The Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, March/April 2006

It’s been a very busy spring … plenty of great books to choose from. Here are some of our favorites, presented in alphabetical order.

Dumplings are Delicious by Deb Capone. Rain, a six-year-old girl, loves to make jiăozi (jow-za), a Chinese dumpling, with her mom. When she takes some to school for lunch one day, she learns that all over the world, families love to create, fill, and share dumplings. There is something in this book for everyone: adoptive families, learning about new cultures, celebrating personal history, and cooking! (As Simple As That, LLC, 2005)

Gorp’s Dream: A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park by Sherri Chessen. According to our preschooler, “This is a good book. If the Doughs didn’t judge everybody, it would be a great book.” The allegory of bakery items as neighbors is inventive and fun. (The Gorp Group, LLC, 2003)

Love Me Later by Julie Baer. Abe’s is a very busy life. He wants to know about when he was a baby … until Mom and Dad start getting sentimental on him. “Julie Baer has captured time in a bottle with this one.” (Bollix Books, 2005)

Shelby by Stacy A. Nyikos. As sharks go, Shelby is the most timid. She watches all of the fish around her having fun, knowing that if she approached them, they’d run away. When Shelby spots danger coming, will she be brave enough to help her friends? (Stonehorse Publishing, 2006)

Stranger Danger by Patricia Stirnkorb. The author describes this as a “reluctantly written but absolutely necessary book.” And she’s absolutely right. The author uses rhyming text to speak directly to children, presenting easily recognized scenarios with “solutions” for how the child should act. (Journey Stone Creations, 2005)

Who Ate My Socks by Angi Ma Wong. In every house there is a monster that takes one of every pair of socks for itself. The myth of how socks become orphans lives on on this humorous story for kids. (Pacific Heritage Books, 2005)