BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Tale of Despereaux

AUTHOR: Kate DiCamillo (UK) (2003)

PLOT: Follows 4 main characters and how their stories intertwine. Despereaux is a mouse born unlike other mice. Pea is the princess he falls in love with. Roscuro is a rat who feels "wronged" by the princess and wants revenge. Mig is a young girl sold into slavery who wants to be a princess more than anything.
It's a tale of friendship, love, and forgiveness.

Appropriate for third grade class read-aloud.

AGES: Read aloud (parent-child) from 5 or 6+; a lovely book to share with a young child. Children can read for themselves from whenever their reading ability permits.
GENRE: fantasy.
RATING: 5 stars.

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