Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Legend of Papa Balloon

The Legend of Papa Balloon
by C. R. McClure
ill. by Steven Kernen
Schiffer Publishing (March 28, 2013)
40 page picture book

In a wonderful balloon world there were several villages who had different ways of revering and respecting The Light. Each village had their own traditions and beliefs. They were all so divided from each other that they had no idea how to properly get along. A group of children discovered an old man who didn't fit the pattern of any of the villages. This strange little man helped the villagers learn to accept and appreciate their differences while still being true to themselves.
I am not sure really young children will get the full impact of the message. This book can be used to teach acceptance of others beliefs to some children but mostly it will be associated with religious acceptance as many people associate The Light as a religious term. A good message to be found is that everyone has something to contribute to the whole which is better than trying to live separate, individual lives.

I viewed a free e-galley compliments of NetGalley.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Shadows on My Wall

by Timothy Young
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
August 2012

A young boy sees shadows on his bedroom wall created by the street light outside. At first he is scared and hides under his bed. Then he discovers he can join in the fun and change the scary in to silly. There is a simple demonstration at the end on how to make your own shadow puppets at home. The illustrations are cute and will appeal to young children.

I viewed an e-galley compliments of NetGalley.

Lester's Dreadful Sweaters

Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
by K. G. Campbell
Kids Can Press
September 2012

Young Lester was suspicious of pretty much everything and he liked his life to be perfectly ordered. That all changed when cousin Clara arrived. The family isn't quite sure whose cousin she is, but if she's family she, and her knitting basket, will be welcomed in their home. Now poor Lester's life will never be the same for Cousin Clara rapidly knitted him a sweater which to be polite he wore until it "accidentally" got ruined. Never fear, cousin Clara can knit up a new on in the blink of an eye - this one even more dreadful than the last. No matter what accidents befall the gifted sweaters there was always another one close behind. Until eventually Lester was able to find a more appreciative home for his collection of sweaters and the knitting fiend herself.
Lester is a fabulous little boy full of quirks and charm. This is a fun story with adorable illustrations. The creatively terrible sweaters are fabulous - I am glad they find a happy home in the end!

I viewed an e-galley compliments of NetGalley.