April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes | SLJ Review

Henkes, Kevin. When Spring Comes. illus. by Laura Dronzek. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062331397. 

PreS-Gr 1 –There’s something almost magical about the changing of the seasons, and Henkes and Dronzek once again perfectly capture the quiet wonder of the natural world, as they did in Birds and Oh! Through second-person narration that features the refrain “but if you wait…,” they detail the subtle and less subtle changes that occur as spring replaces winter—snow melts, […]

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino | SLJ Review

Merino, Gemma. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree. illus. by Gemma Merino. 32p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807512982. 

PreS-Gr 2 –Tina is a cow with perfectly purple spots. Her three sisters have neat navy spots. Tina has “a thirst for discovery.” Her sisters do not, preferring instead to focus on procuring fresh and juicy grass, like good cows do. One day, while exploring the woods, Tina decides to try something new, and climbs […]

Before I Leave By Jessixa Bagley | SLJ Review

Bagley, Jessixa. Before I Leave. illus. by Jessixa Bagley. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Feb. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626720404.

PreS-Gr 1 –Zelda, a hedgehog, and Aaron, an anteater, are the best of friends. When Zelda finds out her family is moving, she and her pal decide to play “one last time like nothing is changing.” They swing, seesaw, go out in a rowboat, etc. The hedgehog family make their move, and when Zelda unpacks her […]

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett | SLJ Review

BARNETT, Mac. Leo: A Ghost Story. illus. by Christian Robinson. 52p. Chronicle. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452131566.

K-Gr 2–When Leo, a ghost, finds the new inhabitants of his house unwelcoming, he takes to the streets. Luckily, he encounters the fantastically fun Jane, who believes he is an imaginary friend. When Leo helps catch a thief breaking into her house, he is forced to admit that he is not an imaginary friend but a real one. Fortunately, the unflappable Jane graciously takes […]