Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Children's Corner: Picture Book Review, Video, and Little Artist

Welcome to our first edition of The Children's Corner! 



The Children's Corner is both a picture book review round-up and a sharing time for our children. My hopes are that you will be able to come here time and again to find interesting books for consideration for the children in your life and that you will also take this as a time-out to sit with your children and share a thing or two - maybe there will be a picture, a video, some words you can read to them, or other great sharing time posts. 

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Review: 


Birds Can Fly and So Can I 
A Giraffe Soars from Dream to Reality
Words by Noa Nimrodi
Illustrated by Tamir Lichtenberg
Published by: Grassroots Publishing Group
27 pages
Summary:
A delightful giraffe has a lofty dream - to fly in the sky with the birds. Will her dream remain a vision, or will it - along with her other undiscovered talents - soar to reality.

A line or two:
At twilight with a blowing breeze
Giraffe strolls through a forest of trees
She lifts her eyes and gazes high
She sees some birds take to the sky

My thoughts
Story: First of all I have to say that the idea to use a giraffe that wants to fly as a way to teach children about "dreams" is just wonderful. For giraffes have the ability too see high in the sky and I can see a giraffe maybe actually wanting to fly. As far as the writing goes it's just really great. It's a rhyming story so it rolls right off the tongue when you say it aloud. Being a parent and having to read the same story over and over again is a factor too and the way this is written feels much like a lullaby - soft and gentle. It's not something I would get sick of reading easily. My favourite part is when the giraffe takes all her animal friends on a ride in the sky and her neck gets sore. That is definitely something that parents can relate to and at the same time it's teaching children that dreams don't always come easily but even so it's great to share them with the people we love! At least...that's my interpretation of the story.

Art: The art is very sweet. It is done in watercolours and outlined in black ink. The colours sometimes bleed over the outlines and reminds me of something that a child would enjoy looking at, reminding them somewhat of their own colourings.
Overall: This is a very sweet book that has a great message. Children need to know their dreams are possible and if a giraffe can make it's dreams come true - why not them? It is an entertaining story that could be read just for the story. It is also a story that provides lots of opportunity for the parent to pause with their child and reflect on the book's lessons. Overall, a good story that children will enjoy and parent will too.

My Rating: 3.5/5



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Video

Today I'd like to share with you this little gem I found on YouTube. This rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is an award winning video and it's just amazing. Just watch it. You have to!



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Little Artist

What my little artist drew this week:



My daughter is almost 2 years old and she has recently discovered the joys of colouring. Little Artist is a way of documenting her progress. I will scan or photograph a recent piece by her for each The Children's Corner.


1 comment:

  1. The picture is cute! My kids watched the clip above and loved it!

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