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As my son would say, WooooW!, the weather in New England was gorgeous this Labor Day weekend!
Books I've Recently Read:
Space Boy and his
Sister Dog by Dian Curtis Regan
illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Boyds Mill Press, 2015
Recommended for grades pre-k-2
The perfect book for children that love to imagine, which is to say, the perfect book for kids!
Niko (one such imaginative boy), his robot copilot and his pet dog, travel to outer space for adventure. It's important to note that Niko does not want his sister, Posh, to be in this story. But, as sisters sometimes do, she crashes the party and finds herself smack dab in the middle of the book.
Strong colors and engaging images add to the appeal of this story.
Niko makes a rocket from a cardboard box, that's something many kids can relate to:
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Greenwillow Books, 2006
Recommended for grades k+
Simple, yet whimsical illustrations give this story a soft feel. I came across this story online, with a recommendation to use it as a mentor text in writing. With phrases like: "The rich green of the forest was turning to dusty gold, and the soft, swishing sound of summer was fading to a crinkly whisper." "The leaves shivered and shook themselves and began to wriggle free. They tossed and turned and twitched and twirled and tumbled to the ground." it isn't a wonder that people are using it as a mentor text.
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