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My Father's Shop

My Father’s Shop

My Father’s Shop

“My Father’s Shop is a lighthearted and richly illustrated story which celebrates friendship – old and new – and the delightful possibilities that come from sharing culture and language.  The spirited Mustafa is a lovable character who shows readers that having fun can be productive and educational.” ~~ Abigail Sawyer, Paper Tigers, May 2009.

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My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

“Watanabe does an excellent job of showing how similar we are and yet allowing readers to really see the difference in the societies we live in.  The illustrations are done in a very welcoming style that invites readers to look closely at the details.  This is a very nice introduction to Japan and its modern culture through the eyes of a child.

Recommended for children studying Japan or Japanese as well as children who are interested in other cultures.  With its friendly, inviting style, this book is a welcome addition to any library.”

Kids Lit, May, 2009

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Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson

Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson

Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat

“The Plot: Norman and Brenda live their own lives, waiting for life to begin, waiting for that someone.  Will their paths ever cross?

The Good:  I wanted to read this after reading Betsy’s review:  “Norman and Brenda ain’t sexy, but they’re hopeful.”

Norman and Brenda’s stories are told at the same time; Norman on the top of the page, Brenda on the bottom.  Both alone; both waiting; both yearning.  Norman felt as if life had started without him.  “Everyone else was having theirs, but his hadn’t arrived yet.”  Meanwhile, “Brenda felt as if life was always going on in the next room.  If she went into the next room, it moved out into the garden.”

Their paths always almost cross.  Will these two ever find each other?

Like Betsy said, this is a book to give as a gift to grown-ups; especially grown-ups who need a little hope in their life; a reminder that happiness comes, just at different times for different people.” ~~A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy, June 2009                   


Not All Animals Are Blue by Beatrice Boutignon

Not All Animals Are Blue by Beatrice Boutignon

Not All Animals Are Blue

by Beatrice Boutignon

“French author/illustrator Beatrice Boutignon has created a wonderful picture book for the preschooler.  This is a book that requires the child to make connections between the sentences on the left hand page witht the pictures on the right.  Each right hand page pictures five animals doing different things or attired differently.  The five statements on the left are one to one matches the child must make.  Clues inclued enlarged, colored words in the sentences plus easily identifiable clothing or body posture on the animals.

For instance, opposite the picture page of “Five Raccoons Making Mischief” are such questions as “Who has the best balance?”  The word balance is larger and is blue; the statement matches a raccoon doing a hand stand and wearing a blue shirt.  He’s just relaxing…” matches the raccoon propped up on his elbows with one knee up and wearing red shorts.

This very clean, crisp looking book will be delight for interactive reading with youngsters.  I took it home for a grandchild’s visit where it was a favorite.  Let’s hope for more from this new contributor to children’s books.” ~~Education Resource Center, University of Delaware, June 1, 2009

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Sosu's Call by Meshack Asare
Sosu’s Call by Meshack Asare

Sosu’s Call by Meshack Asare

“…The illustrious Ghanaian Meshack Asare, who has been winning international awards for his picture books since before many of today’s parents were born, combines his talents and education in art, educational psychology, and social anthropology to give readers a well-conceived story that will touch the hearts of people from many backgrounds.  This beautifully illustrated book featuring a protagonist who refuses to be defined by his disability reminds us of the value in every person and all that can be lost if we fail to recognize it.” ~~ Abigail Sawyer, Paper Tigers, May 2009

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Educational L
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 23:40:53

    Great reviews. I like to read about them before I decide what is good for the kids. Thanks for the free shipping.


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