No Holts Barred: Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)Author: Laurie Keller (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Published: 2007 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805079963

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Cluttered with comedy, melodrama and earthy, Looney-Toonesque artwork, this brilliant guide to social success is as hilarious as it is helpful.

(…er…actually….maybe more hilarious than helpful, as we now hear our girls screaming at each other “DO UNTO OTTERS, REMEMBER, DO UNTO OTTERS!!!!!”)

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HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit: Motherhood in Alaska shares her thoughts about The Little Golden Book Anthologies.

Structure, Strengths, Strategies and Stretching: Clementine’s Letter

Friday, July 18, 2008.

Clementine's LetterAuthor: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Marla Frazee (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786838841

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In the voice of a creative and easily distracted third grader and brimming with insight and humour, this clever and thoroughly entertaining novel is as touching as it is funny as it is educational.

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If you have an interest in ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences — or in the fascinating field of learning — check out Whitney Hoffman’s LD Podcast.

Crackerjack Crankiness: I’m Not Cute!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

I'm Not Cute!Author: Johnathan Allen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Johnathan Allen
Published: 2005 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786837209

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Caustic scowls and harried helplessness take turns on the face of an overtired owlet in this hilariously endearing tale of naptime nastiness and unconditional love.

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Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

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Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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Looking For Me: Ruby the Copycat

Friday, June 13, 2008.

Ruby The CopycatAuthor: Peggy Rathmann
Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann
Published: 1991 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0590474235

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Spare, natural dialogue, carefully chosen details and keenly expressive illustrations keep us alternately giggling and cringing at the delicate shifts of sentiment from uncertainty and admiration through flattery, imitation, loss of self and then frustration in this celebration of selfhood found.

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Of Tantrums and Turn-Taking: Pumpkin Soup

Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Pumpkin SoupAuthor: Helen Cooper
Illustrator: Helen Cooper
Published: 1998 Farrar, Straus & Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374460310

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Warmly glowing orange and gold coziness and the hilariously familiar fluctuation from harmony to hysteria and back make this story of friendship, fits and flexibility an irresistible treat — even in the midst of our gorgeous, long awaited spring.

Permission and Patience: Waiting For Benjamin (A Story about Autism)

Friday, May 9, 2008.

Waiting For Benjamin: A Story about AutismAuthor: Alexandra Jessup Altman
Illustrator: Susan Keeter
Published: 2008 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807573647

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Warm, realistic artwork and candid first person narrative highlight the hidden hopes and hardships of an easily overlooked sibling to a special needs child.

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Seek First To Understand: No English

Friday, April 25, 2008.

No EnglishAuthor: Jacqueline Jules
Illustrator: Amy Huntington
Published: 2007 Mitten Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1587264749

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Familiar schoolyard dynamics, effective body language and detailed personal narrative relay a story of friendship fumbled and then found, reminding us that despite any biological logic behind our urge to jump to the least desirable conclusion, we’re usually happiest when we don’t.

Wheelchair Accessible: Best Friend on Wheels

Friday, April 18, 2008.

Best Friend on WheelsAuthor: Debra Shirley
Illustrator: Judy Stead
Published: 2008 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807588687

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Cheery illustrations and fast moving rhyme expose our awkward first encounters with physical challenges and the rich rewards we may find beyond them in this upbeat celebration of a friendship and fun.

Aaaaaaaaaah, Spring At Last: Hogwood Steps Out (A Good, Good Pig Story)

Friday, March 28, 2008.

Hogwood Steps OutAuthor: Howard Mansfield
Illustrator: Barry Moser
Published: 2008 Roaring Brook Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432691

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Spilling sunlight, squishy ground and the bliss of a fragrant breeze make the pleasant ponderings of a precocious pig a refreshing springtime read.

You can learn more about the real Hogwood here.

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The Sting of the Sidelined Sibling: Chloë’s Birthday. . . and Me

Friday, March 21, 2008.

Chloë's Birthday . . . and MeAuthor: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
Published: 2004 Atheneum/Anne Schwartz (on JOMB)
ISBN: 068986230X

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In minty blues, greens and creams stirred with rich reds and chocolates, like childhood drawings brought magically to life, fabulous folk-art illustrations combine with perfectly picked childhood details to relay a true tale of envy, endurance and a sibling’s special day.

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  • The Year I Didn’t Go to School

You can learn more about Chloe and Giselle’s father and the family puppet troupe that brought them to Europe in the 1970’s here.

Hilarious Homemade Healing: Doctor Ted

Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Doctor TedAuthor: Andrea Beaty (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Pascal Lemaitre
Published: 2008 Margaret K. McElderry (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928200

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Neither glares nor germs nor a principal’s rage can squelch the earnest examinations and ridiculous remedies of a well meaning young bear in this cheekily illustrated school yard lark.

 
 

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