Saturday, September 17, 2011

SPL Shelf Life [kids]

These reviews appeared in the Stratford Gazette on September 15th. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm, by Carol Watterson, 44 pages.

The letter “I” may be for ice cream, but what is ice cream made of? It’s made from cream or milk, which, of course, is produced on a farm. But such connections aren’t an “of course” for the many young children who don’t live on a farm or in a rural area, who may not know where their food originates. It’s important – especially at a time when Canada’s family-owned farms are decreasing in number – that children learn what comes from farms and the tremendous role that farms play in our food supply.
With Carol Watterson’s An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm, children will learn about the many foods and food products which are produced on farms, as well as the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. They’ll learn some neat facts about farms, farm animals and crops. For example, they’ll discover that sheep have an excellent sense of smell because they have scent glands in front of their eyes as well as on their feet, that the chicken is the closest living relative to the tyrannosaurus rex, that a “kohlrabi” is a vegetable, and that the largest pumpkin in the world weighed more than 1700 pounds (771 kilograms)!
This fun and educational alphabet book features colorful, attractive illustrations, with each letter depicted clearly in upper and lower case. For added interest, children are encouraged to find a little ladybug hiding on each page.
By the way, did you know that there are more chickens than people in the world? Another fowl fact: did you know that roosters don’t crow only in the early morning? (They also crow during the day to warn the hens of danger or trouble in the barnyard … or just to remind them who’s “boss”!)
** Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.

B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet, by Ruth Strother, 38 pages.

Our earth is unique for many reasons. For one thing, it is the only planet in our solar system that can support life as we know it, and it’s the only planet which is covered by bodies of water. In fact, ¾ of the earth’s surface is covered by water. That’s why it’s sometimes known as “the blue planet” – because the oceans make our planet look blue when viewed from space. Therefore, “B” is for “blue planet”.
 “C” is for “coral” because coral reefs are one of the largest natural formations on earth. In fact, coral reefs can be seen from outer space. However, these natural wonders have actually required thousands – even millions – of years to grow. They’re stunning, and they provide a rich habitat for many marine species, but coral reefs are also fragile, easily damaged by warming water temperatures and pollution.
Glaciers, rocks, landforms, rainforests, deserts, tides, weather, volcanoes, geysers, plants, the northern lights, and other wondrous features of our planet are highlighted in this alphabet book, and the threats to their existence and well-being, such as climate change and pollution, are addressed.
The attractive, detailed art by Bob Marstall emphasizes the beauty of our incomparable world in this informative picture book, which is intended for a school-aged child.
** Recommended for ages 5 to 9 years.

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