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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Bear and the Wildcat (PB)

AUTHOR: Kazumi Yumoto ; ILLUSTRATOR: Komako Sakai
PUBLISHED: 2011, c2008

"One morning Bear was crying. His best friend, a little bird, was dead." Bear keeps little bird in a box, but no one understands until one day he meets an empathetic wild cat.

A touching picture book about loneliness, grief and loss, ending with a positive new beginning. It shows a way through paralysing grief and simultaneously tells the story of friendship and acceptance. Originally published in Japanese, the uncommon illustration technique (mostly black pencil) give the impression it is very old.

AGE: 6-10
RATING: 4 stars

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