Posted on September 20, 2010 by librarysteph
What it is
A picture book about a spork who has a spoon and fork as parents and doesn’t feel like he fits in with the other dishes.
Why I read it
I was browsing bookstores in Vernon (waiting for a library meeting, since there aren’t buses very often from SA) and I came across it in a display.
Why it is awesome
- A story about not fitting in
- A story about being of mixed heritage
- Adorable art
- Not too much text, kid friendly
- A happy ending that the kids will enjoy
Who will like it
- 4-6 year olds
- Librarians and teachers
- Parents of children who are of mixed race or visibly different from their peers.
Filed under: Children's Lit | Tagged: being different, kyo maclear, mixed heritage, not fitting in, picture book, spork | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 1, 2010 by librarysteph
The King’s Taster is very cute and frankly it is making me hungry 🙂
- It teaches children where certain foods come from
- Fun animation
- Easy to read
- Kenneth Oppel signed my book in an awesome way (speech bubbles from the chef and the dog)
- None of the food is healthy
- The spoiled king does not apologize or regret his behaviour
- It is unrealistic they could get back from any of the countries, especially Mexico, before dinner and this takes away from the learning aspect of the book
Conclusion: Fun read, and could be combined with teaching small kids how to make mini pizzas or simple food.
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Posted on February 20, 2010 by librarysteph
I borrowed The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why you can’t manage without apostrophes! from London Public Library and I loved it. What an adorable and fun way to teach kids grammar! Truss and Timmons use hilarious animation to demonstrate what a difference an apostrophe makes in a sentence. I would highly recommend this for librarians, parents, teachers or kids trying to master grammar.
Truss, Lynne and Bonnie Timmons. The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why you can’t manage without apostrophes!. New York: G. P. Putman’s Sons, 2007.
Filed under: Children's Lit | Tagged: grammar, london public library, non fiction, picture book, review, timmons, truss | Leave a comment »