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review 2016-05-05 04:30
AESOP'S STORIES FOR LITTLE CHILDREN by various
Aesop's Fables (Stories for Young Children) - Anna Milbourne
  Nice variety of Aesop's Fables paraphrased for small children. Each has a moral. Each story is simply done with illustrations to go with it. I loved looking at the drawings as there is a lot going on in them. I especially enjoyed the modern additions to them. Look closely at the illustrations because they are fun. Lots of little things to find in them.
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review 2015-11-27 17:42
Children's Review: The Third Boy
Children's books: The Third Boy: (Bedtime Stories For Kids, Early readers adventure Books, Imagination & Fiction For Beginner readers, motivational children's book) - Esty Vaysman,Bhangga Santoso

We received this book to give an honest review.

The third boy is not a real boy but a boy from a chain of paper cut, cutouts. As he is hanging on the wall he sees everything going on below and it looks like fun, at least it is better than just hanging on the way. So we follow the adventure of the third boy and what he gets to see and do when he gets down from this chain he is a part of. 

The illustrations are very colorful and vivid and were greatly done. 

I think my favorite part out of the whole story was when the third boy went to play blocks with bunny and teddy. Just because they kept building and knocking down the blocks which reminds me of my daughter doing the same thing. 

 

There is a lesson within the story of follow your heart on what to do and do not listen to what everyone else wants you to do. Sometimes there are new experiences and adventure just waiting on you to take that new step. 

K was okay with the story it wasn't his favorite but he did sit and listen. There wasn't one favorite part that he liked he just said overall the story was okay. 

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text 2013-12-23 22:39
Must-Read Stories for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Laurel Long
Arthur's Christmas: An Arthur Adventure - Marc Brown
The Snowman - Raymond Briggs
'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Clement C. Moore,Matt Tavares
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale - Martin Waddell
The Christmas Candle - Richard Paul Evans
The Message of the Birds - Kate Westerlund,Feridun Oral

When the weather outside is frightful, why not curl up with a roaring fire, a piping hot mug of cocoa (complete with marshmallows), and one of these holiday-themed stories suggested by Crickhollow Books:

 

Christmas Reads

 

1. The Twelve Days of Christmas, Laurel Long, Age Range: 3-5

 

2. Arthur’s Christmas, Marc Brown, Age Range: 3-6

 

3. The Snowman, Raymond Briggs, Age Range: 3-7

 

4. Twas the Night Before Christmas, Clement Clark Moore, Age Range: 3-7

 

5. The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg, Age Range: 4-8

 

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Suess, Age Range: 5-9

 

7. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, Age Range: 10+

 

Christmas (Christian) Reads

 

1. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale, Martin Waddell, Age Range: 2-6

 

2. The Christmas Candle, Richard Evans, Age Range: 4+

 

3. The Message of the Birds, Kate Westerlund, Age Range: 3-5

 

Hanukkah Reads

 

1. Hanukkah Bear, Eric Kimmel, Age Range: 4-7

 

2. The Story of Hanukkah, David Adler, Age Range: 5-8

 

3. Oh Hanukkah, Cathy Goldberg Fishman, Age Range: 5-8

 

4. Chanukah Lights, Michael Rosen, Age Range: 5-9

 

Kwanzaa Reads

 

1. The Rugrats’ First Kwanzaa, Stephanie Greene, Age Range: 4-8

 

2. Kwanzaa, Deborah M. Newton Chocolate, Age Range: 5-8

 

3. The Seven Days of Kwanzaa, Angela Shelf Medearis, Age Range: 8-12

 

4. Kiesha’s Kwanzaa, Jacqueline Grant, Age Range: 9-12

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text 2013-11-20 16:50
Coraline Review

by Lauder Hansen

 

Neil Gaiman wrote a fantastic novella that is worth reading more than once. As you begin to read Coraline, you'll definitely feel the chills start to creep up your spine, as you get deeper into the story with its mysterious bricked-up door and the odd and sinister characters, including a man who trains a mouse circus and a "mother" with shiny black button eyes.

 

Adventurous Coraline Jones and her family move into a new apartment complex, which was once “a very old house.” And there were other people who lived in that very old house, including Mr. Bobo, a crazy man with a mouse circus, and Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, retired actresses with an obsession for Scotties.

 

Then one day, Coraline discovers the dreaded door, a story element that sprang from Gaiman’s own childhood memories, according to the author. As a child, he had lived in a house with a “big, carved, brown wooden door.” Like Coraline, he had wondered, “What might lie behind it?” In real life, behind that door, Gaiman had found it bricked up, just as Coraline does at first in Gaiman's story. But that strange image also provided the inspiration that led many years later to this novella, a story of what lies behind the bricks and dust.

 

When Coraline decides to open the door again, the bricks and dust have disappeared, and she finds herself stepping into a flat that looks, surprisingly, like her own. However, there seems to be something different. Something very different.            

 

This is when she meets her Other Mother and Other Father. They seem normal enough, except for their chilling black button eyes. Her Other Mother, too, has extremely long fingers, and “her dark red fingernails were curved and sharp.” it's a scary idea: If everyone has another Mother, where is mine? And what would I do if I met her?  

 

For Coraline to stay in this magical place, where all the food “tastes wonderful” and all her toys are “remarkable things,” the Other Mother says, “There’s only one little thing we’ll have to do, so you can here for ever and always.”

 

And that one little thing is having buttons sewn into your eyes! Coraline is led into the kitchen where “a spool of black cotton,” “a long silver needle,” and “two large black buttons” are waiting. All the Other Father can offer is, “It won’t hurt.”

 

An extremely afraid Coraline escapes to reality, wanting nothing more than a warm and comforting embrace from her real parents. But they are nowhere to be found; the Other Mother has kidnapped them!

 

To save her parents, Coraline, fighting back fear, returns to the magical world where her Other Mother has patiently been waiting. Coraline still refuses to have buttons sewn into her eyes, so a furious Other Mother locks her into a dark closet.

 

While locked away, Coraline meets three dead ghost children. Their souls have been eaten up by the Other Mother. Slurp. If Coraline can find their souls, they explain, they will be free from the Other Mother’s evil clutches…and, you know, the dark closet.

 

After what seems like an eternity, because time-outs are never fun, Coraline is released, and she instantly challenges the Other Mother to a game. (I mean, who can resist games?) The Other Mother, a demon with long fingernails, greedily accepts the challenge when Coraline bets her soul that she can win the game.

 

Time slowly begins to tick away. Coraline is forced to find the dead children’s souls and her parents. Will she find help from a magical stone that she received from Miss Spink and Miss Forcible? 

 

Needless to say, Coraline does manage to uncover all the ghost children’s souls, but only after fighting and wrestling with evil rats and horribly disfigured Other Father blobs.

 

The ending is perfect, not a surprise given the wonderful storytelling we expect from this award-winning author. Gaiman has written a fantastic novella. But be warned, it is scary. You will feel the chills start to crawl up your spine as you wonder if somewhere, your own Other Mother may be lurking, waiting to sew black buttons eyes onto you.

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text 2013-11-14 16:30
Must-Read Stories on Thanksgiving Day
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 - Kathryn Lasky
Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving - Joseph Bruchac,Greg Shed
The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story - Charlotte Herman,Ben F. Stahl
The Thankful Book - Todd Parr
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) - Melissa Sweet
Milly and the Macy's Parade (Scholastic Bookshelf: Holiday) - Shana Corey
Turkey Trouble - Wendi Silvano,Lee Harper
A Plump And Perky Turkey - Teresa Bateman,Jeff Shelly
Arthur's Thanksgiving (Arthur Adventure Series) - Marc Brown
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving: With Turkey, Family, and Counting Blessings - Deborah Heiligman

Gobble, gobble, there is nothing like Thanksgiving Day! It is a festive time to eat turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, while enjoying much-needed time with family and friends. 

 

Thanksgiving Day is also a time to read wonderful stories about Thanksgiving, and Crickhollow Books has recommended quite a few stories to gobble up this Thanksgiving! 

 

Historical Thanksgiving Reads

 

1. A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple

    Kathryn Lasky, Age Range: 9-12

 

2. Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

    Joseph Bruchac, Age Range: 6-9

 

3. Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl

    Kate Waters, Age Range: 4-8

 

Being Thankful Reads

 

1. The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story

    Charlotte Herman, Age Range: 6-9

 

2. The Thankful Book

    Todd Parr, Age Range: 3-6

 

3. Thanks for Thanksgiving

    Julie Markes, Age Range: 4-8

 

4. Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

    Margaret Sutherland, Age Range: 3-6

 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Reads

 

1. Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

    Melissa Sweet, Age Range: 4-8

 

2. Milly and the Macy's Parade

    Shana Corey, Age Range: 4-8

 

Turkey, Turkey, Turkey Reads

 

1. Turkey Trouble

    Wendi Silvano, Age Range: 6-8

 

2. T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Tale

    Tanya Lee Stone, Age Range: 3-5 

 

3. A Plump and Perky Turkey

    Teresa Bateman, Age Range: 6-8

 

Other Holiday Reads

 

1. 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

    Dav Pilkey, Age Range: 3-5

 

2. Arthur's Thanksgiving

    Marc Brown, Age Range: 3-6

 

3. Holiday Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving

    Deborah Heiligman, Age Range: 6-9

 

Remember to count your blessings, eat some turkey, and curl up with a great story on Thanksgiving Day! 

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