Friday, April 20, 2012

Children's Book Reviews

Big Sisters Are The Best
by Fran Manushkin

     Do you have a little girl at home who is about to become a big sister? This would be a great present to give to her. Big Sisters Are The Best concentrates on all the positive things of being a big sister- helping out and knowing best simply because you are the sister. It shows your child that although there will be changes in the house like having to be quiet during nap time or sometimes playing with your toys while your parents take care of the baby, Mommy and Daddy still love you a lot. And "...there are plenty of hugs and kisses for everyone - especially a big sister."

Play Baby Play
by Marilyn Janovitz

     This colorful board book takes you through a baby's day as he goes to day care, meets new friends, uses his imagination, and gets ready to go home again. The illustrations of Play Baby Play are simple but filled with color to hold your child's attention as you flip through this book. You can't help but almost sing the words of this book as the sentences rhyme and the words seem to have a beat. "We like to hear a story, We like to read a book, There are a lot of pictures, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!"

Is A Worry Worrying You?
by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
Illustrations by Marie Le Tourneau

     What is a worry? "A worry is something that stops you from... feeling good..." "It is invisible. But seems very real." Wolff and Savitz have written an amazing book that shows you that worrying is real and can make you feel sad and weighed down but not to fear because there are ways to stop worrying. Things may go askew and not how you planned but that doesn't mean everything is ruined. Things can be done to turn a situation around.
     If there was a way to rate this book with more then five stars I most definitely would! This book shouldn't only be listed for children as it applies to everyone, possibly even adults more children. The story was so well written and the illustrations were amazing. I will definitely be adding this book to our collection!

Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully
by Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson

     Chester, Ronny, and Cassy, along with their classmates, are having a hard time with a bully at school. He is stealing their toys, scaring and picking on them. Chester and Ronny's mom decide to tell them a story that will hopefully help them deal with the bully in a nice way. This book is a great book to read to children just entering elementary school. Bullies are a hard thing to deal with at any age but especially as a child when all you want is to make friends, play, and enjoy school. This book shows children that there are ways to deal with bullies, you don't have to keep letting them get you down.  Barbara L. Gibson does an amazing job with the illustrations. One of my favorites is at the very end when Chester sees his mother and sends her a little message. 

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