Hungry Coyote by Cheryl Blackford

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Hungry Coyote by Cheryl Blackford. Illustrated by Laurie Caple. 32 p. Minnesota Historical Society Press, May, 2015. 9780873519649. (Borrowed from public library)


I must admit that the cover of this one drew me in. It was just sitting there on the “new books” shelf at my library, quietly beckoning. I thought the cover image was a photograph! It is that photorealistic – even up close. This book is pure gorgeousness from watery end-page to watery end-page. Expect lots of “oohs and ahs” and giggling when reading this account of a year in the life of a male coyote. The text is short, just a few lines on each page. The language and imager are lovely but compact and concise. 


This is a picture book for any age. Pair it with Ann Downer’s Wild Animal Neighbors to introduce a science unit or use it in a language arts class to discuss a variety of literary devices. Show it to your art teachers. Readers will come away with an appreciation for this mysterious and much feared creature. This is a worthy addition to any library. (Cross-posted at Proseandkahn.)

 

Glow by W. H. Beck

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Glow by W. H. Beck. 32 p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, December, 2105. 9780544416666. (Copy borrowed from public library)

If the cover is not enticing enough, turn the page and allow yourself to get sucked into the deepest, darkest places to view the wondrous animals who live there. Full review at Proseandkahn.

Special Non-Fiction Monday: Blog Tour The Early Cretaceous

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The Early Cretaceous: notes drawings, and observations from prehistory by Juan Carlos Alonso & Gregory S. Paul. Ancient Earth Journal series. 112 p. Walter Foster Jr./ Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc., September 1, 2015. 9781633220331. (Finished copy courtesy of publisher.)


I am thrilled to participate in the blog tour for this special book. I had the opportunity to send questions to Mr. Alonso for a Q & A. If you are looking for a unique addition to the dinosaur collection in your library or classroom to inspire either budding young paleontologists or artists, look no further.

Hop on over to Proseandkahn for the interview (my first), my review and links to the next stop on the tour, the book trailer and a giveaway!

The Call of the Osprey by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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The Call of the Osprey by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Photographs by William Muñoz. Scientist in the Field series. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June, 2015. 9780544232686.

Can the Scientists in the Field series get any better than it already it? Each new entry proves it can. Don’t miss the latest entry. It’s chock-full of facts and photos. I wonder why I feel suddenly compelled to grab my binoculars and head out to the reservoir? Read the review at Proseandkahn.

Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & his world of insects by Matthew Clark Smith

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Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & his world of insects by Matthew Clark Smith. Illustrated by Giuliano Ferri. unpgd. Two Lions/ Amazon Children’s Publishing, May, 2015. 9781477826324. (Copy borrowed from public library)

This lovely picture book biography is perfect for the budding entomologists in your personal or professional lives. Both the text and narrative work well to tell the story of one of the few scientists to ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Check out the full review at Proseandkahn.

The World Series: baseball’s biggest stage by Matt Doeden

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The World Series: baseball’s biggest stage by Matt Doeden. 64 p. Spectacular Sports series. Millbrook Press/ Lerner Publishing Group, March, 2014. 9781467718967.

Looking for a nice addition to you 796 collection? Have you a few baseball enthusiasts in your reading community? The World Series might be just the ticket for fans of the game. Hop on over to Proseandkahn for the rest of the review!

Winnie: the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker

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Winnie: the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker. Illustrated by Jonathan Voss. unpgd. Henry Holt and Company, January, 2015. 97800805097. (Purchased)

As a student of children’s literature, I probably should have known this beguiling story. While I did know that the stories were built around Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed animals and I vaguely recall Winnie having another name, I am thrilled to learn the entire story. Read the review at Proseandkahn.

Wangari Maathai: the woman who planted millions of trees by Franck Prévot.

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Wangari Maathai: the woman who planted millions of trees by Franck Prévot. Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty. 45 p. Charlesbridge, January, 2015. 9781580596269. (Finished copy courtesy of publisher for review.)

So do we need yet another picture book biography of Wangari Maathai? Absolutely yes, when it’s this lovely. Click on over to Proseandkahn to read the full review.