Review (Plus): Interstellar Cinderella


InterstellarCinderella9781452125329_54cd2A Cinderella story that does not have a pair of glass shoes? What? In this poetic tale of Cinderella, she has left behind her socket wrench!

New York Times bestselling author, Deborah Underwood, has created a unique story of a Cinderella who has tools and sprockets instead of the normal brooms and dustpans. The four line poems are creative and allow the reader to understand a girl can be anything she desires. AND this Cinderella doesn’t want to marry the Prince–she just wants to be his chief mechanic!

Interstellar Cinderella uses a Geom Graphic font, along with muted magenta, silvers and blue colors, to help create the space-like setting. The life-like illustrations of space robots with the creative use of doodles support the overall interstellar viewpoint.

In the store:

Space is a unique and wonderful concept for our little people. They love anything stars, planets and unknown. This unique tale allows the princess-minded young to believe in more than just a Prince Charming. Create a space area where your patrons can make stars, moons or robots. A coloring station with pictures allows your young to stay busy while their parents shop.

In the classroom:

This is a perfect introduction to poetry in the classroom. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, poetry is usually taught. After the introduction to poetry, students produce their own poetry. Interstellar Cinderella is a standard four line rhyming poem introducing bound verse, couplets and meter. This is a familiar story told in a unique and new way. The main character and story line provides a foundation for the student giving a segue into the new information: poetry.

(CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.–

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt (Chronicle Books | 9781452125329 | May 5, 2015)


Review (Plus): Pool by JiHyeon Lee

Pool_9781452142944Words are not needed in this beautifully illustrated children’s book, Pool by JiHyeon Lee. As we approach summer time this book is an empathic tale of a shy child who meets another shy child at an overcrowded pool. The images express scenes we have all encountered when visiting a public pool–too many people of all sizes and shapes. Our young protagonist is overwhelmed by this scene as shown in the crafted details of his face. Even at a crowded pool, friendships can be found and a summer of dreams becomes reality. The simple pool becomes an ocean full of exotic fish which he shares with his new friend.

In the store:

SUMMER! Do you have a display of summertime activities for your young patrons? Do you have books about fear of swimming, learning to swim, nonfiction ocean books? Pull them all together and have a water-themed display. You may even want to showcase some water toys–water balloon fight anyone?

In the classroom:

Inevitably, your students will encounter some sort of water in the next few months. This book is illustrations of a pool turned into ocean. CCSS has not adopted an official standard for Pre-K, but many states have adopted domains to follow. One of them is the Cognition and Knowledge of the World. The cool aspect for the classroom with this book is the ability for your own students to create their own story. If they are too young to write they can dictate the story line allowing them to form cognitive thoughts based on the illustrations and discussing water in a global sense. Pairing this book with an art project making a fish would be a simple and easy assignment.

Pool by JiHyeon Lee (Chronicle Books | 9781452142944 | May 5, 2015)

I’m Going to Catch My Tail

I’m a laughs-on-the-inside kind of girl, but this one had me laughing aloud. If Kitty hadn’t been an illustrated cat, I would have thought that Jimbo Matison’s book was about me. (You’ve met Cat.)

I’m Going to Catch My Tail was released in the fall, but the video was just published.

Social media is full of cat posts, so you know your audience will have an appreciation for Kitty’s antics. Jimbo Matison is on Twitter: @jimbomatison

Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers Collaborate on “Imaginary Fred”

Eoin Colfer has a new picture book coming this fall, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. In this “interview” Colfer explains why this Colfer/Jeffers collaboration was a good fit. “He’s Irish… and I’m Irish.”

And a bonus… now you’ll finally know how to pronounce “Eoin”.

The Book of Languages

The folks at Owlkids Books speak lots of different languages. In honor of their recently published The Book of Languages by Mick Webb, they created this video to share some words and phases from the languages we speak.