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I celebrated one year working at Green Bean Books. It’s been a great experience being part of a wonderful, magical place and connecting with readers!
For #FlashbackFriday, I shared part of a letter I wrote to my friend about my fear of going back to school. I’ve been considering taking classes again to become a teacher.
-Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Kevin Cornell [**]- I’ve got to admit that I’m not a big fan of Mac Barnett even though I think his books are very creative. So I was surprised to like this one.
-God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham [**]- I wouldn’t call myself religious but I’m also not one to stay away from something just because it is like this book, especially when the message is all about one-ness.
-Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer, Illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean [**]- Mindfulness is introduced to younger readers in this interesting picture book.
-Toucan Toucan’t by Peter Francis-Browne, Illustrated by Rita Gianetti [**]- This was a fun find while volunteering at the Children’s Book Bank. Loved the wordplay even if some of them didn’t really make sense. “A toucan tango, but a toucan’t share a potty!”
-A Year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds, Illustrated by Heath McKenzie [*]- Two girls and a cat and the changing seasons help tell the story of changes and friendship old and new.
-Some Monsters Are Different by David Milgrim [*]- Cute picture book about accepting and celebrating one’s differences.
-Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, Illustrated by Erin McGuire [*]- I was rather disappointed with this book. Maybe I had too high expectations after hearing other people talk about it? I appreciated all the references to other fairy tales and I liked how diverse and realistic the characters were. But I felt the story started off too slow and all the interesting parts were rushed over. I’m really surprised at how low of a rating I’m giving Breadcrumbs but can’t wait to read The Real Boy.
-Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay [**- My Pick of the Week]- I loved this book! The brother-sister relationship between Sam and Stella is so strong and realistic and wonderful to behold.
-Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong, Illustrated by David Small [*]- This was pretty funny. Almost wordless except for the street signs that adds another level of humor to the story.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m reading I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza and, for my reading challenge, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.
Have a great reading week!