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Little Fish



Author & Illustrator: Emily Rand
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65162-9
Pages: 10
Price: $24.95

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Two tiny orange goby fish are frolicking in the waves when suddenly a giant shoal swims by and sweeps one fish away. Little fish is alone on an adventure, visiting a turtle, avoiding a hungry grouper, darting quickly away from a shark, and finally arriving safely back at his home.

This unique carousel picture book actually folds out completely, anchored by a ribbon that holds the two covers together, inside out. Children can follow the scenes in 3-D, as animals and scenery pop out from the page. (See image above.)

Bright colors, a happy ending, and a fun cut-out pop-up book will delight small children, as they follow the little fish around and around each scene. I highly recommend Little Fish.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Button & Popper


Author & Illustrator: Oili Tanninen
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65201-5
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Button and Popper live in an apple tree with their parents and ten siblings. But the weather is turning colder and there are no more apples to eat. The pixie family must find a new home. Mother and Father try to find a new place to live, but no one wants to let a pixie family with twelve children stay there.

Taking matters into their own hands, Button and Popper set out to tackle the problem themselves. After nearly exhausting all the possibilities, they spy Professor Prilli at the fish market. A basket switcheroo lands them in Professor Prilli’s home – a very nice home that would make the pixies happy. They’re shocked when the Professor announces he’s going on a long journey, and the pixie family is most welcome to stay there while he’s gone.

Button & Popper was originally published in Finland in 1964, during a time the author despaired of finding a suitable place to rent with two small children. She only used three colors in illustrating it, so it would be cheaper to print, and therefore more affordable to people who wanted to buy it. The cute story and happy ending will leave children smiling.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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The Great Compromise


Author: Julia Cook
Illustrator: Kyle Merriman
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-944882-44-0
Pages: 32
Price: $10.95

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Cora June is having a very bad day. She wants to make spaghetti for Fantastic Flavor Feast, but her partner, Wilson wants to make tacos. She wants the class to take their field trip to the zoo, but they voted along with Wilson to see the state capitol instead. She wants to play dodge ball at recess, but Wilson wants the class to play soccer. These two children have very definite ideas of what they want, and neither one is willing to give in.

Finally, as they bicker over blue and red ice pops, their teacher steps in. It’s time for both of them to learn how to compromise. She explains how they should have handled each of the situations they found themselves in that day in a mature and respectful way. But she also reminds them that they should never compromise if it will place them in a harmful or dangerous situation.

The Great Compromise would be a great tool for home and classroom, showing kids how to handle situations when they won’t be able to get their own way. A guide for parents and educators provides additional tips.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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1001 Ants


Author & Illustrator: Joanna Rzezak
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65208-4
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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1001 ants are off to explore the world. Leaving their hill, they visit plants, mushrooms, trees, a pond, bugs, and animals. In each nature frame, the ants learn about the creatures and vegetation around them. One little ants wears red socks, and children are encouraged to find her in each scene.

While counting the ants is certainly possible, kids might find it a little overwhelming. But they will find it fun to see what each is doing in these busy scenes. Text is placed around the items kids should take note of as they read.

1001 Ants is a great introduction to the natural world around us. Kids will enjoy this fun read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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The Diggers


Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Antoine Corbineau
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-68412-742-9
Pages: 32
Price: $12.99

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Moles, dogs, worms, rabbits, pirates, and mice are all digging holes. And so is the man with a plan. But he feels like a mouse or a mole because his digging is taking far too long. Finally, he calls for an excavator – the digger – that will dig the big hole he needs.

The digger goes under the city, under the river, and into the green country beyond. A train goes through the hole and through the green country, until it stops at a mountain. Then the digger is called on, once again, to dig through the mountain and let the train through.

Rhyming, repetition, and silly images fill the pages of this classic whimsical book. Kids will love reading The Diggers over and over again.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Night Night Zoo


Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1014-2
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The zookeepers have locked up and gone home for the day, but the animals still have to get ready for bed. Hippos, gazelles, elephants, and many others all have a nightly routine. As each animal family prepares for bed, kids are encouraged to wish them a good night’s sleep through the repeating refrain, “Night night [animals].” A box at the bottom right corner introduces the next animals they will see.

Finally, everyone is tucked in for the night. All the animals are now asleep, and this charming bedtime board book closes with the message that God is in control, even in a zoo.  Night Night Zoo is the perfect bedtime story for children who love animals.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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The Farmer


Author & Illustrator: Ximo Abadia
Publisher: Holiday House
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-8234-4158-7
Pages: 40
Price: $17.99

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Paul is a farmer. He mows, he rakes, and he digs. Then his plants begin to grow. But what happens when it doesn’t rain? Paul doesn’t despair, because he knows the rain is never very far away.

Paul’s story is shown through imaginative illustrations. Vegetation in abundance, raindrops filling the page, and a starry night along with the fullest moon tell Paul’s story in pictures. Finally, his abundant harvest is pictured in rows and rows of colorful plants.

The Farmer is a creative tale of a man who never rests. Kids will enjoy this interesting perspective of farming.

Reviewer: Alice Berger