Two things I do when I am at work: doodle on the purchase order I am calling in when left on hold too long and look at customer special orders when I am processing them. I was looking at a special order the other day when I saw a small picture book called Freddie and the Fairy. I did not recognize the name Karen George but seem to know their illustrations. I did know that Julia Donaldson has several books that can be all over […]
Once Upon A Time there was a girl who read picture books. A lot of picture books. And because they were different styles she knew that not all books would be a home-run for her. Sadly, these four books fell into that category. Yet, there was something about each one she knew someone would enjoy. Therefore, that made her want to share them with you, her adoring reading public. These four books are from a late night reading marathon that came from wanting to read […]
Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson is a very clever way of making an alphabet book. You start with a small “story” about an ant. And then find out what is bigger than an ant on the B page and so on throughout the book. There is none of that “A is for Ant or A = Ant. The End” to the style. The pages format could make it difficult for the very young to read it. You have hidden flaps that are not always obvious to […]
I teach an ethics class for little kids on Sunday mornings. It’s a small group and the kids don’t come every Sunday, because lives are complicated. The group ranges in age from 3 to 9, so it can be a challenge to find things that hold their interest.
The Ugly Five is a FIVE rating all around. I had known about the group of animals called The Ugly Five but had forgotten about them until reading Julia Donaldson’s book. At the end, she gives more information on the different animals as well as the others in the “Five Series” of animals: The Big 5, The Little Five, The Ugly 5, The Shy 5 and The Impossible 5. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the five animals that […]