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Children’s Book Reviews by Kat Blair
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Book Review, children

Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book by Gyo Fujikawa

“A is for absolutely adorable! Beloved artist Gyo Fujikawa teaches toddlers their alphabet in a picture-packed A to Z. Each letter is illustrated by a multitude of marvelous things to help build a child’s vocabulary, including chicks, chocolate cake, and cuckoo clock for C and moon, mouse, and monkey for M.

“As always, Fujikawa has created a charming collection of cute children and huggable animals of all kinds.” [JPB FUJIKAWA]

Daughter of Winter by Pat Lowery Collins

“It is 1849, and 12-year-old Addie is in shock — her father has left the family’s Massachusetts home to look for gold in California, and her mother and brother have just died from the much-feared flux [dysentery]. Typically, children in this predicament find themselves taken into the homes of strangers and often are abused or neglected, so Addie flees to the nearby woods (in spite of the snow) to try and survive on her own. But it’s harder than she thought to use the limited skills her father taught her, and so she is grateful for the help offered by Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman, at least until Nokummus claims to be Addie’s grandmother.” [J COLLINS]

National Geographic Kids’ The Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever by “Dino” Don Lessem

“The Ultimate Dinopedia is organized by the periods that are well known to young enthusiasts: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. It includes every dinosaur ever discovered, and highlights 125 species that scientists know sufficiently to describe in rich detail. Special features include How We Know What They Looked Like, Baby Dinosaurs, Great Dinosaur Goofs, and much more. Every featured dino gets a fact box that delivers important information at a glance—Scientific Name, Discoverer, Place and Date of Discovery, Length, Habitat, Diet, Fossils, Fun Facts, and Range Map.” [J567.9 LESSEM]

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