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Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Written by: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by:  Eric Rohmann
Approximate read time: 15 minutes
Age group: 6 – 9
Rating: B +

Book Review: Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee is an amazingly educational story about the life of a female bee. To briefly cover what could be considered the only downside: it’s dry, which makes it less repeatable. The positives outweigh that though: it’s a structured story with a realistic plot line that builds up, and it explains in detail the process of honey-making and the valuable role of bees. Unlike much of children’s literature, it’s devoid of emotional content. Instead, the focus is on following the path of life, patiently and dutifully. There’s something very zen about this book. The illustrations perfectly match the content: informative, detailed, and pleasant. 

This book is great for adults too. Did your kids learn and enjoy this book as much as you did?

“When Apis turns twelve days old, glands in her abdomen begin making flakes of white wax. It is time for her new job.

Other information:
Robert F. Sibert Medal
Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Texas Bluebonnnet Master List
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist
Published by: Neal Porter Books
Number of pages: 40
Language: English

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I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Children’s books

BOOK REVIEW: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Written by: Dev Petty
Illustrated by: Mike Boldt
Approximate read time: 6 minutes
Age group: 3 – 7
Rating: B +

A short and sweet story that’ll hit different if you have an inquisitive toddler. I Don’t Want to be a Frog is a hilarious children’s book featuring an exchange between a parent and child, in which the youngster is determined to be a different animal; something warm and cuddly, rather than wet and slimy. The parent patiently explains the logistics, but no dice. And then, an unexpected character enters the dialogue and seals the deal once and for all. It turns out that being a frog has big benefits! Overall, this is a pretty funny and light read. The variety of scenarios that drive the young frog are interesting, and it does have the quality of being re-readable.

Do your kiddos like to pretend to be animals? Is is always the same animal, or do they try out different kinds?

“What’s wrong with being a frog anyway?”
“Too much bug eating”

Other information:
Published by: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 32
Language: English

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Fred Gets Dressed

Book Review: Fred Gets Dressed

Written & illustrated by: Peter Brown
Approximate read time: 8 minutes
Age group: 3 – 6
Rating: A

There’s just something about this book. Fred Gets Dressed is a quirky, fun read that’ll have you in giggles from start to finish. We follow a little boy that is delighted to romp around the house in his birthday suit. He finds himself intrigued within his parents’ closet – he has two wardrobe options, and only one fits just right. His parents respond perfectly to their kiddo’s creative expression. The uplifting story is light and silly, while also cognizant of a much deeper meaning. It’s reflective for our modern values, and simply joyful. The illustrations are uniquely adorable and well-suited, no pun intended. 

Do your kiddos occasionally have free range to romp around in their desired state of dress?  

“He romps around his bedroom and across the hall…and into Mom and Dad’s bedroom. Fred might never get dressed!”

Other information:
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 48
Language: English

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Book Review: “Dragons Love Tacos” – A Whimsical and Hilarious Adventure for Young Readers

This charming picture book takes young readers on a delightful journey into a world where dragons and tacos collide. In this review, I will explore the book’s playful storytelling, lively illustrations, and its enduring appeal to children.

“Dragons Love Tacos” invites readers into a world where dragons have an unexpected fondness for tacos. Through a lively narrative, the book explores the humorous consequences that arise when dragons encounter spicy salsa and their love for a delicious snack. It’s a silly and endearing tale that captivates young imaginations. Review:
Adam Rubin’s “Dragons Love Tacos” is a delightful picture book that combines humor, imagination, and engaging storytelling. The book’s simple yet captivating narrative instantly grabs the attention of young readers, drawing them into a world where dragons become relatable and lovable characters. Rubin’s writing style is accessible and filled with playful language, making it an ideal choice for interactive reading sessions and shared laughter. One of the book’s highlights is Daniel Salmieri’s vibrant and expressive illustrations. The artwork complements the text perfectly, bringing the story and its dragons to life.

Salmieri’s attention to detail and his ability to capture the dragons’ endearing personalities add depth to the visual experience, making the illustrations a joy to explore for both children and adults. “Dragons Love Tacos” subtly introduces themes of friendship, teamwork, and the importance of understanding different preferences. The book playfully showcases cause and effect, problem-solving, and the joy of sharing. Through the hilarious situations that arise from the dragons’ taco obsession, young readers can learn valuable lessons about consequences and finding common ground with others. Parents, educators, and caregivers will appreciate the educational value of “Dragons Love Tacos.”

The book provides opportunities for discussions about food preferences, the outcomes of our actions, and the joy of sharing with others. It can also serve as a valuable tool for vocabulary building and imaginative play. In conclusion, “Dragons Love Tacos” is a captivating and humorous picture book that will ignite the imaginations of young readers. Adam Rubin’s witty storytelling and Daniel Salmieri’s delightful illustrations create a winning combination that entertains children and brings smiles to their faces.