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Book Review: Potbellied Pigs by Natalie Lunis

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Natalie Lunis is a published author and editor of children's books. Some of her published credits include How We Use Electricity, Deadly Widows, Prickly Sea Stars, and Crawling Crabs. 

In Potbellied Pigs (Peculiar Pets) by Natalie Lunis is a non-fiction children's book about potbellied pigs. They are clean, intelligent, and fun-loving pets. They can even be trained to do tricks and walk on a leash. A potbellied pig might be unusual choice for an animal companion, but love comes in all kinds of packages. How can kids find out whether a pig is the right pet for them?

My daughter Ginny checked this out from her school library. It's always interesting to me on what type of books she chooses to check out. She obviously went for this book because of the amazing cover. What kid wouldn't want to pick up a book with a pig holding a phone in its mouth. Though I highly doubt my kids would know that is a phone. I really enjoyed reading this book with my kids. The pictures are rea…

Book Review: The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss

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Ruth Krauss was born July 25th, 1901, in Baltimore, Maryland. She began writing and illustrating her own stories when she was a child. Ruth left high school her sophomore year to focus on art. She enrolled in Maryland Institue for Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. Though she left a year later. She then worked at a girls camp, Camp Walden in Maine where she discover her love for writing. Her first piece of writing was in the yearbook 1919. Ruth dropped out in 1921 after her father past away to work office jobs. When her mother died in 1927 she enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York. She graduated in 1929 right at the beginning of the Great Depression. Two books that Krauss wrote were runner-ups for the Caldecott Medal; The Happy Day (1950), and A Very Special House (1954). She was honored in the New Yorker cover illustrations for September 27th, 1993 from her book A Hole is to Dig.  In The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss is a simple beginning grows a story that celebrates little …

Book Review: Let's Get Ready for Reading: A Guide to Help Kids Become Readers by Public Library

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In Let's Get Ready for Reading: A Guide to Help Kids Become Readers by Public Library illustrates how parents and caregivers can foster a love of reading from the time a baby is born. Whether it's listening to the rhythmic cadence of chants and nursery rhymes, looking at brightly colored pictures, or listening to stories, children learn to associate reading with the warm and happy experience of spending time with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. Filled with rhymes, songs, and games it provides tons of suggestions to engage children. A look at development milestones help parents adapt strategies to the age of the child, while dozens of recommended books take out the guesswork during the next visit to the library or bookstore.


This book is really great for parents who want to know where to go with their toddlers. It helps parents find ways to use rhymes, songs, and games that will get their child reading for the next step of learning how to read. It also gives lots of sugge…

Book Review: Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin., Jr.

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Bill Martin Jr. is one of America's favorite children's author. He wrote for almost 60 years. He was the author of the classic text Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, which was illustrated by his friend Eric Carle. He was elected into the the Reading Hall of Fame by International Literacy Association. Bill Martin lived the last 11 years of his life in Commerce, Texas. A Kansas native, Bill graduated with a teaching certificate from Emporia State University (Go HORNETS!). He taught in Kansas and then was an elementary school principal in Chicago. In 1961, He moved to New York City where he worked with Holt, Rinehart and Winston, where he developed the literature-based reading programs Sounds of Language and The Instant Readers. He left the company seven years later and started his career of writing children's books and a consultant to teachers. He moved to Texas in 1993. He passed away in 2004.

John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who worked with …

Book Review: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

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Lois Ehlert has created numerous bestselling picture books, including Chica Chica Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which recieved a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert is about teaching upper and lowercase letters to preschoolers. The author introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. At the end of the book there is interesting facts about each food.  I usually love Lois Ehlert books, but I was really disappointed in this book. As it was slow and some of the letters were forced using fruits and vegetables. I was hoping that it wasn't forced in a lot of it. My kids really enjoyed the the illustrations of the book and I liked how life like they look with the look of textures on every page. If you don't mind the force letters of the alphabet check this boo…

Book Review: Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos

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Samantha R. Vamos was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Though she grew up on the East Coast and attended Georgetown University Law Center. She has written, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor which was inspired by the birth of her sister's first child. The book, The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, popped into her head while she cooked. Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos is about a train ride through the alphabet. Whether chugchug-chugging up a moutainside in an Incline train or zipping at super speed in a Bullet train, trains will get you where you need to be -A to Z!  I really wanted to like this book. I love books that go through the alphabet because it teaches kids words connected to each letter but it also helps them learn the letters in order. This book is really good and really wonderful illustrations. The bad part is the words and vocabulary is high for the kids who love alphabet books. My kids were bored really quickly as the words just went over their heads. It did not keep…