This Week’s Children’s Books: I am a Capybara -The Lady with the Books – Little Green Donkey – Pugtato Finds a Thing – Joy #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #Netgalley

I’m a little late posting these, but here are some of the children’s books we’ve enjoyed recently. These are early reviews for books that will be available in 2020.

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I am a Capybara

by Michela Fabbri

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Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, they’re often mistaken for dogs, and they love water, but did you know that they also have an appreciation for opera and poetry? I am a Capybara teaches readers some simple facts about capybaras with a humorous tone narrated by none other than the capybara himself.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ‘fact mixed with fiction’ story, but it kept the book comical and interesting. The illustrations are somewhat simple and look to be hand-sketched which inspired my young reader to sit down with a pencil and paper and attempt to draw him.

There are little messages here about the importance of acceptance, family, community, and caring for others. The only thing I would’ve loved is the addition of a fact section at the end for those interested in learning more, because this is an animal we personally didn’t know very much about. Overall, we enjoyed it.

4****

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Shabby Sunday: A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden & Lynne Byrnes #ChildrensBooks #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #Kittens

Shabby Sunday

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I have a bunch of old vintage books and seem to keep acquiring more. One of my plans when  starting this blog was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share.

This meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ is for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use my meme image if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me in this post so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Last time I shared:

Hans in Luck by Paul Galdone

Today’s Shabby Share:

A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden 

Illustrated by Lynne Byrnes

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A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden is a book I had to do some searching for. We were reading through an old book that had a recommended reading list of vintage children’s books in it, and this one sounded perfect for my 6-year-old.  We’re an animal loving family and cherish books like this. We fell in love with the cover right away.
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Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer #BookReview #TheStoryThatCannotBeTold #MiddleGrade #HistoricalFiction

The Story That Cannot Be Told

by J. Kasper Kramer

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My Review:

Ileana loves to collect stories, and she has a very large number to share. The issue is that stories can be dangerous where she lives. Her uncle has experienced this first hand as he’s been missing since the publication of one of his stories. Now, when the family’s safety is put at risk in Bucharest, they send Ileana away to live with her grandparents for a time. Here Ileana discovers that there’s so much she never knew.

The setting is Communist Romania in the late 1980s. It’s such a difficult time with food rationing, unrest and low living standards in general. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about this time period in Romania, nor did my kids. The book is both educational and entertaining— woven with folklore in between what’s happening in real time. We never lost interest and my kids were literally buried in their books. It’s beautifully crafted with wonderful characters and storytelling.

Personally, I enjoyed the story very much and decided on a 4-star rating, whereas the kids were a solid 5-stars —no questions asked. Some of the content was a little more complex, but it didn’t faze them. We looked forward to reading it daily. We read physical hardcovers and also enjoyed the audio along with the book.

The Story That Cannot Be Told is tense at times and also full of emotion, but funny too. It has also inspired me and my children to read more historical fiction. I recommend it for middle-graders, adults with an interest, and anyone who loves a good story.

4.5 stars

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Book Review: The Doubt Factor by Renée Paule #TheDoubtFactor #BookReview

The Doubt Factor

By Renée Paule

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My thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed all of Renée Paule’s books, but The Doubt Factor has become my favorite this far.

Having an analytical mind, I always tend to question and find myself in deep thought often. It’s probably true that anyone can benefit from deep thought in one way or another. I personally believe that it can better lives, but the challenge for me has always been acting on it. Perhaps this is what draws me back to Renee’s books: she always has a way of directing my mind toward profound thoughts because it’s easy to resonate with her, yet I still remain a seeker.

In The Doubt Factor, Renée Paule includes essays on habits, boredom, diet, escape, authority, and other subjects on human nature. It’s a fairly short book, but overflows with some thought-provoking ideas and, dare I say it, harsh realities that many of us probably won’t feel comfortable admitting to.

What are rights? If they belong to any one of us, then they belong to each and every one of us – no one human being has the right to cause the suffering of another. To cause the suffering of another human being is a terrible thing that reduces us to a state of barbarian, and we do cause the suffering of others – sometimes deliberately and sometimes inadvertently – to such a large extent that I often feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. To spend small fortunes on for example, going into outer space, when we haven’t ensured the right of every human being to have adequate food, water and shelter saddens me beyond the realms of grief. If we can’t live intelligently on our own planet, what atrocities are we destined to commit on others? We speak of ourselves as ‘advancing’ but when we look at this objectively, it couldn’t be further from the truth – technology is advancing, yes sure, but humanity is in rapid decline; what’s the good of the one without the other, and to whom?

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