Monday, December 24, 2012

Magic Mondays - The Magic of the Godwit

The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration
Sandra Markle, Author; Mia Posada, Illustrator
Lerner Publishing Group
Millbrook Press
Pub Date   Apr 1 2013
 
I loved the illustrations, and the journey captured here. The godwit is an amazing bird and this book taught me that. The author’s note at the end of the book that says why the godwit holds a special place in her heart added its own value to the book. Resources for further learning are provided as well at the end of the book.
Amazing watercolor illustrations by Mia accompany this equally amazing journey of the godwit. The book follows the journey of one female godwit from birth through her triumphs and travails as she grows up in Alaska to the end of her journey in New Zealand.
My 10 year old son, the bird lover, gave this book a big thumbs up, as did I.

Rating: A
Reading Level: 5 years and up
Reread level: 4/5 (I can definitely read it again and watch the wonderful illustrations many times again.)

The below is from an article on keysnews.com since I wondered how the name 'godwit' came about for this magical bird:
'The name godwit sounds like a nod to some sly joke on the part of an all-powerful deity, but that doesn't seem to be the case. One ornithologically-oriented etymologist suggests that the word's roots were the Angle-Saxon word "god" meaning "good," and the Anglo-Saxon word "whita" meaning either "animal," "bird" or "good eating," but then another etymologist said, no, that was too easy to be true. Others have suggested that the name is onomatopoetic, derived from the birds' call, but that theory doesn't have a lot of historical support, either, and none of the calls sound particularly like the word. In short, nobody knows why godwits are called godwits. (If they'd stuck with one of the old names -- spikebill -- things might be a little clearer.)'

From Iron to Car
Shannon Zemlicka
Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publications
Pub Date   Jan 1 2013

 This is more an overview of how cars are made than a book offering any details of this process. This book is perfect for younger children who love cars and are still learning to read.  My 10 year old enjoyed the photos and breezed the book in minutes though he would have loved to learn more than he could from the book since he is a car fanatic himself.  
The book gives a feel of a short tour of a car factory and that is definitely a plus point of the book.

Rating: B
Reading Level:  5 to 8 years
Reread Level: The photos are something I will look at a few times



Fairies at Bedtime
Tales of Inspiration and Delight for You to Read with Your Child – to Enchant, Comfort and Enlighten
Karen Wallace and Lou Kuenzler
Watkins Publishing Limited
Watkins Publishing
Pub Date   Nov 8 2012


The concept is good, the affirmations great, the illustrations bright, colorful, detailed and discussion worthy but the stories themselves get a little repetitive and are just a little too short for me (for my six year old as well).
I did enjoy ‘The Get-better Garden’ and a couple of other stories mainly because they were a little longer and a little different from the others.
I enjoyed reading the discussion about different types of fairy-folk around the world as well as the exercises and suggestions to help kids calm down/meditate given at the end of the book.

Overall, this might work for kids aged 3 to 5 years old (to read aloud to them) but the stories are not the best part of this book.

Rating: C+ 
Reading Level:  3 to 5 years 
Reread Level: 2.5/5

Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of the three books above reviewed today. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on these books were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the books.
 
The Honk of Zagonk [Kindle Edition]
Pat Hatt (Author), Ozzy Esha (Illustrator)
November 26, 2012
 
I discovered Pat Hatt through dVerse and as I enjoyed reading his rhyming posts, I was definitely ready to read his books as well. This was the first book I picked to read on my Kindle and read it along with my daughter. We loved it.
The fun rhymes, the bright and beautiful art, the cute, courageous,  and colorful dragons, the lessons learned, as well as an expanding vocabulary, and an appreciation of poetry - all these facts make this book a great read. 
The book teaches without preaching.  Being different is fine, stand up to bullies, work together and you can achieve a lot, help others - all these are lessons gleaned from this book. 
Honk is our new hero!
 
Rating: A
Reading Level:  3 to 7 years
Reread Level: 4.5/5
 
All the books above go towards the weekly memes What are you Reading @ Book Journey and at Jen and Kellee's - What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA

For What are you reading? @Book Journey
Completed reading:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (yay!)
Will You Please be Quiet, Please? By Raymond Carver (digital eBook borrowed from OpenLibrary.org)
Books reviewed here
A few more quick reads for me (romances which I will review here)
Currently reading:
Secret of the Nagas by Amish (Personal copy - this has been waiting for me to get back to page 98))
Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal (digital RC - a brilliant book but the bard awaits patiently to be perused)
The Fox by D.H.Lawrence (eBook borrowed from openLibrary.org)
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Comics: Tales of the World's Wildest Beasts (Graphic Spin)(digital ARC)
Zeb and the Great Ruckus by Joshua Donellan (digital RC) 
Reading a couple more books as well
Next on my list to read:
Mainly books to complete as many of my challenges as I can.
 
 For NaBloPoMo:, where the prompt for today is:
Q: Can you get work done with background noise or do you need the room silent?
A: I definitely do work with a lot of background noise. As a child, I would study with the TV on next to me and as an adult and more importantly, as a mom, I do work with background sounds all the time:). Like right at this moment, I am writing this post as my 6-year-old DD does math problems loudly in her head sitting next to me!
But I do have to say that I can get more work done and work done faster when it is silent, though I can certainly get work done (or rather continue to work, albeit at a slower pace) when I have background noise around. 

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4 comments:

  1. All of the picture books were cute, especially The Honk of Zagonk. I noticed you read Pride and Prejudice. Believe it or not, I have never read the book, but only watched the BBC movie dozens of times.

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    1. thank you for your visit and comments, Laura..
      Pride and Prejudice was my nemesis for so long - all my life so far almost - and finally read it:)

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  2. These children titles sound delightful! Happy reading this week and Merry Christmas.

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    1. thank you Martha... they are all wonderful

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