Monthly Archives: December 2010

What Do You Say?

    Mandy Stanley has a simply fun book in this question-answer format.  It has so much going for it:  sparse prose, bright pictures, predictable answers, and the surprise at the last page.  What do you say to a fish anyways?  We … Continue reading

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is the ultimate novel for finding a place in the world.  Anne Shirley, an unwanted orphan, asserts her place at the no-nonsense Cuthbert siblings’ home.  She is not a boy, not practical and not quiet–the opposite … Continue reading

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Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley is a biography that reads like a story.  It shows the tenacity of Willie Bentley, pursuing his dream of capturing snowflakes in the midst of a farming community. Sidebars with facts complement both Mary Azarian‘s illustrations and Jacqueline … Continue reading

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Forget the movies.  Read the book.  Dr. Seuss’s story is a classic for good reason. Humourous and naughty, the Grinch learns about love, but there’s another more suprising theme:  forgiveness.  Who gets to carve the beast at the end?  Who … Continue reading

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The Huron Carol

Enjoy the Christmas story from a unique historical perspective.  Beautifully framed pictures of Huron hunters and a Huron Baby Jesus accentuate this ancient song.  The words of this book are the translated lyrics from Jesuit missionary Father Jean de Brébeuf … Continue reading

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Snow

For those who love snow and love to prove others wrong, this is your book.  The boy knows there is snow coming.  Everyone else–the radio, the television, the man on the street, the woman–says no snow.  The boy observes more … Continue reading

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The Snowy Day

An education in books would not be complete without multiple readings of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Peter enjoys a day in the snow by himself, and also discovers the elusive qualities of snow when he tries to keep … Continue reading

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Stella: Queen of the Snow

Twenty-eight questions are presented in Mari-Louise Gay’s Stella: Queen of the Snow. Sam’s fears about his first snowstorm are imaginatively answered by Stella, who is delighted by all things snowy. This is an excellent book to use for brainstorming snow … Continue reading

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Parts

Tedd Arnold’s Parts is hilarious if you don’t mind a bit of gross humour.  It’s a great read for parents when they want to admit they don’t know everything about raising children, and it explores how children can fearfully exist … Continue reading

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A Bad Case of Stripes

David Shannon pushes the limits in this story, with great results.  Who else can make us believe a girl can catch stripes?  What could be a complex topic becomes simple in Shannon’s story:  Sometimes we cover up differences in order … Continue reading

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