Fabulous Children’s Reads From Raincoast Books
I was recently sent a huge pile of books from the lovely people of Raincoast Books to enjoy with my family. (And to review of course.)
I can say that without a doubt, each book was thoroughly loved by each of us. Below is a summary of each title we received.
When It Snows by Richard Collingridge
This story tells the tale of a child and what he/she does when it snows. With each turn of the page you are left wondering what will happen next. The illustrations are haunting and stunning at the same time. And you will be pleasantly surprised by the ending of the tale. This is a perfect book to share with your children when it snows. It will take their imaginations to far away places!
I’d Know You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman
This is a beautiful story shares a very important message with its readers. The tale tells its readers that if you can dream it, you can be it. Each and everyone is unique and no matter what you go through or the changes that you make, we will always be right by the their side during their journey. I love this book with all of my heart. The message was glaringly clear for me from the beginning. Living in the world that we do we need to embrace our differences and similarities because deep down, we are all really the same.
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds
This is a hilarious story about three animals: a lion, a great white shark and a timber wolf. Although very different animals they have one thing in common: they are carnivores. All three feel ostracized by the other animals because of this and as such, their feelings are hurt. For a while they try to change their beastly ways so that they can be friends with their enemies. You must read the book to find out what happens in the end. My boys really loved reading this book.
Brown Bear & Friends: My First Reader Mini Library by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
In this little mini library you will find a series of related stories. The first being the classic tale Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Reading through this book brought back memories of my old childhood and listening to the story during library time. The other three books included in the kit are: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Each book helps children identify and learn colours as well as associate meaning to various objects. My four year old devoured these books and asked for more when we were finished.
Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer
This is a very unique book in that it helps readers understand how many times a particular animals performs a certain behaviour or grows in a lifetime. It is a neat way for children to learn counting as well. Each page features a different animal and indicates what that animals does over the course of a lifetime. For example on one page it states that “in one lifetime, this woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes in the woods.” Then, you and your child can have fun counting the number of holes the woodpecker made on the two wonderfully illustrated pages. The book was well researched by the author and includes more indepth information for readers towards the end of the book. If you are a numbers person like myself, you will find this read fascinating.
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, And Praise Songs Of Thanksgiving
Edited By Katherine Paterson
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.” William Blake (1757-1827)
Above is one of many splendid poems and prayers from the collection Giving Thanks. These quotations are interwoven with inspiring stories from Ms. Paterson herself. This book will lift up your spirits and teach you to be grateful for everything in your life. I recommend everyone read through this book.
The Templeton Twins Have An Idea by Ellis Weiner
I was hoping that my 8 year old, Big Boy, would have read this book by the time I went to write this review. However, with the craziness of the holidays and now hockey tournament season, he just hasn’t had the time. In short this book is about two twelve-year-old twins, Abigail and John Templeton. Their father is an extremely intelligent inventor. Another set of twins, adults, kidnap the Templeton twins in hopes that their father will exchange one of his inventions for the twins. I cannot wait to see how this story plays out.
Leo Geo And The Cosmic Crisis by Jon Chad
According to my 8 year old, Big Boy, this book is about two brothers. Astronaut Leo Geo, is on a mission to save his brother, Matt Data, as a comet is about to collide with his science lab on earth. Set up in comic book strip form, this book provides a ton of neat facts about science and space. It can be a wee bit overwhelming at times but overall this is a fun story to read with your kids if they love all things space related. My son gives this book a thumbs up.
Star Wars: How To Speak Droid With R2-D2 by Urma Droid
If you have an R2 droid at home, this is the perfect guide to understanding its language. My kids love the little droid provided in the corner where you can press a numbered button which corresponds to 10 different phrases R2 says. Proper pronunciations and translations are provided on each page along with a few other phrases your R2 droid may happen to say. I just had to check out this book as it looked so fun. R2-D2 is one of my three favourite characters from the movie and this book sure doesn’t disappoint this Star Wars fan.
Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney
To play along with this creative book all you need is 35 pieces of LEGO. Mr. Kenney shows which 35 pieces of LEGO he used to build various robots, sci-fi spacecraft, buildings, furniture, household objects, vehicles and much more. It is amazing how many different things you can build using only 35 pieces! When I was a kid I really enjoyed playing with LEGO. I hope to pass my love of the classic toy onto my own children.
Altered By Gennifer Albin
I could not wait to get my hands on this much anticipated sequel to Crewel. Altered did not disappoint. Although it had been some time since I read Crewel, once I got into the story, my memory of the first book slowly came back to me. (I should have reread it before I started Altered.) In Book 2, Adelice is on the run from the Guild and has ripped her way to Earth. But she is not alone. Brothers, Jost and Erik are there to protect and guide Adelice along the way. Adelice is stronger and wiser in this novel. She continues to practice and grow her weaving skills. It seems as though around every corner a new secret is revealed. I just could not put this novel down. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading dystopian young adult novels.
Ages: 12 and Up
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Disclosure: I was provided with the above titles from Raincoast Books for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.