This book is third in the chapter book series starring the protagonist of McCall Smith's adult series, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. In this installment, Precious is invited to visit her Aunty Bee who lives at the top of Botswana and works at a safari camp because something exciting is going to happen there. It would be an expensive trip, and Precious' father is not sure he can afford a bus ticket, but he finds a way for Precious to travel with a cattle buyer he knows. When the fan belt breaks Precious has an idea to help.
In “Here Comes Santa Cat”, we meet a cat dressed up in a Santa suit that is having a conversation with an unseen narrator. After viewing Cat’s “current year to date” pie chart showing a ratio of his naughty to nice behavior, we learn why he wants to be Santa—he wants a present. Maybe if Cat does some nice things, Santa will give him a present after all. Cat’s attempts at niceness go terribly awry over and over, until finally he does it right. And Cat meets Santa after all. The ink and colored pencil illustrations show Cat with a multitude of emotions, and the u
Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914. The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother. He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away. Stille Nacht--Silent Night. The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers. Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”. They first buried their d
This innovative and unique alphabet book takes a basic word like "beast", take away the "a" and "the BEAST is the BEST". "Without the B, the BRIDE goes for a RIDE." Reading the book straight through would be fun for preschool and kindergarten, but for older students and their teachers, its a great excuse for wordplay! Highly recommended.
This is the first book in a promising series about a fourth grade boy named Mike whose school year is not off to a good start. Mike struggles to sit still and pay attention, and ends up in the principal's office at least once every week. And this year, he has to spend every afternoon after school with new neighbor gifted Nora. Mike's not looking forward to it, until he and Nora discover an antiques store called "The White Rabbit". This store also is a little magical.
This steam punk adventure takes place primarily in Londinium, a dangerous alternative London ruled over by the Lady and filled with all things mechanical. Periodically, the Lady longs for a son who is completely flesh and blood with no clockwork pieces. When this happens she sends someone to cross over into the other London to bring one back for her.
This picture book first published in the Netherlands is a gem. I loved it from the very first spread--a drawing of a bird opposite of the word yearning. Followed by hoping, expecting, marveling--each showing a beautiful bird in a stage of parenting. Each spread consists of a word opposite a bird--and the pages with words become increasingly more complex in design. When I got to the final page, letting go, I was so impressed with the beauty of the book. Mies Van Hout is becoming one of my favorite author/illustrators.