Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 11, 2010

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

“Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.”     [J KELLY]

I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky

“As he did in GOBBLE IT UP!, Jim Arnosky has created a charming picture book from a catchy, spoken-word song that is a favorite in schools everywhere. This humorous song, filled with factual information about turkeys is fun for Thanksgiving — and all year around!”     [JPB ARNOSKY]

Melvin’s Valentine by John Scieszka

 “Melvin worries his way around Trucktown trying to find out who gave him a valentine. After everyone he asks says no, little Rita beeps her way to Melvin’s attention. Did she give Melvin the valentine?”  [Ready-To-Roll Level One]       [JE SCIESZKA]

Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist by Bonnie Christensen

“Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the “Gypsy Genius” and “Prodigy Boy,” but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perserverance he was soon setting the world’s concert stages ablaze.” [JB REINHARDT, D.]

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