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A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories by Angela McAllister, Alice Lindstrom (Illustrations)

A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories4 Stars

Published September 6th 2018 by Lincoln Children’s Books

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Children’s Picture Books – Mini Reviews

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A Hundred Kisses Before Bedtime

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SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS: November 10, 2018 (#4)

This meme was recently started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. As I am a grandmother, who loves to read to her children, and a retired teacher librarian, this meme really attracted me. If you love children’s books, or have a favourite from your childhood, join us in introducing them to a new generation of readers. Feel free to use my logo above, but link back to my post as well.

My plan is to highlight a book, a series or an author that I think children will love. These will not be new books, they will be books that I have recommended to parents or kids, or books that I have bought for my own children or grandchildren. There are so many wonderful books from the past that today’s children will love. Here goes.

Ralph Mouse (3 Book Series) by Beverly Cleary

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Get ready to zoom through these fast-paced stories full of exciting adventures by Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary.

With Ralph S. Mouse behind the handlebars of his favorite toy motorcyle, there’s no telling what readers will encounter.

Book 1: When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.

Book 2: With a motorcycle to rev and the open road to see, Ralph S. Mouse is itching to run away from his overprotective family! But once he escapes to a summer campground nearby, the horrors of the wild make him doubt his plan. Angry cats, scary watchdogs, and grouchy gophers are only the half of it…

But then he befriends Garf, a sad and friendless boy at the camp. Though he wants desperately to be back home with his relatives, Ralph realizes that he may need to help Garf before he can help himself.

Book 3: With his rowdy cousins constantly wearing out his motorcycle and the Mountain View Inn manager threatening to take care of the mouse infestation once and for all, Ralph decides it’s time to get away for a while. He convinces his human friend Ryan to take him along to school, where Ralph instantly becomes the center of attention. But when Ryan’s class decides to see how smart Ralph is by making him run a maze, the usually confident mouse starts to fret. What if he’s not as clever as he thought?

I will be honest, I only read the second and third books once each to my third grade class, but the first one fell apart the number of times I read it as a child, then read it to my son and the students in my class. If you ever get a chance to buy these books (check used book sales, or flea markets) snap them up, your children/grandchildren/nieces & nephews will enjoy them.

Mini-Reviews: Children’s Christmas Fiction

A Pirate Christmas

by Suzy Senior

5 Stars

Published September 21st 2018 by Lion Hudson Ltd

What an awesome way to convey the Nativity Story. I picked this book to read to my grandchildren because, Pirates and Christmas, what’s not to like. We were in for a big surprise. Instead of a pirate party, we were treated to a Pirate Christmas Story, complete with “a Lass named Mary” and lots of treasure. This was the Nativity story told with a pirate’s eye. As Pirate Dad and Joe read the story, Joe asked questions and Dad answered. My grandchildren enjoyed this format and then asked me the same questions. The illustrations are fun, bright and large. These pirates are not scary, but they do have missing teeth, skinny legs, big bellies and instead of a parrot, they have a hamster. The party eventually happens aboard the boat, but the message of the true meaning of Christmas is there sparkling in the stars. A great book for a family library. I am definitely going to purchase a copy of this book for my Sunday School Church Library. The publisher, Lion Hudson Ltd, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS: November 3, 2018 (#3)

This meme was recently started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. As I am a grandmother, who loves to read to her children, and a retired teacher librarian, this meme really attracted me. If you love children’s books, or have a favourite from your childhood, join us in introducing them to a new generation of readers. Feel free to use my logo above, but link back to my post as well.

My plan is to highlight a book, a series or an author that I think children will love. These will not be new books, they will be books that I have recommended to parents or kids, or books that I have bought for my own children or grandchildren. There are so many wonderful books from the past that today’s children will love. Here goes.

Most parents have heard of and probably read a book or two from Robert Munsch. I am going to highlight my son’s and daughter’s favourite Robert Munsch books.

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These were the four books that they requested on a regular basis and I read them over and over, in fact they memorized them, they heard them so often. If I changed a word, or tried to miss something because I was trying to get them to go to bed, they caught me every time. The best part was using voices and even shouting some of the lines.

SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS: October 20, 2018 (#2)

This meme was recently started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. As I am a grandmother, who loves to read to her children, and a retired teacher librarian, this meme really attracted me. If you love children’s books, or have a favourite from your childhood, join us in introducing them to a new generation of readers. Feel free to use my logo above, but link back to my post as well.

My plan is to highlight a book, a series or an author that I think children will love. These will not be new books, they will be books that I have recommended to parents or kids, or books that I have bought for my own children or grandchildren. There are so many wonderful books from the past that today’s children will love. Here goes.

This week, I want to highlight one of my son’s favourite books when he was growing up as well as the kids at school. This was one I read aloud every year, the voices I used were a hoot. This would make a great Hallowe’en read.

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What moans at midnight in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle?

Toad-in-a-Cage Castle was filled with secrets–secrets such as the hidden passages that led to every room, the long stairway that wound down to the dungeon, and the weird creature named Igor who lived there. But it was the mysterious night noises that bothered William the most–the strange moans that drifted through the halls of the castle where he was raised.

He wanted to know what caused them.

Then one night he found out….

Bruce Coville is a wonderful children’s author. My son read almost all his books that were published while he was a kid, and he wrote quite a few. I have kept most of them (I took them to school to use in my classroom library and some disappeared, they were so well loved) for my grandchildren. If you are a teacher or librarian, he does author visits. Information is on his blog. @brucecoville

Mini-Reviews: Children’s Picture Books

Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate

Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate

by Flibber T. Gibbet

Published September 12th 2018 by CreateSpace

5 Stars

This was a cute story about a Pirate who is a perfectionist. He can not put up with any mistakes and ends up with a major problem due to this flaw in his personality. A great message not only for those listening to the story, but the adult who is reading it.

Captain LaPlank is a wonderfully written rhyming story with a great cadence and flow. My grandchildren enjoyed hearing this story and when we were finished, cries of “Again, again” reang out. The illustrations were great. They were large, vibrant and humourous. I would try to turn the page and have to go back as they wanted to look longer. It might have been a bit longer than other children’s books, but my grandchildren did not seem to mind. They did not get the message as they are only 2 and 5, but with older children, they will understand it better. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions stated are my own.

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Mini-Reviews: Baby/Toddler, Early Reader

I Like!I Like!

by Cecilia Smith

Published August 1st 2018 by Xist Publishing

4 Stars

This book is from the Reading Stars series. It is a simple book for beginning readers to build confidence when learning to read. This is a repetitive story with each page following the pattern: I like to …. . There are large, bright, simple illustrations on each page that will provide reading clues to the reader. There is also a nice note to parents and caregivers with suggestions to help their child read this book. A good book for a family library or a primary classroom where there are many beginning readers. The publisher, Xist Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.

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Mini-Reviews: Children’s Non-Fiction Books

Discover ThanksgivingDiscover Thanksgiving

by Juliana O’Neill

Published September 1st 2018 by Xist Publishing

4 Stars

This is a level 2 reader about Thanksgiving and the traditions that go with it. This book is based on the American Thanksgiving, but being Canadian, I still read this to my grandchildren, but just added the information that is different in Canada such as the dates. This is a great book to teach children the basics of Thanksgiving, from the history, decorations, family traditions and of course food. The book is filled with photos to go with the facts rather than illustrations. I loved the crafts shown and the yard decorations. Because this is a level 2 reader, this would be a great book for a beginning reader to read alone or aloud to their family. It would make a great addition to a school library or a class, especially in a unit on celebrations. The publisher, Xist Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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