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review 2016-11-10 18:02
My Five Senses
My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) - Aliki,Aliki

My Five Senses is a very cute book for kindergartners, it shows the senses using simple statements so children are able to grasp what is happening in the text. I would use this for a science lesson to introduce senses, I would also have this as a small group reading activity so they can become more familiar with the words. 

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review 2016-09-08 00:00
Green Grass and White Milk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)
Green Grass and White Milk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) - Aliki Explains how milk is produced by cows, then processed for us to drink
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review 2014-06-11 11:18
Manners by Aliki
Manners - Aliki

Genre: Manners / Children

Year Published: 1990

Year Read:  2014

Publisher: Greenwillow Books




Now, I will admit that I had only read a handful of Aliki’s works with “Feelings” being one of my absolute favorite books by Aliki. So, when I found out that Aliki was making another book that followed up after “Feelings” called “Manners,” I just had to check this book out and believe me, I was totally blown away by the informative nature of this book!


In this book, children are taught about how to show good manners towards other people such as learning how to say “please” and “thank you” and to not be rude towards other people.


Aliki has done it again with creating a book that teaches children about good manners and also about how it is not good to show terrible manners (such as eating sloppily at the dinner table and being insulting towards other people). Probably my most favorite moment in this book was when Aliki showed scenes of various children doing little skits about how to act during a certain situation, such as one skit called “Manners Lessons #4: At the Table” where it showed a girl and a boy performing a skit where the girl was politely eating her food at the table, while the boy was being extremely rude at the table by slurping down his food instead of taking little bites like the girl. These skits can be used to help children who are reading this book on how to behave properly around other people and they could also try to do these same skits to practice showing good manners towards other people. I also loved the fact that Aliki not only shows how to portray good manners towards people, but also shows what bad manners are like, such as in the “How Anthony Almost Ruined Diana’s Party” segment, the title character Anthony almost ruined Diana’s party by insulting everyone at the party by calling them names and being disrespectful to the other children who brought Diana various gifts. Aliki’s artwork is both cute and expressive at the same time as they show various children performing different situations in which they show both good and bad manners. Probably my most favorite artwork in this book was when they showed a girl and a boy in “Manners Lessons #4: At the Table” performing both the polite and rude way to behave at the dinner table, such as showing the boy shoveling food into his mouth and drinking his water in huge gulps, since it was so hilarious to see!


Overall, “Manners” is a fantastic book for children who want to learn about when to show good manners and what is considered bad manners for many people. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book, unless you are worried about smaller children copying the bad manners segments in this book.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2013-10-04 03:23
Feelings by Aliki
Feelings - Aliki

Genre: Manners / Emotions / Humor / Information


Year Published: 1984


Year Read: 1997



I am a huge fan of “Reading Rainbow” as my bookshelf is stock full of “Reading Rainbow” books!  One of my favorite stories to ever come out of “Reading Rainbow” was a children’s book called “Feelings” by Aliki!  “Feelings” is definitely a brilliant book about describing different types of feelings from everyone that children will love for many years!

Basically, this book is just showcasing all different types of feelings such as anger, sadness, embarrassment and jealousy through illustrations and brief dialogue.


After reading this book as a child, I have always enjoyed the simple storytelling of detailing different emotions shown by many different children and even years later, I still loved this book to death!  Aliki has done a brilliant job at both illustrating and writing this book as she details the different feelings shown by the many children shown in this book in a simple and vivid manner.  Probably one of my most favorite feelings sections she had done in this book was called “Your Attention, Please,” which goes like this:


Parent: Look at Adam Run.

Girl: I can run faster.

Parent: Look at Adam Build.

Girl: I can build higher.

Parent: Listen to Adam.

Girl: Listen to me.

Parent: Adam can read.

Girl: I can read more.

Parent: Ha, ha, ha, ha! Adam is Funny!

Girl: Ha, ha, ha, ha! I am funny, too!

Parent: Where is Adam?

Girl: Where Am I?

Parent: Adam is Hurt!

Girl: I’m hurt, too.

Parent: Look at Adam!

Girl: Look at me!

Parent: I see you, dear. You’re wonderful


I loved the way that Aliki made the writing so simple yet effective enough for small children to grasp how each character feels about a particular situation and how they are able to handle it whether their parents help them through the situation or they figure it out for themselves.  I also loved the brief little sessions that each character would have with each other such as in the short story “How do you Feel?” where a girl and a boy were showing each other about the different feelings that are expressed.  Aliki’s illustrations are truly marvelous to look at as the characters look extremely simplistic yet cute at the same and the colorings may seem a bit washed out but it really brings out the cuteness of this book.


Even though overall this is a really cute story that portrays the different emotions felt by each child, some parents might seem a bit disturbed at this one story where a girl named Elizabeth compliments Alicia’s beautiful curly hair, but her other friend Kate gets jealous and states, “Curly Hair? I’d…I’d…like to choke Alicia.”  Some parents might get a bit disturbed at the idea about a child stating she wanted to choke another child, but luckily, she is never shown actually choking anyone and this was just showing the feelings of jealously and rage.


Overall, “Feelings” is a truly cute and thought-provoking children’s book about showing the different feelings of children that children will easily enjoy for many years!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since some parents might be a bit upset at how the feelings “jealousy” and “rage” are portrayed.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2013-08-19 00:00
Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories - Aliki
I liked the idea of Marianthe telling her story in two different ways. The pictures were nicely done. I thought the voice was the weakest element; it seemed like an adult and not a little girl.
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