Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 19, 2015

coming homeComing Home by Greg Ruth

“Every day, soldiers leave their families to protect others.
We love them. We miss them when they’re gone.
And we want them all to come home.
They are our heroes.

“An uplifting, relatable story combines sparse text with evocative illustrations that follow a young boy and his dog as they wait for a beloved military parent to return home.”                                             [JPB RUTH]


watcherThe Watcher by Joan Hiatt Harlow

“1942. Berlin, Germany. How did Wendy end up in such a place? Just a few months ago, she was enjoying her time in Maine, supporting the American war effort.

“But she was kidnapped, then betrayed by her own mother, who is actually a Nazi spy. As a new Berliner—and now a German—Wendy is expected to speak in a language she’s never known and support a cause she doesn’t believe in.

“There are allies, though, among the Germans. Allies who have been watching over Wendy since she arrived. And Wendy, along with her new German shepherd puppy, must confront them. If only she can find them.

“Her life depends on it.”                                    [J HARLOW]

malala a brave girlMalala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan\Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter

“Meet two heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the rights to freedom and education in these inspirational nonfiction tales from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book—including the story of Malala Yousafzai, a winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!

“One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them—he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work.

“The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth, beautifully written and illustrated by celebrated author Jeanette Winter, are an inspiration to all.”    [J311.31092 WINTER]

bat cannot batA Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More About Homonyms and Homophones by Brian P. Cleary

A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More about Homonyms and Homophones turns traditional grammar lessons on end! Read and reread this book aloud and delight in the sense—and nonsense—of words.”               [J428.1 CLEARY]

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