Monday, October 16, 2006

Three wonderful Children's books!

I love children's books!  Especially picture books.   I just enjoy reading a wonderfully written and illustrated children's book so much.  My children all agree with me, and the 9 and 11 yo girls can still be found reading picture books from time to time.

We checked out three wonderful children's non-fiction books last week.  I wanted to recommend them for others.  These were well written, excellently illustrated, and engaging.
 
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAutumn-Leaves-Ken-Robbins%2Fdp%2F043913143X%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fqid%3D1161006872%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks&tag=elcloudhomesc-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325">Autumn Leaves</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=elcloudhomesc-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />  by Ken Robbins. This book had beautiful color photographs of trees and their leaves, in Autumn.  The leaf pictures are large, and would make an excellent resource for labelling a leaf collection.  The children and I all enjoyed this book.

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRoanoke-Colony-Unsolved-Mystery-History%2Fdp%2F0689823215%2Fsr%3D1-3%2Fqid%3D1161122202%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks&tag=elcloudhomesc-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325">Roanoke: The Lost Colony</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=elcloudhomesc-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> by Jane Yolen. She is also the author of the Five In A Row book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FOwl-Moon-Jane-Yolen%2Fdp%2F0399214577%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fqid%3D1161122405%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks&tag=elcloudhomesc-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325">Owl Moon</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=elcloudhomesc-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />.  This book is interesting because it tells the history of Roanoke, clues to its disappearance, and then lays out the theories.  It asks questions about each theory to get the child thinking.  And then it asks what the child thinks happened.  I enjoyed it and so did 11 yo A.  Roanoke always fascinated me in school, although Steve didn't remember it.  The book has beautiful illustrations, too.  Jane Yolen has written several Unsolved Mystery in History books.  I hope to read more of them.

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGhost-Towns-American-West-Historical%2Fdp%2F0618065571%2Fsr%3D1-2%2Fqid%3D1161006946%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks&tag=elcloudhomesc-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325">Ghost Towns of the American West</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=elcloudhomesc-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> by Raymond Bial.  This book told the history of the old west and the wild west.  It talked about how towns rose up along the cattle trails, railway lines, and gold mines ... and then emptied out.  It delved into Westward Expansion.  Lots of photographs -- past and present!!  11 yo A and I both enjoyed it.  However, I do have a warning about this book.  It did try to capitalize on the "ghost town" term and make eery comments about what ghosts might walk in the old ghost towns.  Not an issue for A or myself (we just roll our eyes at it), but it might bother some children and families.

Enjoy!!

2 comments:

  1. April,


    Amazon would like to thank you!


    I headed over there to take a look at the Jane Yolen and had to buy a few more too.


    Happy reading!!!!

    Kerri

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  2. I am with you...I love children's books! Although my kids are teens now, we occasionally still get out the old books (You Are Special, the Crippled Lamb, etc.) and read them...and cry! :-)

    Blessings,

    Sonya

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