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This is a beautiful, realistic story of what a fox does when they are out in the wild. Soft, rhyming text and bright rich color to the artwork combine to make a lovely story about a winter’s day and the adventures (and misadventures) on fox has. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette
With this book about Pete Seeger, you get a less traditional styled biography. The facts are there, but done in a poetic fashion. The adult might feel they are reading a Seeger song. Text flows along the page on eh main color of the book: the golden thread. His works, life and the history of the nation are all melded together in a tuneful story. there is a a brief history at the end of the book hitting the highlights. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette
On alternating pages, you see the time and effort that goes into natures creating a diamond and how Hall struggled to finally go to college and then create a process in the 1950s to make man-made diamonds. His granddaughter, Holt, deliberately makes the connection of how hard it is to make a diamond, how hard diamonds are and how hard it was for Hall to make his way in the world. The end has a wonderful brief history of not only Hall’s highlights, but the diamond in history. Fleck’s illustrations are bright, detailed, realistic in an animated way. This book needs to be read twice: once for the text and a second time to capture all the details of the art. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette
Lang has lovely poetic language that tells of animals and the world and how everything is connected. The illustrations of Stephanie Laberis tie it together. They show the habitats of the animals simplistically but still detailed enough so you know what to look for outside. Even in the places that you cannot look at, like deep in the ponds and oceans. Perfect colors make this a pleasant read to the eyes as well ears. The round-up at the end gives you more science of the animals (such as what class means) as well as more environmental issues and places you can learn more about helping animals. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette
Joyce Hesselberth created a story of a cat that puts their family to bed then goes out on their nightly adventures. They explore, climb their tree, make sure that the town looks right from the construction site of the new highest building in town. Along the way, Hesselberth shows you maps of the town, Sam, the earth, the universe and even a dream. The illustrations are simple but have the perfect amount of detail. They are colorful without it becoming overwhelming. They give you a look at Sam’s world that mirrors our own (Sam might have a tail, but the map of the cat allows you to show that we both have livers, hearts, lungs and more). At the end there is a round-up of the different maps you see in the book. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette