The Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, January/February 2006

Given the volume of books we’re processing, we’ve decided to go to a bi-monthly format for the Bookbag. As time and seasons/special events warrant, we’ll post additional notes. Hopalong Jack and the Blue Bunnies, Jeri Landers. In a large family of bunnies, it’s really hard to be a standout. Jack desperately wants to be noticed, but whenever he tries to make himself unique, his siblings copy his actions. “On the literal side, the story opens a wonderful door to talking about feelings and self esteem. On the creative side, there is plenty to seek and learn about the art and “hidden” objects.” (Ochre Moon Press, 2005)My Little Lore of Light, Haijah Amina Adil. This collection of stories introduces children to … Read more

The Holiday Book Bag, December 2005

We have forty seasonal titles in our virtual book bag. This is our collection of books worthy of your holiday library. Whether you are sharing a picture book with a young pre-reader or have an independent reader looking for something a little more “grown up,” there’s something for everyone on our list. Arctic Airlift by Richard Ross. When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. Can Robert get help to Santa from where he sits in Middle. This is a Santa story. [ ages 7 to 10] Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera. Sophie is … Read more

The Book Bag: Books for Ages 4 to 8, September 2005

Arctic Airlift by Richard Ross. When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. (Bluefox Press, 2005) Ernest and Elston by Laura T. Barnes. Elston, the Rooster, decides to make himself a donkey like Ernest, because all of the other barnyard animals complain about his early-morning crowing. When Elston takes that last step and stifles his cockle-doodle-do, he learns how much the animals truly value him! This is an animal story with an easily absorbed lesson about being true to yourself. (Barnesyard Books, 2005) Get Inside the Sea by Robert Harvey. Sit at the bottom … Read more