Book Review: Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Ben Hodson (2020)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

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Written by singer-songwriter, composer, musician, educator, activist, and Indigenous Canadian-American Buffy Sainte-Marie, and illustrated by the talented Ben Hodson, Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption just oozes charm (in the best way possible) amazon produktbilder herunterladen. The illustrations are lovely, and their beauty only blooms brighter when coupled with Sainte-Marie’s compassionate message.

The narrative is pretty simple – the only text is comprised of a lullaby that Sainte-Marie sings to all of her adopted family members – but it’s sweet, to the point, and nicely tailored to the intended age group of 3-7 years bluetooth treiber kostenlos herunterladen.

I would have liked to have seen a note on animal rescue/adoption at the end; something to the tune of “6.5 million companion animals enter U.S herunterladen. animal shelters every year, 1.5 million of whom are euthanized. Adopt, don’t shop!” (Source herunterladen.) That said, I was lucky enough to read an early digital copy that still had forthcoming front and back matter, so fingers crossed.

Get it if: you’re a vegan parent who’s desperate to find some truly animal-friendly picture books for your child; if your family is thinking about welcoming a furry family member into the fold (this could make a sweet memento for the youngest members); if you want to instill a sense of compassion and respect for nonhumans in the kids you know and love online fotos downloaden.

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Book Review: My Bison by Gaya Wisniewski (2020)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

A simple yet lovely story about grief and loss kostenlos kinderfilme downloaden legal ohne anmeldung.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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Book Review: Greta and the Giants by Zoë Tucker & Zoe Persico (2019)

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

An empowering fable inspired by Greta Thunberg german English dictionary.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

Greta is just a child, not much older than this picture book’s intended audience, when the Giants who live near her forest home start to run amok dell wiederherstellungs-image herunterladen. Though they have always been around, lately they have become greedier and greedier, cutting down the forest’s trees with reckless abandon, building factories that belch smoke into the air, and just generally trampling over the many other creatures who call the forest home geburtstagseinladungen gratis downloaden.

Desperate, the bears and foxes and squirrels turn to young Greta for help. She is only one person – and a small one, at that – but her stand against the Giants inspires other children to take action as well Download images from iphone to pc. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending: easily shamed, the Giants are horrified by their lack of manners and empathy, and quickly move to set things right amazon prime video download kostenlos.

Sadly, the real Greta – Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swedish girl who serves as inspiration for this fable – is actually mocked, teased, subjected to ableism, and dismissed as “hysterical” by the IRL Giants, who have neither a sense of shame, nor a conscience video herunterladen website. But that wouldn’t make for a very uplifting picture book, would it?

That said, the book’s afterward introduces readers to the real Greta, and the myriad of challenges she’s faced herunterladen. It also includes a list of actions that kids can take, in the here and now, to help make Greta’s dream a reality. (Thankfully, nestled among the suggestions is “eat less meat,” though methinks “go vegan” would be more apt, especially since Greta is payback app kostenlos downloaden. One of us, one of us!)

The artwork in Greta and the Giants is lovely, as is the message example. I especially love the diversity of faces – kids of all races, ethnicities, and religions join Greta in her fight, and there’s no understating the importance of representation herunterladen. This is a great book to help engage younger readers with the world around them, and empower them to take action in their own communities. It shouldn’t be up to them, but we grownups have failed them, miserably.

My only regret? That Esther the Wonder Pig didn’t land a cameo.

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Book Review: Sprig the Rescue Pig by Leslie Crawford & Sonja Stangl (2018)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Because bacon had a mom.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher.)

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Born, raised, and destined to die on a pig farm, surrounded by hundreds of his brothers and sisters, Pig knows that his situation is dire. Pig and his friends are packed so tightly into their home that there’s hardly room to turn around, let alone cool off in a nice refreshing mudbath. Fear taints the air. And then, one fateful day, they are forced into a box on wheels.

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Lucky for them both, Rory’s mom is awesome as heck (and quite possibly a vegan. A girl can dream!) They take Pig – now renamed Sprig – home and welcome him into the family. But it soon becomes obvious that a suburban backyard isn’t the ideal environment for a pig, and so Rory is faced with a difficult choice wo kann man hörspieleen.

Spoiler alert: You will ugly cry until your eyes are no longer capable of producing tears.

Sprig the Rescue Pig is the flagship in a series of children’s books about farmed animals by Leslie Crawford and illustrator Sonja Stangl. My first experience with the series was its successor, Gwen the Rescue Hen, which I absolutely adored cmd herunterladen. You don’t find many children’s books that are truly animal- and vegan-friendly, and so I kept waiting for the catch: maybe we see Mateo snacking on a hamburger, or meet his purchased-from-a-breeder pet dachshund. But nope: this cranky killjoy vegan found not a single point with which to quibble. Gwen the Rescue Hen was a pure delight, through and through herunterladen.

And so it is with Sprig the Rescue Pig. Like Gwen, Sprig is loosely based on a true story: of a pig who saved himself and wound up at an animal sanctuary. (I thought I remembered the incident in question, and so went Googling for it – and found a whole slew of such stories. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that farmed animals gladly sacrifice themselves to feed us antivirus program free full version chip windows 7. Just like humans, animals want to live – and there are plenty of stories of nonhuman resistance to prove it.) The art is exquisite and the story heartwarming. Sprig is perfect for kids of all ages, and those of us who are just kids at heart (or long to be).

As much as I loved Gwen, I think I enjoyed Sprig even more: the ending is sad and bittersweet, and perhaps more realistic too netflix inhalte auf pcen. The most joyous of tales are still sometimes tinged with sorrow – and sometimes, the kindest thing you can do for someone you love is let them go. (Incidentally, this message also makes Sprig ideal for helping children cope with the loss of a companion animal. I recently had to say goodbye to one of my besties and Sprig’s farewell frolic conjured up images of the Rainbow Bridge nzb downloaden gratis. SO MANY FEELINGS!)

Honestly, these books are awesome and radical and filled with hope, and couldn’t have come into my life (and the world) at a better time. I can’t wait to see which species of nonhuman animal Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl breathe life into next!

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Book Review: Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford & Sonja Stangl (2018)

Friday, December 14th, 2018

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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Gwen the Rescue Hen is a wonderful choice for vegan families, or for any parent or guardian wishing to instill a sense of compassion in their young children. And the artwork is super-adorable too!

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Book Review: Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill (2018)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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So there are lots of things I loved about Aquicorn Cove: The artwork is super-adorable, the aquicorns especially (and unsurprisingly). I appreciate the breadth of diversity when it comes to Aquicorn Cove’s citizens: not only do we see a variety of skin tones, but there’s a refreshing range of body types too, from tiny little old ladies (who are still getting it done, okay), to aunt Mae, who is big and beefy and has the kind of biceps I’d kill for herunterladen. There’s even an implied same-sex romance between Mae and Aure, the queen (keeper? guardian?) of Aquicorn Cove. I ship it.

While I liked the environmentally friendly vibe, as well as the message that not a single one of us is too small to make a difference, the story lost me in its treatment of its smallest creatures: the fishes listening game children download. There’s a clear divide between the aquicorns (flashy, majestic, kind, unique) and the fishes (food, natural resource), even though both are someones, not somethings mp3 downloaden legal. Whereas I doubt Lana would even dream of killing and eating an aquicorn, somehow it’s just fine to do this to someone who’s “just” a salmon (or whatever) herunterladen. In a word, it’s speciesist.

Granted, Lana’s people are perhaps indigenous to the island, and that’s a conversation worth having karate kid kostenlos downloaden. That said, I don’t think it’s helpful to feed kids self-serving pap about how food animals “sacrifice” themselves for you. Most animals, when faced with death, fight to survive – just like human animals netflix film herunterladen computer. So please just don’t try to romanticize their deaths, or make them appear complicit. They do not exist for your pleasure or convenience.

In summary, Aquicorn Cove is a pretty adorable book, though vegan parents might be better off skipping it entirely. There’s just too much to unpack.

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Book Review: Scout’s Heaven by Bibi Dumon Tak & Annemarie van Haeringen (2018)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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four out of five stars

(Full disclose: I received a free copy of this book for review through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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Little Brother peppers his family with questions: Where has Scout gone, if she’s no longer here? Does it rain above the clouds? Who will feed Scout free and legal music? Will she have a sea to splash in and other animals to chase? They answer his questions as best they know how and, after burying Scout, coax him to sleep herunterladen.

The next day, they wake to an impossibly sunny sky. (When you’re in the throes of grief, everything good and pure and beautiful seems a personal affront.)

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The vague references to Heaven definitely give the book a religious bent, but as an atheist I appreciated it just the same. The message could easily be tweaked to fit with my own favorite imagery, that of the souls of the ghosts in His Dark Materials breaking apart like so many champagne bubbles as they leave the land of the dead and join their daemons in the living world iphone app downloaden. Particles breaking apart and then coming back together to create new and wonderful creatures. Scout may be in the ground, but she’s everywhere else, too: in the air and sky, the sycamore tree that shades your bedroom window and the squirrel that calls it home powerpoint formen download kostenlos. Listen closely, and you can hear her voice.

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Mini-Review: Petra by Marianna Coppo (2018)

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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Mini-Review: How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green (2017)

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program netflix serieen computer. This review contains spoilers!)

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Book Review: Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls by Shadow Bregman (2017)

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

Shadow Bregman has been through a lot in her short twelve years mahjong dimensions kostenlosen. She was rescued from an abusive home; pushed around by her older adopted sister, Betsy; and braved the loss of both her mother and sister. She’s got a life’s worth of wisdom to impart to her young readers, but the task requires an astute translator: Shadow is a black Lab, you see word 2010 kostenlos downloaden ohne key! Luckily, her Daddy Walter is more than happy to help.

Lessons from Shadow is a sweet and heartfelt book. Using anecdotes about Shadow’s life as a jumping-off point, Bregman addresses tough topics like bullying, depression, and loneliness in a unique and accessible way google earth 3d modelle herunterladen. The chapter on sadness hit me especially hard, since I’m grappling with similar issues in my own life:

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the intended audience, though; while the tone seems aimed at younger readers, this is really more of a short chapter book than a picture book youtube videos downloaden freemake. Each lesson is told via one to three pages of twelve-point, single-spaced type. Parents and caregivers should probably expect to read this one to/with their younger bookworms and animal lovers youtube videos downloaden 2018.

The book has a decidedly homemade, DIY vibe to it – which isn’t a bad thing!; I’d love to have similar keepsakes for my own rescue dogs (seven and counting) herunterladen. That said, I think it could have benefited from a more heavy-handed editor. Granted, the story is told in Shadow’s voice and aimed at a younger audience, which speaks to the tone böhmische blasmusik herunterladen. Yet I noticed several obvious errors (e.g., capitalization), not to mention the many long and meandering sentences.

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The illustrations by Fatima Stamato are charming, and the format is nicely done as well; it has the feeling of a scrapbook. I also love that Bergman has promised to donate the proceeds to Best Friends, of which his late wife Robbie was an ardent supporter.

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The afterward even includes an invitation to email the author herself, which is hecka awesome and makes me even more envious. I know I’d get a kick out of reading letters addressed to my forever dog, Kaylee; Ralphie the one-eyed wiener dog; or little Noodle Mags. When they’re gone, our loved ones live on in our hearts and memories; in the stories they inspire, and the good deeds we carry out in their names. Shadow Bregman is one lucky little girl.

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Book Review: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton (2017)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Earlier Reviewers program.)

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I actually liked Volume 2 a smidgen more than the first; while both books center the importance of empathy and friendship, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt goes a step further, teaching kids that we all have a superpower that can change the world for the better schriftart oswald herunterladen. Most of us just need to dig (dive?) a little deeper within ourselves to find it.

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Mini-Review: Nightlights, Lorena Alvarez (2017)

Monday, March 13th, 2017

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

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— 4.5 stars —

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As for the moral of the story, I’m not entirely sure I got it. In Morfie, I think there’s a message about following your passion because you love it, and not for the praise and awards and external feedback you hope to get from others. Staying true to yourself, because yours is the opinion that counts. It’s also important to strike a balance between work and play, responsibilities and extracurricular activities, science and the arts. And if you know why things are, it only makes them more wondrous.

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I also love the diversity here: from the students to the parents to the nuns/teachers, there are girls and women of all skin tones, shapes, and sizes. Lorena Alvarez was born in Bogotá, and the story definitely feels like it could be set in Columbia.

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Mini-Review: The Land of Nod, Robert Louis Stevenson & Robert Hunter (2017)

Friday, February 10th, 2017

An Illustrated Version of the Robert Louis Stevenson Poem

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

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Try as I like to find the way,
I never can get back by day,
Nor can remember plain and clear
The curious music that I hear.

— 3.5 stars —

Robert Hunter’s The Land of Nod is an illustrated children’s book based on the Robert Louis Stevenson poem of the same name; the poem is produced verbatim, and coupled with illustrations to help bring the text to life schnelle internet browser kostenlosen.

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Despite the ominous reference to “frightening sights,” the art is very tame and totally suitable for children of all ages herunterladen.

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Mini-Review: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Ben Clanton (2016)

Monday, December 12th, 2016

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four out of five stars

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Book Review: Santa’s First Vegan Christmas, Robin Raven & Kara Maria Schunk (2016)

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: The author sent me a free e-book in exchange for an honest review.)

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Robin Raven’s lovely and uplifting story is complemented wonderfully by Kara Maria Schunk’s illustrations. The colors aren’t limited to the traditional holiday palette of green, white, and red, but rather feature a shock of bright oranges, deep purples, and sky blues. The bold mix brings to mind the various images of the Aurora Borealis I’ve marveled at over the years. (And no wonder, given the setting.)

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Mini-Review: Me: A Compendium: A Fill-in Journal for Kids, Wee Society (2016)

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

A Fun & Very Do-Able Journal for Kids Aged 4-8

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Blogging for Books.)

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Mini-Review: Baba Yaga, An Leysen (2016)

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Charming Illustrations and a Story That’s Suitable for Kids

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley.)

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Between Baba Yaga’s slighted maid, cat, and dog, the story imparts a simple yet important message: always treat others the way you yourself wish to be treated, lest it come back and bite you in the … stomach.

Also, don’t eat children.

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Mini-Review: Life Without Nico, Andrea Maturana & Francisco Javier Olea (2016)

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

For anyone who’s ever had to say goodbye ringtones for free nokia.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Goodreads Giveaways.)

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Mini-Review: Ivy in Bloom, Vanita Oelschlager & Kristin Blackwood (2009)

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through NetGalley.)

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Mini-Review: Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, Janet Hill (2016)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Whimsical Artwork Paired With Sage Advice

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-book for review through NetGalley.)

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Mother to a monkey named Mitford and Petunia the French bulldog, the redheaded Miss Moon is employed as a governess to sixty-seven dogs on an island off the coast of France facebook bild herunterladen sichtbar. In this book, she shares the lessons she’s learned from her canine companions. Twenty pieces of wisdom, each illustrated by a lovely portrait of Miss Moon and her furry charges torrents download op samsung.

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