Small Walt

by Elizabeth Verdick

illustrated by Marc Rosenthal


A tiny snowplow determined to prove his worth battles a blizzard in this supremely charming story.  Small Walt and his driver, Gus, take on a blizzard! All the bigger snowplows doubt that Walt has what it takes to plow the roads in the storm, but Walt is determined to prove them wrong.




Small Walt is very reminiscent to The Little Engine that Could  and Katy and the Big Snow. Small Walt follows a street cleaner as he drives the smallest snow plow around the city to clean the streets during a blizzard. Kids that live in areas that have snow plows will love this book. The big snow plows don’t think a small plow can do the same works as them since he is so small. They laugh at him and no one wants to drive him. Gus comes along decides to take Walt for the plowing that night. The book flows their adventures as they clear the streets.  This book would be really fun for a winter story  time or class read aloud. I can just hear little ones chanting the verse “My name is Walt. I plow and salt. They say I’m small, but I’ll show them all.” 

The story is sweet and shows that just because your little you can still be mighty and do things that many big kids and adults don’t think you can. If you believe and don’t give up just think of all the things you can do. The illustrations have a very vintage fill of old picture books. I really enjoyed them and they fall into the frame-able picture book illustrations for me. Over all this is  the perfect picture book to have out for some fun winter reading and sure to become a classic!


The Pirate of Kindergarten

by George Ella Lyon

illustrated by Lynne Avril

published by Simon and Schuster Kids


The Pirate of Kindergarten is not about pirates it is a sweet picture book about a girl in kindergarten who see’s double of everything. She has double vision but never knew till one day in kindergarten they class had to take an eye test. Ginny always thought everyone saw double everything. She was fine if she put her nose in the book literally. She was fine if she squinted or closed 1 eye but with both eyes open there was trouble.

She couldn’t walk to reading circle which she loved without bumping into the chairs, she couldn’t read a book with putting her nose right up the page or closing 1 eye, the teacher always told her not to do these things. Cutting with scissors was super hard and she never knew any different.

Thanks to the school nurse she could get help and correct her double vision. She got to wear a patch and became the pirate of kindergarten. One that could do everything and only saw 1 of everything.

This picture book is a sweet book that would be great to read the first few days or week of school, if you have a student that wears a patch. A great picture book with a sweet message and explanation that helps kids understand.