Animals

Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)

Review: Again, our one year old grandson likes turning the big chuncky pages. He likes the animal sounds, but there's not many animals in the book for the money. The touch and feel sections are a little better than the trucks book. Overall, not too bad. Read more

Farm Animals Coloring Book (Dover Little Activity Books)
Farm Animals Coloring Book (Dover Little Activity Books)

Review: I did not expect this to be a mini coloring book, but it is. My daughter likes this, and it's great for her to carry around. She's 1 so it's the perfect size. The illustrations are nice too, and there is lots to color. However, if I had known it wasn't a full-size coloring book, I probably wouldn't have bought it. Read more

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

Review: I checked this book out so many times from the school library when I was little, that the librarian asked my parents to buy me a copy so that other kids could have a chance to check it out. The cats , by far, were my favorite part, especially MAX! If you know a child that likes animals, this is the book to get them!! It's fun, has great pictures, great humor, and is just my all around favorite book of my childhood! Read more

A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale (A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales)
A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale (A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales)

Review: My young kids love it. Our Golden Retriever is hazy on the plot but understands the utterance "good dog." Somewhat predictable, but quite appropriate for dogs and kids. P.S., even the cat like it. She sits on the book when it is not being read. Read more

They All Saw a Cat
They All Saw a Cat

Review: Love the cat seen from multiple perspectives... The illustrations are big and colorful, and my two month old loves the bright pictures and lyrical and repetitive way the words sound. As he gets older, I know he'll appreciate the book in a different way, learning about mentalizing and perspective taking, which is the beauty of this book. I loved it so much, I bought a copy for my niece for Christmas. Read more

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Review: Have you ever seen rats that can create electrical discharge! Well if it sounds cool to you, then read Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by: Robert C. O'Brien! This book is about a widow mouse, whose son falls ill with pneumonia. Mrs.Frisby has to save him by risking her life, walking into an owls nest, and barely escaping a certain death from a cat named Dragon! This book is a Newbery award winner and is best for students in 3rd grade. Trust me, this book is INCREDIBLE!!!!! It will make you... Read more

Tales from Watership Down
Tales from Watership Down

Review: For those who loved Watership Down for all its well-plotted adventures of Hazel and his friends who leave their home warren and journey out into the world, this book will probably pale in comparison. Tales from Watership Down is more a book of short stories, some loosely connected together, some not even related to one another. All the stories in this book are as fun to read as the short stories of El-ahrairha in the original book, but while those stories served mostly to further the plot and ... Read more

The Crows of Pearblossom
The Crows of Pearblossom

Review: Rather two essays... subject linked and roughly contemporary.

Doors takes us on a mescaline trip in the early fifties that was witnessed and noted... almost a diary. Questions asked and recorded. A big emphasis on color and light. Infused and coming from within objects... very bright and punctuated by an imperceptible breathing as if the inanimate had become animate. The room objects became "itness" as red books become bright emerald like slabs and flowers glow like marble scupture.
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Whales and Dolphins! (Wild Kratts) (Step into Reading)
Whales and Dolphins! (Wild Kratts) (Step into Reading)

Review: This book is great for Wild Kratt fans, but I am disappointed that the sharks are portrayed as aggressive and angry. As someone who works in marine biology, sharks are greatly misunderstood and these illustrations do not help the stigma the animal has. My daughter kept asking what the sharks were so mad about. Read more

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Review: I read this to my daughter Magda (who's two-and-a-half) and asked her some questions about it. Here's what she had to say:

What's this book called?
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Who wrote it?
Uh, Mo Willems? E.B. White?
No, it starts with R. Ro--
Roald Dahl!
That's right. What happened in the book?
The chickens were scared.
That's true. Why were they scared?
Because they would be killed and they were killed.
Who killed the chickens?
The Fantastic Mr. Fox!<... Read more

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