and Those Who Read to Kids -- A love Crop of Worth Products to Get A
Hold of and to Spend Quality Time Reading
Children’s Book Reviews
From National Geographic comes “Kids Beginner’s World
Atlas” ($18.95, 63 over-sized pages) with illustrated physical and
political maps, more than 130 full color images and delightful charts of
facts and figures. A great learning tool.
There is also from National Geographic “Kids Ultimate
Weird But True” ($19.95, 192 color and over-sized pages). A bargain at
this price, the book has one thousand images that tell stories, charm
readers, provide all kinds of odd-ball and worthwhile info.
The final National Geographic tome is “Little Kids
African Animal Alphabet” by Beverly and Dereck Jourbert ($16.95, 48
pages). This is a love of a book mixing alphabetical info (Antelope to
Zebra) and amazing images.
Completing the National Geographic quartette is
“Christmas in Williamsburg” by K.M. Kostyal with photos by Lori Epstein
($17.95, 60 pages, over-sized). A how-to book, a primer on Christmas as
magic in this truly American locale, a work to return to again and again
- - this is a keepsake publication to hand down from one generation to
“When Life Gives You O.J.” by Erica S. Perl (Knopf,
$15.99, 199 pages) is all about a 10-year-old who wants a dog and her
not so pleasing gramps who has his own ideas about what is right and
wrong. Beguiling. Endearing stuff.
“The Witches” by Andy Opel illustrated by Karel Hayes
(Jetty House, $17.95) is an over-sized and beautifully executed focused on kids
and boats on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The art is appealing,
the story is quick and clever, and the total package is a delight.
“Strega Nona’s Gift” by Tomie dePaola (Penguin, $17.99)
is a book with another New Hampshire connection like the reviewers and
the other wondrous tome cited before. This one is by the acclaimed
author/illustrator out of New London in the Granite state. The entire
book is full of Italian flavor, a treat on every page, perfect for the
holiday season or any time. REWARDING.
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