Friendship, Skills Children Learn

Goat’s Coat By Tom Percival

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Back of Book:
Alfonzo couldn’t be happier. He just got an amazing new coat, and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to give up his treasured possession to save the day?
This great big hug of a book shows that kindness is definitely the best recipe.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury Children’s books in exchange for an honest review. This is a touching story about Alfonzo the goat and his kindness to his friends. As Alfonzo wants through the woods he encounters many of his friends with troubles in the woods. He gives each of his friends a piece of the coat to help them. At the end of the story, his friends come together and repay his kindness. The book is told with a fun and upbeat rhyming scheme that will keep readers engaged throughout the book. The themes of kindness and friendship are perfectly tied into the story. The illustrations are bright and full of color. This is a fantastic book to share in the classroom about the importance of always being kind to others.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Friendship

Zola’s Elephant By Randall de Sève

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Back of Book:

When Zola moves into the neighborhood, her new next-door neighbor is too shy to go over and introduce herself. Plus, Zola already has a friend to play with—an elephant!
What we imagine is not always true, as the little girl discovers. Luckily, she also discovers that being brave can lead to new friendships—and even richer imaginary worlds—in this heartwarming book about friendship, moving, and the power of imagination.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Randall de Seve in exchange for an honest review.
Zola’s Elephant is a wonderful story that shows readers the beauty of imagination and the importance of having the courage to meet new people. The story follows a young girl as she shares her apprehension about meeting her new neighbor Zola. The girl convinces herself that Zola has a has a much more exciting life then she does that includes an elephant. In reality, Zola is lonely and needs a new friend. The illustrations are whimsical and nothing short of stunning! The end of the book has a sweet ending that encourages readers to get to know new friends. This is a perfect tale to share in the classroom when a new student joins the class.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Friendship, School, Skills Children Learn

Eraser By Anna Kang

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Back of Book:
Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road that Eraser begins to understand a whole lot about herself.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this story in exchange from author Anna Kang in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love that this story teaches readers several different lessons about character. It touches on teamwork, kindness, friendship, self-esteem, growth mindset, and more. It is an excellent story to read at the beginning of the school year. It follows a little eraser who is tired of being overlooked, and under apricated. As the story progresses Eraser realizes how important her role truly is. I loved that all writing tools are in this book and that they all play a unique role in the story line. The illustrations are terrific, and bring the cast of character’s to life. I highly recommend this book to all educators, and school librarians.
40 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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Luigi and the Barefoot Racesby Dan Paley

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Back of Book:
They say Luigi always ran barefoot. And they speak of his greatest challenge―the race nobody thought he could win, not even Luigi himself.

Maybe it’s urban legend, or maybe the true events have acquired added luster in Dan Paley’s memory. After all, a story this amazing couldn’t possibly be true, could it?
My Review:
I received a copy of this from author Dan Paley in exchange for an honest review.
Teaching students about Tall Tales can be fun, and exciting. When I read Luigi and the barefoot races I fell in love with the concept of a modern Tall Tale. The story follows Luigi a young boy who is the fastest barefoot runner on the block. That is, until Mean Max almost takes the title away from him. The twist at the end surprised me and made me smile. The text is well written and makes a perfect book for a unit study of figurative language, or adjectives. The illustrations are soft and show the excitement of the neighborhood races. The back of the book has information about Tall Tales, as well as facts about the state of Philadelphia. I look forward to sharing this book in my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Food, Friendship

Rubio and Julienne: A Sweet and Cheesy Tale by Dan Paley

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Back of Book:
Rubio Fromage sat in his father’s cheese shop and longed to taste the beautiful fruits in the window of the fruit shop across the street. Julienne Chéri sat in her mother’s fruit shop and longed to taste the delectable wheels and savory wedges in the window of the cheese shop across the street. But Rubio’s father hated fruit and Julienne’s mother hated cheese, and the children were forbidden to speak to each other. But one day while making deliveries, they collided on a street corner. Rubio’s cheeses and Julienne’s fruits flew skyward and fell on their heads, creating spontaneous juicy pairings that they couldn’t help but taste. The forbidden combinations were out of this world. Nothing could ever be the same.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from the author Dan Paley in exchange for an honest review.
I am simply in love with this adorable spin on the Romeo and Juliet story with a wonderful food twist. The story follows Rubio a cheese makers son and Julienne a fruit sellers daughter. Their parents are at war with one another still, the two children become friends and find that cheese and fruit taste better together. I love the message of the story that trying new food can be a delicious and exciting experience. The back of the story has a list of fruit and cheese combinations for readers to try out. The illustrations in this story are simply charming! Filled with beautiful and vibrant colors that will engage readers to keep turning the page. Lauren Gallegos is truly talented. I am looking forward to sharing with story with my classroom. The book also is a perfect into to a writing prompt about different food combinations. I highly recommend this story!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd

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Back of Book:
Winter, spring, summer, fall. Each season brings new materials to make the perfect fort. From leaves to snow, from mud to sand, there is a different fort throughout the year. As a group of friends explore and build through the seasons, they find that every fort they make is a perfect fort.
My Review:
This is a lovely look at the different seasons and how the children in the story enjoy different activities in each one. Each season focuses on the different items needed to build a fort. I love that the text is right in figurative language. A teacher could use this book for a lesson on the examples in this book. The text also beautifully describes the differences in each type of weather and season. Another aspect of this book that I love is that the story centers around play. The children are always outside playing and learning in nature. The illustrations are warm and bright. They show images of happy children working together and enjoying life. I thought the illustrations should the beauty of friendship in a soft and sure way.  A stunning picture book that all readers will love!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene , and Friendship By David Elliott

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Back of Book:
Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read. It sounds a bit boring, but they like it. Then, quite unexpectedly, a third sheep shows up. A funny-looking sheep who wears a tattered wool coat and has long, dreadfully decaying teeth. Wooliam, being well-read, recognizes their new acquaintance: the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing! The wolf is so flattered to discover his literary reputation precedes him that he stops trying to eat Baabwaa and Wooliam. And a discovery by the sheep turns the encounter into an unexpected friendship.
My Review:
This is such a fun story about two friends who go on a great adventure! I love that the two friends decide that they need to go on an adventure. I think this book ties in so many important themes that children should learn. I love that there is tie in to the importance of literacy. The two sheep teach the wolf to read and show him a love of books. Other themes in this book are the importance of physical fitness, dental hygiene, and above all else friendship. The illustrations are a mix of water color and collage art. Melissa Sweet is a talented artist. This is another fantastic story from Candlewick Press.

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I am glad that this story made the short list for the Cybils awards this year.

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Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen

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Back of Book:
Ever since they were a dot and a speck, Circle and Square have been best friends…. Then someone new comes along: a cool, exciting Triangle. And three starts to feel like a crowd.
With their friendship bent out of shape, can they put it back together again?

My Review:
This story perfectly blends math concepts with a story about friendship. I believe readers will be able to truly relate to the idea of making new friends. The idea of best friends learning to get along is an important theme in children’s literature. The story of Circle and Square is one that many children can relate to. When Triangle comes into the picture both Circle and Square must learn how to balance having a third friend. I love the small aspects of math that Marcie tied into her story. She teaches her readers about the different points that each shape has. The illustrations are fun and match the text perfectly. Each shape has a unique and very fun personality. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Friendship

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Back of Book:
The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing.

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

My Review:
If you are like me, you fell in love with Uni the Unicorn. I was more excited about the return of Uni then my students were. When I finally got my hands on this book I was thrilled. This is another amazing story written by the late Amy. She was truly an inspiration to anyone who picked up her books. Readers get to see Uni and the little girl get together. This book is written for the readers who want to believe in the magic and beauty of unicorns. The illustrations jump of the page, and bring you to a world where anything can happen. The ending is joyful and filled with hope. Amy wrote from her hear until the end of her life. Her goal was to leave a lasting impression behind. I believe that she accomplished just that. Great read aloud for all.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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If you have never read the letter from Amy titled you may want to marry my husband. Click Here and read with tissues. She passed away in March of 2017.

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The Friend Ship Kat Yeh

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Back of book: Little Hedgehog is very lonely. But then she overhears passersby talking about something that gives her hope-something called a Friend Ship!

Hedgehog imagines a ship filled with friends of all kinds, and soon she’s ready to hit the open seas in a boat of her own to track it down. Along the way, she meets other lonely animals eager to join her quest.

They search north. They search south. They search east. But Hedgehog and her new friends can’t find the Ship anywhere! Until she realizes she knows just where the Friend Ship is.
My Review : For many of you school has started. With school comes the fun, and sometimes conflict of making friends. I always have some students who make friends very easily, and other students who struggle with meeting new people. The Friend Ship is a wonderful story about a hedgehog that wants to find new friends. So, he sets off on a boat to look for them. This story is a perfect way to introduce ways to make friends. I love that the animals are all different. As the book continues the hedgehog is joined by a beaver, a group of deer, and an elephant. I can see using this book to explain diversity in my classroom. This book has a strong message that everyone can be friends. I enjoyed the soft illustrations in the book. They draw a reader into the story. In my opinion, this is a must read for any grade who is struggling to find friends.

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