Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reviews: Three New Picture Books

Let's Dance, Grandma!
Lucy (like Sheridan) loves to dance, and she loves spending time with Grandma, but Grandma is just too...er...too...er...well, she just doesn't dance. So, when Lucy asks her to dance, Grandma comes up with other activities that she probably thinks will be less tiring. Hah! In the end, Grandma discovers dancing may just be the way to go after all. A very sweet book.
Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Nothing new on this farm - which, given some of the stinkers in this series, is probably a good thing. Worth buying if you have a market for children's songs in text, but not a must-have.
Ziggy's Big Idea
Kar-Ben Publishing
Ziggy gets some unusual ideas - like, a cube-shaped ball (it won't roll into the street while he is playing!) Some of his ideas don't turn out so well, but others are quite yummy! The book includes a recipe for Ziggy's invention, the bagel, but would have done well to also include a glossary of Yiddish words, such as shtetl and bimah. Without the afterword, readers would have no idea how Ziggy got "bagel" out of "bracelet." A fun story, with pleasing pictures, but it doesn't seem to be intended for non-Jewish readers.

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