Monday, July 23, 2012

Have You Seen My Duckling

Caldecott Honor  1985
This great little story was one I had never read before. It won the honor medal when I was seven--and this book seems very pre-school, so maybe I was just a bit too old??!!
I enjoyed reading this book to my kiddos. Oliver (3) seemed to get into it more than his older sister. We enjoyed hunting for the hidden duckling on each page. The bold drawings and simple story were appreciated by the young readers the book was intended for.

High: Looking for the hidden duckling on each page.

Low: This book has a limited audience. It is a book meant for the young (which I don't mind--it just isn't probably widely read).

My favorite illustration. I love the little heads peeping under the water. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Teachers Celebrate and READ

Ms. Diffley, Mr. Thomas, Ms. McCormick, Ms. Oyanagi, Mrs. Wessman, and Mrs. Hinderer Celebrate and READ at Ms. Oyanagi's wedding!

Wow--our teachers really love reading!

Where have you been caught reading this summer-

There Was an Old Lady That Swallowed a Fly

Caldecott Honor 1998

This was one of my favorite reads. The familiar song was great fun to sing to my kids as we flipped through the pages. Taback's illustrations were whimsical and humorous.  We loved how the pages had a hole in the middle so that we could view the animals as they were swallowed.

High: I loved how the text was a part of the artwork and wrapped around the "hole" that had the animals inside of it.

Low: I'm getting nit picky--but I do find the old lady to have very strange hair.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Molly Bang
Caldecott Honor 1981

Yikes! This was one creepy book. The illustrations were beautiful. However, they did not seem like they were made for children. I just didn't get it.

High: I loved the illustrations of the trees, and I loved how the grey lady's face would show while the rest of her was grey.

Low: Although the illustrations were beautiful--I really didn't like this book. The strawberry snatcher was a character that was creepy and almost a bit disturbing to me. Overall this book is one of my least favorites read so far.

Pictures I liked:)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Caldecott Honor 2006

By: Majorie Priceman

We're up at the lake for the week, and the kids got Nonna to read us this Caldecott.

High: I loved the part of this story that was (mostly true). The illustrations of the animals up in the hot-air balloon were humorous, and told a wonderful story without words.

Low: The true parts of this story were long, and my kiddos needed a lot of help to understand. I found the illustrations on these pages to be over detailed and not as much fun to look at as well.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Reading

Hey Brimhall Readers....I just can't stop reading. Here I am on the way to my cabin with Paul Bunyon. He likes to read too!

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