February Reading Wrap Up

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Picture Book Review: Yawn

Yawn by Patricia Hegarty

Yawn
by Patricia HegartyTeresa Bellon (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

I can personally verify that this book will make you yawn. I yawned four times while reading it, and twice more while writing this review.

One little boy yawns, and his yawn is contagious! It sweeps through the town and out to the countryside. All around the world, people start yawning in Egypt, India, and even the North Pole. Farm animals and polar bears and elephants; no one is immune to this persistent yawn. The yawn reaches outer space where aliens begin to yawn. Then the yawn reaches the reader, and the little boy who started it all is tucked into bed fast asleep.

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Book Review: El Increible Barco del Capitan Marco

El increíble barco del capitán Marco by Alicia Acosta

El increíble barco del capitán Marco
by Alicia AcostaCecilia Moreno (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

El capitán Marco emprende un viaje a través de los mares con su fiel tripulación de compañeros. Se encuentran con grandes tormentas, monstruos marinos y enormes olas que azotan su pequeño barco. ¡Pero nada impedirá que el capitán Marco y su tripulación sigan navegando!

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Picture Book Review: Tormenta de Pimienta

Tormenta de Pimienta by Rafael Ordóñez

Tormenta de Pimienta
by Rafael OrdóñezMarisa Morea (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Los ratones están cansados de que los elefantes caminen por la jungla sin mirar hacia dónde van. Les preocupa que los pisen, pero a los elefantes no les importa. Así que los ratones idean un plan para obligar a los elefantes a prestar atención y vigilar sus pasos.

The mice are tired of the elephants walking around the jungle and not looking where they are going. They are worried that they will get stepped on, but the elephants don’t care. So the mice devise a plan to force the elephants to pay attention and watch their step.

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Picture Book Review: Looking for Sleep

Looking for Sleep by Georgiana Deutsch

Looking for Sleep
by Georgiana DeutschMegan Tadden (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Wolf can’t get to sleep, and thinks that sleep must be hiding from him. He goes searching for sleep in the forest, and recruits some other woodland creatures to help him. They look in a yawn, they look in a lullaby, and they even look in Badger’s dreams. But only when they are quiet and still will sleep finally find them.

I loved this adorable story and the sweet idea of searching for sleep like a thing to be found!

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Picture Book Review: Nothing Scares Spider!

Nothing Scares Spider! by S. Marendaz

Nothing Scares Spider!
by S. MarendazCarly Gledhill (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Little Spider wants to have an adventure, but her other insect friends are afraid to be left alone. She leaves a long string of web behind her so that they can tug on it to call her back in case of an emergency. But they keep interrupting her adventure just when things get dangerous.

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Picture Book Review: The Night Walk

The Night Walk by Marie Dorléans

The Night Walk
by Marie Dorléans
5 out of 5 stars

Two children are awakened in the middle of night by their parents who lead them on an evening hike into the countryside. Through the village, past the fields of sleeping cows, and into the woodland, they walk slowly, enjoying the peace of the night and the light of the stars above them.

The graceful beauty of this simple book almost brought me to tears. I am in despair that I can never write a review that will capture the absolute glory I experienced while reading it. I wish I could give it 10 stars!

Each new landscape that we discover along the hike is like a magical new scene of wonder and beauty. The stars, the trees, the wildlife, the silence, the warm night air, and the chirping of crickets; all these things weave a spell of tranquil harmony around the reader.

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Picture Book Review: You Can Be a Farmer, Too!

You Can Be a Farmer, Too! by Becky Davies

You Can Be a Farmer, Too!
by Becky DaviesCharlotte Bruijn (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Emily enjoys playing on the farm and helping to feed the animals. But Noah thinks the farmyard is too loud and scary. He’s afraid of the cows, and horses, and even some of the larger pigs. But Emily knows a way to make the farm fun and safe. She helps Noah to start small with some little chicks, and introduces each barnyard animal one at a time, until Noah feels safe and confident enough to make friends with a massive cow!

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Picture Book Review: This is Not My Hat, El Ladron Del Sombrero

El Ladron Del Sombrero by Jon Klassen

El Ladron Del Sombrero
by Jon Klassen
5 out of 5 stars

Un pececito entra nadando con un sombrero que no es el suyo. Se lo robó a un pez mucho más grande mientras dormía. Pero seguramente ese pez grande no se despertará pronto. Y seguramente el pez grande no podrá encontrar al pececillo ladrón mientras se esconde entre las algas. ¿Correcto?

¡Este libro de imágenes es adorable! Con muy poco texto, teje una divertida historia sobre la imposibilidad de escapar de las consecuencias de tus tontos crímenes. ¡El pececito es tan divertido!

Algunas personas pueden oponerse a un libro para niños en el que el robo se trata con tanta ligereza y humor, pero yo entendí que era como un niño pequeño que “roba” la ropa de sus padres. Es como un niño que huye de sus padres y se “esconde” a plena vista, riendo detrás de una manta, esperando a que lo encuentren.

Me encantan las ilustraciones sencillas y el estilo minimalista. Con expresiones efectivas, el arte aporta humor y profundidad al cuento.

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Picture Book Review: La Burrita Baldomera

La burrita Baldomera by Ismael F. Arias

La burrita Baldomera
by Ismael F. AriasEnrique G. BallesterosAyesha L. Rubio (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Una burrita hace un amigo humano, Ismael, y disfrutan juntos de la paz del campo. Pero un día Ismael no regresa, y el burro se entristece y se pregunta a dónde podría haber ido su amigo.

Este libro ilustrado está inspirado en hechos reales, cuando el autor estuvo en cuarentena durante la pandemia de Covid-19 y no pudo visitar a su amigita en el campo. El cuento es dulce y emotiva, y una adorable amistad animal.

Me encantaron las ilustraciones suaves con colores atractivos y amplias escenas campestres. ¡El estilo artístico es absolutamente hermoso!

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