I picked up this book because it was on Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime. I honestly had no idea what it was about. When I first picked it up I thought great another zoo book with pretty pictures. Except that this book is not another zoo book at all. Instead it tells the true story of two penguins in the Central Park Zoo. These penguins fell in love and tried to hatch their own egg without success. It it was a hard feat since both the penguins were male. So, a zookeeper took an egg that would most likely not have survived, and placed it in their nests.
There are many different types of families, and this book is a wonderful reminder of that. It is great read for all children to understand that families do not have to have one mother and one father to be happy, and for the children to be loved. The story was told in a beautiful way, it left me a bit misty at the end. I was curious if it was based on real life events, and was thrilled to read about the events that this story is based off of on the last page of the book. I am really glad that the author included the extra information.
The pictures in this book are in full color and well presented. They look like they were done with watercolor. The pictures themselves take time to process, and make it enjoyable to see over and over.
I really wish I had known about this book when my children were younger. Although I am glad that I finally picked it up.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a children's book that any child, and any parent can relate to. We would read this book often when my son was much younger. It helped that my son shares the namesake and has had plenty of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
The writing is cute and flows well. It tells the story of Alexander who has a day where everything just seems to go wrong. In his childhood wisdom, he wants to move to Australia. The conclusion to the book is the realization that some times you just have bad days.
The pictures are black pen sketches. In the limited edition version Alexander is represented in color.
Overal, it is a cute book. It has been a classic in our house, and I can continue to see it being read for many years to come.
I would consider Snow City to be speculative fiction. It suspends the rules of our own reality without truly being science fiction. The main character, Echo, lives in a world of her own creation. It started as a dream to escape from her own harsh reality until one day she woke up to find herself a true citizen. For months she stayed in the background content to watch the world around her. That is until she found another who needed her help.
When Echo takes guardianship of Chastity, a sixteen-year-old ghost, she is forced to live within the realm of Snow City. The more she becomes involved in the world the more she starts to question her own perfect fantasy.
Kathryns writing has a certain charm. It is a bit distant and mystical, yet it works for this piece. The story starts off slow, mostly because coming into the world with little explanation is extremely confusing. Yet, the story still grips you and holds you until the end. This is a great read if you are looking for something a little different.
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