Juvenile literature

The Twelve Days of Springtime: A School Counting Book

Author: 
Deborah Lee Rose
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2009
ISBN: 
978–0–81098–330–4

decorated boards, 32 pp., $15.95

Brightly illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, this book for young readers depicts the activities of young children being taught how to garden by a harried, yet erstwhile teacher. Using the metaphor of the traditional “twelve days of Christmas” as a theme, the author provides a simple text based on springtime activities in the outdoors and in a classroom setting over a twelve-day period. Each illustration is fun-filled with frolicking children, animals, and insects, offering plenty of opportunities for counting.

Volume: 
11
Number: 
3

Insects and Bugs

Author: 
Amanda O'Neill
Publisher: 
Kingfisher
Publication Date: 
2002
ISBN: 
0-753-45466-1

cloth, 32 p., ISBN 0-753-45466-1, $6.95.

Children ages 4 to 8 who are interested in insects will enjoy this guide. It cleverly expands their interest with detailed illustrations and amusing cartoon-like pictures. Terms like larvae and pupa are grounded in pictures that help young readers remember their meanings. For example, the pupa is illustrated as a strongbox, keeping the insect's body safe as it changes. The larvae are explained as rocking in a little cradle!

Volume: 
5
Number: 
2

Lessons from Mother Earth

Author: 
Elaine McLeod
Publisher: 
Douglas & McIntyre
Publication Date: 
2002
ISBN: 
0-888-99312-9

cloth, 24 p., $15.95

Here is a book that entertains and teaches beautifully. Grandmother takes Tess, her granddaughter, for a walk in her garden. Tess learns that the garden is about nature; if she cares for the Earth, then the Earth will take care of her. Colorful and informative illustrations add to the quality of this excellent book. This is an wonderful way to teach preschool children about their responsibility for the environment.

— Barbara G. Mahany, Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
5
Number: 
2

In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin

Author: 
Gloria Evangelista
Publisher: 
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
1-555-91994-4

cloth, 32 p., $17.95

In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin is definitely amusing. Humorous text and larger-than-life illustrations, combined with pumpkin-specific facts, give you all of the information you'll ever need about those fall favorites. Each year a family of four, plus their dog, try a new approach to buying pumpkins. The first year they head to a grocery store for their pumpkin. As their yearly dedication and affection toward pumpkins grow, they travel farther afield in search of the perfect one. Of course, they eventually grow their own!

Volume: 
5
Number: 
2

A Walk in the Deciduous Forest

Author: 
Rebecca L. Johnson
Publisher: 
Minneapolis, Minn.: Carolrhoda Books,
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
1-575-05155-9

cloth, 48 p., $23.93

This is a delightful, beautifully illustrated and well-written book, taking the reader on a walk through a forest. In the course of the book, basic descriptions are provided about different kinds of trees, explaining their differences, growth and geographic distribution. Along with these explanations, the climate of North America is explained, with descriptions of each biome and the relationships of different animals and plants.

Volume: 
3
Number: 
1

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