One Green Apple

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By Eve Bunting

A picturebook that reads like a true story, and in a sense is true, as it tells the story of a young middle eastern immigrant to North America. Join Farah as she goes with her new classmates on a field trip to an apple orchard and finds out that among all the strangeness and difficulties, laughter and friendliness are a universal language.

Picturebook

Ages 5-12

Recommended

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

 

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Pond

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By Jim LaMarche

Based on the author’s childhood memories of turning a trickling stream into a shallow pond and all the fun that a pond brings, this slow, gentle picturebook takes readers through four seasons and the wildlife that each season brings to the little pond in the woods.

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Picturebook

Ages 4-8

Recommended

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

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Over and Under the Pond

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By Kate Messner

A wonderful little jaunt across the pond in a boat with mom leads to all kinds of discoveries, comparing what is happening above the surface of the water to what is happening below. The author keeps the text simple but is not afraid to use specific terms and even lyrical language to convey a sense of beauty. Very well-told with lovely illustrations. A glossary at the back gives another paragraph of information for each creature introduced in the story.

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Picturebook

Ages 3-10

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

 

Turtle in the Sea

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By Jim Arnosky

A great introduction to sea turtles, this story tells of a momma turtle, old and battle-scarred who is laying her eggs in the sand. It retraces her early days to how she contracted her various scrapes and scars, bringing awareness to the reader of a dangerous under-water life.

Short Picturebook

Ages 3-8

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

 

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

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by Nicola Davies

Davies excels at taking tiny parts of our world and making them relevant and understandable to children. Neat illustrations with a retro look help make the scientific concepts relevant and interesting.

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Big picturebook (not very long)

Available from public libraries

Ages 5-12

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

 

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In the Middle of the Night

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By Aileen Fisher

When a girl doesn’t want a puppy or toy or any other traditional birthday gift, but only wants to go out for a walk in the middle of the night, the result is this poetic picture book with lovely retro illustrations. Join the girl and her dad as they discover the mystery and beauty of the night with small, fascinating, middle-of-the-night nature discoveries—the girl’s best birthday present ever.

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Picturebook

Ages 3-10

Available second-hand

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

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The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book

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By Nancy Tafuri

Tired of counting books with lame art? A nicely-illustrated counting book for young readers, with a small surprise at the end and the chance to count backwards. The introduction of a thunderstorm opens the conversation to what a person sees, hears, and feels during a storm.

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Picturebook

Available from public libraries

Ages 1-4

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

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by Nicola Davies

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A tall picturebook with lots of things to look at, this book “Many” celebrates the incredible diversity of life on earth and also reminds us to care for the creatures on it! Well-researched and charmingly illustrated, kids will love to see the latest species that have been discovered, as well as the species that are now extinct. They will learn a little about the difficulty in identifying species as well as how plant and animal species rely on one another. Although the book doesn’t say it, every page shouts, “Truly, we have a great Creator!” (Not too long to read in one sitting.)

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Picturebook

Available from public libraries

Ages 4-10

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

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Perfect

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by Nicola Davies

The mix of real-life and abstract artwork in this emotionally-charged book closely echoes the feelings of a boy who is excited to have a new sibling, but finds out she will never run and chase him as he had hoped. His rejection of her is beautifully changed when he helps a small bird and sees that his sister might just need a little help too. It’s a short picture book with a warm ending as the big brother, full of love, carries his little sister out into the garden and tells her how it’s going to be, the two of them, together.

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Picturebook

Available from public libraries

Ages 4-10

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

The Seven Silly Eaters

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by Mary Ann Hoberman

We were given this book as a baby gift with our seventh baby—very fitting! A picture book to make the kids laugh (and maybe see a little of themselves if they have picky eating habits?), but also a book to make the parents laugh as the mom goes from patient and good-humoured to discouraged and throwing in the towel. Things turn around, however, when the kids make a haphazard attempt to help out…

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The pictures are half the appeal of this rhyming story, as the family grows and tumbles about the farmhouse by the sea, with books and staircases lining the little house where an attic serves as a jumbled bedroom for all the kids. Heart-warming and fun!

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Picturebook

Ages 3-8

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

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