This Week’s Children’s Books – Winter Candle – This House, once – Behind the Legend: Bigfoot – Nutik, the Wolf Pup – We Forgot Brock!

I have five new children’s books to share with you this week!

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Winter Candle

by Jeron FrameStacey Schuett (Illustrations)

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Blurb: When each family at the diverse Juniper Court apartment complex needs something to light up the dark of winter, the stumpy, lumpy candle provides a glow brighter than the fanciest taper, revealing the true spirit of each holiday it illuminates.

  • Age Range: 4 – 11 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 6
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Creston Books (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939547105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939547101

My Review

Multiple residents at the Juniper Court Apartment complex are celebrating their family traditions during the holidays. As each family begins their celebration, they realize they are missing an important component- a candle. As the candle is passed from family to family, children will learn about Havdalah, Saint Lucia Day, and Kwanzaa.

We enjoyed the vivid and detailed illustrations. The authors note at the end explains these traditions and what each holiday means as well as why they are celebrated. It’s an interesting and educational book for elementary readers. 4****

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This House, once

by Deborah Freedman

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Blurb: Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481442848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481442848

My Review

This beautifully illustrated book is a powerful and poetic story about a house that was, at one point, only stones and bricks. Children will discover that every piece of the house came from the earth. It’s a thought-provoking and beautiful story.

We especially enjoyed the illustrations including all the little animals pictured all around in nature. This is a very simple read and I appreciated the note to readers at the end which provokes discussion. 4****

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Watch Emily Arrow sing the song “This House, once” in this video:

 

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Nutik, the Wolf Pup

by Jean Craighead GeorgeTed Rand (Illustrations

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Blurb: In an Eskimo village at the top of the world lived a little boy whose name was Amaroq. Named for the great wolf leader who saved the life of his big sister, Julie, Amaroq loved wolves as much as his big sister did.

One day Julie brings home a sickly wolf pup named Nutik for Amaroq to feed and tend. “Don’t fall in love with Nutik,” Julie warns, “or your heart will break when the wolves come to take their pup home.” Amaroq feeds and cares for Nutik, and soon the fuzzy little pup is romping and playing and following Amaroq everywhere. Amaroq and Nutik become best friends, but soon it’s time for Nutik to rejoin his wolf family. Will Amaroq be strong like the great wolf leader he was named after and be able to let Nutik go?

In this adventure-first told in Julie’s Wolf Pack, the sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George brings the Arctic world of Julie and her family to a picturebook audience.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060281650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060281656

My Review

A boy named Amaroq is introduced to a wolf pup named Nutik after his sister finds the sick pup and brings him home for care. Amaroq is responsible for caring for Nutik and his sister tells him from the start not to get attached because he’ll be leaving to return to his old pack once he’s stronger. Amaroq can’t help himself and Nutik becomes his best friend. Follow along in the story to see if Amaroq can remain brave when the time comes for Nutik to move on.

This book is part of our curriculum this week as we’re learning about wolves in the wild. The illustrations felt so authentic to us and it’s no wonder after reading that the illustrator, Ted Rand, traveled to Alaska to observe the arctic tundra first hand. It’s visually stunning and the story is powerful and emotional at the same time. 5*****

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Here’s a program that we are watching below on BBC.


 

We Forgot Brock!

by Carter Goodrich

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BlurbThe importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable MeFinding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.

Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.

A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!

Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442480904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442480902

My Review

A little boy named Phillip enjoys spending time with his imaginary friend named Brock. They play together, eat together, and pretty much do everything together. The strange thing is that nobody else can see Brock, so when they visit the fair, Brock accidentally gets left behind. Follow along in the story to see if Phillip will find Broch and if his parents might make an amazing discovery themselves.

The imaginary friends are drawn which gives them a different look from the other realistic characters. This is a really fun book but also scary and emotional. It’s the worst nightmare for Phillip, but we enjoyed the story and conclusion. 4****

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Behind The Legend: Bigfoot

by Erin Peabody (Author)Victor Rivas (Illustrator)

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Blurb: Learn all about creatures and monsters throughout history and discover if they’re real or not in this new nonfiction series!

Behind the Legend looks at creatures and monsters throughout history and analyzes them through a scientific, myth-busting lens, debating whether or not the sightings and evidence provided are adequate proof of their existence. In Bigfoot, readers learn about all the sightings and proof of it, from the famous photograph and video to footprints and other evidence. It also discusses additional history about the monster, such as how Bigfoot became a major figure in popular culture, and how other versions of the creature (such as the Yeti) have been seen around the world. Complete with engaging anecdotes, interesting sidebars, and fantastic illustrations, kids won’t want to put this book down!

  • Age Range: 8 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Behind the Legend (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: little bee books (May 2, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499804261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499804263

My Review

With children curious about bigfoot, I couldn’t wait to grab this book and explore the mysteries regarding the famous legendary Bigfoot. Once we started reading, I realized the book contained a lot more information than I thought. It starts with an overview of the legend and then offers other tales about super-sized beasts like the one-eyed cyclops, Glue-Keek, and the Yeti to name a few. It even discusses all of Bigfoot’s aliases including the Wendigo and Batsquatch!

This children’s nonfiction book is very thought-provoking and teaches kids about true bigfoot sightings and the people behind the supposed discoveries all the way back to some of the first sightings in the 1920’s. You decide whether or not you think Bigfoot is just a hoax. 5*****

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Here’s a neat video that discusses hairy facts about Bigfoot and the speculation and truth behind some of the sightings.


As always, thanks for reading! Do you have any children’s book recommendations? Please feel free to share.

15 thoughts on “This Week’s Children’s Books – Winter Candle – This House, once – Behind the Legend: Bigfoot – Nutik, the Wolf Pup – We Forgot Brock!

  1. I love how you still are into kid’s books. Me too! in fact, when I was packing and moving into my new place, I found my stash of books that I’d kept from age 7 and started rereading a few of them. One really good – and scary one – is “Jane Emily” by Patricia Clapp. It’s an older book, but still packs a wallop, if you’re interested in checking it out.

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    1. How cool, Vanessa! I cannot wait to check that one out. I have a bunch of old books I’ve picked up from sales too and maybe that one’s in there. You never know, right? I just love old books! 🙂 I appreciate sharing them with my kids too. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I’m going to look now. Have a great day. 💖

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  2. I love children’s books. Having been an elementary school librarian forvacfew years might be why. I enjoyed your reviews. I have not read some of these ones, I will need to check them out. NIV
    CE reviews.

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