by David Covell
This book is such a beautiful picture book! I love the watercolor illustrations, they are soft but colorful and perfect for summer. Run Wild touches on all the fun summer activities you can do from running around barefoot outside. I know you can do that most seasons but for some reason summer seems to be the time more people do it. Playing outside from sun up to sun down. The hot sand beaches that make you do the little hop skip dance so your feet don’t get to hot. Run Wild also touches on the intense summer storms that can pop up unannounced and dump rain on you. Everyone knows that summer rain brings fun puddles for splashing as well as frogs, snails and slugs. This picture book was like reliving my girls summer’s when they were little. This sweet picture book is perfect for a seasonal book unit, shelf, or story time. The first day of summer is coming up in just a few weeks (June 21), this would be a great book to read and you can create your own Run Wild summer fun list.
About the book: Get back to nature in this gorgeous sunlit filled book that celebrates the joy of being outdoors.“Hey, you! Sky’s blue!” a girl shouts as she runs by the window of a boy bent over his digital device. Intrigued, the boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and phone) behind, and into a world of sunshine, dewey grass, and warm sand. Filled with the pleasures of being alive in the natural world, Run Wild is an exquisite and kid-friendly reminder of how wonderful life can be beyond doors and screens.
by Rosemary Wells
Max and Ruby was always read and watched in my house. Both my girls really enjoyed these siblings and Sophie reminds me so much of those lovable bunnies. Sophie is your typical little toddler she is shy and sometimes has a hard time speaking up and using her words. In Say Hello, Sophie her parents are trying to get her to use her manners while out and about. Simple say Hello, say thank you and such are prompts but Sophie is shy and nervous and while they are on the tip of her tongue they just can’t come out. Many times it is confusing to little ones, we tell them don’t talk to strangers. Then we tell them say thank you to a stranger who is holding a door or wanting to share a sticker with them. As the story continues Sophie has many opportunities and all but nothing seems to work on getting her to talk. Grandma to the rescue and her little plan is perfect and gets Sophie talking. The first graders that I read this one to really enjoyed it and were cheering Sophie on to talk. They were so proud of her when she finally did talk and used her manners. This also lead to a great discussion about when they were little and shy or fellow classmates that are still a little shy. Rosemary Wells books are just so cute and great for toddlers through early elementary aged listeners and readers.
Check out my review of Use Your Words, Sophie
Can Sophie say the word Hello?
No! She just can’t say it.
Because Hello and Thank you and Goodbye get stuck
in Sophie’s mouth and won’t come out.
What can help Sophie say Hello?
As always, Granny has the answer to one of the
universal problems of toddlerhood
Thank you Penguin, and Viking Books for Young Readers for sending me Say Hello, Sophie. I know this will get lots of use in the elementary classroom! All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book!
by Eleanor Glewwe
Do your kids (and you) love the magic of Harry Potter, InkHeart, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe? Do they love fantasy fiction but have run out of books to read? I know my middle grade reader has read just about every fantasy book under the sun. I was happy to pass on Wildings to her after I read it, I know she is going to fall in love with this book. I had not read or heard of the book Sparkers so this was my first introduction to the magical world that Rivka, Arik and other Wildings live in. I will go back and read it this book was so good I didn’t want it to end. I loved that Rivka is a strong girl who doesn’t back down if she feels she is doing what is right! We need more books with good, positive girls. This book deals with the topic of racism within the magical world and Rivka doing everything she can to reunite and change the laws so other wildings can be reunited with their families. Grab a copy for your fellow bookworms and gift it this holiday season. I really hope this story line continues I would love to read more and see where they go from here.
summary: Rivka is one of the magical elite and the daughter of an important ambassador. But she harbors a deep secret: She once had a twin brother, Arik. When Arik failed to develop his own magical abilities, the government declared him a wilding, removed him from his home, placed him with non-magical adoptive parents, and forbade him any contact with his birth family. Now it is as if he never existed at all.
But Rivka refuses to forget her twin brother. Even though she knows she could lose everything—her father, her friends, even her freedom—she sets out to find Arik. She has nothing to go on except her still-new magical powers and her love for her brother. Can that possibly be enough to bring them together again, when all of society believes they belong apart?
Thank you Viking Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read Wildings. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Rosemary Wells
published Viking Books for Young Readers
How many times have we said that to our kids or students. I’ve lost count over the years when my kids were younger or in the Preschool classroom. Especially when I was in the 2 year old classroom. This book is cute and will delight all ages especially the youngest of listeners. Sophie has some changes going on in her house. She is a big sister now, and has to share her mom and dad with the little baby. Rosemary Wells does a great job at handling this topic of a touch of sibling jealousy. Many know her from the very popular Max and Ruby book and cartoon series. The Sophie book reminds me a lot of Max and Ruby since the layout is very similar. The main focus of each page is the big colorful simple illustrations. The sentences are short sweet and to the point. Use Your Words Sophie is the perfect book to give the big sister or brother as a gift when you come visit the new baby. I know this will be on my baby shower gift list.
summary: When Sophie’s new sister won’t stop crying, only two year old Sophie can communicate with her, even if she isn’t using her words her parents want her to.
Thank you Penguin, and Viking Books for Young Readers for sending me Use Your Words Sophie. I know this will get lots of use in the elementary classroom! All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book!