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What I Read This Week…
The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond
This nonfiction picture book begins with a boy reading a book about blue whales and the rest of the book continues telling the information he is reading about the gigantic creature. The illustrations help to make the information presented more interesting. They help to show comparisons so readers can understand facts such as the whale’s weight and the volume of the whale’s song. A fictional and imaginative element is part of the text, as the boy appears in many of the illustrations alongside the whale. In a study of nonfiction, this book would be useful to show how illustrations enhance a text.
How to Be a Dog by Jo Williamson
This picture book is written as if it's a guide for dogs to help them be happy with the humans they live with. It is a sweet and humorous as it shows how dogs interact with humans. The dog telling the sotry has a funny and unique personality as his behaviors are often exaggerated. The illustrations provide a lot of the humor in the story. The page showing the toilet trained dog sitting upon a toilet is sure to be a reader favorite.
Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier
Jackrabbit McCabe, with his long legs that “looped like a pretzel” when he was a baby and his amazing speed, can outrun trains and race horses. When the electric telegraph comes to town, Jack agrees to a race to see if he can get a message to its destination faster. Although Jackrabbit is no match for the telegraph, his speed is still put to good use. This book could be used for a study of tall tales, but the historical basis and the author’s note telling more about the telegraph and Samuel Morse make it useful for building knowledge as well.
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
A bear named Bruce collects eggs and one day when he is making boiled goose eggs he is surprised when his eggs hatch. The goslings mistake Bruce for his mama and he is unable to get rid of them, making him very grumpy. The details of this story make it very humorous. Bruce finds a recipe on the internet. He asks Mrs. Goose if her eggs are free-range organic. Bruce is also very creative in how he tries to get the geese to migrate. Although Bruce is grumpy he turns out to be a lovable character. This is a funny, adorable read.