The Book Bag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, October 2005

Well, we only posted reviews for about twenty-five books this month. Still, that makes it plenty hard enough to whittle out just a few to be highlighted in the Book Bag. Next month look for reviews of holiday books. We’ll try to get our list out around Thanksgiving.

Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar
by Amanda Lumbry and Laura Hurwitz. Riley and family are in search of the rare aye-aye Lemur. The book is crammed with fun stuff to do and learn. It covers geography, nature, animal habitat, conservation in just a couple dozen pages. The passport is a great way to encourage additional global discoveries and learning.

An African ABC
by Jacqui Taylor. This ABC book features plants, animals and culture from Africa. This book is written in verse and contains a glossary at the end. “This book is great. Not only did my child learn new words, I did too. The illustrations are good and the verse makes it more interesting to younger children. “

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand by Liz and Jay Scott. Alex has a problem that is bigger than she is: she is fighting a particurlarly nasty sickness. She wants to help other kids who have this illness, too, so she comes up with a plan to make a difference. This book retells the real-life story of a little girl with cancer in an inspirational and positive way.

Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley. Piccolo the tomcat enjoyed his life along the canals of Venice, and he certainly didn’t want two young kittens slowing him down! This story about fatherhood (in this case as a single parent) is a nice change … and an opportunity for Dad to take center stage!

The Rainbow Tiger by Gayle Nordholm. After watching a beautiful peacock one day, a tiger wished that she was as colorful as a rainbow. When her wish came true, the tiger’s life changed in ways she could never have imagined. Can a tiger change its stripes? This is a picture book with lessons about envy, pride, and individual talents.

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra. Who knew what would happen at the zoo when Molly McGrew opened up her bookmobile and a story or two! This is a rhyming picture book about animals who learn to love reading.