Reach & Read: My Family Four Floors Up

¬†What a delightful book! Stutson and Krampien have created a great rhyming story with emphasis on colors, sounds, fun descriptors all the while featuring different home and families than the usual white nuclear suburbia. There is an urban feel (high rises at night!), but still peaceful, positive and enjoyable to read. There is one picture […]

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Reach & Read: My Red Velvet Cape by Dana Sullivan

What we are reading this week! Seattle-area author¬† and illustrator, Dana Sullivan has created an great story about an imaginative boy, Mateo, who is hoping for a cape for his birthday. Sullivan’s illustrations really capture the little boy’s superhero cape plans as well as the series events leading up to his birthday. This story is […]

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Reach and Read: May I Come In?

May I Come In? By Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Jennie PohA simple story with vivid whimsical artwork that touches on correct grammar (may I vs can I—flashbacks anyone?), kindness and that it’s ok to be scared. My favorite part is the description of the rain – swish swish plish! This captures the sound and […]

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POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker

Awesome cookbook that captures authentic recipes and techniques. It is not watered down/simplified, however author does provide some guidance on ingredients and the setting surround the foods consumption. It will take me a bit to cook through everything and I want to do more research on the sour meat techniques but a few of the […]

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Reach & Read: Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon

Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon by Judy Young, illustrated by Jordi Solano Young and Solano have created a cohesive story, highlighting several key lessons and providing opportunity to learn more about a different time and culture, 16th Century Beijing. Solano’s detailed illustrations capture the seasons, spirit and tenor of the story’s setting. Young’s words […]

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Reach & Read: Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade-A Thanksgiving Parade

Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade-A Thanksgiving Parade by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by David C. Gardner This book is set in early 1900’s, near end of World War I. It is not a funny nor overly light-heated story given the state of affairs but at its core is an admirable, warm and kind girl, Rettie, […]

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