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BOOK REVIEW: We Planted a Tree

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I found this little gem on the shelf at our local library and just had to share it before I returned it!

This picture book captured my interest because of the crisp, colorful and friendly illustrations and kept my interest and earned my respect by its content.

A very cute, simple book, it shows families all over the world planting and benefiting from trees. It describes in simple language that even the youngest will understand the powerful message of how valuable trees truly are.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap

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I found this on the library bookshelf and was intrigued…Just finished it today…was reading to see if my 9.5yr old would like it and if it was appropriate. I am handing it to her with a big thumbs up!

This is the story of 2 very hard headed and mostly unlikable (by their peers) girls from 2 very different cultures. Snowcap is the orphaned daughter of shipwrecked convicts from England in the late 1700s. Lucy is a native of the island on which they shipwrecked. The typical British invasion of native lands occurs and they take over, establishing a colony.

At the time this story begins, both girls are 12yrs old and haven’t met yet. The “Anglish” (English) live on the main island and The Colay (natives) have been banned from the mainland and are forced to only live on the smaller islands and have no contact with the white men anymore. Lucy’s mom has just had a baby boy and Lucy is told to take and leave the baby to die in the “Lifestone Garden.” All the Colay boys and men have turned to stone and the same fate is expected for Lucy’s newborn baby brother…but Lucy decides that this fate is unacceptable and embarks on a mission to save him.

The girls stumble upon each other as Lucy heads to the mainland to find “The Philosophers” who she’s told may be able to help her brother and Snowcap is fleeing her parents’ murderers who plan a similar fate for her. They must learn to trust each other (something foreign to both of them) and work together to save the baby and change all of their lives.

I really liked this book and I highly recommend it!!

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BOOK REVIEW: Bread and Jam for Frances

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I think this is my favorite Frances book…it’s about how Frances won’t eat anything but bread & jam, won’t try anything new. So mom feeds her bread & jam for breakfast/lunch/dinner and even snacks…until she finally gets sick of it and broadens her horizons. Very cute!

Check out all the Frances books! And I also highly recommend the audiobook as it allows you to learn the tune to Frances’ cute little songs! 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW: Butterfly House

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This is a touching story of a little girl who rescues a caterpillar & decides to raise it to adulthood. With the help of her grandpa, she builds a beautiful “Butterfly House,” & cares for the caterpillar as it goes through it’s metamorphosis. A great book for introducing the concepts of metamorphosis & caring for nature’s creatures. And the illustrations are beautiful, as all Eve Bunting’s books are!

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BOOK REVIEW: Gentle Ben

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I can’t believe I never read this book as a child. I would have loved it! I recently finished reading this book to my 9yr old and both agreed it was a great book!

A little boy befriends and tames a brown bear in Alaska, before its statehood. The small town in which they live is less than keen on this, and the boy’s family is forced to make some hard choices. There’s a couple little twists in this story that keep the plot very interesting all the way through.

The relationship between a boy and his bear is just so sweet and the backdrop of Alaska and the annual salmon run which the town depends upon is so fascinating that I am making a mental note to get our family up there to see this someday.

Educational opportunities: brown bears, wild bears vs tame (are they ever REALLY tame?), Alaska towns/wilderness, history of Alaska statehood, salmon life cycle & spawning, fishing practices, and more.

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