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Mini-Reviews of Children’s Non-Fiction Picture Books

These are some of the last books I read to my grandchildren before Christmas. I have tried to include as many of their reactions to these books that I can remember.

Who Are You Calling Weird?: A Celebration of Weird & Wonderful Animals

Who Are You Calling Weird?: A Celebration of Weird & Wonderful Animals by Marilyn SingerPaul Daviz (Illustrations), Published October 23rd 2018 by words & pictures

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Children’s Non-Fiction: Mini Reviews

This group of non-fiction books had mixed reviews from the grandkids, but the ones with animals in them, were winners, especially with the 5 year old.

GOA Kids: Angel and Her Wonderful Wheels: a True Story of a Little Goat Who Walked With Wheels by Lauren Lauricella, Published October 2nd 2018 by Walter Foster Jr.

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Mini Reviews – Children’s Non-Fiction

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

3.5 Stars

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Children’s Non-Fiction Books: Mini-Reviews

My Favorite Pet: Ponies

My Favorite Pet: Ponies

by Victoria Marcos

4 Stars

Victoria Marcos has written many books in the “My Favorite Animal” series, and is now writing “My Favorite Pet” series. These books follow a similar make up. There are some great facts and wonderful photographs of Ponies to illustrate the information. This book teaches children about caring for ponies, what they enjoy eating, and where they live. There are also some fun and easy quizzes to review and reinforce what was read. This is a fun series for very young readers, and the layout is interesting, with questions throughout for readers to discuss with adults. A good non-fiction book for young readers and listeners to learn about ponies. The relatively easy and repetitive text makes this a great reader for beginning readers to develop their confidence. The back of the book has a table of contents and glossary to assist children in the reading and understanding of the book. This would make a nice addition to class and school libraries. 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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Nature Crafts by Fiona Hayes and Creative Adventures in Cursive by Rachelle Doorley

These two books are both wonderful additions to a family, school or classroom library. They are all about creativity, crafting and homemade gifts. I thought they were both especially timely with Christmas coming. I love homemade gifts from my family and these books have several suggestions.

Nature Craft5 Stars

Published August 14th 2018 by QEB Publishing Continue reading “Nature Crafts by Fiona Hayes and Creative Adventures in Cursive by Rachelle Doorley”

Mini-Reviews: Children’s Non-Fiction

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Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night

by Mark Wilson

4.5 Stars

Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Storey Publishing, LLC

Owling was a fascinating and complete look at owls. This book was written in a clear but detailed manner illustrated with beautiful photographs. The faces of the owls staring out at the reader was mesmerizing at times. The book began with general information about owls, continued on with specific owls found in North America, then how to find owls which included a section on owl pellets and homes. One thing I remember about owl pellets was getting to dissect one as a student in elementary school and I though it was so interesting. Finally the author shows us about working with owls to protect them and learn more about them. I learned quite a bit about owls reading this book, which really surprised me. This would be a great book for any public or school library, where children love to read about and learn about animals in our world. Owls seem to be one of those animals that attract a lot of questions and interest, so, read this book to satisfy your curiosity. The publisher, Storey 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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Adventures with the Vikings (Good Times Travel Agency #3) by Linda Bailey

11959655 Stars

Published September 1st 2001 by Kids Can Press 

I had no idea this was a series when I requested a copy of this book through Netgalley. This series has the Binkerton children entering the Good Times Travel Agency, in this book, during a storm. Libby, the youngest sibling, is attracted to a model of a Viking Longship. As she reaches out to touch it, the three of them end up traveling back in time and to a new location with a Guide Book. They must work through the guide book in order to return home. This is a graphic novel, with great illustrations that will entice kids. They are detailed, and often have funny jokes thrown in. I liked the format with the graphics at the top of the page and an open page of the guidebook at the bottom with facts about whatever is happening in the story. It is not overwhelming, but quite informative. I appreciate that Linda Bailey differentiates between the fact and fiction in the book and gives further facts at the end. The illustrations do a good job of illustrating some of the information given in a fun way. I thought this was an excellent introduction to Viking lore and history. I will be watching for more in this series. This book would be a great addition to a school, classroom or family library. Reluctant readers would love this series. The publisher, Kids Can Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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10 Reasons to Love A ….by Catherine Barr, Hanako Clulow

This series is wonderful for children or those that want a brief overview of a specific animal. It looks like there are six books written so far, not sure if there will be more. Lion, Bear, Penguin, Elephant, Turtle and Whale. I have read two so far.

10 Reasons to Love a Lion5 Stars

Published June 12th 2018 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Readers learn about the lion’s habitats, their families groupings (pride), their appearance and general facts about their lives. Even though, they are the top predators, their lives are threatened by trophy hunters and human usage encroaching upon their territory. I also did not know that porcupines are a danger to them and they are one of their favourite foods. Each page features a beautiful drawing, filled with color and, of course, lions, as well as text and labels on other animals, as well as plants. 10 Reasons to Love a Lion is a book that teachers would love to include in their classroom library, as well as school and public libraries. It is not difficult to read, so young readers will also enjoy reading this one independently. I highly recommend this book and series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions are my own.

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10 Reasons to Love a Penguin5 Stars

Published June 12th 2018 by Lincoln Children’s Books

This series is wonderful for children or those that want a brief overview of a specific animal. The book lists 10 things about penguins, some you might be aware of, some you might not. I knew about the tobogganing, and father’s hatching eggs but I did not know about salty sneezes, the march for their babies, and that they gather in colonies so big their poo-stained ice can be seen from space. As in the other books in this series, each page features a beautiful drawing, filled with color and, of course, penguins, as well as text and labels on other animals, as well as plants. This book would be a hit in family, class, school and public libraries. Just the thing to peak an interest in animals and our world. I highly recommend this book and series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions are my own.

 

Leaf Litter Critters by Leslie Bulion

Leaf Litter Critters5 Stars

My Review: If you know a child who loves bugs, or one who enjoys gardening or someone that is interested in composting or decaying debris, then this is the book for them. Full of information about how things decay and breakdown told in a variety of poems in a variety of formats. From bacteria to worms to pillbugs we learn how they adapt and live in the decaying piles and help the environment. The back of the book was full of amazing information. Facts about the different poetry styles (some I was not familiar with), a glossary, experiments and other resources will allow the reader to further investigate. The illustrations are wonderful and add so much to the information. My grandson kept asking about the pictures and wanted to know what they were called, what they were doing and if there were any outside in our back garden. Definitely a winner in his eyes. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via netgalley.

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