Saturday, October 31, 2015

Another Crazy Bird Card

This one was fun! My friend, Linda, came over and did a Crazy Bird day. This is the one I made:

Here is the one she made: 

Christmas Cards - Tim Holtz Crazy Birds

Been having fun with a new stamp and die called Crazy Birds. Here is a Christmas card that I made using the Crazy Things dies and Jellybean Holly Berry Borcht paper pack. I love the Crazy Things which add the 3-D elements and fun hat!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review of "A Crow of His Own"

I recently received a review copy of A Crow of His Own, written by Megan Dowd Lambert and illustrated by David Hyde Costello. Love this book! 

Scrawny Clyde is brought in to take the place of Larry, the prized rooster who took off for new opportunities. The question is: Can Clyde live up to Larry’s reputation?

Clyde tries his hardest to live up to Larry’s reputation using every trick in his book, but he soon finds himself inadequate for the task. In the end, however, Clyde saves the day by "crowing a crow of his own."

Colorful illustrations, a subtle lesson to “be yourself,” and a happy ending make this a book any child would enjoy.

Teachers: “A Crow of His Own” is a great choice for a mentor text in the composition classroom. First, it contains some amusing alliteration. For example: “He had a crick in his comb, his right wing was all wrong, and his wattle? Well, his wattle was a wobbly wreck.”

And, second, the use of complex words such as “disapproving,” “humiliated,” and “inquired” demonstrate how word choice can enhance a story and make it fun to read, even for the youngest reader. 

I thoroughly enjoyed A Crow of His Own and recommend it to children, parents, and teachers, alike.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dirty Rats!

Do you have a student who's working on a science report and needs fun, interesting information? Or, do you have a child who doesn’t like to read? If so, Dirty Rats? by Darrin Lunde and illustrated by Adam Gustavson might be the answer! Here’s why:

First: the illustrations are awesome – they are fun, colorful, and eye-catching. Between the mousetrap covered with mouse-shaped blood, the dark-creepy tunnel, and the vicious dog chasing a rat, these illustrations will keep even your pickiest reader turning the pages.

Second: the text. The text is simple, yet chock full of interesting facts. For instance, did you know that there is a rat that can hop six feet at a time?  You probably know that rats are used in labs for scientific research, but did you know there's special type of rat that is used to locate explosives in minefields? There's even a rat that is poisonous to touch! This book includes many interesting details that can be integrating into a school report.

This is a perfect gift book for picky readers or a great addition to any library. Personally, I recommend it for ages 5 and up. I think that even adults will enjoy it. I did!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs - Book Review

This book review is for all my East Coast friends and for those of you who enjoy going to or reading about the ocean: High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs by Lisa Kahn Schnell and illustrated by Alan Marks. Schnell and Marks have created a unique picture book that tells the story of the annual spawning of the horse shoe crab on the Delaware beaches. I remember this scene from my childhood in Delaware, so the book brings back wonderful memories for me.

The story is easy to read, but provides just enough facts to keep both youngsters and adults interested. The reader follows along as the first crab comes ashore and ends with the baby crabs returning to the ocean. As I read the story and looked at the pictures, I could almost smell the salt in the ocean. I could imagine the waves breaking against my toes, and I'm quite sure I heard sea gulls diving for crab eggs.

Inside the front cover, Marks uses drawings to present additional facts about the horseshoe crabs. For instance, did you know that horse shoe crabs do not have teeth or jaws? They have to push their food in with bristles at the base of their legs.

This is a book that anyone with young children should have in their library. It can be used to help your child write a school report. It can also be used as a mentor text on the use of sensory images in your writing. Or, it can be read just for the sheer joy of it. This one is a keeper for my library!

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. Those of you who know me, know that I will tell you if I don't like something. I like this book!