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Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose

Bibliographic information: Dillon, L., & Dillon, D. (2007). Mother goose: Numbers on the loose. Orlando: Harcourt.

Short annotation: Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose, is a Mother Goose nursery rhyme book with new rhymes using numbers or as well as old nursery rhymes that have been altered to include numbers.

The genre: Illustrated collection of nursery rhymes

Grade level: Kindergarten to Second grade

Readers who will like this book: Some of the readers that will enjoy reading this book are children from the ages of 3 to 8, educators looking for a good numbers book, parents looking for a different form of Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

Personal response and rating: I would rate this book a 3; I really like that this book incorporates both Mother Goose nursery rhymes and also includes counting and the beautiful illustrations within the book. I was not too fond of the fact that at the end of the book it started to use numbers out of sequence and I felt that this could be confusing to children who were just getting numbers and their order down.

Question: What is the highest number you can count to?

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So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book

Bibliographic information: Walton, R., & Miglio, P. (1998). So many bunnies: A bedtime abc and counting book. New York: Scholastic.

Short annotation: So many Bunnies is a bedtime ABC and counting book, about mother rabbit who had twenty-six children. Mother rabbit named all her children in order of the letters of the alphabet.

The genre: Picture, Fiction, ABC book, Counting book

Grade level: First book to First grade

Readers who will like this book: Some readers that will like this book are young children learning their ABCs and 1,2,3’s, parents and educators both looking for either a good ABC book or counting book.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 4; I really liked that this books incorporated both number and letters. I also really liked that the pictures in this book were so detailed and correctly displayed each individual bunny in the many family photos that were hanging from the walls.

Question: How many letters are in the alphabet?

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Greek Myth

Bibliographic information: Williams, M. (1991). Greek myths for young children. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press.

Short annotation: This book has a verity of different Greek myths which range from Arion and the Dolphins to Theseus and the Minotaur.

The genre: Fiction, Myth, Picture Book, Graphica Book

Grade level: First grade to 8th grade

Readers who will like this book: Some readers who will enjoy reading this book are students interested in Greek mythology, educators showing students different forms of literature and text style and parents wanting to teach their children a little bit of Greek mythology.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 2.5; I really like that this book has a variety of Greek myths and that the book’s stories were told more like a comic book. I didn’t like that the majority of the stories were violent and have acts of violence against children.

Question: What does the word “myth” mean?

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There Is a Bird on Your Head!

Bibliographic information: Willems, M. (2007). There is a bird on your head!. New York: Hyperion.

Short annotation: In this book Gerald the elephant finds himself having a family of birds living on his head and the adventures he has trying to get them off.

The genre: Realistic fiction, Picture book

Grade level: Kindgraden to Second grade

Readers who will like this book: Some of the people that would enjoy this book would be students, educators and parents because this book teaches about the importance of asking nicely and the importance of being polite. It’s also just a fun book to read and enjoy.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I really enjoyed the characters Gerald the elephant and Piggy the pig in this book because of the personality that was brought to the book. I also like that this is a great book to hand to children that are first learning to read, knowing that they will most likely be able to understand the story.

Question: What does it mean to be polite, and why is being polite important?

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Thank you, Mr. Falker

Bibliographic information: Polacco, P. (1998). Thank you, Mr. Falker. New York: Philomel Books.

Short annotation: Thank you, Mr. Falker is a story about a girl named Trisha, who at first loved school, but as time went on she started to dislike school because she became the victim of bullying due to the fact she had a hard time reading.

The genre: Realistic fiction, Picture book

Grade level:  Preschool to Second grade

Readers who will like this book: Children of all ages, parents trying to show their child that bullying is not okay and that teacher will help students when they are struggling, educators talking about learning differences and bullying.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I loved every aspect of this book because it talked about teachers going above and beyond to help students, students being able to struggle but still succeed and that bullies do get in trouble. I also really enjoyed looking at all the detail put into the images.

Question: Have you ever had a teacher who went above and beyond what was required to help you understand a subject that you were struggling with?

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Puss in Boots

Bibliographic information: Pinkney, J. (2012). Puss in boots. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Short annotation: This is a story about a clever cat, who with a pair of boots, helped his owner marry a princess.

The genre: Fairy tales, Picture book

Grade level: Preschool to Third grade

Readers who like this book: children ages 2 to 10, parents looking for a good bedtime story and educators looking to teach students about the importance of determination.

Personal response and rating: I would rate this book a 2.5; I love all the details in the writing and pictures but I didn’t like the fact that Puss had to lie and be deceitful to get the princess to take interest in his owner.

Question: Where do you think this book takes place and why?

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Will Moses Mother Goose

Bibliographic information: Moses, W. (2003). Will moses mother goose. New York: Philomel Books.

Short annotation: This book had classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes and riddles and some unheard of ones.

The genre: Picture Book, Nursery Rhymes and Riddles

Grade Level: Preschool to First grade

Readers who will like this book: Some people who will like reading this book are children ages 5 to 8, parents who are looking to find a good nursery rhyme or riddle book for young children, educators that are looking to introduce students to poems and riddles.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 3; I like that you would read two pages of different nursery rhymes and riddles then on the next two pages, there was an illustration with all the different rhymes and riddles you just read about. There were a few rhymes and riddles that I didn’t know and there were a few rhymes and riddles I didn’t understand or like.

Question: What is your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhyme or riddle?