Small Saul by Ashley Spires

Small-Saul

In this book Saul knows he is meant to be sailing the seven seas. However he is too short to be a sailor. So he looks for alternatives to making his dream come true. Saul goes to pirate school! Saul passes pirate school but still has some trouble finding a job. While he didn’t give up Saul finally made it to the crew of a pirate ship. Saul was the best pirate ever! But the pirates didn’t think so…

It wasn’t until Saul was gone that the pirates recognized the value in having someone different than them aboard.

This picture book is about following your dreams and learning self acceptance.

I am reviewing this book not only because I liked it, but Katherine asked if we could add it to our personal library for keeps. It was that GOOD! 4 thumbs up from us! The illustrations are superb!

Small-Saul-spread

Ashley Spires

Flora and Ulysses Written by Kate DiCamillo Illustrations by K. Gordon Campbell

9781406354560

Kate Dicamillo does it again with this beautiful story of friendship between animal and human. Flora is a lonely child who is affected deeply by the divorce of her parents. She is a self-declared cynic and hates that her  mom sits up most nights typing romance novels. Flora makes an unusual friend with Ulysses, who is a squirrel, in an unusual way. Flora and Ulysses need each other. This book is a extraordinary example of how animals can be therapeutic to humans in all situations.

Your child will love this action packed book that has the best ending ever.

We give it a 4 thumbs up! We love Kate Dicamillo and encourage you to read her other titles:

Mercy Watson – series

Bink and Gollie

Winn-Dixie

Tale of Despereaux

Follow this amazing author on her personal website! She won’t disappoint!

http://www.katedicamillo.com/

The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier

P1040388_Princess_bookSo I was thinking today as I sit here and stare at the stack of books that Katherine and I have read lined up for me to post. How much we really do love books. Recently while Volunteering at the American Library in Paris I was browsing through a large book called the 1001 Children/ Youth Books you must read before you die (or something like that). Looking through it I realized I had read a good number of the books either as a child or at least read them in school. As I flipped through the age groups a book in the 5+ stuck out to me. The title was “the secret lives of Princesses” by Philippe Lechermeier Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer the book was first written in French. However, an english version is published so I was excited! A reason this book stuck out to me was one….the illustration of the cover (AMAZING!) and two well I am living in France and anything about princesses is awesome to me and Katherine.

So as you may judge me for judging the book by it’s cover I do this because a cover a children’s book is going to be what draws the child in to read it. So publishers who have good authors pair them with amazing illustrator’s and so on.

I purchased the book “the secret lives of Princesses” and received it in the mail today. It is AMAZING the work of art for all the Unknown and Forgotten Princesses (which is the direct translation of the French Title) are so unique. The individual stories read like a Mother Goose rendition of fairytales.

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Peter Reynolds; inspires, and changed my view of children’s books.

NorthStarOne may ask why do I prefer children’s books over most novels. Well I stumbled upon a book called The North Star by Peter Reynolds. My father had just passed away and I was looking to connect myself to something through reading. I tried to immerse myself in stories that were full of emotion and multiple characters but just felt like I would get my head confused with my thoughts and the life situation of the main characters. Continue reading

The reason and season for friendship; The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

lionandbird_dubucThe book “The Lion and The Bird” written by Marianne Dubuc is a must have addition to anyone’s personal library. The illustrations draw you in to a beautiful story of friendship. As a mighty Lion is working in his garden he finds a little bird who has been wounded. The Lion mends the birds wound, but the rest of the bird’s flock has left for the winter. Continue reading