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Not surprisingly, my reading tastes have changed since having children. I still enjoy historical fiction, mysteries and non-fiction, however, now I've added children's books into the mix. I also review toys, since I seem to spend quite of bit of time with them. Of course, most of the videos we watch are child-friendly. I'm quite surprised to find that good children's videos tend to be hard to … Read more


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Welcome Books: A Day with Firefighters: Hard Work by Jan Kottke
Filled with pictures of smiling, friendly firefighters, this book gives a nice "snap-shot" of what firefighters do. The highlights, of course, are on fighting fires. The illustrations are acutal photos of firefighters and their equipment. Some are cheesy and obviously staged, but they're charming nonetheless.
The firestation is obviously in a very large city and the equipment they use is impressive. Children from large cities will see something familiar; children from more rural areas will get to see the neat stuff that their local, small volunteer company doesn't have.
The words are simple and clear, suitable for the youngest firefighter enthusiast. The pictures tell so much… Read more
Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas by Eve Bunting
Little Badger knows something that none of his forest friends do. Old Badger told him. He "wobble-waddles" around the forest, encountering various friends who tell him he ~can't~ be a pirate for one reason or another: he doesn't have the right hat, or eye patch, or bird, or whatever. Still, Little Badger knows.
This book strikes a refreshing note in a world where everyone has to have the right "stuff". Little Badger knows that all he needs is his imagination (and to be home in time for supper!). Our clever little friend has listened to his elder, and has a wonderful time being "The Terror of the Seven Seas" because of it.
Crocodile Listens by April Pulley Sayre
Crocodile Listens by April Pulley Sayre
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read-aloud book, Aug. 27 2002
With the repetition of sounds -- the thump, thump, thump of galloping giraffes; the tromp, tromp, tromp of trotting warthogs; the croak, croak, croak of calling frogs; and the adorable beeeeyo, beeeeyo, beeeeyo calls of the baby crocodiles -- this book begs to be read aloud. For a good storyteller, there is a lot to work with. It's truly fun to read with the frequent animal noises happening on every page.
Sadly, I can't say the same for the story itself. It's rather bland. The suspense is contrived. Development of the plot gets lost in the author's attempt to slide in bits of information about the crocodile. The main point, the reason the Crocodile Listens, that she is listening for… Read more