Armstrong by Torben Kuhlmann

I loved Armstrong!! The little mouse’s story is exciting and fascinating. It’s filled with perfect little details that mirror human thoughts about space but from a mouse’s perspective. For example, none of his mouse friends believe the moon is made of stone – they of course think it’s cheese. Armstrong …

Thursday’s Tale: King Garnet Stories

The King Garnet Stories by Marianne Parry are not traditional fairy tales, but they have that same feel – kings and queens, a touch of magic, a lesson to learn. The King Garnet Stories are fun. The first is my favorite. The King’s legs grow way to long and everyone is worried. …

Thursday’s Tale: Little Chickies / Los Pollitos

I feel like nursery rhymes sort of fall into the same category as fairy tales and folktales. They’re part of a culture, something passed down over the years that most everyone connects to, which is why I’m including Little Chickies as a Thursday’s Tale. Little Chickies is based on a Spanish …

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood

Ah, I understand how Ivy Van Allsberg feels. Winter wears long for me, too. I look forward to spring, “when the world is mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful.” And March, especially, with it’s glimpses of better weather, followed by snow, can get long. Ivy in Bloom is really cute. The author takes …

Thursday’s Tale: Magic Words

I love books that expose kids to other cultures, to other ways of looking at this world. Magic Words is a good introduction to the Inuit people. It’s a gorgeous book. I read the eBook, but wish I had the paperback. The illustrations are richly colored and imaginative and invoke …

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

My mom and I were at the bookstore the other day looking for Christmas gifts and ran across this lovely little book. Happily, she bought it. I’m not sure if she’s keeping it or giving it to my niece, but either is a good choice. I love introducing kids to …