Archive for the 'Picture Books' Category

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

Rocket Writes a Story. By Tad Hills. Random House Children’s Books, 2012. 40 pages. $17.99

Rocket, who recently learned to read, is now ready to tackle writing. Facing the problems many writers face, including problematic plot development and writers block, Rocket perseveres with help from his reading coach and buddy, the little yellow bird. Rocket’s writing method; gathering words, identifying inspiration, and sharing the results with a community, is worthy of emulation. A perfect book for aspiring writers of all ages and in particular for beginning readers and writers age 4-8.

Homer by Elisha Cooper

Homer. By Elisha Cooper. Greenwillow Books, 2012. 32 pages. $16.99

Every once in a while, you find a picture book that is so lovely you just have to share it with everyone you know. Homer, by Elisha Cooper, is one such book. It is simply, the story of a dog, Homer, and a family. The dog is older. The family is active. The dog is invited to participate, but politely declines, preferring to observe his family from the comfort of the beach house porch. Family members relate the day’s activities to Homer.  He is happy. Contentment resonates through the simplicity of the watercolor and pencil illustrations. Minimal text carries maximum impact as Homer shares thoughts with his family, “No, I have everything I want … I have you.” Anyone who has ever owned an older dog will appreciate Homer’s grace. This is a perfect book to curl up and read, especially if there’s a dog nearby. Suitable for ages 3 – 7, but perfect for everyone.


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