It’s okay: Why Do I Feel So Sad? A Grief Book for Children by Tracy Lambert-Prater, LPC

Although adults hope to protect children from difficult situations and feelings, this is not always possible.  There are times when life events cause even young children to feel tremendous grief and sadness.  This book provides a welcome resource for those times.

Reading this book with a child will normalize their feelings and assure them that it is important to talk about them.  The author provides many examples of situations that may cause sadness and also shows the many different ways in which a child may be affected.  This allows the book to be helpful for many different situations.  In addition, there are suggestions of things that a child can do  to cope.  For example, talking with a trusted adult or expressing emotions through art or music.

This illustrated and short book is a wonderful resource.  It is highly recommended.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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How right they were: The Story of the Wright Brothers A Biography Book for New Readers by Annette Whipple

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In this illustrated entry in a fine series for beginning chapter book readers, children will get to know Wilbur and Orville Wright. How did these brothers do the seemingly impossible and build an airplane that flew (in 1903)? The author suggests that they were aided by a family that encouraged exploration, good problem solving skills and wide ranging imaginations. Although born into a world without cars, light bulbs or telephones, with creativity and talent they solved a problem from as far back as DaVinci’s time. It was not easy and they faced many health and other challenges as they did their work. Children will enjoy and be inspired by their work.

As is true for all books in this series there are extras including time lines, a family tree, questions to think about, a quiz and more. This book will engage its target audience who will learn a good deal.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Fun with toddler twins: Mia and Molly: The Same and Different by Mylo Freeman

This is a very simple, cutely illustrated book for toddlers. Young children will find out that Mia and Molly are the same in many ways and that they also are different in some ways. Little ones will enjoy seeing what Molly and Mia do over the course of the day in this sweet book.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Pub date:  October 13, 2020

Recently published: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm

The Grimm Brothers wrote some of our best loved fairy tales. Here 211 (can you believe so many ?) are placed together in one lavishly illustrated volume. Revisit stories that you may already know including Hansel and Gretel; Cinderella and/or Little Snow White and then go on to read fairy tales and legends that may be new discoveries for you.

This book looks like it would make a wonderful gift, either to one’s self or a child in your life. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Now out: Welcome to Ballet School by Ashley Bouder

This charmingly illustrated book for children is written by a ballerina which lends it authenticity. With multicultural students, the ballet teacher introduces them to dance.
This book is packed with information. The five positions, arm movements, twirls and more are all described and tried by the children. They even learn about the author’s favorite ballet, Sleeping Beauty.
This book for young students will give them lots to practice. Hopefully, it will encourage a fun love of dance.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Get to know her: The Story of Helen Keller A Biography Book for New Readers by Christine Platt, MA

This is another in the excellent series of biographies for beginning chapter book readers. This time the story of Helen Keller, her life and achievements is engagingly told. Helen’s story is put into the context of her time; she was born in the South not long after the Civil War to a family that had owned slaves.
Young readers will learn that Helen’s life was changed forever when she became ill at 19 months of age. She would never hear or see again. Readers will find out how Helen reacted, began to adapt and what and who changed her life, again forever.
Helen studied, learned to read, write, speak and more. She attended college and became an activist and inspiration to many. She went on to meet more than a dozen presidents, testified before Congress and was involved with the ACLU>
This book has winsome illustrations. As in all the titles in the series, there are extras including a bibliography, a family tree, questions to think about, a quiz and more.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for another good entry in a good series. All opinions are my own.

Pub date:  August 18, 2020

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