Waiting for High Tide

waiting for

By Nikki McClure

You could give your kids or students a lesson on tides and clams, herons and barnacles….or you could read Waiting for High Tide. It was the illustrations and the cover that made me pick this book up. Beautifully done in white, black, and pale blue, the bold illustrations are reminiscent of wood-burning relief illustrations.

A simple story about building a raft with Mom, Dad, and Grandma one summer day, the facts in the book are so real you know the author must have almost lived them…which he did.

waiting for 2

Science

Picturebook

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

waiting for 3.jpg

 

 

 

Secret Place

secret place

By Eve Bunting

A beautiful reminder that nature can be found in even the heart of the city if we are persistent enough in searching it out. Amidst the trucks and warehouses, graffiti, and telephone lines, a boy discovers a concrete river and its few inhabitants. This short storybook shows how enriching nature is in the life of a child, his family and his neighbours, and also serves to remind those gifted to have a spot of nature in their own backyards, how blessed they are! Simply and poetically written, the book introduces children to a few varieties of birds and some night-time creatures.

Picturebook

Ages 3-8

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

Tigress

tigress

By Nick Dowson

A nonfiction picture book that takes children right into the wild with big, realistic illustrations and a brief telling of life with a mother tiger and her cubs. Although geared for older children, my two year old listened to this CD over and over again, cued by the page signals on track 2 for when to turn the page.

Also recommended, from the same “Read and Wonder” series:

Gentle Giant Octopus, by Karen Wallace

octopus

Walk With a Wolf, by Janni Howker

walk with a wolf

Nonfiction

Picturebook with Audio CD

Ages 2-12

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

No Two Alike

no-two-alike

By Keith Baker

Here is a fun winter book, with attractive illustrations on the topic of uniqueness. This picture book simply goes through different things in nature that have “no two alike,” but the two little red birds that serve as our guide bring humour to each page, as their antics unfold. It is a quick fun read and recommended for how it displays the marvels of creation.

no-two-alike-2

Ages 2-7

Picturebook

Recommended

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

no-two-alike-3

Some Bugs

some-bugs

By Angela diTerlizzi

A great book to read in the spring or summer. It’s a board book, but not just geared to toddlers and preschoolers who will enjoy pointing out the bugs they recognize. Elementary students will also learn basics about the great variety of bugs in our own backyards, and the book encourages them to get out there and find them!

some-bugs-4

The illustrations in this book are colourful and the bugs look almost cute with their big eyes, but, regardless, are actually anatomically correct and quite realistic.

The easy text makes it a good book for beginning readers.

Wondering what that bug IS? The back page identifies all 4 dozen of them!

some-bugs-2

Ages 2-8

Board book

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

some-bugs-3

When Rain Falls

when-rain-falls

By Melissa Stewart

“Mom, what do the animals do when it’s raining?”

when-rain-2

I can imagine a child asking this, and this picturebook answers the question in a really nice way. It goes through all kinds of animals in different environments and tells you in a simple way how they wait out the rain…just like you! The illustrations are accurate and well-done. All nature books should be this nice.

when-rain-3

Science

Ages 3-8

Recommended

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

when-rain-4

Castle Under Siege!: Simple Machines

castle

By Raintree Fusion

The author and science consultant of this book call it “science concepts with a high-interest twist.” And it is! At first glance this is just a non-fiction book with great castle and knight photos, and some diagrams. But reading the text makes it clear that while you will learn about a castle’s defense and how it was attacked, at the heart of the book are some physic lessons. Middle school kids will start understanding the physics, but younger kids that want to know how things work will still benefit from the clear explanations and diagrams of all the simple machines.

It’s a neat way to write a book and apparently there are more of them put out by Raintree Fusion!

Nonfiction

Ages 6-13

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen