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BOOK REVIEWS

The Whole Wide World and Me

by Toni Yuly (Candlewick) Reviewer: Larissa Juliano I loved this book. A little girl is outside in nature, appreciating the world and all the gifts it has to offer us. The story is told from the little girl’s perspective as she compares herself to a flower, fish, cloud, wave, and pebble. Bold and bright illustrations showcase the beautiful outdoors, sparkly sunsets, fluffy flowers, with a sweet girl smiling all throughout the story. This book is also a great kick-off to a nature unit, or an “all about me” study, mindfulness, and more. I am very much looking forward to adding Ms. Yuly to the author and illustrator study rotation in my own classroom! (Ages 2-5)

The Little Labradoodle: Puppy Pick Up Day

by April M. Cox, Len Smith (Little Labradoodle Publishing) Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil Many of us know the thrill of a puppy pick up day. The anticipation that mounts till the day arrives and we bring our little buddy home. In this story, we find that same excitement, but from the puppy’s perspective. Illustrations are bright and lively and will keep young readers engaged to the end. Under the same title is a companion coloring book filled with over 40 pages of fun activities. (Ages 2-9)

Bathtime Dance

by Candace Smith (Warren Publishing) Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil  This sweet, brightly illustrated rhyme is sure to bring a tap to your toes, and a happy smile to your little ones. It’s fun to read, and to sing along to in their own personal bath time. A perfect way to end a day. (Ages 3+)

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How the Farm Wakes Up

by Sherry L. Hoffman, Jacqueline L. Challiss Hill Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil A perfect book for spring! It wakes the day with joy and anticipation. It might just become your favorite mantra in greeting each day. It awakes with such appreciation for the life around us. The illustrations are bright and lively, making this an all-around feel-good experience. (Ages 3+)

Sadie and the Silver Shoes

by Jane Godwin, Anna Walker (Candlewick) Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil This delightful tale offers a warmth of inviting emotions. The blended feeling of multiple siblings, adjusting to and finding our identity in the midst of it. The pure joy in the small things that are truly ours alone, and for this reader, the love of something sparkly. Sadie discovers a very valuable truth when she loses one of her treasured sparkly silver shoes. Not all things that are gone are lost, but sometimes merely misplaced. And their recovery can often bring even greater treasures. A great story for the heart. (Ages 3-7)

Life with My Family

by Renee Hooker, Karl Jones, Kathryn Durst (Penguin Workshop) Reviewer: Sherry L. Hoffman A young girl wonders what her family would be like as various groups of wild animals. Vivid illustrations by Kathryn Durst showcase the family’s characteristic features as animals. The little girl soon realizes that no family is perfect and she appreciates her family just as it is. This is a helpful story to bring up conversations about families, differences, and resolutions. (Ages 3-7)

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Story Monsters Ink® - June 2019  

This month's issue includes interviews with NBA legend Kobe Bryant, SNL alum Vanessa Bayer, Mickey Rapkin, Zack Bush, Symonne Harrison, Timo...

Story Monsters Ink® - June 2019  

This month's issue includes interviews with NBA legend Kobe Bryant, SNL alum Vanessa Bayer, Mickey Rapkin, Zack Bush, Symonne Harrison, Timo...