Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 21, 2016

sharing-the-breadSharing the Bread: And Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller

“Celebrate food and family with this heartwarming Thanksgiving picture book. We will share the risen bread. / Our made-with-love Thanksgiving spread. / Grateful to be warm and fed. / We will share the bread.In this spirited ode to the holiday, set at the turn of the twentieth century, a large family works together to make their special meal. Mama prepares the turkey, Daddy tends the fire, Sister kneads, and Brother bastes. Everyone—from Grandma and Grandpa to the littlest baby—has a special job to do. Told in spare, rhythmic verse and lively illustrations,Sharing the Bread is a perfect read-aloud to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition.”               [JPB MILLER,P]

look-out-for-the-fitzgerald-troutsLook Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

“Kim Fitzgerald-Trout took to driving with ease–as most children would if their parents would ever let them try. She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car.

“Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together in a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go–to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home.

“Award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding’s exciting middle grade debut establishes a marvelous place where children fend for themselves, and adults only seem to ruin everything. This extraordinary world is brought to vibrant life by Sydney Smith, the celebrated artist behind Sidewalk Flowers.”                        [J SPALDING,E]

storm-too-soonA Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80-Foot Seas by Michael J. Tougias

“When a forty-seven-foot sailboat disappears in the Gulf Stream in the throes of a disastrous storm, it leaves behind three weary passengers struggling to stay alive. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the four intrepid Coast Guardsmen who braved this ruthless storm in the hopes of saving them. A spellbinding tale of courage and survival from the author of The Finest Hours, now a major motion picture.”                       [ J910.91634 TOUGIAS]

cooking-how-to-make-food-for-your-friendsCooking: How to Make Food for Your Friends, Your Family & Yourself by Patricia Daniels

“A first-step guide to cooking introduces such basic skills as chopping, mixing, and blending, and provides classic family recipes and tips for making an appetizing presentation.”                    [ J641.5 DANIELS]

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