Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 6

Three Little Kittens by Jerry Pinkney

“Young children all know the Mother Goose rhyme of the kittens who have lost their mittens, but they’ve never seen it illustrated with so much energy, beauty, and flair. Preschoolers will delight in these cuddly kittens as they frolic outside in the falling leaves, get their whiskers sticky while eating a just-baked apple pie, and do the washing-up under Mama Cat’s watchful gaze.”                 [JPB PINKNEY]

Jake by Audrey Couloumbis

“It’s a few days before Christmas when ten-year-old Jake’s mom breaks her leg, ending up in the hospital. For as long as Jake can remember, it’s been just him and his mom. So with no one else to look after him, the hospital contacts the gruff granddad that Jake only knows through awkward once-a-year phone calls. When Granddad shows up, he’s nothing like Jake expected. And he brings a dog with him — a nightmare dog, Jake thinks at first. But as Jake gets to know his grandfather, and a makeshift family of friends and neighbors comes together around him and his mom, he realizes that this might not be such a bad Christmas after all.”                                [J Couloumbis]

The Good Garden: How One Family Went From Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway

“After Maria Duartes’ father leaves the farm [in Honduras] to find work, and she must plant next year’s crop, her teacher instructs her on how to terrace the land and use compost to improve her garden so that her family can have enough food for the coming year.”

Author Katie Smith Milway has coordinated community development programs in Latin America and Africa for Food for the Hungry International promoting sustainable farming.         [J MILWAY]


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