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Mini Review: Old Bear

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes is a beautifully illustrated picture book that focuses on the seasons. In this story, Old Bear dreams about the different seasons as he hibernates for the winter. Each dream sequence features season-specific details with some fanciful notions, such as raining blueberries in the summer or crocuses big enough to sleep in during… Continue reading Mini Review: Old Bear

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Mini Review: Is Your Mama a Llama?

The first time I read this, my “teacher brain” switched on and I thought, “What an awesome book for teaching descriptive writing!” Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino is a picture book about a  young Llama asking his friends about their mamas.  Each animal responds with a description of his or her maternal… Continue reading Mini Review: Is Your Mama a Llama?

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Mini Review: A Ball for Daisy

Another Caldecott Medal winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a true picture book – there are no words in here, and the pictures tell the story. A Ball for Daisy is about a dog named Daisy who absolutely loves her red ball – she plays with it, sleeps with it, and takes it everywhere. While… Continue reading Mini Review: A Ball for Daisy

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Mini Review: Kitten’s First Full Moon

I’m not a cat person – I’m a dog person, through and through. However, this book was too charming to pass up. Caldecott Medal winner Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes, is a beautifully illustrated account of a kitty’s first encounter with a full moon. Kitten mistakenly believes the full moon is a bowl of milk, and ventures… Continue reading Mini Review: Kitten’s First Full Moon

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Mini Review: Olivia by Ian Falconer

This fun picture book about a precocious little piglet named Olivia is a great addition to a young child’s library. Olivia follows the titular character on her various activities, including getting dressed, going to the beach and museum, and getting ready for bed. Olivia is a Caldecott Honor Book, and for good reason. The illustrations in this story are generally in… Continue reading Mini Review: Olivia by Ian Falconer