Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 7, 2013

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark

“The adventure of a lifetime begins between two sofa cushions….

“When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world!         [J CLARK]

Vicks, the Polar Bear Cub by Mack

“The true-life story of Vicks, a polar bear cub at the Rotterdam Zoo. From his first soft growl as a baby to his first dive as a tough polar bear, it chronicles young Vicks’ adventures in the year following his birth. In the pages of this book, kids can join Vicks as he takes his first steps, learns to catch fish, improves his swimming skills, and grows big enough to climb rocks that once scared him. With amazing photographs and informative text, it celebrates this special animal’s amazing transformation from tiny, white ball of fluff to fully grown polar bear.”                [J599.78613 MACK]

Fabric Paper Thread: 26 Projects to Stitch With Friends by Kristen Sutcliffe

“After learning just a few simple crafting and sewing techniques, kids can make 26 modern projects to use, wear, give, and brighten their spaces. Kristen Sutcliffe’s Fabric • Paper • Thread shows how to transform tee shirts, tote bags, and more into unique pieces using embroidery stitches, super simple appliqué, and basic machine sewing. No matter whether kids are super crafty or have never even picked up a needle and thread, they’ll find something they just have to make. They can craft a fabulous necklace, a cute cover for a boring notepad, or a chic bracelet in no time!”                 [J745.54 SUTCLIFFE]

The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up by Stacy Tornio

“Nature is a destination, but you don’t have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside. A fun, hands on approach to getting involved in nature, The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book is a year-round how-to activity guidebook for getting kids outdoors and exploring nature, be it catching fireflies in the cool summer evenings; making birdfeeders in the fall from peanut butter, pine cones, and seed; building a snowman in 3 feet of fresh winter snow; or playing duck, duck, goose with friends in a meadow on a warm spring day. The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book includes 448 things to do in nature for kids of all ages–more than one activity for every single day of the year. Each of the year’s four seasons includes fifty checklist items, fifty challenge items, three each of projects, destinations, garden recipes, and outdoor games. Throughout the book, you’ll also find fascinating facts, useful tips and tricks, and plenty of additional resources to turn to.”                     [J796.5 TORNIO]

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