May 2, 2014

Books: Participles and Bullies

Don't Dangle Your Participle 
by Vanita Oelschlager 
published May 1, 2014 by Vanita Books
I love this book. The author clearly explains what a participle is, then demonstrates the concept by comparing two similar sentences -- one with a misplaced participle, another with a well placed participle. Lively and colorful illustrations grace the pages. Highly recommend for elementary libraries and classrooms. Middle school language arts class may benefit from the clear visual demonstration of the importance of proper sentence structure. 

Honey Bee's Adventures at Wilderness Pond
by Cathryn Carman Davis
to be published May 24, 2014 by Sweet Dreams Factory
A Honey Bee explores a new area, thinking little of the creatures who call it home. Despite her less than kind behavior King Frog demonstrates kindness on multiple occasions. Brightly colored illustrations accompany the rhythmic rhyming tale. May be great as a read-aloud with elementary students as a starter for conversation about kindness to others. Connect the story with science, fact check the details of the story: the pond as an ecosystem, as well animal habitat, diet, and interactions with other animals. The GTSD mascot is the Stinger Bee, so this has great appeal for us!

O'Shae the Octopus
by Brandee Buble, illustrated by Eliska Liska
to be published May 15, 2014 by Simply Read Books
O'Shae is a happy and content octopus. He has a supportive family and a good friend. He won't let a couple of bullies ruin his day of fun. Brightly colored, full page illustrations accompany the rhyming couplets. Recommended for early elementary libraries and classrooms.

Review copies furnished by NetGalley.