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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word

First off we must start with both of our favorite book from this past library haul. This was actually a book I had seen before (in an aquarium book store) and had almost picked up. Now I rather regret that I didn't and might need to rectify the situation. Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef, by Marianne Berkes is read with the same rhythm as "Over in the Meadow", of course. Except in this book we're talking about animals who live in a coral reef and it even has an octopus! AWESOME, awesome book. The rhymes work very well together and almost even more outstanding (to mommy) is the way this book is brought to life!

Illustrated by Jeanette Canyon, the pictures in the book were shaped completely from polymer clay. At the end of the story there is a page from the author and the illustrator, each offering their young reader "tips" as to how they can create and illustrate stories. The tips and information that Canyon gives in explanation as to how she created the artwork in this book was fascinating to me.

We absolutely loved this book. No doubt about it! If you can find a copy - DO! It's amazing.

If you like the above book, then you'll also be inclined towards Over in the Arctic, also by Marianne Berkes (with illustrations by Jill Dubin). For snowy white owl, wolverine and seal pup lovers, this book will be a real treat. (There is also a beluga whale in it so it goes without saying that we liked it also. But I'll say it anyway, of course, of course!)

I was delighted to find a copy of God Bless America, words and music by Irving Berlin and illustrations by Lynn Munsinger.

We discovered at Christmas time that we absolutely love books that we can sing our way through so we were quite the fan of this version of God Bless America. This book takes you through the first verse of the song and the illustrations are of a bear family which are touring the United States. They are watching a parade go by with some of America's finest heroes (fireman and police officers), then they appear before the Lincoln Memorial and finally wave good-bye from their "home sweet home." This was a GREAT book by which I could introduce this song to my son. It was perfect for his age level and a true delight.

At the back of the book was some information I did not realize. Irving Berlin established the "God Bless America Fund" to benefit American youth once he started making money off of this particular song. Most of the earnings that have come from this song's royalities have gone to two organizations in particular: The Girl Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America. I think that's pretty cool. As for this particular book, should you decide to purchase it, a portion of the funds will go to the God Bless America Fund. Apparently it also comes with a CD of Barbara Streisand singing the song. Our library copy didn't happen to have the CD with the book. Some of you may take that for a loss, and others not! At any rate, we liked this one quite a bit!

So what have you been reading with your kiddos lately? Care to join in on Read Aloud Thursday and share?Hope you will!

On a final note - we've also been spending some time with Oceans: The Ultimate Guide to Marine Life. I reviewed Oceans over at Reading to Know and I also have TWO copies to give away! If you'd like to enter the contest - CLICK HERE.


  1. For a wonderful book with a nature theme check out "PersonaliTrees," by Joan Klostermann-Ketels. It has wonderful photographs of trees that illustrate -- perfectly -- emotions of conditions, such as happy, joyous, even irresponsible and loyoal, not to mention a tree that looks just like a foot (achilles heel). They are jaw-dropping -- and each one comes with a matching and inspirational quotation. Boy does it pull you into the real world of nature. With kids, you could have such a wonderful time looking at the photos and then going for a walk, especially this time of year. I'd take a camera along and try to make your own photos!

  2. Wow, Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef will really appeal to my in-house clay-hound. Definitely going to look for that one!

    I just scrolled down and looked at the pics of your library. I'm jealous; what a beautiful place!

  3. Aha! I KNEW "Over in the Ocean" sounded familiar! We haven't read that one, but we have read "Over in the Jungle" by the same author. Here's a link to my review---> http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/read-aloud-thursday-11/

    God Bless America looks fantastic! I need to look that one up!

  4. If you like books that you can sing your way through you might find some new ones to enjoy in my recent post


    Do let me know if you find something new you like in amongst the links :-)