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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 13

Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

A mother and child spend a snowy day together buying and preparing vegetables, assembling ingredients, and playing while their big pot of soup bubbles on the stove, in a story that includes a recipe for “Snowy Day Vegetable Soup.”

This book has it all – counting, shapes, a wonderful story, beautful child-like art, and a cozy, loving parent-child relationship. Pure joy!             [JPB IWAI]

Little Bear and the Marco Polo by Else Holmelund Minarik

“Since Else Holmelund Minarik’s beloved Little Bear made his debut more than fifty years ago, generations of children have grown up with Little Bear by their side, delighting in his charming adventures and curious spirit.

“Now Little Bear returns to the world of I Can Read in Little Bear and the Marco Polo — a story filled with imagination, warmth, and tender memories that Grandfather shares with Little Bear.”  [I Can Read Level 1]        [JE MINARIK]

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb

“Fox Street is missing a few things. One of them is foxes. The other is Mo Wren’s mother, who died when Mo’s sister, Dottie, was little more than a toddler. Even though they’re not around, 10-year-old Mo never stops looking for a fox in the ravine where her street dead-ends. And she never stops missing her mother, even as she takes on the responsibility of being in charge of wild-child Dottie and helping her dad. Fox Street, however, is home to some wonderful things as well: good neighbors, a plum tree in the backyard, and in the summertime, a best friend, Mercedes, who comes to stay with her grandmother, Da. When Mercedes arrives, summer really begins, but this year it is full of conundrums and upsets for both girls as their lives change and truths are revealed. Mo especially sees that the harder she tries to hold on, the less she can control.”             [J SPRINGSTUBB]

The Kids’ Guide to Paper Airplanes by Christopher L. Harbo

“”Long before anyone flew a real plane into the great blue yonder, people were tossing around paper planes.” So begins this enjoyably detailed guide to folding those paper missiles that have been the bane of elementary-school teachers since the invention of paper. Kids, on the other hand, will love this: using colorful, vivid, and clear step-by-step illustrations, Harbo demonstrates how to construct everything from the classic Dart to the circular Space Ring to the 18-step Silent Huntress.”             [J745.592 HARBO]


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