Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 21

Chaucer’s First Winter by Stephen Krensky

“A curious young bear, who does not want to miss the delights of winter, skips his first hibernation to stay with his friends and play in the snow, glide on the ice, and admire the glittering rows of icicles and snow-covered pine trees.”         [JPB KRENSKY]

Dormia by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Welcome to the World of Dormia. Ordinary sleepwalkers wake up in the living room or in the kitchen eating ice cream. But twelve-year-old Alfonso Perplexon tends to wake up tightrope-walking along a set of power lines or clinging to the top of a massive, wind-blown pine tree. No one in his hometown of World’s End, Minnesota has seen anything like it, until one wintry evening an old man arrives at Alfonso’s doorstep with an astounding explanation.”       [J HALPERN]

Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book by Dan Green

“Simon Basher is back with another zany primer to science! Following his 3 successful titles on the basics of chemistry, physics, and biology, ROCKS AND MINERALS is an in-depth look at the ground beneath our feet. Like his other titles, Basher presents these topics through charming and adorable illustrations and pairs them with basic information told from a first person perspective. He develops a community of characters based on the things that form the foundations of our planet: rocks, gems, crystals, fossils and more. And what’s more, he makes it understandable, interesting, and cute. It’s not what you expect out of a science primer.”         [J552 GREEN]

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