This blog was created as a place for dialogue about children’s and young adult books for courses at Salisbury University.

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  1. 1 lburkhardt July 15, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Hopefully I’m doing this right….

    One of my choice books was Doctor Ted. It was very cute.

  2. 2 janet July 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Janet C.
    July 15, 2008
    One of my personal favorite picture books is Delicious by Helen Cooper.
    It is a cute story of a picky duck who only wants pumpkin soup to eat but there are no ripe pumpkins anywhere. So, his friends try to entice him to eat other kinds of soup. In the end, the cat’s concoction of orange vegetables produces an orange soup that resembles pumpkin soup. The picky duck loves it! The illustrations are very whimsical with the use vivid colors to captivate the reader’s attention. The characters look so cute and cuddly with their expressive facial expressions. Helen Cooper does a beautiful job of showing movement and time with pages filled with panels, swirls, and slanted words. My favorite part is at the end when the bugs set up a Bugsy’s restaurant using the duck’s siphoned soup! There is even a neat recipe for Pink Soup in the book!

  3. 3 janet July 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Janet C.
    July 15, 2008

    One of my personal favorite picture books is Delicious by Helen Cooper.It is a cute story of a picky duck who only wants pumpkin soup to eat but there are no ripe pumpkins anywhere. So, his friends try to entice him to eat other kinds of soup. In the end, the cat’s concoction of orange vegetables produces an orange soup that resembles pumpkin soup. The picky duck loves it! The illustrations are very whimsical with the use vivid colors to captivate the reader’s attention. The characters look so cute and cuddly with their expressive facial expressions. Helen Cooper does a beautiful job of showing movement and time with pages filled with panels, swirls, and slanted words. My favorite part is at the end when the bugs set up a Bugsy’s restaurant using the duck’s siphoned soup! There is even a neat recipe for Pink Soup in the book!

  4. 4 Mary Brown July 16, 2008 at 2:27 am

    The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norman Jester is one of my favorite children’s books. This book was a Black Eyed Susan Award book runner-up. The book details the interactions between grandparents and their granddaughter. Their loving relationship is apparent as they go through their daily activities. The grandaughter is dropped off every day and the adventure always begin at the kitchen window as she arrives. Some days begin with a bowl of oatmeal being prepared in a rather serious manner by her grandfather. Other days may be spent playing the harmonica, riding bikes or just taking naps. The bright mixed-media images capture the energy of the young girl and the love that the family shares. Mary Gardner

  5. 5 daretosoar65 July 16, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I really enjoyed, My Life as a Chicken, by Ellen A. Kelley and Michael H. Slack! The illustrations were VERY colorful and the text was written in rhyme. Both of these qualities would appeal to young readers. The basic story line tells of a chicken who is seeking an escape from her ordinary, boring life in the hen house. She realizes, after adventures with pirates and typhoons that her life really wasn’t so boring after all!

    My second personal choice was for a Caldecott book – Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin. I have shared both the book and the video with students in my media classes and they have all loved the story and illustrations. The video version presented on United Streaming is narrated by Country singer, Randy Travis.

    Kristen

  6. 6 abounds September 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I read Kick-Off by Tiki and Ronde Barber. I found this book to be extremely inspiring for children, especially for young children who play sports. Not only does it focus on working together as a team on the sports field, but it focuses on working as a team in school and as a family. The book gives a glimpse into the Barber twins life growing up and their struggle to make it on the football team and adjust to their new life in junior high. I would definitely recommend this book to young children who are competitive and enjoy playing sports.

  7. 7 Davina Johnson December 3, 2009 at 12:23 am

    For one of the contempoary realistic novels I read Sassy by Sharon Draper. I thought this story was really cute! For staters it is about a little girl who none of her family can seem to call her by her birth given name all they call her is Little Sister. And what she wants most is for them to call her by her name, Sassy. Then Sassy gets this purse/bag which her grandmother gets her and she thinks everyone in school will be jealous because they dont have the bag. I felt as though the story would be good for younger girls to read especially ones who have older siblings. The idea of having to be the little one in the class but wishing you could grow up fast is an issue that many kids deal with which is why I believe students could relate to this story. Sassy is a story which will truly make you smile.

  8. 8 Dana Halperin December 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    For one of my contemporary realistic fiction books I read Soldier Mom by Alice Mead. I believe this book is extremely relatable for many students right now. The book was written in 1999 about a girl dealing with her mother being in the army reserves and being called to serve in the Persian Gulf War. There are many students all over the United States dealing with having a parent overseas at war. This book shows how 11 year old Jasmyn deals with her many emotions about her mother being at war. I feel that especially students who have parents in the same situation need to be able to express their feelings and be able to relate to other people dealing with the same issues. By reading this book, students who are in the same situation as Jasmyn can see how she dealt with her feelings and students may recognize they are not alone in how they feel.

  9. 9 Dana Halperin December 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Soldier Mom by Alice Mead deals with many everyday issues, besides just the issue of having a parent going to war. This book can be very beneficial and relatable to students who do not have a parent or family member at war. Jasmyn’s parents are divorced and she rarely sees her father. This is a very common issue among students today and very relatable for many. Jasmyn is also very involved in basketball and deals with issues about teammates and the responsibilities of being a captain. She also must deal with her mother’s boyfriend. All of the events that take place in this book are very common among many students. It is wonderful when students can read something that relates to themselves because they are able to think through their situation and see how other characters are dealing with the same issues they go through. This book would be a great read for any middle school student, even if they do not have a parent or close family member away at war.

  10. 10 Dana Halperin December 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    The story Soldier Mom by Alice Mead would be a great book for any reluctant middle school reader. This story deals with an 11 year old girl who’s mother gets called to war and must help take care of her younger brother and deal with her mom’s boyfriend. The book keeps readers on their toes wondering if Jasmyn will ever see her mother again. It is a very hard book to put down because readers constantly want to know how Jasmyn deals with the constantly newly arising issues that come her way such as helping her brother, making dinner, figuring out how to juggle basketball practice, and the issues are endless. Readers get to take the place of a young girl who is forced to take on many new responsibilities and cant stop reading to find out if everything turns out alright for her in the end.


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