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Children's Book Reviews

1. The B Book by Jan and Stan Berenstain

"Big Brown, Big Brown Bear"...this is a lovely, alliterative piece of children's literature. Wonderfully illustrated by the authors, this fanciful work demonstrates to youngsters both the "B" sound and why it's NEVER safe to ride a bike backward while blowing bubbles.

2. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Another work of fantasy, this helps children understand the repercussions of their actions in a fun, imaginative setting. Two thumbs up!!

3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

A true classic, Dr. Seuss makes expert use of rhyme and anapestic tetrameter while depicting to children the dangers of prejudice and the importance of an open mind.

4. Caillou by PBS Kids

This one gets a firm two thumbs down from us. Drawbacks include frequent whining and disobedience by the title character as well as a lack of discipline bordering on enabling by the supporting cast.

5. SuperWhy! by PBS Kids

A recent masterpiece of children's television, this program is both educational and entertaining, while placing value on good morals. The imaginative use of the super hero genre is refreshing. A definite credit to the PBS line up!

6. Veggie Tales By Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki

With it's witty dialog and "Sunday morning values and Saturday morning fun" these programs will brighten your day! Although one drawback is the constant banter that goes on between characters which inevitably undermines the Christian values it teaches. (Ex. In Dave and the Giant Pickle, when Jesse comes out to tell his sons about the Philistines attacking, his sons responses are, in our opinion, disrespectful.) As a whole we definitely recommend this one.

7. The Little Pilgrim's Progress adapted by Helen Taylor from the tale by John Bunyon

This spin on the classic book is a treasure in children's literature. Ms. Taylor maintains the authenticity of the story while intriguing the minds of younger audiences.

8. Tickle the Duck by Ethan Long

In this hilarious touch and feel book, a duck dares children to tickle him amidst much insincere protest. This book is sure to delight young and old alike! Two thumbs up!

9. Five Little Monkeys Picture books by Eileen Christelow

Ms. Christelow succeeds in entertaining us while depicting the reality of looking after "five little monkeys". A must read!!

10. Giant John By Arnold Lobel

This difficult to find treasure exhibits the hardships of being a giant, while enchanting it's readers with Mr. Lobel's beautiful storytelling! Sure to win any child's heart!

11. Sesame Street Old School books Vol. 1 and 2

Full of classic stories, fun and recipes to try! Could be used in informal homeschooling. A true winner in every circle!

12. Corduroy by Don Freeman

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be locked in a department store? This story depicts exactly what would happen, at least for a stuffed animal! Two thumbs up!!

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