Friday, October 25, 2013

Recommended Picture Book: Know the Parts of a Book

Title: Know the Parts of a Book

Author: Janet Piehl

Illustrator: Photographs

Publisher: Lerner Publication, October 1, 2013

Age: 5 - 8

Topic: Non-fiction, books, how-to, research

Summary: Will wants to learn about frogs. Readers follow Will as he learns how to find the different information he needs in the book he finds about them, from the table of contents to the index. From the spine, cover and glossary, Will and the reader learns about the different parts of the book and what role they play in helping the reader access the information they need.

Resources: Activity: Borrow the book, "Can You Tell A Frog From A Toad? Have your child/ren follow along with Will as they "research." Have them find the spine, the title page, table of contents, glossary, etc,.

Why I like the book: It is an excellent introductory book that describes the function of each part of a book. Whether reading for the fun of it or writing a report for school, this book gives children the know how skills to access and research a book on their own. Realistic photo illustrations and simple text, this is a must have book for EVERY classroom library because it is never too early to Know the Parts of a Book! I have to say, this would have been a fun book to have when I was a kid :)

*This book in e-format was given to me to review by NetGalley.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Happy Eid!

From all of us here at The Family-Ship Experience,

May you have a happy Eid Al Adha!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Title: Z is for Moose

Author: Kelly Bingham

Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky

Publisher: Greenwillow Books, February 28, 2012

Age: 4 - 8 years

Theme: Alphabets, Emotions, Friendship

Opening: A is for Apple.

Summary: Z is for Zebra. Zebra is absolutely certain he’ll be able to direct everyone to appear on the correct page, at the appropriate time, without any mishaps, unnecessary drama, or hurt feelings. It’s the ABCs, for goodness’ sake. How difficult can it be?

Oh, dear.

Zebra forgot about moose.

Resources: Reading Is Fundamental has resource links that include educator guides, extension activities and parent resources.

Follow Moose as he travels around the earth on his very own blog!

Why I Like This Book:  This is a really cute and different kind of alphabet book. The alphabets are coming together for a show and Moose is excited and anxious to be a part. So anxious that he manages to put himself on almost every page, ruining everyone else's part. Moose is crushed when another animal is chosen to represent the letter M. He is so  mad that, true to a toddler's nature when they don't get their way, has a tantrum all over the stage, stomping on letters, scratching out words, draw over pictures until he begins to cry. A sympathetic Zebra finds a way to calm Moose and give his time in the spot light.  Moose reminds me of the many different children I have had the fortune to teach and care for. He is enthusiastic, impatient, and oblivious of the ruckus he is causing the other letters on the different pages. Children will relate to Moose and find his antics funny.