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Book Review: The Winner Is.. and High Wire Act by Kathy Brodsky

Book Review: The Winner Is.. and High Wire Act by Kathy Brodsky

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9251-KB_TWI_Cover_ LARGER res copy (1)What’s Up for Kids was given the opportunity to review two books by Kathy Brodsky and illustrated by Cameron Bennett. The books are part of an award-winning collection of books by this same author. The first title, The Winner Is… is beautifully illustrated and is about a dog that convinces himself he can win first place in a cat contest. Any parent of a budding “star” knows that kids can get excited about winning, and sometimes they get frustrated if they are not the best singer, dancer, speller etc. This book can help them cope with the possibility of not being first place and being happy with who they are and the talents they possess. The second title High Wire Act is a story about change as a street light is blown away during a windy day and decides to go on an adventure. In addition to learning about coping with the change, a lesson about safety or the importance of different roles people play could be part of the discussion. Both books are told in rhyme and offer gentle life lessons along with questions and activities in the back. The other fun thing is that there are a few characters that pop up in every book in the collection that kids can enjoy watching out for. I was also pleased to see the books are printed on recycled paper in the U.S.A.

Book Review: Shine!

Book Review: Shine!

Most of us have wished upon a star for something that seems out of reach, but when you’re a little sea star and what you want is to shine with the stars that twinkle in the sky, what do you do? Shine! the latest book by Patrick McDonnel, Caldecott winning creator of Me…Jane, Tek, and…

Foundations of Healthy Living Among Children

Foundations of Healthy Living Among Children

‘Ana-Tommy and Friends, Making Anatomy Fun!’ takes a new and fresh approach to childhood anatomical education. Told through a series of lovable characters, (body organs), with human-like features, Echeverria’s book is captivating and engaging children around the country. “As I researched health care I noticed a lack of educational materials geared towards teaching children the…

Day Sixteen of 20 Gifts In 20 Days

Day Sixteen of 20 Gifts In 20 Days

Look in the sky!  Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s a boy! Those are the opening words from the award winning, beautifully illustrated children’s book The Global Game Changers.  Written by mother-daughter duo Jan and Rachel Annette Helsonm The Global Game Changers (GGC) tells the story of an amazing fictional superhero team,…

Day Four of 20 Gifts in 20 Days

Day Four of 20 Gifts in 20 Days

What will kids remember most about 2012? From the release of The Hunger Games film to the United States debut of boy band One Direction, from quarterback Eli Manning to pop icon Justin Bieber, The World Almanac® for Kids 2013 (ages 8 and up; $13.99) chronicles the most notable people, places, and events of 2012…

No more fetch for Arlo – he needs glasses!

No more fetch for Arlo – he needs glasses!

One out of five school-age children need eyeglasses, and one beloved children’s author shows them just how lucky they are. Going from two eyes to four isn’t a bummer, says Barney Saltzberg, the creative force behind nearly 40 popular children’s books. In fact, it’s a rich adventure. Just ask Arlo, a shaggy, free-spirited dog who…