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Reviewed by Lyda Whiting

 


THAT’S LIKE ME!
STORIES ABOUT AMAZING PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES
Written by Jill Lauren

This wonderful book explains the experience of having learning differences through the eyes of children and adults who live with them. Included are children and teenagers who have a different way of learning and have discovered that they can excel in sports, science, dance, art, and school. One teenager helped create an award-winning mural. Another drives race cars.. The adults finished school and became a trapeze artist, a musician, an event producer, and an inventor. One is a New York City firefighter. Another was the first woman to reach the North Pole; she teaches students to never give up and to follow their own dreams. The people and their learning differences vary. Some of those profiled have trouble reading or doing math. Others have difficulty concentrating or memorizing. Some had help at an early age from teachers and schools specializing in learning differences. Some others made it through school without anyone recognizing their special learning needs. Each story fills two pages with the success story of one of these achievers and pictures of them and their accomplishments. These personal accounts of the difficulties and triumphs of people with learning differences will move and motivate children and adults alike. This is an important and helpful book for children and the adults who care about them, whether there are learning differences present or not. Everyone who reads it will be inspired to keep trying until they succeed. Highly recommended for ages three to adult. Published by Star Bright Books, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

FAMOUS FIGURES OF ANCIENT TIMES
MOVABLE PAPER FIGURES TO CUT, COLOR, AND ASSEMBLE
Written and illustrated by Cathy Diez-Luckie

This imaginative book presents figures from history, including kings and scholars, religious and military leaders, and even one of Hannibal’s elephants, in a fun and realistic way. Children will play with Alexander the Great, King Hammurabi of Babylon, and Pharaoh Khufu while learning about their lives and civilizations. Children can act out historical events like Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, ordering the building of the original Great Wall of China and commissioning a huge terracotta army of life-sized soldiers to be buried with him. Children can play imaginatively through history, introducing Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, to Nebuchadnezzar II, who built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The book includes a brief biography of each figure that will give children the desire to learn more. Each figure is dressed in historically-accurate clothing and is presented twice. One version is filled in with appropriate colors based on authentic mosaics, paintings, and statues of the period. The other version is ready to become inventively colorful through a child’s crayons, colored pencils, or paints. Children can cut out the figures and assemble them into movable action figures. Each sturdy page is easy to remove from the book and has all the pieces for one figure. There are easy-to-follow instructions for assembly, and the pieces are labeled on the back to make it easier to put them together. Recommended for ages six to ten. Published by Figures in Motion, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

EAGLE EYES
A CHILD’S GUIDE TO PAYING ATTENTION
Written by Jeanne Gehret, illustrated by Michael LaDuca

Ben loves to walk the nature trail with his family. He sees an eagle hunting for fish, cardinals at the bird feeder, and deer footprints. But he gets excited and scares the chickadees his sister Emily is feeding, and she gets mad at him. At home, Ben has to work all evening on his homework while Emily plays because she already finished her homework. Ben can’t get to sleep that night. The next day, Ben discovers he forgot to bring all that work to school. Ben is discouraged until his dad takes him to a specialist who tells them that Ben has Attention Deficit Disorder. Ben has eagle eyes and notices everything, but doesn’t know when to focus. The specialist shows the family some tricks to help Ben to remember simple tasks and sleep better, and gives Ben some medicine that helps too. The next time Dad takes Emily and Ben to the trail, Dad trips and hurts his knee. He needs help, and Emily does not remember the way back to the ranger station. But because he sees every detail, Ben remembers the way and gets the rangers. Ben helps his dad and discovers he is glad to be his own eagle-eyed self. This book covers Attention Deficit Disorder in a way that children can understand. There are resources included about ADD and nature, and discussion starter questions at the back of the book. Recommended for ages seven to nine. Published by Verbal Images Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

JOURNAL BUDDIES:
A GIRL’S JOURNEY FOR SHARING AND CELEBRATING MAGNIFICENCE... and
JOURNAL BUDDIES:
A BOY’S JOURNEY FOR DISCOVERING AND SHARING EXCELLENCE
Written and illustrated by Jill Schoenberg

The unique part of these two journals — one designed for girls and one for boys — is the child shares their journal by completing each entry with a buddy. The buddy can be a friend who is also keeping a buddy journal. Or it can be a friend who doesn’t have a journal. It can be a family member, pet, or even an imaginary playmate. There are thirty guided entries, and the child chooses to have the same buddy each time, or a different buddy each time. Each entry includes a place to list three qualities, traits or talents the buddy enjoys about the child, and three the child likes about their buddy. To help with this, the book includes a list of qualities, traits and talents that can be used in journal entries. The child is encouraged to draw on the pages, add stickers and stamps, and to glue in pictures and photos. There is a list of journaling ideas at the beginning to spur exploration and fun. These creative interactive journals help children focus on the positive characteristics they like in themselves and others, and practicing kindness by sharing what they see. Their self-esteem and self-confidence will grow stronger and they will enjoy being themselves. For ages eight to ten. Published by Blue Sky at Night Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

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