Saturday, January 23, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

It's that time of the week again! I'm trying to clean off my TBR shelves from 2009, so once again I have a smorgasbord of picture books for you this week. Hopefully you'll find at least one that grabs you!

What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade and illustrator Joan Waites

I'm a big fan of books published by Sylvan Dell, for their educational elements, combined with the fun aspect of a picture book for kiddos. This one takes the subject of addition and adds in some fun rhymes and enjoyable pictures of zoo life to keep your child interested, while their working on their math.

My favorite page features penguins, some of my own favorite animals (giraffes and dogs take a high stance on my favorites list too, in case you're interested!). The rhymes reads:

"Ten playful penguins
slip and slide and flip.
Five chicks want a turn.
How many take a dip?"

And then the problem, 10 + 5 = ? is show on the bottom of the page. Fun right?
And as always with Sylvan Dell books, the fun and learning isn't over when the story ends. The back is filled with lots of additional activities, like animal matching and different addition methods. And the website, has free online resources to go along with the book as well.

What's New at the Zoo?
Suzanne Slade
32 pages
Picture Book
Sylvan Dell Publishing
June 2009
Review copy received from publisher

Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrator LeUyen Pham

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know that Rosenthal is one of my favorite children's authors and she has yet another adorable book, coming out in March. You should preorder's worth it!

Roles are reversed when a little girl has the challenge of putting her mommy to bed. First she has to have a bath, then teeth brushing, then a story, etc. And once Mommy is finally tucked into bed, it's time to start on Daddy!

A really sweet story, with fantastic illustrations. I've read a few books illustrated by Pham, but nothing that has stood out like the pictures in this one. A great bedtime read!

And if you're interested in the whole role-reversal at bedtime topic, Topsy-Turvy Bedtime by Joan Levine is another one to look up.

Bedtime for Mommy
Amy Krause Rosenthal
32 pages
Picture Book
March 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Ferocious Wild Beasts by Chris Wormell

Oh, I just loved this! Such fun! A young boy gets lost in the forest, scared because his mother has warned him about all the ferocious wild beasts that live in the forest. The boy meets a bear and warns him about the wild beasts...and then an elephant...a lion, a crocodile, etc. All of the animals and boy are scared the wild beasts that just must be lurking somewhere in the shadows.

So cute! The animals have no idea that they are the wild beasts that Jack has been warned about, but your children will understand and will be shouting at the pages during the entire read. Fantastic for a group story time, with a fun plot, a nice, bold illustrations to keep them focused.
One of my favorites of the year so far, for sure!

Ferocious Wild Beasts
Chris Wormell
32 pages
Picture Book
December 2009
Review copy received from publisher

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay and illustrator Renne Benoit

Well this is my serious choice of the week. So many books are written about war, but not that many that tastefully describe it for children. In this one, a young boy asks his grandfather, a veteran, questions about war and is given beautiful imagery in response. And I say beautifully, because the grandfather answers so honestly, yet in a manner that allows his grandson to become incredibly proud of what his grandfather went through in war.

As the grandfather is describing his experiences, beautiful images begin intertwining with the illustrations, making the reader feel as if we are reading two stories. Very well done. A great choice for children who have a parent or grandparent that is in the military.

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
Jane Barclay
24 pages
Picture Book
Tundra Books
September 2009
Review copy received from publisher

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Tasha said...

I had Ferocious Wild Beasts on my to-read list, but not Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion. Thanks!

Tif said...

My son loves What's New at the Zoo? . . . Another great from Sylvan Dell!!

Kathleen said...

Looking forward to reading Proud as a Peacock , Brave as a Lion, to my grandchildren! My son is in the Military . I am a publisher with two books for Military kids : We Serve too! A Child's Deployment Book and We Serve Too!2 A Child's Reunion Book. Our website is