Saturday, February 8, 2020

Review of Pacho Nacho by Silvia Lopez

Pacho Nacho

Mama and Papa could not agree on a name for their first baby, and everyone in the family had an opinion. That's how the name Pacho-Nacho-Nico-Tico-Melo-Felo-Kiko-Rico came to be, and Pacho's parents insisted that everyone use his full name. But when Pacho finds himself in trouble, his younger brother, Juan, must quickly find help, which isn't easy when you have to keep saying Pacho-Nacho-Nico-Tico-Melo-Felo-Kiko-Rico. Author Silvia Lopez highlights family values, community connections, and brotherly love in this interactive, energetic, and silly picture book. Pacho Nacho is based on an old Japanese folktale and includes Spanish words and phrases and multicultural settings.

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**My thoughts**
When I was a kid, the book Tikki-Tikki-Tembo was one of my favorites. I listened to it constantly at the audiobook station and dogeared the pages of the book as I read it a hundred times. When I started teaching, it had to become a part of my personal library to share with the kids. Now this new version of the classic Asian tale is another must-read that needs to go into my collection.

When their first son is born, the parents cannot agree on what to name him. They ask their family for suggestions, and still no one can agree. So to make everyone happy, he ends up with a crazy long name, starting with the parents' choices of Pacho Nacho. 

Because everyone is so proud of having their part of the name included, everyone insists that everyone call the lad by all eight parts of his name at all times.

Oh, and the next kid is simply named Juan. 

And of course, boys will be boys, running around and exploring, and eventually the elder son gets himself into trouble. Juan goes running for help, trying to save time by simply calling his brother Pacho Nacho. All of the adults waste time by making him use his full name. But of course, he is eventually saved.

I loved this story. Even better than just reading it is reading it out loud. It's so much fun as all of the Spanish words that are sprinkled throughout roll off of the tongue. It's a great way to introduce some Spanish vocabulary words. And did I mention just how much fun it is to read this one out loud?

I also love the illustrations. They are bright and happy, with so much emotion and feeling in them. The boys' fun is contagious and you feel all of the other emotions along the way.

Included at the end is a glossary as well as an author's note that gives the history of the story over generations.

Thank you to Capstone and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Review of Argyle Fox by Marie LeTourneau

Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh! Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother's suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution. The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.

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**My thoughts**
First I have to say that these illustrations are fantastic. I felt completely drawn into Argyle's world and wanted to go play with him. There's just so much warmth and nostalgia in them.

And I love Argyle. He is spunky and stubborn, with endless creativity. He is determined to play outside in the wind and to defy the wind that keeps ruining his plans. You can feel his frustration every time he is defeated. And then you cannot help but admire how he goes back home and looks for something else to try outside. Especially in an age where kids are glued to electronics, I love seeing a kid who is resourceful and unplugged.

Even better is when he goes home once again, feeling completely defeated about his misfortune thus far. Instead of solving his problem for him, Argyle's mother encourages him to think about possible solutions to it. It does take him a while, but he goes through his belongings and digs deep into that creative mind of his and finally comes up an activity that will work with the wind.

I would totally keep a copy of this book in my classroom and hope that the kids I read it to were inspired to come up with their own creative ideas. I love it and would love to see more adventures with Argyle in the future!

Thank you to Tanglewood Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review of Roxy the Raccoon by Alice Reeves

Roxy the Raccoon

Roxy lives in the forest with her three best friends, who she loves to visit and play games with. Roxy is in a wheelchair, so sometimes it is harder for her to go to the same places and play the same games as the other animals. Roxy and her friends realise that by making a few small changes and working together, they can make the forest a better place for everyone. Roxy teaches us that there are bunches of ways to be more inclusive of those who have a disability so that everyone can join in.

Part of the Truth & Tails series, which aims to eliminate prejudices and encourage acceptance in young children aged 4-8, the story of Roxy and her friends is accompanied by hand-drawn, watercolour illustrations.

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**My thoughts**
Roxy the Raccoon has a lot of friends who want to spend time with her and include her in their fun. But she is in a wheelchair, so it isn't possible for her to do so. They feel bad about not thinking about making accommodations for her and then work together to find ways to include her.

I found it to have a great message about inclusion and being sensitive to special needs. You cannot change the person to fit the activity, but you can adapt the environment to accommodate the person. That's pretty much the foundation of my Montessori background.

In the back of the book are suggested questions for teachers to use at a circle time for conversation. They can be adapted to fit the age level of your students. And parents reading this book at home could also use these for conversations with their children.

The watercolor illustrations are cute for the most part, though I will say I am not usually a fan of unrealistic depictions of animals, such as a chipmunk, in a book that is supposed to be talking about real life issues. Some of the scale seems a bit off and the wheelchair looks like something someone made back in the early 1900s at home. I don't think many children will necessarily notice these things, though. But they could also provide for further conversations with the children. I think the message of the story far outweighs these.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Be Brave: Moments of Bravery by Ronald Destra, Juanita Destra, & Yvon St. Juste

Be Brave

Poignant tales of bravery that will inspire your children to be the bravest version of themselves in hairy and upsetting situations!

Are you looking for a non-trivial storybook to inculcate positive values in your kids? Do you want to discover a great way to teach your kids real courage to help them stand against injustice and abuse in today's world? If yes, then this little book might be your answer.

Follow the actions of different people from different backgrounds as they struggle to make tough, courageous and brave decisions even in the face of overwhelming fear.

From a little kids trying to nip abuse in the bud, to a man about to rescue his daughter from a burning house, this storybook is filled with stories that will inspire your little ones to live a life of courage and bravery.

Filled with lucid, colorful and attention-grabbing illustrations and powerful snippets of different people standing up for their rights, this wonderful little book is one that belongs on every family's bookshelf and is perfect for cozying up with your kids for bedtime reading before tucking them in for bed!

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Habu and the Lost Zebra by Beth Solomon

Habu and the Lost Zebra

It’s a regular, sunny summer day, but not for little Habu. Just as he wakes up and goes to play, he sees a zebra in his backyard. Zachary the Zebra tells Habu that he’s lost and Habu helps him find his way back to his family. Along their journey, the two friends learn about each other, play, talk, laugh and have so much fun.

This simple, educational story is suitable for children of almost all ages, whether they read it themselves or have it read to them. The story’s fun facts about zebras and the characters’ unusual friendship will provide endless fun for young readers and the entire family.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Review of Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger

Inky the Octopus

Out of this tank, I must be free.
I must explore the open sea!

Follow Inky the octopus as he escapes from the National Aquarium of New Zealand to the ocean! Based on a true story, Inky the Octopus: Bound for Glory chronicles the adventure that the real-life Inky might have taken on his escape to freedom in the open ocean!

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**My thoughts**
This fun rhyming story is about an octopus named Inky who has been enjoying his life in his tank, but now aches to see more of the world And somehow, he manages to escape and venture out into the world. It's based on a true story and also includes some other fun, true, and crazy octopus antics.

The bulk of it is full of fun octopus trivia, making it a fun research tool for older kids. The first part, which is the picture book part, is fun for younger kids to read. Adjust your presentation of it accordingly depending on the age and level of children's you're sharing it with. Let them explore it on their own to get out of it what they can at their own level.

Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.