Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hungry Hen

If reading a book about a hungry hen isn’t enough, take note of the ironic twist ending, which will have kids reading it again and again.  Richard Waring’s clever hen eats and eats, while the fox watching her grows skinnier … Continue reading

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Heartland: A Prairie Sampler

Yvette Moore’s illustrations paint the prairies with a quiet beauty.  See the haze of ice crystals around the moon or summer snow resting on cattle.  The informative text, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, point to the unique prairie heritage both author and … Continue reading

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Yes, Please! No, Thank You

Manners are important, as my grandma always taught me.  This book makes them fun.  In a clever question answer format, Valerie Wheeler hits the message home.  Quirky illustrations by Glin Dibley embellish the fun text. Try making up some of … Continue reading

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Locomotion

Lonnie is a quiet kid who lives with Miss Edna, his foster-mother, because his parents died.  Grappling with the ensuing grief as well as separation from his little sister, Lonnie turns to poetry to express himself. Locomotion, a novel in … Continue reading

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Spitting Image

Jessie’s world may be poor, but she’s surrounded by rich characters like Baby Blue, who barely talks even though he’s four and Robert E. Ketchum who hasn’t decided what the E stands for yet.  When President Johnson’s War on Poverty … Continue reading

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The Gardener

Times are rough and Lydia Grace has gone to live with Uncle Jim, the baker who doesn’t smile.  Her quiet and lovely story is told through letters to her family, and while the flower seeds her grandma sends her brighten … Continue reading

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I Love My New Toy!

It’s amazing how few words can be used to tell a story.  In Mo Willems’ I Love My New Toy!,  Piggie’s friend Elephant accidentally breaks his new toy.  The resulting anger and sorrow is humourously realistic to the reader, especially when … Continue reading

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Farm

Author/illustrator Elisha Cooper does farm landscape beautifully in this non-fiction picture book.  Quiet and lovely, this book turns through the seasons of farm-life details with accuracy.  It helps that Cooper grew up on a farm and drove a combine to … Continue reading

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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

There is beauty about a story that brings together perseverance, finding one’s place in the world and fighting a battle for the country.   All this and sports too.  And it’s a true story.  I don’t know what it is … Continue reading

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ABC of Canada

If you know someone with a sorely incomplete knowledge of Canada, this book may start them on the path to a good Canadian education.  From national pastimes like hockey and the Calgary stampede to icons such as the Mountie and … Continue reading

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