Welcome to First Grade ~ 2008-09!
Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
It's not easy for duck parents to find a safe place to bring up their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston's Public Garden, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot--no foxes or turtles in sight, plenty of peanuts from pleasant passers-by, and the benevolent instincts of a kindly police officer to boot. Young readers will love the mother duck's proud, loving protection of her wee webbed ones, and those with fond memories of Boston will enjoy familiar locales, from Beacon Hill to Louisburg Square, and over the Charles River--often from a duck's-eye view. (Excerpt Amazon Review)
Duckling (Watch Me Grow)
by Lisa Magloff
Books in the Watch Me Grow series are definitely a cut above, mostly because of their excellent illustrations. The full-color photographs, a vital part of the presentations, are not only exceptionally well chosen but downright dynamic: eggs in their warm, soft "feather blanket," thumbnail photos reprising the life cycle of a duck from egg to bird in flight, close-ups of frog spawn within their sticky jelly sacks. The pictures and their placement on the page will encourage children to read the accompanying information, which is presented in short blocks of text, sometimes boxed. The headings, topical rather than subject-specific ("I'm two days old"), and the main narrative are written as if spoken by the animal. (Excerpt Booklist Review on Amazon)
The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carl
This book tells the story of a grouchy ladybug who didn't want to share the juicy aphids that he found on a leaf with anyone else. He decides to fight over the aphids with another ladybug, but then determines that she is too small, so he goes off in search of a more worthy opponent. As each hour passes, he encounters another creature, larger and more fearsome than the last, and he dismisses each one in turn until, tired and hungry, he ends up back at the leaf again to share the last of the aphids with the friendly ladybug. (Amazon Reviewer Erika Mitchell)
by Karen Hartley
Grade 1-3-Three simply written introductions with visual pizzazz. A large, full-color photograph of the animal dominates almost every page, while a short paragraph of large-print text appears either above or beneath it. Organization of material is good. Each two-page section covers a different topic. Chapter headings come in the form of bold-print questions, e.g., "How do ladybugs grow?" Each title succinctly describes its subject's major physical or behavioral characteristics: life cycle, average life span, habitat, diet, and natural enemies. The books are clearly written and do a good job of presenting basic facts. However, some useful information has been omitted. In Ladybug, the pupal stage of development is not depicted, although the text mentions it-all other stages are shown. (Excerpt School Library Journal)
Are You a Ladybug?
by Judy Allen
PreSchool-Grade 2-Short sentences in large print are juxtaposed against colorful, close-up, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Each accessible book begins with its title question and tells readers how they would experience life as that creature, keeping the familiar form of address throughout, e.g., "If you are [a ladybug], your parents look like this, and they eat-." The books briefly describe their subjects' birth, growth and development, a few outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, diet, habitat, and natural enemies. (Excerpt School Library Journal)
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