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Maria MontessoriThis is another inspiring entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series. This time the story is about young Maria who was intelligent but found school to be boring when she was young; as a result, she made up games to make her education more fun.

Maria grew up and became the first Italian woman to go to medical school. She combined her medical and educational backgrounds to help some neglected children in the hospital to learn. We adults know that her child centered methods were subsequently embraced the world over.

Young readers who are just starting school will get a sense of how important good teaching is and how it leads to good learning. Hopefully this will encourage them to love their school experience.

As always, the illustrations enhance the story. There are additional facts, photos and resources at the end of the book. (note: they did not come out on the galley)

I would give this an A plus. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions are my own.

This is another entry in the series of children’s books that is published in conjunction with the American Psychological Association. Each title gently teaches young children how to manage their world.

In this picture book, Blue is upset when Red and Yellow fly off without him. In his upset, Blue starts a rumor that is spread by birds of many colors. (A side benefit of the book is that children can show off their ability to identify the colors.) Eventually all is resolved. Blue apologizes for his lie while Red and Yellow acknowledge that they should have invited Red to come along. The birds of every color are together in harmony.

At the conclusion of the story, there is a section for caregivers on how to help children to deal with similar situations. This adds extra value to the book.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book that belongs on nursery and day care bookshelves.

There are Girls like Lions: Poems about Being a WomanThe title of this book comes from one of the poems inside, called Here are Girls Like Lions by Elisabeth Hewer. A quote:

Here are girls like lions,

here are girls like howling wolves…

Here are girls who can’t breathe air, only fire.

Here are girls who carry kindness…

You’ve got to help them rise.

This anthology of poems about and for women includes authors that I both know and those who are new to me. A partial list includes Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sandra Cisneros, Sappho and Mary Oliver whom I know and Mary Jo Bang, Naomi Shihab Nye and Jean Valentine whom I did not. If you are looking for an interesting, thoughtful anthology with an excellent introduction by Cole Swenson, I recomment this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-galley which I was given in exchange for an honest review.

Robert Munsch has a uniquely entertaining style. It is shown to good effect in this counting book. While your child counts to twelve, s/he can search the illustration for the object that is being represented. A fun addition to the genre.


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