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Fur, Feather, Fin--All of Us Are Kin by Diane Lang - Book Review

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By Diane Lang, Stephanie Laberis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481447096
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Published: Beach Lane Books - May 2018

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


Mapping Sam by Joyce Hesselberth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062741226
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 2nd, 2018

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


Sea Creatures by Seymour Simon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062289209
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Published: HarperCollins - June 26th, 2018

From single-celled creatures to whales of epic size, the ocean is explored from the sun-filled top to the oxygen-deprived bottom. Camouflage, communication and more is explored in depth. Learn about creatures you probably know about (turtles, whales) and some you probably have not heard of (vampire squid, yeti crab). And by the way, don’t eat the marine snow. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters by Sam Sax - Book Review

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By Sam Sax
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ISBN: 9780989641548
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Published: Button Poetry - June 2014

“Forgive my bluntness, but... Goddamn, Sam Sax can write some poems. Ross Gay” And he can. There are some fabulous images. He just explores what it was/is to be him in raw and coarse language. Each section is prefaced with three types of monsters. He then takes his version of them and not the mythological versions we know. Yet, they are not far off. He gives us his stories. He gives us a look into this world. He gives us some amazing, harsh things to think about. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


We Slept Here by Sierra Demulder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780989641586
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Published: Button Poetry - January 6th, 2015

The writing is straightforward. A few poems are shaped like the feelings and thoughts portrayed. Therefore, they spiral out of control. Most are bare without a lot of frills. Demulder takes her experiences and presents them in ways people who can relate. Mature themes. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Mr. Hollyberry's Christmas Gift by Kate Westerlund - Book Review

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By Kate Westerlund, Eve Tharlet (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9789888341627
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Published: minedition - October 2018

Lovely language about love and friendship. And amazing soft, rich, bright illustrations. Toss in a dash of Christmas magic and you have a perfect new book for the holiday. Accessible to all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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