children, classics

Sunshine


Author & Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65235-0
Pages: 48
Price: $18.95

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Mr. Sunshine has an apartment available, and he is very picky about who can rent it. So when Mrs. Moore arrives to see it, he pounces on the opportunity to rent it to her – the perfect tenant. What he doesn’t realize is that she plans to use it for a music school.

When Mrs. Moore is forced to buy 2,000 umbrellas after bidding at an auction, Mr. Sunshine thinks he’s finally gotten the upper hand. She can’t pay the rent, and he plans to evict her. But when rainy days arrive, she resourcefully sells all the umbrellas at a profit, keeping the apartment.

As the story concludes at Christmas, Mr. Sunshine realizes the errors of his ways and apologizes to Mrs. Moore. A happy ending along with a rendition of “O Holy Night” conclude the tale.

This charming reprint of the 1950 classic from the creator of Madeline is a fun read for kids that introduces them to the sights and sounds of New York City.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

You Might Find Yourself


Author & Illustrator: Tai Snaith
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-760-76033-5
Pages: 36
Price: $17.95

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There are so many places for children to discover. When they leave the comfort of their homes and head outside into the world, they have no idea where they might go. You Might Find Yourself guides them to places they may want to experience.

Following the winding path outside their door, they may find themselves in a jungle, a beach, or the ocean. They may feel hurt or comforted, and they may wonder what others are thinking. Numerous adventures await them, and they may not always know what to expect.

Along with the story text, extra things to think and do are provided for kids who want to use their imagination to make the world better. Illustrated in mixed media, this cute adventure book will be a big hit with kids who long to explore new and exciting places and experience new things.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

A Train Journey (Pop-up book)


Author & Illustrator: Gérard Lo Monaco
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65182-7
Pages: 8
Price: $24.95

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Choo-choo! All aboard A Train Journey with Gérard Lo Monaco. This unique pop-up book features four great trains from history. Each is shown in a two-page spread that holds open, suitable for display. On the back side of the pop-ups, a short summary shares information about each train.

These iconic trains are: Stephenson’s Rocket at the Rainhill Trials (1830), The New York El Train (1870), The Flying Scotsman (1862), and the Shinkansen Bullet Train (1964).

Train lovers of all ages will enjoy reading about these fascinating trains. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children, history

Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs


Author & Illustrator: Rob Hodgson
Contributor: Prof. Michael J. Benton
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / History / Animals
ISBN: 978-0-500-65206-0
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95

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Maisie Mammoth lived during the Ice Age, and she considers herself a popular socialite. In Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs, she introduces us to some of the animals she knew in her day.

After a brief description of the Ice Age, Maisie introduces us to her personal assistant, Buttercup, who unfortunately fell in a bog and remained preserved in ice. Then she provides a tour around the world, sharing fun facts about each of her friends. As she introduces them by name, she explains a little about their diet, habits, body characteristics, and the dangers they faced.

When a woolly mammoth narrates, Ice Age information goes from hum-drum to fascinating. I highly recommend Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs for anyone interested in Ice Age animals (and Neanderthals).

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, nature

Pop-Up Volcano!


Author: Fleur Daugey
Illustrator: Tom Vaillant
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-0-500-65222-0
Pages: 20
Price: $29.95

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Volcanoes can be deadly, but they’re fascinating to study. Pop-Up Volcano! is a fun resource explaining how volcanoes form and what happens when they explode.

Pop-up images fill this short book, along with information on various volcanoes. Whether on the ground, under the sea, or even on other planets, these volcanoes are fun to explore. Kids will enjoy this unique look at one of nature’s most dangerous formations.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, computers, science

Code This!


Produced by: National Geographic Kids
Genre: Computers / Science / Children
ISBN: 978-1-4263-3443-6
Pages: 160
Price: $16.99

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Programming can be fun for kids, even if they don’t actually use a computer. Code This! provides step by step exercises designed to introduce them to this fun and useful skill.

Puzzles and games show how to move robots and frogs based on the instructions they are given. In the process, kids learn algorithms, constraints, loops, and debugging, as well as many other coding concepts. Exercises build on each other, and the processes become more complicated. By the time they complete this book, they will have a good understanding of how coding works, and be ready for the real thing.

Code This! is a perfect introduction to computer programming, and can be used at home and in classrooms. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, nature

The Big Book of Blooms


Author & Illustrator: Yuval Zommer
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-0-500-65199-5
Pages: 64
Price: $19.95
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Author & Illustrator: Yuval Zommer
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-0-500-65229-9
Pages: 56
Price: $14.95
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Flowers are beautiful and they’re also fascinating to study. If kids have ever wondered what a Venus flytrap eats, how strong a giant water lily is, or if flowers bloom at night, The Big Book of Blooms will answer their questions.

After a brief introduction to the various types of flowers and their anatomy, this guidebook visits some of the more interesting varieties for a more in-depth look. Kids will study venus fly traps, cacti, wildflowers, and stinking flowers, as well as many others. Bright and colorful illustrations fill the oversized pages.

And if kids still want to learn more, they can have fun with The Big Sticker Book of Blooms, which includes “more stickers than there are prickles on a cactus.” I highly recommend this fun and whimsical two-book set for all budding naturalists.

Reviewer:  Alice Berger

animals, children

If I Had a Sleepy Sloth


Author & Illustrator: Alex Barrow and Gabby Dawnay
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Animals
ISBN: 978-0-500-65194-0
Pages: 32
Price: 14.95

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What would be the perfect pet for this little girl? A sleepy sloth, who will help her slow down and relax. Sloths are the perfect companions for hammocks, meditation, and simply hanging around.

If I Had a Sleepy Sloth is a cute rhyming book sharing all the benefits to having a sloth as pet. Kids will love this adorable, lovable creature, and probably ask Mom and Dad for a sloth of their own. (Parents, consider yourselves fore-warned!) I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, creativity, science

This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor


Author: Jon Milton
Illustrator: Harriet Russell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Science
ISBN: 978-0-500-65176-6
Pages: 96
Price: $14.95

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Kids may not realize it, but they might be able to think like an inventor. If they’ve ever thought there was a better, faster, or smarter way to do something, or if they’ve ever thought about creating a useful tool to make their lives easier, they just might be an inventor. This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor taps into kids’ creativity to explore this concept.

This is no boring science book that kids will read cover to cover. Instead, they dive right in with exercises and experiments that teach them how to see things differently. Are they a doer, a refiner, or a dreamer? They can take the quiz to find out their own inventor style. Tinkering with bridges, engineering a new hairdo, or building paper skyscrapers with minimal tools are just some of the experiments they will enjoy.

Kids love to be creative, and they will have loads of fun with This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children, nature

Bats


Author & Illustrator: Gail Gibbons
Publisher: Holiday House
Genre: Nature / Children
ISBN: 978-0-8234-4354-3
Pages: 32
Price: $18.99

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Bats are amazing creatures, but many people are afraid of them. They are harmless animals that care for their young, help control the insect population, and pollinate plants. And right now they are in danger.

Since people don’t understand much about these mammals, they destroy their habitats. Pollution and pesticides also threaten bats. And now, they face a terrible disease called white-nose syndrome that has killed many bats.

Bats may be associated with Count Dracula but they’re not scary at all. In fact, they will probably never come near you. Bats provides a wealth of information so kids can learn all about these nocturnal animals and develop a healthy respect for them. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger