The Golden Acorn by Katy Hudson

Expected publication: July 1st 2019 by Capstone
5 Stars:

Being a teacher, and a wife of a slo-pitch player, I saw more than my share of competitive people. It always bothered me and this is a great book to combat that in young people. Squirrel is super competitive. He has won the Golden Acorn race for years running and proudly displays all his trophies. When they change the rules and make it a team event. he is not happy. His team is made up of his friends, a rabbit, a turtle, a beaver, and a bluebird. When the race begins, he races ahead and leaves them in the dust thinking he doesn’t need them to win, but he does and back he goes. As the story goes on, he realizes that everything is more fun with friends, and that he needs to put his friends first. This is a great message for children. especially those with a competitive streak, but also for parents who push their children to win at all costs. I really liked the illustrations, especially the ones during the race showing his friends struggling to keep up. They were quite cute and humorous. A wonderful book for a public, classroom, school or family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


The Princess and the Pickup Truck

The Princess and the Pickup Truck by Bil Lepp

Published October 2018 by Quarrier Press

4 Stars:

The Princess and the Pickup Truck by Bil Lepp is a retelling of The Prince and the Pea, Mountain style. In this humorous story for children, our prince wants to marry, a real mountain princess, one that doesn’t wear tiaras and sparkling gowns. He wants hiking boots and hair that is messy and natural. He buys himself a pickup truck and goes out looking, but after searching all the mountain ranges in the world, he does not find what he is looking for. After returning home, a real, royal, mountain princess arrives at their house. Just like the original story, his mother devises a test. She has to sleep on a pickup. Will this wonderful, self-proclaimed mountain princess be the one he has been searching for, or is she another fraud?

The Princess and the Pickup Truck is a fun story. It is a great story for children today, who are not looking for their prince or princess, but someone that allows them to be who they want to be. There is a good amount of rural mountain wit and humor that really works (although I think it is more for the reader/parent, than the child). The text has a nice cadence to it with some rhyming. The illustrations are simple, with a folksy look. It almost looks like were drawn by a child, which will appeal to young children. Overall a fun book, great for a unit at school dealing with fairytales. A great addition to a family, classroom, school or public library. The publisher generously provided me with this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


40537578My Mom Always Looks After Me So Much! by Sean TaylorDavid Barrow (Illustrator)

Published February 5th 2019 by Lincoln Children’s Books

3.5 Stars:

This is a cute story about a young gorilla being taken to the doctor. Along the way, his mom makes sure he is okay and takes care of him. I loved the detailed and colourful illustrations that showed a lot of different animals doing different things such as shopping, jogging or playing music during their journey. We also see a lot of parents and their children on the bus. There could be a lot of discussions about what others in the story might be doing to extend the story. I like that this story shows the young gorilla getting vaccinations and that they are not painful. The only thing I did not like was when the youngster loses his lollipop he got from the doctor, his mom takes him back and the doctor gives him another one, there was definitely an opportunity for a teachable moment missed there. This is a cute story showing how much parents do for their children. A book that would be a hit in a nursery school or kindergarten classroom. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


41704837Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine

Published September 1st 2018 by Flyaway Books

4 Stars:

This is a simple, secular retelling of the parable of The Good Samaritan. If you are interesting in learning about he biblical parable, there is information at the back of the book, but this book is not religious, it teaches morals. The question, “Who is my neighbor?” The answer, “You are!”

This book can be used when tackling racism and bigotry with children. It is easy to understand for children. The Blues live in one town, and the Yellows live in another. They are both taught that the other is bad and they should stay away from them. When an accident happens to Midnight Blue, other blues hurry by and do not help him. Who does stop and help?, Lemon Yellow. He takes him to a yellow doctor and they share blue and yellow food with one another. They realize that the other is not so bad afterall, and they all mingle and become friendly neighbors in the end. This was a creative story with everything dealing with the Blues coloured blue such as their food and items in the town and the Yellows have all yellow things. The illustrations are cute showing different shades of colour and shapes. There are even shapes in wheelchairs. A wonderful book for use in a classroom or home where racism or bullying might be happening. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.