Summer is more than halfway over (THANK GOODNESS), but I thought showing off two of my favorite "outdoorsy" reads of the week was a good plan. I'm giving you a story about bees and a story about a dog and a frog. Enjoy!
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon J. Muth is a great mixture of cute, sweet, and funny. Something a bit different than we've seen from Mo Willems in the past, but I really enjoyed it.
City Dog is lucky enough to be running free in the country for the first time and comes across Country Frog, who is waiting for a friend. A sweet friendship is created that lasts over the seasons, with the pair playing different games and having chats each time City Dog comes to the country. When spring comes around again and Frog is nowhere to be found, City Dog befriends another animal, but we are assured through a "froggy grin" that Frog will never be forgotten.
The perfect amount of sweet, without being too sappy, this is one of my favorite picture book reads of the year. Simple illustrations and a warm and friendly plot will please readers of all ages.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
City Dog, Country Frog
Review copy received from publisher
Buzz by Eileen Spinelli and illustrator Vincent Nguyen is a cute "be yourself" book with some fantastic illustrations.
Buzz absolutely loves being a bee...especially flying! She zips around everywhere she can, taking in the picturesque landscape and the smells all around her. Until she reads a snippet of an article that states "Bees Can't Fly!" Buzz is devastated and unsure of what to do with herself. If she can't fly....what CAN she do?
When Owl's tree catches on fire, Buzz has a dilemma. She isn't supposed to fly and doesn't think she can save Owl from the flames. After some self motivation, Buzz flies up to the top of the tree and saves Owl, learning that it doesn't matter what some people say...being yourself is what's most important.
Now, the concept is nothing new and even a tad cheesy. "Be yourself" is a fairly common theme in children's books, however the accompany illustrations really make this one a nice choice to read aloud. Not to mention it's about an adorable bee and how much cuter can you get than a bee that loves her life?!
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Simon & Schuster
Review copy provided by publisher
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