Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wild Rose's Weaving

by Ginger Churchill

When Wild Rose's grandmother tries to teach her how to weave, Rose figures out that she too can weave beautiful things like rainbows into her work.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

White Water

by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein

"Inspired by a true story"

Michael lives in a world where he must stand up if a white family wants a seat at the bus stop, must climb on the bus and pay and then get off to reenter again by the back door. when he gets hot and thirsty from his trip with his grandma, he goes to the "Colored" fountain to take a drink, only to find that the water tastes dark, muddy, and dirty. He sees his schoolmate drinking long and freely from the "White" fountain, and Michael begins to imagine what that water must taste like. He becomes obsessed about knowing what the difference is, and finally sneaks off to get a forbidden taste. Imagine his surprise when he learns that the water tastes the same, both fountains coming from the same rusty pipe. Michael learns a lesson that changes his life forever.

This story is simplistic enough that it will raise just the right questions with any age child. The illustrations are beautiful, and careful attention should be paid to the final page where we see the images that can inspire Michael's future. This is a must read.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

First Garden

The White House Garden and How It Grew
by Robbin Gourley

This colorful book tells all about the White House grounds and the history of how it has been used by past presidents and first ladies. But the true story is about the kitchen garden that President and Michelle Obama started with the help of fifth grade boys and girls. No beets in this garden -- because the President doesn't like them. But the book details the bee hives and the many vegetables that have been harvested and used by the White House chefs.

Included in this book are the "official recipes" distributed by the White House that showcase their harvests. Kid-friendly and fun to try!


Olivia Cooks Up A Surprise

by Emily Sollinger
Olivia is planning a special surprise dinner for her Mom's birthday. What's on the menu? Alll red food, of course! Fun to read and maybe plan your own color-coordinated meal.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Papa's Pastries

by Charles Toscano
Miguel accompanies his Papa on a walk through the village but soon finds out that the villagers cannot afford his pastries. Still, Papa returns emptyhanded as he has given all his wares away. A great moral to the story as Papa learns his kindnesses will be repaid.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

by Anna Dewdney
Llama is impatient for the holidays to get here, but Mama comes through with stories and crafts to keep him busy. Busy parents will love this story and children will ask for it over and over. Probably the best illustrations of any Llama Llama yet!

Dragon Stew

by Steve Smallman

Five bored vikings are bored and looking for an adventure, so they decide to go on a dragon hunt. What they haven't bargained for is a very stubborn dragon!