Simone de Beauvoir (Little People, Big Dreams) by [Sanchez Vegara, Isabel, Roussey, Christine]Simone de Beauvoir (Little People, Big Dreams) 

3.5 Stars

I have enjoyed the various books I have read from the Little People, Big Dreams series. This particular book taught me about someone that I had not heard of before. Simone de Beauoir was a French philosopher and is often referred to as The Mother of Feminism. Her interest in feminism began when her father sat by and her mother did all the work around the house including preparing all the meals, even when he was not working. As she got older her father told her that “she had the brain of a man” which she couldn’t understand why a man’s brain was different from a woman’s) Just like all the other books in this series, it features stylish and quirky illustrations along with text that describes her background and journey. There are always extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the philosopher’s life. This is a child friendly biography that shows a young woman striving to achieve her dream. This book could be used to teach young children how to write a biography, show that it is important to have a dream and strive to achieve it. It would be wonderful to be able to get a boxed set of this series for any school library. The publisher, Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Childrens, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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My Favorite Sport: SkateboardingMy Favorite Sport: Skateboarding

by Nancy Streza

3 Stars
This is a non-fiction book with some great photos and facts about skateboarding. This series has several sports already published and they all follow a similar pattern. It is geared to young children (4 to 8) so they can learn about skateboarding. It is simple with just enough information that it will not overwhelm them. It gives basic rules, equipment and skills. I had one major complaint about this book in that it shows a young child learning to skateboard and they are not wearing any protective gear. There is a section devoted to that, but this photo missed the mark. For that reason alone, I deducted one star from my rating. I think this is a great book and series for a school library. It features both boys and girls as well as different ethnicities. There are many young children who do not want to read fiction and this series would definitely give them something to read as they are developing their skills. I am looking forward to seeing what other sports will be featured in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park

by Megan Cooley Peterson

5 Stars
My family visited Yellowstone National Park several years ago while my children were younger (7 & 10). They loved participating in the Junior Ranger Program. This is a book that I would have loved to read with them before and after we visited. It highlighted various areas of the park and gave basic facts and information about them. Some of the things highlighted we did not see as we only spent two days there and there is so much to see and do. This is a wonderful non-fiction book that describes the park and often makes you feel like you are there. An excellent book for a school library or for anyone to read if you are planning a trip to visit. It will help you plan what you want to see and give you information to start your explorations. The photographs are amazing and add another dimension to this book. It is not a comprehensive book on Yellowstone, so if that is what you want, then you might want to check elsewhere. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request.
The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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A Visit to the VetA Visit to the Vet
4 Stars
This is a great book explaining to children about what a veterinarian does. It explains about the vet’s job as well as describing reasons for a trip to the vet. I liked that they showed both male and female vets as well as other persons working at the office (i.e. vet techs). The text is short, perfect for emerging readers, with a glossary included to a parent, caregiver or teacher could pre-teach some of the subject related words that the reader would not have come across before. At the end of the book there are activities a teacher or caregiver could do with the reader as well as a list of words used in the book. The publisher, Norwood House Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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A Visit to the DentistA Visit to the Dentist

by Mary Lindeen

4 Stars
This is a great book explaining to children about what happens when you visit the dentist. I wish I had had this book to read to my grandson before his first trip to the dentist. It shows what the dental hygienist does, about cleaning teeth and finally what the dentist does when he checks your teeth. In this book they even show a child with a small cavity and what happens when it is being filled. Once again, I liked that they showed both male and female workers in the dentist office. The text is short, perfect for emerging readers, with a glossary included to a parent, caregiver or teacher could pre-teach some of the subject related words that the reader would not have come across before. The photographs that accompany the text will assist the reader who uses picture cues. At the end of the book there are activities a teacher or caregiver could do with the reader as well as a list of words used in the book. The publisher, Norwood House Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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