On Easter-eve I was flipping through the channels on the television and found Charlton Heston. He was dressed as Egyptian royalty giving orders to the other Egyptians. It was, of course, the well-known film The Ten Commandments.
M. J. Thomas continues his Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series of children chapter books with the third installment – The Great Escape – by providing a slightly different take on the famous Moses narrative.
Siblings Peter and Mary hear the roar of the lion and are transported to ancient Egypt to solve the mystery of the hidden scroll. The children emerge into the narrative of Moses pleading with Pharoah the let the people go. Peter and Mary meet both Egyptian and Hebrew children that offer a different perspective to this well-known story.
The Great Escape is a fun book for young readers ages 6-9. It has plenty of adventure to keep children engaged.
This book lends itself well to educational opportunities. It could easily be used to teach about ancient Egyptian culture, including language. There is an opportunity to discuss how those who are not in power are often marginalized and oppressed. Comparisons can be made to plenty of connections throughout history, and how even today we see the same power dynamic at play. And while I was never a fan of vocabulary in school, there are plenty of new words introduced to young readers.
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Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader’s copy.
My Potty, Anita Bijsterbosch, Clavis Books, 2017.
At our house, we are in the midst of potty training. We have set a sticker system so that everytime Toddler J uses the potty, she receives a sticker. Once her sticker card is full, we take a trip to the Dollar Tree and she picks out one item (toy, coloring book, etc.)
During this phase of life, we are interested in books about using the potty. Something you never quite appreciate until you are a parent.
Anita Bijsterbosch’s board book My Potty is yet another book in this help-the-parent-out genre. While My Potty is no Daniel Tiger, it is a fun read. The illustrations are fun and bright. The animals in the story was a plus for Toddler J.
The Tiny Tale of Little Pea, Davide Cali, illustrated by Sebastien Mourrain, Kids Can Press, 2017.
“When he was born, Little Pea was tiny. Teeny-tiny.”
And the story of Little Pea begins. Little Pea is a tiny little, light-skinned human being the size of a pea. He never gets taller than half the length of a normal pencil.
Even though he is small, Little Pea does not let his smallness keep him from doing things. He climbs a lego tower. Little Pea rides a grasshopper as if it were a small horse. He reads and teaches himself how to swim.
Be a Star, Wonder Woman!, Michael Dahl, Capstone Young Readers, 2017.
Ever since I first read Bedtime for Batman to Toddler J, it has become a nightly ritual. After Good Morning, Superman, my hopes of a little girl version of these superhero books would become a reality. Michael Dahl delivers in Be a Star, Wonder Woman!
The sun has risen, and now it is time to get ready for school. The little girl in the story book uses her superpowers of being prepared, kind, brave, honest, and strong to make the day a great one! Just as with Batman and Superman, this little girl’s day mirrors a day in the life of Wonder Woman. As Wonder Woman fights off monsters, the little girl uses problem solving skills to master monster situations.
Gracie Meets a Ghost, Keiko Sena, Museyon Inc, 2016.
Gracie is a rabbit who has trouble seeing, and as such has to wear glasses. When she and her friends out to play, she looses her glasses. Oddly, she makes it all the way home before realizing that she has lost them. She heads out to retrace her steps through the woods, in the dark, to find her glasses.
As she walks through the woods, she thinks she sees her glasses, but they turn out to be other creatures living in the woods. A ghost, unnoticed by Gracie, decides to have some fun and scare the rabbit.
The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz, Maryluz Guerrero Salas, Westbow Press, 2014.
Everything about this book seemed perfect. It’s a children’s book about a dinosaur. What kid doesn’t like dinosaurs? It’s a children’s book about a place called Uz, a place we read about in the Bible. It is told in English and Spanish, a brilliant addition to every child’s library, both English and Spanish-speaking.
What Noise Do I Make?, Brian McLachlan, Owlkids Books, 2016.
We know that dogs say woof and cats say meow. But what about an ostrich or a peacock?
What Noise Do I Make? comes from the research and imagination of Canadian cartoonist Brian McLachlan. This engaging and interactive book introduces young readers to an wide range of animals and the sounds they make.
Not to mention plenty of humor.
The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep, Caroline Nastro, North South Books, 2016.
Some nights you just can’t sleep. Even when you are in your own home and it’s time for bed. This is Bear’s situation in The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep. While his whole family is a sleeping for the winter, Bear can’t seem to get to sleep.
The bear cub explores the snowy forest, but all of his friends are sleeping. He keeps exploring, and discovers the big city – New York. The city is filled with all of kinds of excitement. After all, it is the city that never sleeps.
Eventually, Bear gets sleepy.
Esther: The Belle of Patience, Erin Weidemann, Bible Belles, 2016.
We are living in an age of superheroes. They are everywhere! At the movies, in comic books, on television, the toy aisle, on snacks in the grocery store, diapers, clothes. . . . I could go on. The creators of Bible Belles want girls to know that superheroes can be found in an unlikely place – the Bible.
Bible Belles came to be out of the concern of an aunt waiting to get something special and unique for her niece. So, a book about the biblical Hannah was written and assembled for the niece Hannah. This creative gift is giving birth to a series of books, the second of which is Esther: The Belle of Patience. Other heroes in the series include Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah.
Snuggle Time Prayers, Glenys Nellist, Zonderkidz, 2016.
This little book, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is a cute little book perfect for young children. There are sixteen prayers in this little book, each accompanied by a scripture verse. Each prayer is a rhyming prayer based on the scripture verse provided. Rhyming helps in building vocabulary for early learners. Why not do so with prayers to God?
Biscoe’s illustrations fill two pages each. They are full color and bright. The animals bring to life the prayer that accompanies the illustration. My daughter at 14-months, enjoys flipping through the book, easy for her to do with the hard, board-like pages. The illustrations are attracting to her. The illustrations can also be used as a teaching tool.