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Book cover 1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears: Numbers Everywhere New Review
Jane Brocket (2014) , under 40 pages
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Concept, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Pictures of flowers, socks, buttons, shapes, yummy food, and so much more invite you and your child to count all the way up to twenty. Each page features beautiful, colorful photographs showing different ways to look at each number. Some of the pictures feature things that are all the same and others challenge the reader to figure out what is different in the picture. When you finish the book, look around, what can you count next?

Reviewed by: Amanda / University City Regional Library

Book cover Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies New Review
Cokie Roberts (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Diane Goode
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Everyone remembers the important men during the founding of America, but what about the women that also helped shape our country? This book is a great introduction for young readers wanting to learn about early America. "Founding Mothers" will introduce important figures such as Deborah Read Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s wife, and Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American poet. This beautifully illlustrated book is an easy read for anyone interested in the history of America and its’ women.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? New Review
Rita Gray (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Kenard Pak
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Did you know that mama birds are very quiet when they sit on their nests? Do you know why? Where is the daddy bird? You will find out in this charming, non- fiction picture book. This book is perfect for preschoolers with just a few words per page and eye catching illustrations. Children will have fun looking at pictures of the different types of birds and imitating their sounds. When you are done with the book, go outside and see if you can find some of these birds in your own backyard.

Reviewed by: Linda / Mountain Island Library

Book cover Mr. Ferris and His Wheel New Review
Kathryn Davis (2014) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Gilbert Ford
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Biographies, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Imagine walking down the street at night and what do you see, but a twinkling, magical wheel going around as if it’s kissing the sky. Who could even dream up such an adventure? His name was George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. and he wanted to wow the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair visitors to showcase the talent of innovative American engineers. Working alongside his partner William Gronau, they drafted a plan, battled weather and timing to bring this invention forward. So, close your eyes…it`s June 21st 1893 and you are about to step up to the platform of the Ferris Wheel. It`s exhilarating, there`s never been anything like it! Now open your eyes, open this book, learn how a vision, research, and dedication transformed this idea into a reality.

If you liked this book, you may also like: The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman
Parental Notes

Book cover The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life New Review
Lois Ehlert (2014) , under 40 pages
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Biographies, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Lois Ehlert has created the perfect book for someone who, as she says, loves books and art. Both autobiography and scrap book, this title gives the reader a colorful peek inside her childhood, her studio, and her design process. With a seamstress mother and a woodworker father, Lois grew up with the examples and encouragement needed to become an award- winning picture book writer and illustrator. Each turn of the page reveals bits of her illustrations as well as the inspiration for many of her stories. Did you know that Feathers for Lunch was inspired by the time her sister’s cat Bucky escaped out the door? Or that Nuts to You came about after a real live squirrel slipped into Lois’s house. Readers will enjoy spotting familiar images from their favorite books. Lois has led a colorful life. And so can you!

Reviewed by: Gina / University City Regional Library


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