Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pug by Ethan Long - ESSENTIAL

Long, Ethan  Pug  Holiday House, 2016.  $14.95  EARLY READER  Content: G.   

Pug sees Peg out the window and tries to get everyone in the house to take him on a walk.  Finally Ted takes him on a walk and Pug and Peg get to walk together.  Ted and Peg’s owner get to walk together too and they seem to like each other.  

This early reader has adorable pictures with the cute Pug and fun facial expressions.  Each page spread has 3-4 words (short vowels or sight words) making it easy for beginner readers.  The book is full size even though it is an early reader.   

PRE-K, EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.   

Circles by David A. Adler - OPTIONAL

Adler, David A.  Circles  Illustrated by Edward Miller  Holiday House, 2016.  $17.95  Content: G.   

This is a very in-depth look at circles.  There are bright illustrations to show different terms associated with circles like arc, sectors, radius, etc.  There are activities described throughout that help explore the different ways circles can be measured.  This would be helpful in a math class, but it’s not a sit down and read picture book, which makes the cover deceiving.  If you are looking for a visually appealing way to teach the math concepts of circles-this book if for you. 

EL – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

Presents Through the Window by Taro Gomi - OPTIONAL

Gomi, Taro  Presents Through the Window  Chronicle Books, 1983.  $15.99  Content: G.   

Santa is delivering presents on Christmas Eve and tries to match the perfect gift for each animal.  When he looks inside the window, sometimes he makes mistakes and doesn’t always match the present just right.  When the animals wake up in the morning they sort out the different presents so everyone is happy.    

There is only one sentence per page spread in this holiday mix-up of a book.  The illustrations are hard to tell what the animals are-especially the kitten, and I found it weird that a child had a balloon of his head so that Santa thought he was a twin.  The mix up was a fun idea, but the illustrations made it hard to tell what was going on.  

PRE-K – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.