January 26, 2016

Amazing Places

Lee and Low Books

"Just think, when Mother was my age, 
she could build a fire with sparks from rocks, catch a bunch of grasshoppers..."
- from Campfire by Janet S. Wong

Tomorrow is Multicultural Children's Book Day and I am reviewing Amazing Places in honor of the day, as it is a great picture book from multicultural publishers Lee and Low that features diverse landmarks and entertainment hubs of the United States through poems and vivid illustrations.

The book is beautiful and educational cover to cover, with a front inside book panel featuring an illustrated United States map, reminiscent of map puzzles, indicating what states and landmarks are featured in the book. States features included Philadelphia, Alaska, Texas, Wisconsin and many more.

My favorites featured in the book are the following:
These and more poems tell all about some of the best attractions, both cultural favorites and entertainment venues such as Fenway Park, the Liberty Bell, the Grand Canyon, and Niagara Falls. While I love the originality of the poems, some of them may be a little advanced for children under twelve and I recommend and adult or older sibling read the book with young children, as young ones may find some of the poetry difficult to comprehend. Fortunately, there is summaries provided in the back of the book, with descriptions of each monument and landmark highlighted, as well as a "Sources" page which provides a bibliography.

If you or your child is a fan of travel, this is the book for you! Check it out today!

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January 10, 2016

The Bookworm

Meet Sesha. He's different, He doesn't speak much and he doesn't play with other kids, which is odd, because Sesha is 10 years old. Fortunately Sesha finds comfort in books, and becomes more than just another bullied kid in The Bookworm.

Each Thursday, Sesha picks out a new library book and buries himself in it during recess. Other kids think this is strange, and make up a not-so-nice song about him. But it doesn't bother Sesha, and he continues reading. One day, Sesha gets picked on by two school bullies, and the brown notebook he carries around with him lands in a puddle of muddy rainwater. Sesha, understandably upset, breaks his silence and manages to stutter out the word "bullies!" in response to the bullies' actions.

Unfortunately, Sesha is taunted even more after his encounter with the bullies. That is, until one day when his classroom teacher asks him to answer a question about tigers by writing his answer on the chalkboard. What happens next so impresses his fellow students, that Sesha no longer is the boy who is bullied, rather he becomes the student that others follow to the library every Thursday morning!

The Bookworm is a wonderful book that teaches children two valuable lessons:
  1. Having a disability or being different doesn't mean that you're any less of a person, and 
  2. When you stay true to yourself, others will eventually see you shine. 

Written by: Lavanya N.A.
Illustrated by: Shilo Shiv Suleman