Genre: Children's Book

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane…by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane…by Kate DiCamillo

    Edward Tulane is a distinguished, but vain, china rabbit. Edward’s girl Abilene loves him and he loves her right back. When Edward’s perfect life takes a turn for the worse, he learns there is more to life than trinkets and fine clothes.   I really love Kate DiCamillo. Her book ‘Because of Winn Dixie’ is one of my favorites. I only recently heard of ‘Edward Tulane’.  As soon I found out it is a story about a vain stuffed rabbit, I had to read it.   The people Edward meets along his journey all have hard luck stories. Along Edward’s travels and with every new person he meets, Edward learns a lot about himself and the world around him. He bonds with all the people he travels with and helps fill a void in each and every one of them. In […]

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Snobbity Snowman…by Maria Bardyukova, illustrations by Quiet Riley Jr.

Snobbity Snowman…by Maria Bardyukova, illustrations by Quiet Riley Jr.

    ‘Snobbity Snowman’ is a picture book about an unconventional and uppity snowman. In the end Snobbity learns an important moral lesson about what it means to sacrifice for others.  My son and I decided to read this together. We loved the cute and quirky  illustrations and we loved Snobbity as a character. The vocabulary is a little advanced so I would take this into account when reading to really young children. Altogether, ‘Snobbity Snowman’ is cute, fun, and educational and we loved it. A perfect read for the holiday season.

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Isosceles’ Day…by Kevin J. Meehan

Isosceles’ Day…by Kevin J. Meehan

Hello from Tiny Bird’s Shelf. This is where I share books that my kids and I read together.   Isosceles is a friendly dog looking for fun. He takes kids on a rhyming adventure to meet new friends.   As animal lovers,our family loves anything to do with pets. When I heard about ‘Isosceles’ Day’, I knew we had to read it.   We decided that Noah would read it to me. Since the prose is rhyming it made it easy and fun for him to read.   The illustrations in ‘Isosceles’ Day’ are absolutely amazing. The pages are bright and colorful and the illustrations have a wonderful vintage feel.   One thing that my son particularly loved, is that Isosceles is a  real rescue dog that  previously  led a hard life. This helped the story to be absolutely endearing. […]

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Tiny Bird’s Shelf: Otis and the Kittens…by Loran Long

Tiny Bird’s Shelf: Otis and the Kittens…by Loran Long

Here at ‘The Book Return’ blog we are excited to announce a new feature called ‘Tiny Bird’s Shelf’. ‘Tiny Bird’s Shelf’ will exclusively feature children’s picture books. My kids and I will read the stories together and let our readers know what we collectively think about the story.   When I saw ‘Otis and the Kittens’ on Book Outlet I had to pick it up. ‘The Otis’ series features vibrant illustrations by Loren Long. Part of the magic of the ‘Otis and the Kittens’ is discovering all the fine details of the story displayed in the illustrations. ‘Otis and the Kittens’ features the important themes of safety, family, cooperation, and friendship. My son especially enjoyed the interactions between Otis, the kittens, and the firemen. ‘Otis and the Kittens’ offers a feel good story with wonderful illustrations. It features popular children’s  themes. I […]

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I Am Lucille Ball…Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

I Am Lucille Ball…Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

‘I Am Lucille Ball’ tells the story of how little Lucy overcame many obstacles to become the legend that she is today. She lost her father as a young child and she is sent to live with relatives who did not appreciate her sense of humor. She is told over and over, by her grandmother, that women are not funny. This did not deter her. She pushed on. Eventually she helped change the way women are looked at in show business and how show business is run in general. I’ve loved Lucy since I was a kid (see what I did there). Lucy’s antics never failed to make me laugh. When you think about it, its amazing that a show made 65 years ago is still entertaining and hilarious. When I need a good laugh, the ‘freezer episode’ (where Lucy and […]

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Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea…Ben Clanton

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea…Ben Clanton

I was super excited to learn about ‘a the Unicorn of the Sea’ book. I initially planned on reading it on my Kindle but it looked so cute, I bought a paperback copy. It is part of a new series called ‘Narwhal and Jelly’.  One of my ‘tater tots’ loves Narwhal’ so this book was perfect for us. Inside it is laid out like a graphic novel and has really fun illustrations. There is also educational information throughout the story. We loved ‘Narwhal and Jelly’s’ friendship. We also really loved that their favorite food is waffles! We had fun reading it and is it perfect for ages 8-10. We plan on getting the others in the series.   Save Save Save

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