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Smart About Sharks by Owen Davey
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Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value. The Animal Book is a thorough primer on animal biology, including taxonomy, origins, behavior, and evolution, for starters. Well-organized chapters detail key concepts, ending with helpful graphics and charts. An index, a glossary, and a bibliography provide still more information, and there's a special section explaining how a book goes from an idea to a finished publication.
Positive Messages. The book celebrates the diversity and immensity of life on Earth. Examples abound of animals working together to raise their young and protect one another. Predators and prey, and the techniques they use for hunting or self-defense, make up much of the book. A two-page spread presents animals that kill the most humans. Some of the illustrations of sharp-toothed predators and assorted creepy-crawlies may be unsettling to sensitive children. What parents need to know Parents need to know that The Animal Book is a beautiful, comprehensive overview of the animal world.
It walks readers through basic taxonomy, describes how animal life evolved, and showcases some of the remarkable traits and behaviors animals use to hunt, survive, mate, and raise their young. Some of the ideas are a bit advanced for young readers, who may also be sensitive to details about the more dangerous animals. A two-page spread showcases animals that are especially hazardous to humans, including the mosquito. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.
User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Dutton, 32 pages. This lighthearted, comic-book style story takes readers on a trip through an art museum. As a family wanders through a museum, different types of art are introduced. Find Visiting the Art Museum at your local library. Butler continues to endear us with his cozy, cuddly baby animals.
This time, baby animals are in action, making their way through the forest looking for something. After being awakened by the little brown cub who adorns the book cover, the animals gather seeds, nuts, berries and other gifts that they convey through the forest to a clearing.
Light filters through the forest, and the baby animals discover a mother deer is resting.
The baby animals quietly approach to find a brand-new baby — a fawn. This book is begging to be read aloud with rhymes that are fun and gentle, welcoming the newest life to the forest. Find Wake Up, Sleepy Bear! This wonderful book presents a typical day at school for eight youngsters. Full of bright photographs, the children, some with disabilities, are shown as active, competent members of the classroom community. Find Friends at School at your local library. You see, she has to earn her wings before she can truly become a real fairy.
Come watch her spin her magic. You can bet there will be some trouble if she is anything like David. Find Alice the Fairy at your local library. The rhythm of this tale about a skunk — who heads home and wonders about robbers, pirates, ghosts and trappers — is very engaging. Children are captive to the tension of the tale. Find The Bravest of the Brave at your local library. This variation of the classic tale is set in the western United States. The main character runs from roadrunners, javelinas and long-horned cattle until a coyote eats him.
The story ends with a rancher, his wife and the coyote making more gingerbread cowboys. Find The Gingerbread Cowboy at your local library. The hook: Nancy is back and fancier than ever. After Nancy and her friend Bree become captivated with butterflies, the two girls decide to throw a butterfly party. Familiar sparkly cover aside, this book is sure to please current Nancy fans.
Good enough to become a classic fairy tale. Find Good Enough to Eat at your local library. Let me in! Find Heckedy Peg at your local library. Cat, Squirrel and Duck set out for salt. When they get separated in the city they end up with salt and pepper plus an adventure to discuss over their seasoned pumpkin soup.
This is a tale with universal appeal. Find A Pipkin of Pepper at your local library. Fun dinosaur characters explain important facts about friendship. Through silly illustrations, the authors explore different ways to make friends and appropriate ways to cope with difficult situations and emotions such as arguments, bullying, and rejection.
Find Super Sam! Find Tiffky Doofky at your local library. A wolf with a discerning palate makes a charming villain in this tasty adventure of predator, prey and yummy food. Wolf decides to fatten up Mrs. Chicken for a hearty stew, so he bakes up batches of pancakes, doughnuts and a cake in his carbohydrate-laden plot. But when he drops in on a still svelte Mrs. The predictable text with folk tale elements will become an instant favorite.
Knopf, 34 pages. This small treasure explores Irish famine and emigration. Parents need to know that sad things happen here: the family members are hungry, lose their home and are forced to leave the grandparents behind when they emigrate. Families who read this book could discuss the focus on little things. Why, when so many bad things are happening, would they focus on pebbles and feathers? Why are they important? Children may also want to know more about the historical period and about their own immigrant ancestors. Two neighborhood cats go missing, birds are disappearing from pet shops all over town and now nearly a whole family of pigeons is gone as well!
When LaRue the dog is falsely accused of catnapping, he is determined to get to the bottom of the situation. Find Detective LaRue at your local library. A new generation of parents and children will the welcome the return of its tart humor and expressive, detailed pencil illustrations. Jones at your local library. Marvin the ape has escaped from the zoo and is fitting into everyday life quite nicely. Will the zoo find him before one of the other animals follows suit? Find Escape of Marvin the Ape at your local library.
Pete has nothing to do on a dreary, rainy day until his father turns him into a pizza. High-flying adventure, coupled with bold illustrations, keeps readers on the edge of their seats. This book is a revitalizing dose of imagination and an inspiration for kids.
Find Regards to the Man in the Moon at your local library. Once again, Mo Willems has created a masterpiece that will engage kids and parents alike. He has set simply drawn, yet colorful and expressive, cartoon characters against real black-and-white photographs of Brooklyn. The effect is captivating! On top of that, the language is straightforward and somewhat understated, which completes this perfect package. Bunnies Tino and Teeny leave a list of wishes in a hollow log. The list blows away in the winter wind and is found in pieces by mice, who rearrange the words into a new wish for the rabbits.
After a stroll through the woods or a family hike, nothing feels better than a cup of hot chocolate and a good book, and what better book could there be than Fall Leaves Fall, an infectious read. Two siblings use their imagination as they explore autumn leaves. They discover some of the best things to do with leaves.
Would you prefer watching, stomping, raking or jumping in a huge pile? Read more to discover the pure joy of autumn. Find Fall Leaves Fall! The fairy folk of the winter season are celebrated in this beloved classic passed down from generation to generation. Both a charming read-aloud and a book your young one will choose as a lifelong favorite.
Find Flower Fairies of the Winter at your local library. Hennessy and Lynne Cravath - Viking, 32 pages. Children will delight in this rhythmic text while counting the days that lead up to the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. Both Pilgrim and Wampanoag boys and girls prepare for the feast. Students get a taste of history in an entertaining way. Though the book does not highlight the many hardships the Pilgrims and Indians faced, it does illustrate the valuable lesson of working together.
The story of the life cycle of the Loggerhead turtle is told in poetic language and illustrated with beautiful paintings.
This mysterious creature swims the ocean for 30 years, wandering thousands of miles in her search for food, until one summer night she returns to the very same beach where she was born to lay her own eggs. Find One Tiny Turtle at your local library. A jaunty walk in the rain for a little girl and her perky dog is an opportunity to count from one to 10, and back again, with little raindrops, bare toes and finally the sun. Even her grass green rain boots are smiling! Find Raindrop, Plop!
Find Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep at your local library. With a seemingly permanent grouchy countenance, Mr. Fish encounters numerous friends, like Mr. Jelly, Mr.
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Eight the octopus and Mrs. The answer from Mr. Fish of his dreary-wearies for good. Delightful, vibrant, colorful illustrations, with smart, fun rhymes and a refrain that kids will recite over and over. A great book for audience participation or one-on-one to help cheer up little pouters. Find The Pout-Pout Fish at your local library. Snowflakes fall one by one, slowly covering the city in a beautiful white blanket. Your child will enjoy this story as one boy celebrates the joys of a new snowfall. Simple text and wonderful illustrations make this award-winner perfect for a young audience.
Find Snow at your local library. Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night? In this hilarious tale, a town full of snowmen embarks on a night of drinking cold cocoa, skating and playing baseball. The perfect rhyming story for a snowy day. Find Snowmen at Night at your local library. Snow Music is a great read-aloud for a snowy afternoon. Find Snow Music at your local library. Find The Snowy Day at your local library. No one illustrates the cozy comforts of winter better than Jan Brett. This is a book to be read and discovered again and again.
Find The Three Snow Bears at your local library. Arthur is a mild, art-loving guard dog at the Dogopolis Museum of Art. He spends evenings reading quietly in his little apartment on West 17th Street … unless the moon is full. Find Art Dog at your local library. Cornelius P. Mud takes care of bedtime rituals in a very unusual way, by feeding cookies to his fish and putting his toys in the refrigerator. Find Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? One afternoon, during a town fair, a group of mischievous babies crawls away from their families. It is up to one little boy to save the day.
Rhyming verse, accompanied by eye-catching black silhouette illustrations, draws the reader into this hilarious caper. Help your emerging reader make progress over the summer break with highly amusing and fun books like this one. A cumulative folk song in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when an old lady swallows a fly. Audrey Wood has created a hilarious read aloud. Children of all ages can relate to the fact that King Bidgood is having so much fun in his bathtub that he does not want to get out!
Yet, who will run the kingdom? On the way to school, the dot for the lowercase i disappears. Throughout the story, the author cleverly weaves information about the alphabet letters — their order, their correct positions, and their sounds. The lively illustrations call attention to both upper- and lowercase letters.
Find Alphabet Adventure at your local library. Trixie and her inseparable Knuffle Bunny accompany Daddy to their neighborhood laundromat to do the family wash. Books that encourage a child to interact with the text are the perfect way to foster a love of reading. In Monkey and Me, a little girl and her toy monkey love to imitate animals.
The book employs a rhyming refrain and charming illustrations that encourage the reader to play along. Start by reading Monkey and Me together and be amazed when you see your child reading it alone again and again. Find Monkey and Me at your local library.
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Are you looking for a hilarious alphabet book chock full of the antics of 26 monkeys? Find out what happens when a family of monkeys is left home alone. If you think they act like typical siblings, you are right. Will Mom and Dad come home to their chimps, tucked away in bed, or will the mischievous monkeys make a mess instead? Find Naughty Little Monkeys at your local library.
Starting with page one and steaming right on through the entire tale to the last delicious delightful sentence, DeFelice has the structure and rhythm of folkloric language down pat. Find One Potato, Two Potato at your local library. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things just turn out the opposite of what you intended: milk gets spilled, paint projects get messy and teachers get angry.
This is the kind of day that Nate is having. But all is not what it seems. Find The Opposite at your local library. They want to wear wild and colorful boots and fuzzy slippers — or nothing at all! They want to wade in pond water, tap dance and discover puddles. A fun book for young children at that age where sitting still is a real effort. Knopf, 40 pages. Great, active illustrations help support the funny narrative. One of my favorite parts is when Walter talks about how much he helps out around the house when he is actually making a big mess and frustrating his owners.
Readers will chuckle over the thin sheep, the wide sheep, the swing sheep and the slide sheep; the car sheep, the train sheep, the sun sheep and the rain sheep as they search for the elusive green sheep. Simple illustrations and perfect predictable text combine to make an ideal bedtime story with the requisite snuggly ending. Along with entertaining information about backhoe work comes onomatopoeia, alliteration and even some counting.
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This photo essay tells the true story of Tatqiq and Kalluk, a pair of 3-month-old orphaned polar bears, who were found in Alaska and brought to the San Diego Zoo to be raised. Engaging photos follow the cubs from their initial quarantine to their eventual introduction to their outdoor habitat and delighted zoo visitors. The author provides two sets of text, one consisting of simple sentences in large type for beginning readers and another in smaller type for older readers providing more extensive technical information.
Join David and his friend Georgie as they learn karate. Photographs take you through each part of their class, from warm-up to sparring. In the end, they finally pass the test and earn their green belts. Find Karate Boy at your local library. A simple rhyming, repetitive text accompanies this collection of reproductions of 16 works by famous painters. No one saw fish like Paul Klee. This book would be a great read before a first trip to the art museum. The combination of colorful photographs and concise yet simple language makes it easy for younger children to grasp.
Find Eleanor Roosevelt at your local library. The illustrations will help children familiarize themselves with new words. The question-and-answer format breaks history up into fascinating bite-size chunks. A great photo dictionary of everyday things that come from the United States, including inventions, food, sports, toys and holidays.
Instrumental in helping younger children gain perspective on the things that shape their daily lives and how those things came to be. Levine Books, 32 pages. Childhood polio and a horrific bus crash leave Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist, with a broken, suffering body. Does she cry forever? She transforms her pain into playful paintings teeming with fantastic skeletons, jaguars, devils, and monkeys.
Her courageous life is accurately portrayed in this richly emotional book, with poetic text, playful font, and surreal drawings. Find Frida at your local library. Award-winning picture-book treatment of Tubman. Parents need to know that the topic of slavery is, and should be, disturbing, and young children will need help understanding. Harriet is in danger through much of the book. An inspiring tale of the construction of a landmark. Parents need to know that there is not much to be concerned about here, but some things may need explanation and context.
The subject may be the building of the Empire State Building, but it takes place during the Great Depression, and your kids may want to know why children are scavenging for firewood in the streets of New York. Families who read this book could discuss skyscrapers.