Academic journal article Childhood Education

Books for Children

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Books for Children

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Poetry

Harley, Avis

FLY WITH POETRY: An ABC of Poetry. Il. by author. ISBN 1-56397-798-2. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2000. 48 pp. $13.95. The author's love of poetry shines through in this unique book. Such poetic forms as acrostic, blank form, cinquain, and others are introduced and defined in alphabetical order. Consequently, the book offers children a fresh approach to learning about poetry. Many of the poems are humorous and pertain to issues children can relate to, while the clever illustrations invite younger children to enjoy the art of poetry. Ages 5-9. Reviewed by Susan L. Angstadt and Miss Olson's 3rd-Grade Class, Oley Valley Elementary School, Oley, PA

Kennedy, X. J.

ELYMPICS. Il. by Graham Percey. ISBN 0-399-23249-4. New York: Philomel Books, 1999. Unp. $15.99. Large, brightly colored, lovable pachyderms jump about in this humorous celebration of the Olympic Games. Kennedy's poems cover a variety of summer and winter sports, from gymnastics to the triathlon and from hockey to bobsledding. Each poem focuses on a different aspect of sports, covering perseverance, teamwork, sportsmanship, winning, and losing. An excellent introduction to Olympic sports. Ages 2-8. Reviewed by Mikki Haas, The Swain School, Allentown, PA

Medina, Jane

MY NAME IS JORGE. Il. by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. ISBN 1-56397-811-3. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, 1999. 48 pp. $7.95. This book of poems, written both in English and Spanish, depicts the struggles of Jorge, a young Mexican boy, who immigrates to the United States with his family. Moving illustrations capture Jorge's struggles to learn a new school culture and a new language, and to make new friends. Related from Jorge's perspective, these poems weave a poignant tale of life on both sides of the border. A helpful glossary is provided. Ages 5 up. Reviewed by Eileen L. Shultz, Kutztown University of PA

Nonfiction

Bull, Schuyler

ALONG THE LUANGWA: A Story of an African Floodplain. Il. by Alan Male. ISBN 1-56899-776-0. Norwalk, CT: The Nature Conservancy, 1999. 36 pp. $15.95. After a Nile crocodile's eggs hatch, drought forces the family to move to the shores of the Luangwa River Valley in Zambia, Africa. The mother is confronted by predators along the way, but protects her young until they can survive on their own. A glossary, with fold-out pages, presents pictures and information about the animals and birds found along the Luangwa River and the African Floodplain. Ages 8 up. Reviewed by Irene Allen, Eastern Michigan University, MI

Garza, Carmen Lomas

MAGIC WINDOWS: Ventanas Magicas. Il. by author. ISBN 0-89239-157-X. San Francisco:Children's Book Press, 1999. 32 pp. $15.95. The intricate, cut-paper art (papel picado) in this exquisite book invites readers to join the author's family as they work with their hands, celebrate life and death, and appreciate the natural world. Illustrative text written in both English and Spanish provides careful explanations and interpretations for each work of art. Readers will learn about Mexican-American culture, and perhaps try their hand at cutting "banderitas." Ages 6-12. Reviewed by Jeanie Burnett, Kutztown University of PA

Jones, Charlotte Foltz

YUKON GOLD: The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush. ISBN 0-8234-1403-5. New York: Holiday House, 1999. 99 pp. $18.95. The events of the Yukon Gold Rush are chronicled in detail through an interesting array of archival photographs and profiles of famous prospectors. This excellent reference book aptly explains the risks and hardships that the stampeders faced. Ages 9 up. Reviewed by Kathleen Dolgos, Kutztown University of PA

Lessem, Don

DINOSAURS TO DODOS: An Encyclopedia of Extinct Animals. Il. by Jan Sovak. ISBN 0-590-31684-2. New York: Scholastic, 1999. 112 pp. $16.95. This book takes readers on a fascinating journey through time. Readers are treated to glimpses of animals and animal-like creatures from the Precambrian Era right up to the Holocene Epoch (today). …

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