Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Potty Book for Girls


Title: The Potty Book for Girls
 Author: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
 Publisher: Barron’s
Year of publication: 2005
Photographer:  Dorothy Stott
Genre: Hygiene,
Age Level: 3 up
Theme: Sanitation, independent,  
About the author:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957.  She developed an early love of books, and looked forward to weekly trips to the library with her mother and sisters.  Capucilli has created several other picture books featuring genial, engaging creatures.  Satin Capucilli has been honored with numerous awards including the American Literacy Council Award, the Bank Street College Best Book Award, and Washington Irving Award 2002 for her book, Biscuit's New Trick.  She won the Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Awards, and Children’s Choice Awards American Library Association Awards.  She was also the winner of the 2001 Garden State Children's Book Award.   She has written many popular books for pre-schoolers and beginning readers. Originally a professional dancer, Ms. Capucilli has spent many years working in the field of early childhood education, specializing in teaching creative movement.
Synopsis: This book about a little girl who became proud of herself for being able to use the potty by herself.  She also felt great because she learned to brush her teeth at the sink, eating her breakfast by herself, and choosing the clothes she wanted to wear.  She graduated from diaper show her parents surprised her buying a big box. Inside the box was a potty, which means it was time for her to graduate from diapers.
About the photographer: Dorothy Stott is a published author and an illustrator of children's books.  Some of the published credits of Dorothy Stott include Ten in the Bed Sing a Story Handled Board Book with CD (Sing a Story), Little Jesus, Little Me, The Potty Book and Doll Package for Boys: Henry Edition, and The Potty Book and Doll Package for Girls: Hannah Edition.  Her illustrations have been featuring in many children’s books, as well as in publications of the Cricket Magazine Group and American Greetings.
Pre-reading activities: I will read the book to the children showing them the pictures in the book.  I will also bring out some teddy bears and clothes for the teddy bears.    
Post-reading activities: Each child will be asked to dress her teddy bear with the dresses provided.  Children will feel good because they are able to work independently. 
Reflection: I encourage parents to read this book to children because little girls will enjoy looking at the charming pictures in this book.  Children whose parents read this book to them will be able to tell their parents one day that they are off to the potty.  This means they will be no diapers for them.
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Emma’s Poem - The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

Title: Emma’s Poem - The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
Author: Linda Glasser
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Year of publication: 2010
Photographer: Claire A. Nivola
Genre: History/immigration
Age Level: 6 up
Theme: Peace for children all over the world, Hospitality, and Compassion.

About the author: Linda Glaser is a fabulous author that has written many other wonderful picture books including: Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah, The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes, and Our Big Home:  An Earth Poem, Bridge to America and many others.  Dr. Glaser is an Award Winner of Children’s Book, Author, Writing Workshop, Facilitator, and Speaker.
Synopsis: Emma's Poem, The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, is about a young girl raised in a wealthy Jewish family who grew into a passionate humanitarian and well-known writer.  She wrote many poems, stories, and articles.  Most importantly she was a woman who wanted her voice to be heard.  She lived in New York City during the late 1880's in a family full of fortune and wealth.  One day she visited the New York Harbor where she saw many impoverished immigrants, Jews and non-Jews who had traveled from afar for freedom in America.   She began to help these people, which then inspired her to write one of the most powerful poems.   This poem, gave the Statue of Liberty a voice to welcome all new immigrants to the United States.   In Emma's Poem, author Linda Glaser, writes about Emma Lazarus as a little girl and then a grown woman who creates a beautiful sonnet that is now inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.  She lived a short life dying at thirty-eight years old.  Her deep caring for immigrants inspired Emma to create the powerful poem that gave the Statue of Liberty a voice of welcome for immigrants.  Emma Lazarus’ small poetry, the voice of the statue of liberty, with the help of a friend, a composer, and the voices of school children across the country has shape the hearts and minds of the whole nation. 
About the photographer:  Claire Nivola was born in 1947 in New York City.   Her parents were both artist.  Claire drew and sculpted from her earliest childhood.  She illustrated her first children’s book in 1970.   She illustrated the book, The Messy Rabbit, written by her mother Ruth Nivola, and Save the Earth by Betty Miles.   Claire Nivola, the Illustrator creates elegant full-page illustrations of Emma’s poem done in watercolors and Gouache.  The magical pictures in the book are painting like in that they make the story come to life with intricate details.   The pictures along with the words tell a beautiful story that is of American history that should never be forgotten. 
Pre-reading activities:  I will tell the story of the statue of liberty to the children and asked them to choose a nation they to be free.  I will invite them to learn to din with  
Post-reading activities: Teacher and students will go to New York City for an excursion and visit particularly the statue of liberty. 
Reflection:  I recommend this book for children ages 4-8 and I highly recommend it for all libraries.  I love this book because it tells important information concerning immigrants.  Why I recommend this book is that its story teaches children how Emma's poem and the Statue of Liberty came together and are an important part of our history and life.  In short, this book is of social action, community service, and social justice.   Children will be given some colors and pencils to draw a thank you card to elderly people in our neighborhood showing how much we all should help support one another.
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Voice from Afar: Poems of Peace

Title:  Voice from Afar: Poems of Peace 
Author: Tony Johnston
Publisher: Holiday House
Year of publication: 2008
Photographer:  Susan Guevara
Genre: History
Age Level: 9 and up
Theme: Peace, Sympathy, and Reconciliation
About the author: Tony Johnston was a fourth grade teacher before becoming a publisher.  She is a renowned author of more than one hundred books for young readers. Among her award-winning books are The Iguana Brothers, illustrated by Mark Teague; the Sparky and Eddie books, illustrated by Susannah Ryan; The Quilt Story and The Badger and the Magic Fan, both illustrated by Tomie dePaola.  She has won the Southern California Award for her book Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio.  Tony is now a full-time writer living with her family in San Marino, California.
Synopsis: This book consists of a poetry collection concerning peace and war by a highly praised children's poet and author, Tony Johnston.  The book is attractively illustrated by Susan Guevara.  The poems in this collection present lasting images of war and peace.  The poems also depict the effects of war on ordinary people as well as the hope and joy that mark each person's journey to survive.  For instance, a brother told his sister to tell him a happy story and the sister made up a sweet story telling her brother about their house flying away from gunfire.  Then, a lentil was paradoxically asked to fling itself into boiling water so that a desperate family could be fed; a stubborn rosebush blooms, because no matter what it must endure.  There are twenty-six poems in the book, and the photographs in the book express personal feelings that send a peaceful message to children all over the world- from Belfast to Africa, Middle East, and so on.
About the photographer: Susan Guevara was trained at the San Francisco Art Academy and Belgium's Royal Academy of Fine Arts.  Her technical skills and creative interpretations have been highly praised by reviewers and readers alike.  Her picture books have been awarded many accolades, including the 1996 and 2002 Pura Belpré Award, the 1996 Tomás Rivera Award, and the 2005 New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.  Susan has illustrated nearly twenty books for children, from traditional fairy tales to stories set in the East Los Angeles barrio, all in distinctly different styles.   Her painting is full of sweeping, vivid color and emotion, Susan Guevara's accompanying acrylic paintings astonish, move, and provide a fascinating interpretation of and tribute to Tony Johnston's call for peace.  She lives in a large live/work space in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her cat, Bulldozer, and several rosebushes. 
Pre-reading activities:  The children will read the book and tell the stories in their own words sharing what they think about the poems or the readings.
Post-reading activities:  In practical, students will be given a project of writing out the things that make for peace and how to reconcile with friends or others who hurt them.  This is to help them to learn how to live harmoniously with people through forgiveness.
Reflection:  This is an important book to read because it helps to know about what people go through in different parts of the world.  It helps to appreciate and value a person fortune knowing that there are other people who are suffering as a result of war and poverty.  The book also helps to learn to sympathize with people and to reach out to the underprivileged people as well as the victims of war.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

Title: Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night
Author: Joyce Sidman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Year of publication: 2011
Photographer: Rick Allen 
Genre: Science
Age Level: 4 up
Theme: Different creatures and what they do 
About the author: Joyce Sidman was born on June 4, 1956 in Hartford, Connecticut.   She is a published author of children's books and young adult books.  She is a poet, children’s book author, writer, and a teacher.  She has written many books and some of the published credits of Joyce Sidman include The World According to Dog, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness, Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, and Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete PoetryShe began to write at an early age.  Joyce attended Wesleyan University, and she later earned her teacher’s certificate. She writes poetry, fiction, journalism, and essays, although she currently is best known for her children’s books of poetry, which exhibit her love of the natural world. She currently lives with her family in Minnesota. Joyce's books have won more major awards.  For instance, she is an award winner of 2001 Children's Literature Choice Book; Children’s Book Council Showcase Book; Infolink Best Book of the Year 2000.  Her book, Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night had received a 2011 Newbery Honor, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of children's and young adult literature as well as her thoughts on the power of poetry in children’s lives.
Synopsis: This book consists of many poems written about different creatures such as crawling and creeping, birds with and without feathers, insects, and nocturnal and animals that are active during the day as well as plants and non plants.  For instance, Joyce Sidman wrote about tree bats that spend all night on the wing, hunting for moths, mosquitoes, and other insects.  For poems about plants, the author of this book tells why plants need sunlight to grow and make energy, but mushrooms do not because mushrooms live on decaying matter such as rotting logs, stumps, and leaves.  The poem about where mushrooms come from is very interesting though there are many interesting poems in the book.                         
About the photographer: Rick Allen runs a business called Kenspeckle Letterpress with his wife Marian Lansky.  He is an excellent illustrator who started illustrating in the 19th Century.  Allen began his illustrations by painting his wood engravings and cuts in small editions by using multiple blocks and hand coloring.  Rick Allen made his stunning picture book debut with his illustrations for Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman. The book explains a little about the process on the copyright page, which one should take a look at it.  But I was curious to find out more about this unique way of making pictures.
Pre-reading activities: With a picture book of different animals and plants I will tell the children stories about each of the pictures. After telling the story, I will ask each child to show me his or her best plant/animal from the picture book.
Post-reading activities:  The children will be given some blank picture drawings of various animals and trees and they will be asked to color their favorite pictures using the crayon given to them.  They will take their projects home to show their parents.
Reflection:  This is a great book and I recommend it to parents to read to their children.  Reading this book to children will help them acquire the knowledge of science before receiving formal education.  Children from 6 up who read this book, Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by themselves will be very smart in science subjects and especially in biology.
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I Like Trains!

Title:  I Like Trains!
Author: Philemon Sturges
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year of publication: 2001
Photographer: Shari Halpern
Genre: Hobby/Creativity
Age Level: 3 - 6
Theme: Vocation, and excitement
About the author: Philemon Sturges is an architect and the author of several books for children, including I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, and I Love Bugs!  All the above five book of Sturges were illustrated by Shari Halpern.
Synopsis:  This book is about a boy who likes trains; he tells readers what he likes most about a train.  For him, he likes trains that hoot and roar as they rumble by his door.  The illustrations in the book are bright showing scenes in a rural setting.  Some of the illustrations are very simple and others are filled with activities. The boy's father is mentioned and seen in the story.  The end pages show and describe the various kinds of train cars- the tender and engine, a hopper, boxcar, flatcars, a tanker, gondolas and the caboose.  
About the photographer: Shari Halpern is an illustrator of children’s book and has illustrated more than twenty books.  Besides her illustration work, Shari likes to quilt, paint pottery and make other things.  Mrs. Halpern is married with three young children.  She works with the following publishers: HarperCollins, North-South, Scholastic Press, and Macmillan.
Pre-reading activities: A picture book of different cars with colorful illustrations will be read to the children.  After reading the book to them, children will be point at familiar cars they see in the book. 
Post-reading activities:  Children will be given a project of drawing what their favorite vehicles are. 
Reflection:  This is a simple book but very practical and enriching for readers and their little boys who are train lovers.   It is a nice book for kids to see.  I encourage parents and lovers of train to read this book.  By reading it, one will learn about different types of cars and including the roles they provide behind the engine.
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Show Me Your Smiles!

Title:  Show me your smiles!
Author: Christine Ricci
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Year of publication: 2005
Photographer:  Robert Roper
Genre: Hygiene
Age Level: 3 - 7
Theme: Health 

About the author:  Christine Ricci is an author of many children’s book.  Her books are known as Dora the explorer.  One of her books, go, Diego, Go!  is the perfect show to introduce children to the different animals that inhabit the world.  Her latest book is, Dora's Book of Manners. The author has written thirty-five books but she has no photos available on the web.  Synopsis:  The book is a about a little girl called Dora.  On her way to visit her dentist, she asked her friend Hola to go with her.  While waiting to be called in, Dora played with her friend and both were amazed how clean everything was at the dentist office.  Both Dora and Hola learned more in the office such as the x-ray, and the special tool used in the office before Dora’s teeth were checked and cleaned.
About the photographer: Robert Roper is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of Robert Roper include Dora and the Baby Crab (Dora the Explorer Ready-to-Read), Dora and the Stuck Truck (Dora the Explorer (8x8)), Jelly-Bean Jam (Totally Spies!), and Dora and the Rainbow Kite Festival (Dora the Explorer Ready-to-Read).  With over 20 years experience Robert has specialized in creating colorful and fun digital illustrations. One can check   Mr. Roper’s website for other samples of his work suitable for book publishing, magazines and advertising from the first website below.

Pre-reading activities: I will let students brainstorm the first time they visited places with their parents and what they saw.  Students will be divided into two groups based on those willing to share their stories and those willing to comments on the stories being shared.  Thus, one group of the students shares their stories with the class and another group responds to it.
Post-reading activities: The children will be given drawing sheets to draw at least, two places they visited that they felt adventurous and how neat those places were. 
Reflection: Dora’s story in this book is fascinating because it tells how observant and curious she was in the in the dentist’s office.  This book will encourage children to share their stories with their friends, which helps motivates their social life.  I will encourage parents to read the book to their children.  The book will help children learn how to be responsible. For instance, children will learn to do what they are supposed to do before and after meal such as brushing their teeth after breakfast and before bedtime.    This is an experience book for kids to learn about going to the dentist.   It is kind of gets the prepared to visit the dentist for their first time.  The book is good for parents too because it enables parents to help their children care for their teeth.  For children who like Dora, this is a fun book. 
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Friday, December 9, 2011

We Can Get Along

Title:  We Can Get Along
Author: Lauren Murphy Payne, M.S.W.
Publisher: Free Sprite Publishing Inc.
Year of publication: 1997
Photographer:  Lauren Murphy Payne, M.S.W.
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3 - 8
Theme: Friendship, and Good Manners
 About the author: Lauren Murphy Payne, M.S.W., is a psychotherapist in family practice.  She is cofounder of The Turning Point, a speaking and consulting service.  She is an author and illustrator.  She lives in Racine, Wisconsin.  Lauren has written four books.  She believes that Warm, simple words and enchanting illustrations strengthen and support young children's self-esteem.  Considers the affirming words and colorful illustrations can help educators teach children how to resolve conflict and making peace.
Synopsis: The book is about school children who are also friends.  Children need help learning to get along with others at school, in their neighborhood, and on the playground.  Children need to know that they have the power to make good choices.  In their everyday lifestyles, there are happiness and sadness.  When they are happy, they get along with each other, talk, laugh, play, and work together; they become joyful feeling good and safe.  On the other hand when they fight and ague, yell, hit, or cry and sometimes say and do mean things such as using bad words for each other when they do not get along.
About the photographer:  Lauren Murphy Payne, the author of this book is also the illustrator.  The illustrations in this book were done by Payne using the Berol Prismacolor Markers, pen, and ink on vellum.
Pre-reading activities:  Students will be asked to think about their words before they say them in all their relationships both at home and school.  I will tell them that they are in charge of their words and actions; therefore they should be careful and learn to be responsible for their words and actions.  
Post-reading activities: The students will be given different gifts in class and asked to share with one another choosing who they love to share their gifts with.  Each person exchanges his or her gifts with 3 people.  They learn to get along well with their peers. 
Reflection: This is a good book to be used in the classroom because it will help to teach children about the golden rule; choosing to treat others the way they themselves like to be treated.  This will also help them to treat others with kindness and respect instead of being mean.  With their post-reading activities, the children will always learn to talk, play, and laugh together even though they are different.  The book will also help children to learn make good choices.
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