Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book 502: Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep, written by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple, published by HMH Books, 1986.

This book is excellent for teaching young readers about ending rhymes, because:

1.  Emerging readers can read it.
2.  Emerging readers want to read it (repeatedly)
3.  The listening adults don't mind hearing it (repeatedly)

And such fun artwork!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Book 501: The Water of Life

The Water of Life, by the Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812.

This is such a good story, but it doesn't often make it into Grimms Fairy Tale collections.  Maybe because of its length?  Anyway, this story has everything:  action, suspense, deceit, peril, gold, and a beautiful princess.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book 500: Arthur's Reading Race

Arthur's Reading Race, by Marc Brown, Random House 1996.

A good OLD book about Arthur, reading, and family dynamics.  Arthur still looks like an animal of uncertain origin, but, other than that, the illustrations are quite good.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Book 499: Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia, written by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel, Greenwillow Book, 2012, originally published in 1963.

This ridiculous little book had my first grade son in hysterics.  And he read it entirely on his own.  The delight illustrations only enhanced the story.  Definitely a perfect book for emerging readers.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Book 498: Down Comes the Rain

Down Comes the Rain, by Franklyn Branley, illustrated by James Hale, Harper Collins, originally published in 1963.

This is a very good book for learning about the water cycle.  I do wish the author had used all three terms of the water cycle, though.  "Precipitation" is conspicuously absent.  This book also contains a very good description of how hail is formed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book 497: The Prince of Ravenscar

The Prince of Ravenscars, by Catherine Coulter, G.P. Putnam and Sons, 2011.

I bought this book for a dollar at my local thrift store.  I want my dollar (and four hours of my life) back.

If you have ever been wondering was a strangely-written, poorly-researched, badly-edited historical story with a plot so ridiculous it borders on insane would read like, this is the book for you.  There are flashes of brilliance and sparks of repartee that are sharp enough to slay, so this novel isn't a torturous waste of time, but it is a waste of time, all the same.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Book 495: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!  by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared Lee, Cartwheel Books, 2014.

This book is probably my favorite version of that ridiculous children's song that everyone knows and loves.  Why?  The illustrations are hilarious, and everyone lives!