There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long

HoleintheLog_BlogBanner Back of Book:
A cumulative text featuring repetition and tongue-twisters combine with gorgeous illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long for a book kids will clamor for at storytime. Endpapers include sheet music and lyrics for kids and parents to have their own singalong!
My review:
I am so excited to be apart of the blog tour for this amazing book! There’s A Hole in the Log On the Bottom of the Lake is a terrific story to introduce readers to patterns and sequencing in storytelling. Each verse in the book builds upon itself. My students loved trying to guess what else was on the bottom of the lake next. The detailed illustrations bring out each aspect of the story beautifully. I loved the snail and turtle that appear on each page. They bring a new level of depth and fun to the story.  This book is sure to bring a lot of laughter and fun.   The illustrations are bright, bold and build upon the illustrations as the story builds. The back of the book has the music notes and song lyrics. Loren Long has skillfully put together a fun read-aloud that will be enjoyed over and over
Ages 5 and up
40 pages


A Hole in the Log
Book Cover 


Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation, Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator. Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions held by such prestigious journals and magazines as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Step-By-Step Graphics and Print. Long’s clients include Time, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Boy’s Life, Land’s End, Sports Illustrated, and HBO. He has also illustrated book covers for numerous publishers and has recently concentrated on illustrating books for young readers, where his work has garnered much recognition and praise.

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See this image Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me David Gutnick




Back of Book:
Not long after arriving in North America from China, a young girl and her father bump into a kind old man at their local park. They have no idea that he has been teaching young people music for over fifty years. Mr. Mergler can hear music in a way that most of us can’t, and he knows this little girl has a talent that, with encouragement, will grow into something magical. He gives her a gift that will tie them together forever.
My Review:
I was very excited to receive a copy of this book from Second Story Press in exchange for an honest review.
This story is a beautiful multicultural story about a young girl who learns to play the piano from a kind older gentleman. Mr. Mergler opens up the young girl’s mind in a way that no one ever has before. The story shows readers the beauty of how music can open their minds to new possibilities. The story also teacher’s readers about the brilliant mind of Beethoven. The text is written with a gentle tone and draws readers into the story. The story is based on the real Mr. Mergler and the lives he touched. The illustrations are beautiful. This is a perfect book to add to any elementary library.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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The Girl Who Heard Colors By Marie Harris


Back of Book:

This eye-opening picture book introduces readers to their five senses and to synesthesia—a condition in which one sense triggers another. For some people, sounds or tastes have colors. And for others, numbers and letters do.

My Review:

The first time I heard the term synesthesia, I was in college listening to my school choir preform. I was absolutely amazed by the concept of seeing colors while listening to music. When I heard that there was a picture book synesthesia I knew I had to review it. Readers are introduced to a young girl who has synesthesia.  When Jullian hears sounds she sees colors. The other student’s do not understand her unique ability and tease her for it. The music teacher arrives and is able to explain to the students why Jullian is different.  The illustrations bring the color experience to life and draw readers in. I also like that there is a section in the back of the books that talks about the author meeting and working with the real Jullian. I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to sharing it with my students.

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