#PictureBook Review: The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

#PictureBook Review: The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness  The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

published: 2004

picture book, nonfiction

This book does an excellent job of keeping text per page short with a lot of white space and great illustration, while also including lots of facts and diagrams of various body systems such as the nervous, digestive, and circulatory systems. It wraps up showing lots of kids doing fun activities and asks your audience which is their favorite.

Excellent beginning book for talking about the human body with young curious children!

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Book Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and MeBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

nonfiction

Between the World and Me is written as a letter to Coates’ son Samori, a teen at the time of publication. A heartbreaking revelation of the hardships his son will face for merely being black in America, Coates draws from history and tells of his own experiences growing up in Baltimore to tell how the American dream is built upon the bodily harm of black people.

There is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is not much hope conveyed… there isn’t much nod to progress made which has been criticism I have seen. However, written as imparting wisdom to your child, he would be blamed for whitewashing an evil reality.

With the barrage of stories of young black men being targeted and killed by the police, of being so disproportionately represented in prison, it is my hope that taking home the 2015 National Book Award will get Between the World And Me a wide audience. I listened to Coates himself read the audiobook and can highly recommend it.

I really don’t know what more to say about this title. For me, this book made me realize that though I try to empathize with everyone around me, there is simply no way that I will ever fully understand what it is to be black in America. But by reading this and other works that reveal how the sausage has been made in this country, I hope that I can become better at spotting the ingrained racial disparities that surround us every day.

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#PictureBook Review: Water Is Water by Miranda Paul

#PictureBook Review: Water Is Water by Miranda Paul

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water CycleWater Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

nonfiction, picture book, storytime

“Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless… it heats up.”

I LOVE THIS BOOK! With beautifully simple rhyme, Paul takes readers through all of the different phases of water from ice to steam to snow melting in the spring. Chin’s illustrations are gorgeous taking us through the seasons with fog in the autumn, a frozen pond in the winter, and (my favorite two-page spread) looking for shapes in the clouds at sunset.

The last four pages give further information about water giving examples from the book. They show us that water is everything giving percentages of how much of something is made up of water. For instance, earthworms are 80% water and an oak tree is about 75% water. They show that water is everywhere covering 71% of the Earth’s surface. Finally they show that water is important so we should conserve it as much as possible as we can only drink less than 1% of the water on Earth.

This would be a great storytime book with lots of opportunity for call-and-response from preschool age kids. As you are about to turn the page saying unless, ask them to give some ideas as to what will happen to the water next. And then you could easily demonstrate different phases of water after reading for some STEM activity, too.

Such a wonderful introduction to this concept. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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#PictureBook Review: Wild and Tame Animals by Dahlov Ipcar

#PictureBook Review: Wild and Tame Animals by Dahlov Ipcar

Wild And Tame AnimalsWild And Tame Animals by Dahlov Ipcar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wild and Tame Animals
by Dahlov Ipcar
Nobrow Ltd

Source: Edelweiss

picturebook, nonfiction

Ipcar’s beautiful drawings introduce young readers to the complex relationship humans have with animals, past and present. They started out wild but were tamed over time and many of them “work for man” by providing milk or food.

Ipcar provides beautiful illustrations and uses a Wes Anderson-like palette. Unfortunately, the accompanying text fell flat and is less inspired.

This would be a good title for a child or caretaker of a child who has become interested in where food comes from or why we invite some animals into our homes and not others. I would purchase this for a public library collection.

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