What would you do if you were walking through the park and stumbled upon a young girl who was crying because she had lost her favorite doll? Would you keep walking? Would you help her look for the doll? Would you stop and console the girl?
Brilliant Bea, although not engaging in a direct discussion of the underpinnings of dyslexia, provides a wonderful opportunity to sensitively discuss the issue and how a classroom can adapt to students who may need adaptations to thrive.
Charmingly illustrated, parents are seen acting as chauffeurs, librarians, receptionists, archeologists, zookeepers and the like–all while doing everyday errands and chores in support of their children.
Berta, compartmentalizes all of her feelings in four separate boxes: yellow, red, blue and green. If she gets “too sad” she opens up the blue box and fills it with tears. Too happy? No problem. Opens up the yellow box and fills it up with springing jumps. Once she’s done expressing herself, she closes the boxes tightly.
I really wanted to love this book. Why do I like, but not love this book? It’s a lost opportunity.
Inspired by the real-life story of a mouse aboard an Endeavor Shuttle flight, Astronaut Mark Kelly tells us the tale of Meteor, a brave little mouse who enjoys weightlessness and ensures that a mission is successfully carried out–using his size, or lack thereof, to save the day!
From the shimmering cover through to the last page, this book is a rainbow explosion of bright-non-stop color and big bold illustrations.
Pavlović’s subtle color shifts, highly expressive faces, and liberal use of magical realism crescendo in a poignant, touching ending that some may argue is inevitable. Others would argue is not an ending at all.
This funny, accessible tale is beautifully illustrated and detailed. In bright water colors (pun intended and warranted) the picturebook is beautiful to leaf through and kids will like the over-animated creatures and brisk narrative.
Shades of OCD, unresolved trauma, perfectionism and an inability to see beauty in one’s self abound in this simple story.
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