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How to Write a Story: (Read-Aloud Book, Learn to Read and Write) by Kate Messner - Book Review

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By Kate Messner, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452156668
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 7th, 2020

A fantastic step-by-step guide to writing a story, and becoming a writer. Written with clear, easy to understand directions, the illustrations demonstrate the questions a writer will answer as the story takes shape, such as: What does the character look like? What problem does the character need to solve? By making the process fun, the reader will be eager to start creating a story of their own. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall - Book Review

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By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

The winner of the 2016 and 2019 Caldecott Medal is back with a beautifully illustrated book which begins “Dear Visitor From Outer Space, If you come to Earth, here’s what you need to know.” The child-narrator describes the vast variety of life on Earth, both for humans and animals. The illustrations are gorgeous, and demonstrate the similarities and differences between us all. Blackall’s message is that “we are all here on this beautiful planet. It’s the only one we have, so we should take care of it. And each other, don’t you think?” ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


Star Wars A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti Chhibber - Book Review

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By Preeti Chhibber, Mike Deas (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368057240
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - October 6th, 2020

A perfect gift for budding Star Wars fans ages 5-8, the messages conveyed in this book are very Yoda-like: Don’t let your size or age deter you from embarking on life’s adventure. It will be difficult, and courage and perseverance are necessary. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” The illustrations are lively and atmospheric, as Luke and Yoda practice the lessons in the swamps of planet Dagobah. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


Explorers by Matthew Cordell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250174963
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 24th, 2019

By the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Wolf in the Snow, this is a lively story told without words. The vibrant ink and watercolor illustrations invite the reader to accompany a boy and his family on an outing to a natural history museum. He learns lessons about the perils of possessiveness and control, and the joys of being open to new experiences and people. I loved this book! ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


Margaret Wise Brown 5-Minute Stories by Margaret Wise Brown - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781684128495
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Published: Silver Dolphin Books - September 3rd, 2019

Eight original stories by the author of Goodnight Moon, each illustrated by a different artist. The stories cover counting, seasons, adventure, nature, and dreams. Brown teaches children that stories can inspire creativity, and encourages them to anticipate what comes next. The rhymes are as fun for the reader as they are for the child who listens. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


Little Robin's Christmas by Jan Fearnley - Book Review

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By Jan Fearnley, Jan Fearnley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536208252
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Nosy Crow - September 10th, 2019

A countdown of the seven days before Christmas. This is a warm-hearted book about a little robin named Little Robin, the spirit of giving, and gifts that come from looking out for one’s friends. The author’s illustrations are funny and sweet⁠—there’s even a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Claus! ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


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