Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color Teaching Guides

Posted on August 12th, 2020 by pajamapress

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The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women Teaching Guides

Posted on August 6th, 2020 by pajamapress

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Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round Teaching Guides

Posted on July 30th, 2020 by pajamapress

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Nutcracker Night Teaching Guides

Posted on July 30th, 2020 by pajamapress

Cover: Nutcracker Night Author: Mireille Messier Illustrator: Gabrielle Grimard Publisher: Pajama PressClick here to download the Nutcracker Night teaching guide.

A Family for Faru Reviews

Posted on July 28th, 2020 by pajamapress

School Library Journal

Cover: A Family for Faru Author: Anitha Rao-Robinson Illustrator: Karen Patkau Publisher: Pajama Press

“Patkau’s bright digital illustrations show the greens, golds, and browns of the savanna and accurately portray the South African wildlife, making them easy for young readers to recognize. Rao-Robinson’s plot is predictably heartwarming and the text fun to read as listeners can stomp, slurp, and crash through the savanna along with Faru. VERDICT Having wide appeal, this story can introduce a range of topics, from adoption to African animals to endangered species. Young listeners will enjoy the introductory trek through the savanna and cheer when Faru finds a family.”
—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington P.L., NY

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Kirkus Reviews

“Fiction and nonfiction meet as a boy seeks to save an orphaned rhino….This picture book offers a colorful portrayal of a gentle rhino and a boy who cares for him and helps him survive. Readers will encounter many other animals throughout the savanna in Patkau’s illustrations, including egrets, giraffes, an ostrich, guinea fowl, and vervet monkeys. Young readers will also enjoy finding small insects, reptiles, and mammals along the journey. The backmatter offers insightful details on the poaching of rhinos, their endangered status, conservation efforts to save them, and Rao-Robinson’s story of her encounter with rhinos in South Africa that inspired the book.

A gentle story that helps children understand why wildlife conservation matters and why they should care.”

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Horn Book Magazine

“Patkau’s digital illustrations use shadows, reflections, and bright colors against the greens and browns of the savannah to make the figures pop. The presence of an armed ranger guarding the rhinos underscores the reality of protecting creatures from poachers, as described in an appended note. But it is the warm relationship between Tetenya and Faru, and the young boys’ bravery, that children will most likely remember.”
—Susan Dove Lempke

Read the full review in the November/December 2020 issue of Horn Book Magazine

CM Magazine

“An excellent feature of A Family for Faru is that it ends with age-appropriate factual information about rhinos that is worded in comprehendible, child-friendly language. There are brief descriptions about the history and appeal of rhinos, including why they have become an endangered species and where they can be found in the world. To add a personal touch at the end of this educational story, Anitha Rao-Robinson includes more about a family experience which inspired her passion for rhinos, and, in turn, inspired A Family for Faru. Both the story plot and end note are written in a way which is likely to be understood by a young audience and which encourages empathy towards animals….Smooth and distinctive images by award-winning illustrator Karen Patkau transport readers to the savannah setting….Beautifully written and illustrated, A Family for Faru is a most worthwhile addition to library collections. Recommended.”
—Andrea Boyd

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Postmedia

A Family for Faru is a touching picture book that combines a good story with, at the back of the book, a section pertaining to the plight of the endangered rhinoceros. The inspiration for the story involves a way that groups are researching that makes these incredible animals of no value to poachers. Excellent illustrations complement the story.”

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CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Anitha Rao-Robinson’s story is one of friendship and compassion but also conservation as her final note about ‘Rhinos’ elucidates….Anitha Rao-Robinson’s text evokes the camaraderie of rhino and boy in their companionable activities, whether it be collecting waterberries or hiking or resting and it’s Karen Patkau’s extraordinary digitally-rendered art that takes us to the savannah. Whether conjuring the acacia and jackalberry trees or the wildlife of Fatu and Tetenya’s home or the warmth of the grasslands habitat with her organic shapes and earthy colours, Karen Patkau’s illustrations take young readers to a land where a rhino can be protected by a boy and the bad guys can be thwarted by a clever child and a handful of berries.”

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Music for Tigers Teaching Guides

Posted on July 27th, 2020 by pajamapress

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Benjamin’s Blue Feet Extra Content

Posted on July 13th, 2020 by pajamapress


Cover: Benjamin's Blue Feet Author-illustrator: Sue Macartney Publisher: Pajama Press

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Music for Tigers Interviews

Posted on July 10th, 2020 by pajamapress

A brown, dog-like animal with stripes along its back walks off the page behind a canopy of eucalypts. Cover: Music for Tigers: Author: Michelle Kadarusman Publisher: Pajama PressVoiceED Radio “Reading Between the Limes” Podcast with Geoff Ruggero and Beth Lyons (17:50 for Geoff’s summary of Music for Tigers)

Shape Up, Construction Trucks! Reviews

Posted on July 2nd, 2020 by pajamapress

Kirkus Reviews ★ Starred Review

Cover: Shape Up, Construction Trucks! Author: Victoria Allenby Publisher: Pajama Press“Storytime gets a kick in the pants with this jaunty combo of shapes and vehicles….Similar in its cadences to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle (1967), this book is ideal for construction storytimes everywhere. ‘Road roller / Road roller / Coming through! / I spy a circle— / How about you?’ Be sure to sing it to the tune of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ if you really want to bring down the house. Activities to further engage young children are included at the end of the book.

Clear, crisp, clean, and concise—trucks and shapes have never before looked (or sounded) this good.”

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School Library Journal ★ Starred Review

“This picture book uses images of real construction vehicles to teach various shapes. Each spread depicts construction vehicles on construction sites, including dump trucks, mixers, and cranes….The repetitive text encourages children to read along with the story. The back matter provides age-appropriate geometry activities. VERDICT Sure to be a hit with collections and storytimes.”

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CM Magazine

“As its title suggests Shape Up, Construction Trucks! combines two childhood favourites: shapes and construction vehicles….Combining these two concepts – construction and shapes – is a novel idea and is effective at building vocabulary in both areas….Shape Up, Construction Trucks! is a simple book executed well. Recommended.
Toby Cygman is a librarian in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Youth Services Book Review

What did you like about the book? This book covers so many different topics all in one book! This is a book that is a great resource for parents of young children….It is not just your basic triangle, circle and square shapes either. The author also introduces students to other shapes such as a rhombus and trapezoids. In addition to the shapes the color of the shape also introduces a different color on that page. The book allows a parent to increase the difficulty of the book based on the readers reading level at the time….What I love the most about this book is at the end it gives parents different ways to read through the book. That is so helpful for parents who are often looking to get the most for their dollar on every item they purchase for a child….

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or 629.225”
—Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston 

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Canadian Bookworm

“This fun picture books uses the interest that many children have in construction equipment to teach them about shapes. Recommended for kids aged two to five, this book will definitely appeal to that age….I always love picture books that combine fun and learning and this is a good example. The pictures show the vehicles in work situations, although only one is actually moving in its scene. Kids can imagine who would be working in them.”

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Fab Book Reviews

“Victoria Allenby’s (Rhino Rumpus with Tara Anderson) newest picture book Shape Up, Construction Trucks! brings readers a bright, bold, and fun story all about two highly interesting subjects: trucks and shapes! With a terrifically clean and clever layout relying on rhyme and repetition, each page spread focuses on introducing one truck (e.g. a dump truck) and one shape (e.g. a triangle)….While every page offers a different shape to learn about, it is done such a fashion that will most likely make readers feel comfortable and emboldened to practice what they’ve learned! Likely to be a hit during read aloud time and/or with readers who adore anything related to trucks or construction vehicles, Victoria Allenby’s starred-reviewed book offers as much opportunity for discovery and learning as it does fun in investigating trucks. Shape Up, Construction Trucks! also offers some fantastic extras by way of suggested educational activities at the book’s end!”

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This is My Daddy! Reviews

Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by pajamapress

Cover: This is My Daddy! Author-Illustrator: Mies van Hout Publisher: Pajama PressSchool Library Journal

“Conventions of gender, species, and race have all been rendered moot, making this a universal book for lapsitting young ones and their caregivers to point at and select…With the call-and-response format of “Who is my daddy?” and “This is my daddy!” this generous game will inspire noisy story hours as well as reassuring bedtime rituals.”

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)4

What did you like about the book? A fun interactive story with funny animal challenges….The bright, colorful characters and playful storyline celebrate the bond of father and child. It is sure to engage young children, and support their abilities to notice details, think critically, and predict what will come….

To whom would you recommend this book? A wonderful book for fathers to share with their sons. And a great read aloud for PreK-K to build observational skills and have fun together.”
Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

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Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

“Mies Van Hout leads you on a dynamic visual journey in her latest contribution to the world of Board Books: This is My Daddy!

Board Books can be well, dull. Not for the kids. Children love them, if they are done correctly. But, for adults, the lessons contained in a Board Book are among the most basic of lessons and, as a child often likes to repeat them over and over, they can start to grow tiresome on the reader. This is My Daddy!, however, provides entertainment both for the child and the adult….Van Hout layers clues into her carefully crafted illustrations so that even if you are unfamiliar with the particular species, you can make an educated guess.

In trademark Van Hout style, the visuals are big, bold and bright. The artwork on the ‘reveal’ pages encompasses an entire two-page spread dominating the visual field and highlighting the father/child relationship. This is particularly important as there are so few Children’s Books on the market that reinforce the father/child bond. This is a welcomed addition.”

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CM Magazine

“The contents of This Is My Daddy! are not the simple matches of the familiar kitten/cat, puppy/dog, calf/cow or piglet/pig variety….The physical book, with its padded cover and round corners, is very child safety-friendly, and the glossy cardstock paper will stand up to the manipulations of fingers just learning to turn pages….

This participation book, with its colorful illustrations, belongs in libraries serving the target age group, and it would be a good home purchase as well.

Recommended.”
—Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“Little ones are invited to take part in reading both the repetitive question and its accompanying answer. The question and the creature asking face a page with four choices each time. It affords growth in vocabulary, practice in reading (even for little ones), and a good deal of fun for all. Kids love interactive books, and are generally happy to read them again and again. They like the success that comes with knowing the pattern and the answer.

Each choice is made from a set of four dads. All have things in common, but only one is the Daddy. The baby rhino chooses from blue/green images of an elephant, a rhinoceros, a hippopotamus, and a crocodile. Talk can lead to the difference between a rhino and a hippo, habitat, the fact that each has four legs, etc. Once the child listener has made a decision, a turn of the page provides a full-page answer spread of father and child enjoying each other’s company.

Some of the creatures are less easily identified than others. That will lead to further learning as explanations will ensue. For the very young, it won’t be as important as it is the older toddler. Both will garner enjoyment and new learning from sharing it.

Perfect as a bright and appealing gift for a new baby, or to be included in a book basket meant to start a brand-new home library. Mies Van Hout is a talented writer and illustrator whose bold colors are distinct and appreciated by young readers.”

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Metroland

“Young children will enjoy this simple book with bright, colourful illustrations. The reader is given an illustration of a young animal and then four illustrations where one animal is the father and the reader is asked to pick the correct illustration…

This is My Daddy will keep young children entertained and features fairly durable pages, a padded cover and rounded corners.”

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Canadian Bookworm

“This delightful toddler book explores colour, shapes, and other early learning concepts….I just loved this book, for the thought that went into it and the lovely pictures. There is humour and fun throughout.”

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Benjamin’s Blue Feet Interviews

Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by pajamapress

Cover: Benjamin's Blue Feet Author-illustrator: Sue Macartney Publisher: Pajama Press

Open Book interview with author-illustrator Sue Macartney

CanLit for LittleCanadians Author Q&A with Sue Macartney

KidLit 411 interview with author-illustrator Sue Macartney

Picture Books, Eh! interview with author-illustrator Sue Macartney

Storyteller Academy interview with author-illustrator Sue Macartney

Benjamin’s Blue Feet Reviews

Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by pajamapress

Kirkus Reviews

Cover: Benjamin's Blue Feet Author-illustrator: Sue Macartney Publisher: Pajama Press

“A bird learns self-acceptance in this tale with a concealed environmental message….(Editor’s note: An author’s note about ocean trash has been appended to the finished book.) Water-pollution discussion requires an extra step beyond the reading, but this a good place to start.”

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YA Books Central

“What I loved: This is a simple but important message about body image and self-acceptance. Benjamin is an easily likable character that will appeal to young children. The amount of text on each pages is great for a wide range of ages, and I appreciated the word art with key blue-colored words. There is also some back matter about pollution in the oceans, as Benjamin’s treasures are actually trash that has washed ashore that can add to the discussion sparked by the book. I also really enjoyed the front matter with the animals of the Galapagos featured.

Final verdict: Benjamin’s Blue Feet is a cute read with some great themes. This book would be great to begin some discussions about body image, self-acceptance, and environmentalism.”

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CM Magazine

“For those young readers who might giggle at the mention of ‘booby’ (and even inquiring minds might want to know), a booby is a large tropical seabird with brown, black, or white plumage and coloured feet. In this instance, Benjamin’s are obviously a bright blue, and this color is used widely in both the text and the illustrations. Sue Macartney’s graphic designer background is evident in the clever layout of the book, itself. Both the front and back flyleaf are decorated with illustrations of ocean life. The drawings, done in pen, ink and digital media, are playful, action-packed and sparkle with humor. The author has included ‘A note about Trash in the Ocean’ which could lead into an important discussion with even the youngest reader. The publisher has also noted that a glossary of facts about Galapagos wildlife is available at the publisher’s website.

Highly Recommended.”
—Reesa Cohen

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Metroland

“Nice picture book with a simple – and important – message about self image. The author has also included “A Note about Trash in the Ocean” asking young readers to help reduce waste and help protect wildlife.”

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4…

What did you like about the book? This is a sweet story about self-acceptance with a light and humorous feel, as well as science undertones….Benjamin and the side characters are lovable animals with big eyes and cute facial expressions. The animals are labeled on the front end-pages, making it easier for young readers to identify them in the illustrations. The texture in the illustrations, especially the water, brings different elements of the pictures to life….

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a great class read-aloud as an introduction to a science unit about animal adaptations, how trash affects ocean animals, or the habitat of the Galapagos Islands. I would also recommend it to readers who like animals – there are lots to identify in the illustrations in addition to those in the story. Read-alike with A House for Hermit Crab (Carle).”
—Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

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CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Benjamin is a blue-footed booby who lives on an island in the Galapagos and loves searching for treasure. Unfortunately, with plenty of garbage clogging the oceans, it’s not surprising that much settles on Benjamin’s island….

Author-illustrator Sue Macartney tackles a lot of big issues in Benjamin’s Blue Feet while maintaining a sweet story about a curious bird who finds novelty in junk. Like a child who finds gems among stones, Benjamin finds treasure in the garbage that washes up on shore….

Sue Macartney’s art, created with pen and ink and digital media, always places the emphasis on Benjamin’s blue feet except when the garish garbage is around. His blue feet are vibrant and still harmonious with the earthiness of his environment, unlike the incongruous junk with its artificial and discordant colours. Though Sue Macartney carries the reader to the unique environment of the Galapagos through the content of the landscape and its creatures (she also includes a double-spread of an assortment of ‘Creatures of the Galapagos’), I was especially mesmerized by her aquatic environment. She imbues her water with such hues of green and blues and textures of crinkly waves and whitecaps that the saltwater spray is almost palpable.

Benjamin may be surreal as a blue-footed booby who talks and can manipulate man-made junk, but the problem of ocean garbage and negative body image are not. They are dangerous challenges to our world and ourselves and teaching young children about them via an amiable bird reflects well on Sue Macartney and Benjamin both.”

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Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

“Macartney does a magnificent job not only writing this book, but also providing warm, friendly illustrations with a kid friendly vibe; bringing comfort to young readers. The writing is very relatable to young readers in that it uses phrases that they would associate to something usually found by them. I appreciated how she used kid-related phrases when Benjamin finds treasures on the beach: ‘A string-stretch-it?’

This book is a joy to read! Self-reflection and self-worth are two crucial skills to have at any age. In the classroom, I would use this book to help my students understand what traits help make them uniquely wonderful. Good self-esteem (a good reflection), will always help you appreciate your self-worth. The book is also notable in that it helps children understand the effects of littering; another lesson in itself for young readers.”
—Tyler Stapleton, Contributor

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Mrs. Book Dragon

“I really loved the inside cover with the Galapagos creatures inside and the note at the end about waste in the oceans. I also enjoyed the unique vocabulary, like “string-stretch-it” to describe the trash Benjamin found on the beach. Finally, the overall message of finding what you are good at and embracing being different is just perfect. I love that message.”

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Kids’ Book Buzz

“We rated this book: [4.5/5]…I have never thought of how my body looks compared to other people, but it sounds sad when that happens. I am glad that Benjamin realized that they are all different animals and need to use their body parts differently to survive. I liked this book for the story and the pictures, and I think that any kid will enjoy it.”
—Lydia, Age 6

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Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars: A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home Reviews

Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by pajamapress

CM Magazine

Cover: Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars: A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home Author: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Publisher: Pajama PressSky of Bombs, Sky of Stars: A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home is literary nonfiction; that is, a true, researched, factual story which uses some of the narrative techniques of fiction writing, such as ‘showing, not telling’, description, dialogue, and interior monologue. The attractive cover, showing a girl drawn in silhouette looking at stars (or maybe explosions), and the vivid storytelling, may give some young readers the impression that the book is a novel. Reading on, the photographs of helicopters, tanks, fleeing crowds, and rows of babies in boxes in an aircraft reveal that this story has a particular historical setting. But the picture on Page 71 personalizes the story. It shows a Vietnamese girl with two parents and three younger children in a Canadian living room. The fact that Tuyet is real, not a fictional character, will make the book compelling for young readers….

The story ends with a significant incident that demonstrates Tuyet’s physical and psychological progress. The historical note, the information about polio, the list of resources and, above all, the author’s note, are very useful to readers in getting the most out of Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars. In giving young Tuyet her own unique voice and vividly presenting her joys and anxieties in a carefully structured story, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch has created an excellent work of literary nonfiction. Tuyet, she says, is her hero, and indeed Tuyet will be a hero to the young people who read this inspiring story.

Highly Recommended.”
Ruth Latta’s most recent novels are historical nonfiction, including Votes, Love and War, (Ottawa, Baico, 2019). Ruth resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

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CanLit for LittleCanadians

“For young readers who have not had the privilege of reading Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch’s award-winning non-fiction books about Son Thi Anh Tuyet, a child rescued from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War and who finds a new life in Canada, Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars offers an omnibus of the two earlier stories….

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch consistently tells stories about young people challenged during historical times and how they rise above the adversity to make lives for themselves. Tuyet’s is such a story. She was a little girl alone, feeling her life limited to work and caring for others, never expecting much for herself. But with an airlift out of Saigon and the love of a compassionate family, Tuyet builds something new and begins to see herself as the incredible person she has always been, beyond what service she provides. Fortunately, by putting both Tuyet’s stories together in an omnibus, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Pajama Press will help young readers get the whole story, saving them from a search for sequels or determining which book came first. Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars truly gives young readers the more complete story of a Vietnamese war orphan’s journey from hardships and horror to hope and home.”

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Band of MG Books (@bandofmgbooks)

“If you are looking for middle grade historical fiction and nonfiction, I enthusiastically recommend any book by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. When you pick up Sky Of Bombs, Sky Of Stars: A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home, you’ll get two fascinating and award-winning biographies in one—Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War & One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way….

[Tuyet’s] compelling story is full of bravery and perseverance. Readers are given such an incredible window to a refugee’s experience and the obstacles they must overcome in an unfamiliar place. Tuyet shares her traumatic experiences and thoughts candidly, especially about her worries of having surgery…I enjoyed the many pictures included and was happy to put a face to the name of strong, kind Tuyet and her wonderful adoptive family.

Sky Of Bombs, Sky Of Stars will be an excellent non-fiction addition to any library.”
—Christina Ammirati

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Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars: A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home Teaching Guides

Posted on June 2nd, 2020 by pajamapress


Sky of bombs, Sky of stars. Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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The Haircut Reviews

Posted on May 28th, 2020 by pajamapress

Book: The Haircut Author: Theo Heras Illustrator: Renné Benoit Publisher: Pajama Press

Canadian Children’s Book News

“The team that brought you Baby Cakes, Where’s Bunny? and Hat On, Hat Off have reunited to bring you the endearing new story The Haircut. This picture book is perfect for toddlers ready to move from board books to larger sized picture books….Each page is illustrated with beautifully simple large images that give new readers an easy place to focus their attention. Each image complements the short sentences without complicating the story in any way….

Filled with humour and honesty, the book sets up an atmosphere where it’s okay to feel your feelings and that the adults are there to be supportive and gentle. Once the character moves through his initial discomfort, Heras and Benoit are able to re-establish the playfulness they created earlier in the story….The balance of discomfort and delight throughout the story is a lovely way to introduce young children to new experiences, like haircuts, and set the stage for conversations about other new things.”
—Ashley Pamenter

Read the full review on page 25–26 of the Fall 2020 issue of Canadian Children’s Book News

CanLit for LittleCanadians

“There’s probably a lot of trepidation with respect to haircuts right now as many barbershops and salons are closed and people are taking on the task themselves. Fortunately, most of of have a history of haircuts and know what to expect, even if we ourselves don’t know what to do. But imagine a toddler who has never had a haircut. That first haircut can generate much confusion and even distress for the unknown but Theo Heras and Renné Benoit’s newest picture book, The Haircut, will comfort any child and probably a parent or two, as a young boy is taken to the barbershop for the first time….

What a wonderful book to read with toddlers (and then get them reading for themselves) who will be experiencing their first haircut. It speaks to them, not their parents who think their hair is too long or wants it styled or thinks it’s time. It’s time because the little boy’s hair keeps falling in his eyes and gets in the way of his play. He knows it’s not convenient so they know it too.

Theo Heras, along with illustrator Renné Benoit, has taken children through a number of common childhood experiences (e.g., Hat On, Hat OffBaby Cakes; and Where’s Bunny?) in these uniquely presented books. The padded cover with rounded edges and extra-heavy pages are far nicer than board books usually aimed at the youngest of readers and are a treat to handle and to read to young children. The Haircut is similarly comforting and informing. That book cover portrait that focuses on the child and his glorious tresses and doubtful face invites the reader in, and Renné Benoit’s watercolour and digital illustrations are similarly engaging, both uncluttered and complete. Like Theo Heras’s words, Renné Benoit has illustrated The Haircut for the young child, though everyone can appreciate the book.

Whether a parent wants to help a child to prepare for that first haircut or to reminisce about that first experience, The Haircut is there for a snuggly read.”

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book: A simple and charming read aloud to share with your son for his first haircut. The story is wonderfully illustrated with soft watercolors that detail the young boy’s facial expressions….The large book format with padded cover, rounded corners, and extra heavy pages will endure for it to be read over and over….

To whom would you recommend this book? A great read aloud for fathers and sons to bond over this ‘first haircut experience’ and to ease the anxiety for toddlers in going to the barbershop….

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our ‘to read’ piles? Yes”
Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

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CM Magazine

“With a subtle nod to the traditional male barber shops of the past, The Haircut captures a toddler’s experience with his first haircut….

Told with simplicity in short, clipped sentences, The Haircut will be relatable to toddlers, many of whom will have some anxiety about getting their hair cut for the first time. The large book format, with padded covers and rounded corners, is perfect for little ones, and the heavy pages make it both durable and easy for toddlers to turn the pages.

Renné Benoit’s soft watercolor illustrations, rendered in muted shades of blue, tan and sienna with pops of red, add charm to the story….Recommended.
—Gail Hamilton

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Canadian Bookworm

“It seemed so apt to read this now just as this service is reopening in many areas after a long closure. The little boy in the story goes with his dad to get his haircut, experiencing the fun and trepidation of a first experience….

I loved the illustrations by Benoit as well. The boy is so cute and his expressions are so relatable.

A great book for any library or home collection.”

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Raincity Librarian

The Haircut is the latest baby/toddler book from the author and illustrator pairing of Theo Heras and Renne Benoit, following their adorable books Hat On, Hat Off, Baby Cakes, and Where’s Bunny?…The text is wonderfully spare – this would be a delightful pick for a baby or toddler time, where attention spans are often limited, to say the least! Heras was a children’s librarian for 24 years, and it shows in her writing – she really knows what makes for a successful book for the littlest listeners. And as always, Benoit’s illustrations are charming – everything she creates is just the sweetest!…

The Haircut has thick, sturdy, tear-resistant pages, with rounded corners and a padded cover, and will survive the attentions of the most, ahem, enthusiastic young readers.”

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Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

“It is doubtful that most people remember their very first haircut. However, in the moment, it is a daunting event, and not just for the recipient of the haircut. Anything that causes anxiety or stress in our children does the same for us as parents. A haircut is one of those events that usually happens early in our children’s lives.

Heras shows how something a little scary becomes much easier with Daddy along to make it better. On their first trip to the barber shop together, not only does daddy make getting a haircut less scary, he also creates a special bond with his son….

Written for children ages 1-3, this is a cute story to share with kids that are worried about their first haircut (and it won’t hurt that mom and dad will get to read it as well).”
—Isabel Suárez

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Mrs. Book Dragon

“The first haircut, or actually most haircuts for a young child, can be a scary experience. This is a good book to share with a child who might be nervous about getting a haircut. I liked the large and simple pictures along with the short and sweet words. Finally, the facial expressions would be very helpful for a child as well.”

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