Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 3

Most Loved in All the World by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

“Mama works in the field every day, and every night she sews a quilt. Using scraps from old clothing and pieces handed down from the master’s house, Mama makes a quilt full of pictures:

a log cabin

a star

a brown tree with green on one side

a little girl

What does it mean? And who is the little cutout girl in the center, her embroidered face so happy?

Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave. But she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice.”   [JPB HEGAMIN]

How to Drive Your Sister Crazy by Diane Z. Shore

“Do you have a big sister?

Do you know how to drive her crazy?

It’s easy, really easy.

Take it from me, Bradley Harris Pinkerton.

Does your sister hog the bathroom? Does she spend hours on the phone with her friends? Then this book is for you!

All you need is a rubber snake, some bubble gum, and a little bit of sneakiness.

Oh, and a really good hiding place.

Note: Do not let your sister read this book!”      [JE SHORE]

Evolution Revolution by Robert Winston

“Join Robert Winston for an amazing look at the story of evolutionary science and the way Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theories changed the world.

Explore lands of fire, meet curious creatures, and peer into the future, as you follow Darwin on his epic voyage in search of the origins of species.

Discover how previous thinkers believed life began and the dramatic developments since Darwin’s era. Find out how theories developed after Darwin, with modern scientists revealing the secrets of genes and DNA, creating evolution in a jam jar, and showing what lies in the future.”      [J576.8 WINSTON]

Plant Secrets by Emily Goodman

“Introduces the “secrets” at each stage of a typical plant’s life cycle, starting with the seed and returning to it: the seed hides “a tiny new plant,” the plant can make a flower, the flower has the potential fruit within it, and the fruit contains a seed. .. A good, early introduction to the stages of plant growth.” –Carolyn Phelan, Booklist  [J580 GOODMAN]

How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail: My Adventures Among Cows Crooks and Heroes on the Road to Fame and Fortune: writing journal of: Master William Reed: Portland, Oregon 1852  by Tod Olson

“This whimsical recounting of one family’s journey to their new homestead will give readers an appreciation of the hardships faced by all those who signed up for the great migration. These include hunger, thirst, sickness, hostile American Indians, and even deceit and thievery on the part of fellow travelers. The book also shows the ingenuity, skill, and trickery used to overcome such challenges.”      [J978.02 OLSON]

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  1. Set in today’s day and time, Me and My Best Friend is about a young boy, his faithful companion and their exciting adventures.

    Henry and Liam are the best of friends and they do everything together. They can run and play all day long. But when Henry the puppy gets tired and tries to take a nap, three-year-old Liam keeps waking him, wanting him to play some more. Will Henry get any rest?

    Get your children involved with this beautifully illustrated book. Your child will love to match up words and pictures, and find Liam, who keeps hiding in his bedroom. Perfect for the young reader!

    About the Author

    J.S. Huntlands is the author of Nick Twisted Minds and is currently working on more books in this series, as well as 23 more books in the Me and My Best Friend series. Huntlands is a full-time writer, as well as a mom to a wonderful four-year-old boy. This book is dedicated to her son in hopes that he never forgets his best friend.

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