03 February 2011

Reviews: Wintertime Children's Books

I rarely review children's books, but I recently received two I'd like to bring to your attention because they are super stories to read with your kids on a snowy day.

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox, by Susan Blackaby and illustrated by Carmen Segavia, is a lovely picture book to share with your little one this time of the year. Brownie Groundhog wishes winter would end and ventures out into the woods to look for signs of spring. While on her walk, Brownie meets February Fox, who is looking for his next meal, which he hopes will be the groundhog.

Brownie is too smart for Fox, though. She manages to distract him with some wintry fun before talking him into sharing her picnic. Just as they are finishing their meal, Brownie finally sees a robin redbreast. This is a cute story that shows how we can find friends and hope in the most unlikely places . . . if only we are patient enough to wait. The target audience is age 3 and up.

Buy Brownie Groundhog and February Fox at an Indie, at Powell's, and at Book Depository (links lead to affiliate programs).

Published by Sterling / Sterling Children's Books, 2011
ISBN-13: 9781402743368
YTD: 15
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: B

The other book that is just perfect to read to your youngster on a snowy afternoon is Soup Day, by Melissa Iwai. This adorable book tells the story of how a mother and daughter go to the grocery store to buy vegetables for soup. At home, they prepare the vegetables and put the soup on to cook. While the soup cooks, the mother and little girl play and read. When the soup is almost done, they clean up the toys and get ready to eat.

The last page of the book has a soup recipe that you and your child can make so you can do everything the characters in the book do. A fun snow day story that also includes few easy lessons in shapes and numbers.

Julie from Booking Mama, reviewed Soup Day, which she shared with her young son. They even made the soup. Be sure to read her review of both the book and the recipe. The age range is 2 to 5 years.

Buy Soup Day at an Indie, at Powell's, and at Book Depository (links lead to affiliate programs).

Published by Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780805090048
YTD: 16
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: B+

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These reviews will also be linked to Kid Konnection a regular Saturday feature at Booking Mama that focuses on anything related to chidren's books.


Sandy Nawrot 2/3/11, 6:44 AM  

My kids are long past these books, but I love them, and it helps to have them in my back pocket so I can make recommendations in our school library. Soup Day really appeals for the cold weather!

Julie P. 2/3/11, 6:52 AM  

We read both of these books over the past few weeks. Booking Son enjoyed both of them and especially liked making homemade soup that he could actually eat -- even with all of his food allergies.

Anonymous,  2/3/11, 10:53 AM  

My kids are too old for these but I have a small day care and we love finding new books. These look great and I think we'll add them to our library list.

bermudaonion 2/3/11, 11:37 AM  

Soup Day sound really good to me on this cold, gloomy day!

Peaceful Reader 2/3/11, 12:56 PM  

Both of these sound really good. I'll have to add them to my library list.

Zibilee 2/3/11, 2:11 PM  

I so rarely have the opportunity to shop for these kinds of books, but occasionally I do pick up a few for my goddaughter and nephew, so I will be on the lookout for these, particularly Soup Day!

Andi 2/3/11, 4:51 PM  

I could use some of these in the house right now! We're on our third ice day. While the teens might not appreciate them, I'm sure Greyson would get a kick out of 'em.

Kim 2/3/11, 11:09 PM  

The soup book looks delightful. I will have to look into it for my little Lyddie!

joanna 2/4/11, 1:37 AM  

These sound lovely, thank you for sharing, I've put them on my list to get for next WInter. There are so many children's books out there that I feel completely lost, it's great to get recommendations!

Tribute Books 2/4/11, 11:05 AM  

Soup Day reminds me when I was little and my mom would make me Lipton's Cup of Soup - ahh the memories.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads 2/5/11, 2:26 PM  

Soup Day sounds wonderful! We love making and eating soup on cold winter days. The recipe in the back is a great idea, giving the kids a chance to do what the book talks about.

The Bumbles 2/9/11, 12:57 PM  

As someone who doesn't cook and finds the process a bit overwhelming, I am a big supporter of encouraging kids to take part in the kitchen (and not just so they can grow up to cook for me). Encouraging their interest by allowing them to participate is a great opportunity for education, bonding and growth. I enjoyed reading about Julie's son's experience - that book looks terrific - especially judging by the cover illustration.

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