Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Monday, December 22, 2008
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Gerbil on the Loose
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Her illustrations only enhance this wonderful story - they are rich in culture as well - marvelous!!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Fear is a strange thing. It can creep unnoticed into your mind, seize hold of your reason and take root.Really a lovely story - highly recommend it.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Impressionist Go Fish for Art - yep, it plays like you'd think - Go Fish with Impressionist Art as your theme. VERY fun for a wide range of ages.
Art Ditto is for ages 4 and up - another fun memory/matching game. The cards are just beautiful and they are printed in 4 languages - another good one!
The Renaissance Art Game - This one includes a full-color art book and a deck of 30 playing cards. You can play two classic games - Go Fish or Concentration. Again - the art on the cards is amazing.
Gallery Ghost - This is a book - you have to solve the mystery using the magnifying glass and clues inside - all based around the famous masters. This is a fun one - a ghost story, a spot-the-difference game, and an art book - all in one!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
• Automatic email reminders (i.e. notifying members of upcoming events, assigned tasks, to rsvp)
• Photo/file sharing
• Roster management
• Automatic generation of a public website
And more... it really is good - I can see so many uses for this.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This is Christine's first book so you may not be familiar with her. I'll share with you a bit about her:
Christine Son graduated from the University of Texas and Duke University School of Law. She works as Corporate Counsel for a Fortune 500 company and she lives with her husband. For more fun facts about Christine, and answers to questions such as “What are you?” and “What do you do in your free time?”, click HERE.I love it, because, on her website, she says the book could even be a bit about her - working for a big law firm and then still following her dream of being an author. I liked the book - I thought it was compelling enough to keep me turning pages! I thought some of the language was a bit "rough" - so for those that read my blog and are used to my style of recommended read - I just want to throw that out there. But it was a fulfilling read - one that is a great start for a new author!
I would love, if you read this, for you to leave me a comment telling us all what you do to encourage cultural awareness - let's share the ideas and ALL benefit!!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
The publisher says:
Amadi's Snowman is the story of a mischievous young boy in Nigeria who believes that he can become a great businessman in his village without learning to read. But one day, after running away to the market, he spots an older boy at a book stall, reading a story about a strange white creature with a carrot for a nose. Amadi soon realizes that learning to read will open up whole new worlds for him, and introduce him to places and ideas he never knew existed outside his village. The author, Katia Novet Saint-Lot, now lives in India with her family. Her husband's work for UNICEF took them to Nigeria, where she was inspired to write this story. The illustrator, Dimitrea Tokunbo, brings to life the day-to-day experiences of life in Nigeria, where her father grew up.
And the bonus today!?!? If you leave a comment - you will be in the drawing to win a copy of the book signed by both the author and the illustrator from the publisher, Tilbury House! (Sorry, only US and Canada addresses are eligible.)
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Another good review HERE.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
New Clothes for New Year's Day by Hyun-Joo Bae is first of all, BEAUTIFUL!! The illustrations are wonderful and give the feel beautifully for this New Year holiday - Korean style. Totally endearing - one that is already on my daughter's shelf!
Who's Hiding by Satoru Onishi. I LOVE this one!! It is very fun and you could use it with younger children. Each 2 pg. spread asks you to find an animal - one who is ..... hiding, crying, etc. VERY FUN!
My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa - this is a fun story. It takes place in this boy's father's shop - all because he has a rooster that everyone wants to see! I love this because you can see how to make rooster sounds in ALL different languages. Very fun!
Here's a fun one! What happens when a rabbit escapes out of his cage and has the WHOLE house to himself?!?! While We Were Out by Ho Baek Lee is just that story - very cute and perfect for toddler storytime as well.
Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen is a WONDERFUL tale about a brilliant crocodile that hatches in a nest of ducks!! I am telling you - this one is hilarious AND fun!! Don't miss it!
Singing to the Sun by Vivian French and illustrated by Jackie Morris. This is a gorgeous fairy tale - and I mean gorgeous. It is thought-provoking tale of Thorfinn and his process to choose a bride.
Cat by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Craig Smith is simple yet profound! I love this one!! Cat meets up with all sorts of wonderful adventures. My favorite?? See what happens when she meets the sprinkler!
I am telling you - you just can't go wrong with Kane Miller!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Class Three at Sea by Julia Jarman and illustrated by Lynne Chapman is a fun romp! I mean really, what would you expect from a book where a class gets lost at sea, only to be "found" by a group of rowdy pirates? (Perfect for your "pirate" story hours!)
I Know an Old Teacher by Anne Bowen and illustrated Stephen Gammell - this one is another fun one. I know, there are SO many "I Know An..." books out there but this one is fun and deserves to be among them!
Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret by Freddi Williams Evans and illustrated by Erin Bennett Banks. I DO SO ENJOY these historical picture books. It is pure reading for enjoyment while learning something that WILL stick! This is a book on what African Americans had to go through to even worship together during times of slavery. Another book based on true events - powerful!
Name that Style: All About Isms in Art - Bob Raczka. This caught my eye as I am getting ready for next year's Summer Reading Program (all about Fine Arts). This is really a useful book - for anyone studying/learning about art and the periods of art - it is concise and yet interesting - a great tool for students and teachers!
Ok - here's one that you MUST admit you needed in school - "Mrs. Riley Bought Five Itchy Aardvarks" and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Science Facts by Brian P. Cleary and illustrated by J. P. Sandy. First off - it's Brian Cleary - need I say more!!? Ok, since you need more convincing - I mean really, how else can you memorize the six major animal groups?? (Hence, the title!!)
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
"When a young widow refuses to comply with her in-laws' dictate to abort her unborn child, will her rebellion turn out to be the greatest mistake of her life, or a blessing in disguise? This is the story of one mother’s valiant fight to protect her daughters in a society that often frowns on female children, and the only man who will help her in her battle when the stakes become impossibly high.THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER is woven around the hot-button social issue of vanishing girl children in contemporary India, where gender-based abortions and female infanticide continue to be practiced in some areas despite laws to ban the practices."