Panda’s Earthquake Escape by Phyllis J. Perry

Title: Panda’s Earthquake Escape
Author: Phyllis J. Perry

Illustrator: Susan Detwiler

Ages: 4-8
Paperback or hardback: 32 pgs, Hardback and Paperback
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing

Publication Date: March 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-071-5 (H)  $16.95/978-1-60718-082-1 (P)  $ 8.95

Reviewed by Kathy Stemke

This delightful story is based on the real life story of a Giant panda who did escape from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when the 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China on May 12, 2008.  Author Phyllis Perry uses the adventures of a mother panda, LiLing, and her one-year-old cub, Tengfei, to teach children about the endangered panda, and how they adapt to dangerous situations. In Panda’s Earthquake Escape, mother and cub escape from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, they get lost! How will they survive outside their reserve? Where will they find food and shelter?

“Tengfei watched.  He had never seen anything like this before.  These were not bamboo shoots, but he was really hungry.  Finally he tried one of the bulbs.  It wasn’t so bad.  He ate several more.  While they were eating, the earth beneath their feet began moving again.” 

With the help of Susan Detwiler’s vivid illustrations, children will fall in love with this mother and her cub as they experience this event through the eyes of these gentle animals.

 In “the creative minds” section at the end of the book you will find fun Panda facts and a life cycle sequencing activity.  Teachers will love the two pages of earthquake facts as well.



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Little Red Bat by Carole Gerber

Title: Little Red Bat
Author: Carole Gerber

Illustrator: Christina Wald
Paperback or hardback:
32 pgs Hardback and Paperback
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing

Publication Date: March 2010
ISBN-13: 9781-607-180692 (H)  $16.95/ 9781-607-180807 (P)  $ 8.95

Reviewed by Kathy Stemke

When we mention bats what image comes to your mind?  Count Dracula?  Bats often get a bad rap.  The little red bat in Carole Gerber’s story is a sweet young bat that doesn’t know whether to stay in the forest for winter or migrate to a warmer climate.  She talks to many different animals that tell her how they survive the winter.  Each one warns the little red bat about his natural enemy. 

“Where will you live this winter?” asks the little red bat.  “I’m wondering if I should stay or if I should go.”  With a swish of his tail, the squirrel buries his last nut.  “I’m staying.  My winter food is all stored,” he says.  If you stay, watch out for owls.” 

Christina Wald offers outstanding illustrations, which add to the enjoyment and educational opportunities of this book.  She even features close ups of certain animal body parts like the wing, foot, and head of a quail.  Kids will see new details with every reading. 

A feature of “the creative mind” section at the end of the book is a detailed, labeled illustration of a tree bat that is full of interesting facts.  There’s an adaptation matching game, and a life cycle sequencing activity too.  As a teacher I can say that Little Red Bat is a must for every classroom.



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Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer

Title: Newton and Me

Ages: 4-8
Author: Lynne Mayer

Illustrator: Sherry Rogers
Paperback or hardback: 32 pgs, Hardback or Paperback
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing

Publication Date: March 2010
ISBN-13:  978-1-60718-067-8  (H)  $16.95/
978-1-60718-078-4  (P)   $ 8.95

Reviewed by Kathy Stemke

Lynne Mayer’s story of a boy and his dog, Newton, playing and discovering the laws of force and motion will delight kids everywhere.  Whether this duo is playing with a ball or solving a problem with a wagon full of rocks, they illustrate how Newton’s laws of motion affect the world we live in every day. 

The whimsical illustrations by Sherry Rogers will fascinate young children as they find new details with each reading.  The clever rhymes will help new readers to navigate easily through this informative story. 

“Saturday morning I was asleep in my bed,

when Newton, my dog, dropped a ball on my head.

Then Newton and I ran out the back door,

We had the whole day to play and explore.” 

In the “Creative Minds” section at the back of the book Ms. Mayer recaps the laws in simple language, and asks the children some questions to reinforce and continue the learning process.  

 “A pull is a force that moves something toward you.  What are some things in the book that the boy pulls? What are some things that you might pull?”

She continues to challenge kids by asking them to match up these laws with illustrations from the book.  More facts about Sir Isaac Newton and his important contributions to math and physics are included here as well.  As a teacher, I treasure Lynne Mayer’s book, Newton and Me, as a fun-filled, and useful tool for every classroom.



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America’s Black Founders by Nancy I. Sanders

 

For an educational and fun reading experience look no further than America’s Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders by Nancy I. Sanders.

In this engaging book geared for ages 9 – 12, Sanders brings America’s black Revolutionary hereos and early leaders to life with stories, historical photographs, and special features. While this book covers a variety of heroes and leaders–John Marrant, Lucy Terry Prince, Crispus Attucks, Salem Poor, Harry Hosier and many more–the story of Richard Allen, from his birth to his death flows through the entire book, weaving in and out of the times in which Allen lived.

Also included are 21 activities that youngsters will enjoy. From stuffing a straw mattress to making a stamp, from how to pen a patriotic poem to designing a flag, and from reading the Declaration of Independence to exploring your family tree, these activities will keep your children or students entertained while they learn.

The photography in this book is outstanding. It is also obvious that Sanders put a great deal of effort and research into America’s Black Founders.  Classes that are studying Colonial America and Revolutionary times will definitely want to have this in their library. It is also a great read for Black History Month.

I highly recommend America’s Black Founders by Nancy Sanders. You can find many more books by Sanders by checking out her website.

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN-10: 1556528116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556528118
  • SRP:  $16.95 


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    41 Things to Know About Autism by Chantal Sicile-Kira

     Has your child recently been diagnosed with autism? Are you the grandparent of a child who has autism? Are you a friend who wants to know how to help someone whose child has autism?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider purchasing 41 Things to Know About Autism by Chantal Sicile-Kira.

    In this informative and helpful book from the Good Things to Know line from Turner Publishing, readers will learn what autism is, what does and doesn’t cause autism, what to do after your child is diagnosed with autism, and so much more.

    Autism advocate and award-winning author Chantal Sicile-Kira, uses her over 20 years of experience as the parent of an autisic child and a professional in the field, to create a book that will help you, your loved ones, and your friends learn more about autism and how to create a better environment for your child.

    The book discusses how to determine your child’s educational needs; how to gain a better picture of your child; emotional and financial effects of autism on the family; why holidays are difficult for families with autism, and many other topics that will be invaluable to families with members who have been diagnosed.

    The author’s passion for this subject is obvious from the beginning. She truly wants people to understand what autism is and what it isn’t. With this one tiny book, Sicile-Kira has provided parents with the basic tools they will need before and after the diagnosis.

    To learn more about this book and its author, please visit the author’s website. This book will be released on March 25th.

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  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 1596525835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596525832
  • SRP:  $9.99


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