Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog series

Clifford's Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell is a fun book in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series intended for early elementary audiences. What I disliked: I like this series, so the only criticism that I could come up with is that I felt bad for the dog in the story.  He tried so hard… Continue reading Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog series

Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Welcome to the Zoo by Alison Jay

Welcome to the Zoo by Alison Jay is a beautifully artistic intrepretation of a day at the zoo.  Though there are no words, the final page of the book gives some "I Spy" type challenges to go back and find. What I disliked: I really wanted there to be words!  If it were a board… Continue reading Welcome to the Zoo by Alison Jay

Becky's Favorite Books, Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Pretend by Jennifer Plecas

Pretend by Jennifer Plecas is a fun book that describes a creative play scenario between father and son, something I love to see (Why does dad always come out in rhyming stories, dad, bad, dad, sad, dad, mad, etc.). What I disliked: I honestly think this book is perfect. What I liked: I loved the… Continue reading Pretend by Jennifer Plecas

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers

The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers and illustrated by Carole Etow is a book intended for upper preschool and younger elementary students.  It's about a happy train that loses his laughter when his life gets turned upside down. What I disliked: The title is misleading.  The first and last pages show a happy… Continue reading The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers

Becky's Favorite Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Toddler Books, Uncategorized

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema and Beatriz Vidal is a phenomenally great book.  The illustrations go hand in hand with the wording, which Verna Aardema adapted from a Kenya preschool story over a hundred years ago. What I disliked: Nothing.  It's a great read. What I liked: I loved the beat.  The… Continue reading Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave

Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers is a Scholastic Reader Level 1 book with "simple words and short sentences for the newest readers." What I disliked: This clearly is a book for new readers to read for themselves.  However, inevitably, I would always get drawn into helping them the… Continue reading Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave

Elementary Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Purplicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious series

Purplicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann is a another colorful book in the Pinkalicious series intended for the preschool and early elementary audiences. What I disliked: Usually the books are cheerful and bright in the Pinkalicious series, but this one is a bit more somber with mean girls officially entering the scene.  Also, despite… Continue reading Purplicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious series

Becky's Favorite Books, Elementary Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink is a precious story about a sassy girl doing her best to make money for some gum balls.  It is another great book in the Pinkalicious series, and I enjoyed reading it to my daughter in her early elementary days. What I disliked: Nothing.  I am very biased and love… Continue reading Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink by Victoria Kann

Open Books, PreK Books, Toddler Books, Uncategorized

Easy Street by Rita Gray

Easy Street by Rita Gray and illustrated by Mary Bono is a clay-mation like story giving step by step instructions on laying asphalt, perfect for toddlers and preschool aged children. What I disliked: Nothing.  It was pretty good. What I liked: I liked the sing-song rhyming, real life explanation of the asphalt process, and my… Continue reading Easy Street by Rita Gray