Archive for the ‘Edna’s Picks and Reviews’ Category

Ernestine Buckmeister

Friday, November 11th, 2011

TheBusyLifeofErnestineBuckmeister9780979974694 c 150x150 Ernestine BuckmeisterIf you haven’t had a chance to read our review of The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister, please take a moment to look it over.  All of us working with children wan to see them have truckloads of time for play.  This book captures the dilemma parents and kids find themselves in with our over-scheduled lives.  I am thrilled to see it’s popularity spread–it’s getting rave reviews!

And speaking of busy.  The author of this amazing book, Linda Lodding must be reeling from the busy schedule she finds herself in as she promotes the book around the country.  And she took the time to write me and thank me for our review. You can learn more about her and the marvelous illustrator Suzanne Beaky.

Find out more about the book at and download all kinds of fun pages to go along with the book. You can also watch a quick trailer about Ernestine.

I definitely see this book being given away in one of our upcoming contests.  Stay tuned.

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Every Thing On It by Shell Silverstein

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Oh the memories conjured up when I just think of Where the Sidewalk Ends or A Light in the Attic by Shell Silverstein. This newest collections of poems and drawings will not disappoint, will make you laugh, and compel children to say, “Read it again, please!”

I have lots of favorites from this latest book such as, Housebroken,  Forth Place, and Yesees and Noees.  But my very, very favorite is an homage to the title, Every Thing On It.  Such a simple idea––a hot dog with everything on it from a bee in a bonnet to a porch swing––only Silverstein could think of such an outlandish idea.  And if you need a little something extra to read about for Halloween, check out The One Who Invented Trick or Treat.

Shel Silverstein, he’s made millions of children (and adults) laugh.  He was a one-of-a-kind!

You Are the Best Medicine

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

You Are the Best Medicine is written by Julie Aigner Clark, founder of the Baby Einstein company.  It is her story of cancer and comfort, and a more loving mom would be impossible to find.  In her wisdom she compares each phase of her illness and treatment to a happy memory with her child–her bald head to her baby’s bald head,  her feeling sick to her child feeling sick and how popsicles helped.

The language is soothing and lyrical.  When she’s tired and sleepy, “I will remember your still, soft face sleeping as you curled like a roly-poly bug in your clean white crib breathing in and out, in and out, quiet as the moon.” Or when her bald head starts to grow hair again,  ”I will remember how the fuzzy parts grew silky on the top, sticking straight up like little feathers…”

The illustrations by Jana Christy are just as impressive and speak love on every page.

If any children or parents in your program are facing similar challenges, get this book published by Balzer + Bray an Inprint of HarperCollinsPublishers..

The Everything Salad Book

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

There is something new under the sun! This brand new book by Aysha Schurman includes recipes such as:  Sesame Orange Coleslaw, Dijon Apricot Chicken Salad, Creamy Bluc Cheese Potato Salad, and Minty Blueberry Melon Salad.  And there are 3oo more tempting recipes to help you and your family eat more of the good stuff!   So if you’re stuck in a salad rut, add this book to your cookbook collection and move beyond the mixed baby greens.  An added bonus–each recipe comes with a complete nutritional analysis to help you make healthy choices.

Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Autism is a very big issue.  According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, autism affects 1 in every 110 American Children, and 1 in every 70 boys.

Children on the autism spectrum often have a difficult time communicating their feelings and emotions.  Photographs and visual aids help.   This book comes with a pointing hand that makes this an interactive book for kids. Children can point to the child who is sad, happy, itchy, or hungry.  They can point to pictures of food from raisins to rice cakes.  They can point to pictures of things that make noise from airplanes to lawnmowers.  They can point to puzzles and teddy bears.

At Pages, Inc,  we just gave this book away in a contest. I know child care programs will love this book and kids will too!

Earth Day, Activities for Kids in E is For Environment

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

There’s a great new book that is perfect for celebrating earth day every day of the Year!  The title is E Is For Environment by Ian James Corlett.  It’s a guide that makes nurturing the earth an adventure!  The family activities can easily be adapted to classrooms and become a part of a being green curriculum.

Some chapter titles:  Litterless Lunch, Stuffed Stuff and More Stuff, Banana Boy, Bottled Up

This book goes beyond simple ideas such as turning off the lights  and picking up litter. It includes teaching about  buying “fair trade” and  the joys of  planting a garden.

And  adorable children, Elliot and Lucy walk us through every page.  This book is worth your time and money.

Beautiful Oops!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The title of this book by Barney Saltzberg could have been,  “Mistakes are OK,” or “Hooray for Mistakes,” or maybe, “Hmm, Now What Do I Do?”  The unexpected often happens, and learning to be flexible is an essential life skill.  Kids can be particularly sensitive when something goes wrong––this book teaches about making lemonade from lemons in a fun, entertaining way.

“Beautiful Oops” is an interactive book.  Kids can lift flaps, poke fingers into holes, pull out an accordion “telescope,”  and examine an alligator’s mouth.  There are overlays and pop-ups all demonstrating the ability to turn a mistake––a smudge, smear, drip, tear and other such mishaps into something creative and beautiful.  Exceptional in every way!

People by Peter Spier

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I was so surprised when I saw the book, People, written and illustrated by Peter Spier in a bookstore in California.  My gosh, we had that book at Little Folks in the mid 80′s.  Those were the days when it was very difficult to find photographs or illustrations in books or posters or even wooden people and dolls in any color but white.   We’ve come a long way, baby!

I purchased this amazing book for my grandson.  He will be three in a few months and true to developmental stages, he has started to notice that people are different — their skin color, their hair, their eyes and the clothes they wear.   Of course the book gets into languages, transportation, and celebrations.  The ideas for curriculum are awesome and i noticed there are some lesson plans online.  Check this book out, you won’t regret it!

New Book: You Raising Your Child

Monday, November 29th, 2010

As I’ve said before, I hardly ever find a parenting book I can recommend wholeheartedly, but I’ve found another one! Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of television’s The Dr. Oz Show, and Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, have written a new book, You Raising Your Child:  The Owner’s Manual from First Breath to First Grade It’s loaded with information, from troubleshooting health issues to the fine art of discipline.

The back jacket says, “Imagine child development––and your child’s journey through life––as a ride down a long, often unpredictable river.  You are the guide, there to control the direction and speed that you travel.”  There’s some great stuff in here about brain development––and it’s written in terms we can all understand.  Learn about the various approaches to parenting, and find out if you’re a Marshmallow Mommy or an Iron Maiden, a Pudding Pop or an Iron Master.  The goal is to reach middle ground and be an effective parent. This book is worth adding to your body of knowledge concerning the joyful but daunting parenting journey.  There’s lots of information caregivers in all settings can appreciate as well.

My Name Is Not Isabella!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Forget being a princess, Isabella takes a journey through history pretending to be powerful, legendary females from Sally Ride the first female astronaut to Rosa Parks, the activist, and Marie Curie, the scientist.  Of course, we learn that Isabella thinks it’s pretty special to be the greatest mom in the world, too!  This beautiful book by author and mom Jennifer Fosberry introduces boys and girls to female role models who have achieved great things.  Mike Litwin, the illustrator, captures Isabella and her spirit for adventure perfectly.

In the back of the book is a “Women Who Changed the World” section that includes short biographies of the women Isabella aspired to be.  This book has Girl Power written on every page!