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What I Read This Week...
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
The story follows a girl and her father hiking through the Grand Canyon as it provides information about the land formation, both from the present and the past. The illustrations are beautiful and give a feel for the vastness of the canyon. With all the information presented, this is a book that may require multiple reads. The end pages include additional information about the Grand Canyon and a note from the author includes information about Jason Chin's research.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Kelp is born in the ocean, but he doesn't seem to fit in with the other narwhals in his family. When Kelp ventures on land he discovers creatures that look just like him and he wonders where he really belongs. This sweet book has a message about acceptance and finding one's place in the world. The illustrations are lovely, too. The rainbows and unicorns and the sparkles on the cover give the book a cheery tone.
Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
I was quite pleased and excited to win a copy of this book, as well as Bird & Fire on the Run, thanks to Graphix Books. The Bird and Squirrel is a popular series among many of my students. This fourth book was scooped up within minutes after placing it on the graphic novel shelf. As with the others in the series, this book is cute, funny, and action packed. Even though Bird and Squirrel are back at home they have many adventures in the forest as Bird convinces Squirrel to have a party with him. I loved the surprise ending.
One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High
This story alternates between the perspective of twelve-year-old Lily and Queenie Grace, a circus elephant. The two form a friendship when Lily's grandfather, who was also the caretaker of Queenie Grace, dies. This story, sad and sweet, shows the bonds between humans and animals and the importance of family. The story also draws attention to the issue of animal cruelty and the author's note at the end gives information about the mistreatment of elephants. I think Queenie Grace's story will warm the hearts of my readers who gravitate towards books about animals.