The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8, January/February 2008

Amazing Mallika by Jami Parkison. If you’re a Bengal tiger, the first rule of hunting is be calm. That may be easy for some tigers, but not Mallika. Time and time again her hot temper gets the best of her. How will she ever learn to control her temper? The illustrations in this book are incredible, and the helps kids recognize anger and it offers solutions, too. (Marsh Media, 1997)

Grandmother’s Stories: Wise Woman Tales from Many Cultures by Burleigh Muton, ed. Each culture has its legends and myths, but none are more rich than those of the wise women who because of kindness, empathy, and wisdom outsmarted those who had plans to “keep them down.” You’ll find a story from every continent in this volume. This collection of stories/fables feature a wise woman as the hero. We like that it has CDs with the stories for following along. (Barefoot Books, 1999)

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story and You Are My Wish Come True by Marianne Richmond. Like all little bears, Barley wants to hear (again) about why he is so special to Mama Bear. In these books, parents can select the story that fits them … I Wished for You is an adoption story. You Are My Wish Come True is for biological families. (Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc. 2007)

The Jester has Lost His Jingle by David Saltzman. The laughter is gone. When the King banishes the Jester from the kingdom, he is determined to find out where laughter has gone. This picture book offers a lesson for all of us. (The Jester Co., Inc. 1995)

Polar Slumber by Dennis Rockhill. This is a book with something to offer everyone. There is a wordless version, and English version, and an edition in Spanish. Even though every page is filled with snow, the book leaves you with a warm, cozy feeling. (Raven Tree Press, LLC, 2004)

Ocean Seasons by Ron Hirschi. Who knew that there were four seasons under water? This is a nice, entertaining non-fiction book. (Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2007)

Winter is for Whales by Ron Hirschi. Like Ocean Seasons, this is a non-fiction picture book.In this one, learn about Hawaii. The collage illustrations are wonderful and there are little pop-ups that kids will love. (Island Heritage Publishing, 2007)