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Grandma is a Slowpoke

21 Mar

27036636Grandma is a Slowpoke

written by Janet Halfmann

illustrated by Michele Coxon

Star Bright Books, February 2016

Grandma and granddaughter go out for a walk. Grandma points out interesting things along the way, a squirrel’s nest, bathing ducks, a rabbit family, and more. Although the girl repeatedly complains that Grandma is a slowpoke, she soon starts to see things Grandma’s way. By the end of the story, the girl is not in such a big hurry to get home. Grandma agrees to stay until the fireflies come out.

One of the perks of writing book reviews is finding new stories that I might have never seen otherwise. This is one of those hidden treasures. My library system has several of Janet Halfmann’s other books, but it has not acquired this title yet. I was able to get a copy from the author herself.

When I read this book, I had an immediate connection to the grandma in the story. It was the slow-paced comforting tone of the book which drew me into the story. And the sweet granddaughter who appreciated the time spent with her grandma won me over. This is one for the family read aloud.

And teachers, pick up a copy of this one when you’re gathering your collection of books for Grandparents’ Day (September 11th) or whenever your class invites grandparents to visit. Maybe invite grandparents in for a special nature walk to a local park. Have a scavenger hunt or if the park is too far away provide twigs and leaves for a natural art project they can do together. Serve fresh veggies and lemonade to end your day.

However you choose to extend the story life of the book, be sure to help your little ones make that connection between the love of reading and their older family members.

Slow down and enjoy your day!

Bear Hug

11 Dec

20708774

Bear Hug written and illustrated by Katharine McEwen (2014)

Bear senses that winter is coming soon. So he gathers leaves and bracken just as his papa showed him and he catches silvery fish just as his mama showed him. Then one day he sees another young bear. Together they eat fish and berries and go to the den he has prepared and go to sleep. In the spring, they wake up and leave the den. Following them is a brand-new bear cub. They teach him how to fish and find berries and sweet honey. The bear cub grows and when winter comes again, they all return to the den and sleep in a big bear hug.

Katharine McEwen tells a story with vibrate language and pictures. It’s a quiet, lovely story that children of all ages will enjoy.

I love this new book! It’s a perfect bedtime story or anytime story. It’s definitely¬†¬†one I want to read again and again!

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