Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 17, 2014

The Art Treasure Hunt: I Spy With My Little Eye by Doris Kutschbach

“Introducing young readers to great art is as easy as A, B, see! Young children love a good game of ‘I Spy with My Little Eye’ and are playfully challenged to find details ‘hidden’ in some of the world’s greatest paintings. On each double-page spread, a large reproduction of a masterpiece is paired with a list of items to search for: a dog, an umbrella, or a ball, for instance. This art book sets the stage for greater artistic appreciation as children grow older.”                  [JPB KUTSCHBACH]

Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend: The Eleventh Book of their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant

“Henry and Mudge the dog’s boring weekend becomes interesting when Mom suggests building a castle in the basement.” Using boxes from the new stove and refrigerator, and new paints from Uncle Arthur, Henry and his parents have a fun weekend!   Ready To Read Level Two                      [JE RYLANT]

The Escape by Kathryn Lasky

“The horses are in danger. They were rounded up by the two-legs and forced onto a boat to cross the wide ocean. The journey went badly and the boat was deemed too heavy, so the two-legs forced the horses into the sea and sailed away, leaving the herd to die in the deep.

“By a miracle, the horses survived and made it to land. All but one — the ghost horse, the leader of the pack. Now it’s up to her daughter, only a filly, to take charge of the terrified herd. Stranded in a new land, surrounded by two-legs, will the horses find a way to live safe and free?” The first book in a new series, Horses of the Dawn, by the author of Guardians of Ga’Hoole.    [J LASKY]

A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean

“Nell is not happy about spending her school vacation with relatives she doesn’t know. Expecting nothing more than silly little cousins and boring farm life, she sneaks along a special suitcase that once belonged to her father. In it, she knows, are the parts of a music box and sixteen miniature painted horses, and she thinks maybe she can fit them all back together.

“But the countryside has unexpected surprises. When a half-wild and mysterious girl named Angel steals Nell’s suitcase, the two girls are united in an adventure of Angel’s devising. Nighttime meetings and a horse that might just be magical pique Nell’s curiosity, and soon she may find a way to put together the mystery of who Angel truly is, understand the legends about the herd of a hundred horses, and also discover something special about herself.

“Sarah Lean, acclaimed author of A Dog Called Homeless, explores the power of friendship, family, and the truth of belonging in this tale with a touch of magic about two girls, an old farm, and the most special of a hundred horses.”                 [J LEAN]

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