen and that they can’t be perfect in everything, but to try and try again.

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Billy’s Booger

By: William Joyce

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Billy’s Booger: A Memoir (Sorta)

Summary:
Billy’s wild imagination gets him into trouble at school, but a creative writing contest could be the perfect opportunity for him to shine.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun story teaching kids to try and they might succeed. There’s even a book within a book as Billy’s submission is included in the middle of the book.

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A Library Book for Bear

Written By: Bonny Becker
Illustrated By: Kady MacDonald Denton

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A Library Book for Bear


Although he sees no need for more books to read, Bear agrees to accompany Mouse to the library.

Rating: 4 ****

This book is part of a series. A good book for a child who has already made up her mind about something before giving it a try.

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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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The Plot Chickens

By Mary Jane Auch

The Plot Chickens
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Henrietta the chicken loves to read so much that she decides to write a book herself, but first no one will publish a book written by a chicken, and then, when she publishes it herself and it gets a terrible review in “The Corn Book,” Henrietta is devastated.

Rating: 4 ****

This book has a lot of puns as seen by the title. It’s an interesting story but without much of a point.

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Whistle for Willie

By Ezra Jack Keats

Whistle For Willie

A little boy goes about his daily routine, all the while trying to learn how to whistle.

Rating: *****

This is a really nice book about trying and accomplishments. Personally I’m a little jealous because I can’t whistle.

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The Carrot Seed

By Ruth Krauss

The Carrot Seed
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When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up.

Rating: 5 *****

It’s frustrating to be a little kid and everyone telling you they know better. This book will show your child to keep believing in what they know and that they very well just may be right.

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Yoko

By Rosemary Wells

Yoko

It is Yoko’s first day at school, so of course her mother wants to sendher off with healthy comfort food for lunch–a delectable package of homemade sushi. “Have a wonderful day at school, my Little Cherry Blossom,”her mother says as Yoko climbs into the bus. And it would have been, had it not been for lunchtime.

Rating: *****

My son loved this book and now can’t wait to try sushi. It’s a great book to talk about differences and trying new things.

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