A family of elephants goes to a zoo to visit the wildlife before it goes extinct. The kids are excited. The parents are eager to share their love of adventure with the children. Sounds perfectly normal right? What is normal?
Tag: Middle Grade
Review: Black Boy, Black Boy
Written in simple rhyming verse, Black Boy, Black Boy serves the dual purpose of providing not only a wonderfully inspirational message of empowerment, but also adds many examples of of the rich contributions Black men have contributed to our society.
Review: Una Huna? Ukpik Learns to Sew
Always with a glossary of indigenous words at the end, Inhabit Media brings us a wonderful story about living in the Arctic and learning some of the skills necessary for survival there. In Ukpik Learns to Sew, we get a particularly detailed view on how to prepare, dry, use and sew Caribou skin, but in easily accessible dialogue paired with rich illustrations.
Review: The Science Spell Book
Cara Florance, biochemist, has given us a cool collection of 25+ experiments you can do at home that are fairly straight-forward and will provide effects sure to capture even the most skeptical imagination: everything from a color changing tea to a homemade compass!
Review: The Library Bus
Bahram Rahman tells the story of a woman and her daughter who travel around Afghanistan on a bus filled with books, not seats, to teach young girls English. They allow them to borrow books, and give them English lessons once per week. It is often not enough, but it is what they can do to make a difference in the lives of these girls.
Review: The Good Germ Hotel
This is a well-illustrated, solid books that is a wonderful introduction to how germs and bacteria work within your body. It is rich in text, cartoon-like illustrations, and even contains a brief discussion of the Covid-19 virus.
Review: Las Cajas de Berta (In Spanish)
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.
This web has a few bugs in it.
Review: When Elephants Listen With Their Feet
I’m putting this one in the “coffee table books for the middle grade set” category. Which is not necessarily a good thing, but not necessarily a bad thing either.