This is a collection of all short stories by Beatrix Potter, including her tales of Peter Rabbit. The stories are geared towards children and often feature personified animals. Occasionally the stories also feature children. If there are adults in the stories they seem to be the villain.
These stories were first published over a hundred years and you can tell. Some stories seem to withstand time, these do not. While I read some Beatrix Potter to my children, it never was something that I found enjoyable. Neither did my children seem to attach to the stories. However, when I read them all the way through as an adult I decided that I honestly do not enjoy them.
The stories are of animals who wear clothes, talk, and smoke. Yet, they are also treated as animals by the humans at the same time. It was an awkward distinction for me. Also, the stories never really seemed to go anware. The topics are awkward, one rabbit went to save his children from a fox who planned on eating them. Maybe if there was a point at the end it would be less weird. Yet, there is not. It is just tales of weird interactions.
I may be in the minority on my views of this book. Many others seem to treasure the tales. They are even being made into a movie. For me, these stories were not what I would pick to have still been around a hundred years later.
The Inspiring Tale of Wilma Rudolph makes the claim of being for readers from one to hundred. This is a very bold claim, one that this book surprisingly delivers on.
The book is a picture book that is 51 pages long. Each page has four lines of text and utilizes an A,A,B,B rhyming technique. This means the first and second lines rhyme together and the third and fourth lines rhyme together. If you have read my other reviews then you know that I am not a huge fan of rhyming. It is often not pulled off well. Random words are added to satisfy the rhyming sequence, and even the order of information can be altered. Rhyming just is not worth it. It is no exception in this book. The rhyming sequence did nothing to add to the book. After the first few pages I just did my best to ignore it completely.
The pictures are colorful, but are more of a clip art collection with some pictures thrown in. I enjoyed that the book is different. It is very colorful, and the words are presented on wood panels to offset it from the backgrounds. I do wish that more actual pictures were included, it would have been a big asset to the book.
I picked the book on Wilma Rudolph because I wanted to know more about her. I am happy to say that I now know a lot more about her. The book is full of content that was interesting to me as an adult, but I still fill it would be appropriate for a child. That is a hard combination to reach, but Locker did reach it. I found out many aspects of Rudolph's life from her childhood, her professional career as an olympian, and even after she retired. It is amazing what she overcame to get where she did. I really wish that there was a bit more on the fact that she was an african american women athlete in a time when there was still segregation. It was touched on, but only briefly.
As an adult this series is a great way to get a brief overview of someone's life. I could see this series being a great edition to a home library to give children information about a wide variety of individuals. However, the books will stand alone if you want to buy one for someone your child is interested in knowing more about.
This is the first graphic novel in the Journey to Minecraft series. It is written for younger readers, in early elementary and uses appropriate vocabulary.
The graphic novel is exceedingly short, even for a comic book. It is more like the first part of one complete book rather than the first part of a series. I am sure this is a way by the author to try and get more money out of the publication. It seems like a horrible ploy. I would gladly pay a few dollars for a Kindle version of a book that I know my daughter would read. I think having it stopped so early in the story would just annoy her.
That being said, the graphics are quite good. The writing is simple, but that is to be expected. The plot is extremely appropriate for the age and genre. It also does have a plot, which is a bonus. The biggest downfall is the story being separated between books instead of being combined together.
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