Science, History and Just Plain Fun

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), April 25, 2010 | Go to article overview

Science, History and Just Plain Fun


Byline: The Register-Guard

PICTURE BOOKS

Ecomazes: 12 Earth Adventures

By Roxie Munro

(Sterling, 40 pages, $14.95); age 6 to 10

A word many children might find new is "ecosystem," a concept that Roxie Munro engages in this colorful visit to a dozen environments. "An ecosystem can be as big as our planet," she explains, "or as small as a pond."

She introduces a rainforest, a desert, a coral reef, wetlands, icecaps and more. She invites readers to find creatures and plants inserted in her illustrations. Rarely has science been more fun or accessible.

Emma's Poem

By Linda Glaser; illustrated by Claire Nivolu

(Houghton Mifflin, 32 pages, $17); age 4 to 8

In 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet to help raise money for a pedestal that would support a great new statue being built in France as a gift to the American people.

Her 14-line poem, "The New Colossus," has resonated ever since. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be freea...," she wrote. Linda Glaser tells the story of Emma.

Hattie the Bad

By Jane Devlin; illustrations by Joe Berger

(Dial, 32 pages, $16.99); age 3 to 5

Everyone can identify a little with the narrator of this perky story, a girl named Hattie who admits to being "bad" sometimes. And, she says, "I don't mean forget-to-clean-up-her-room, reading-comics-after-bedtime bad. …

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