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This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are pretty cool:

11 Children’s Books About Nature

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Heather Tomlinson – Blog – Continuing the “diversity” conversation http://buff.ly/1imBCCy #kidlit

Hogwarts Is Here is like a MOOC for Harry Potter fans, and you can enroll online for free. http://buff.ly/1p6IRUq #kidlit

Katherine Rundell: ‘wouldn’t it be fantastic if…

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Review: The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam

The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam, illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox A new version of a classic Aesop fable, this picture book explores the tale of Fox and Crow.  Crow is all set to perch with his fellows on a wire but then smells the bread cooling in a window below.  Down he swoops and heads into the woods with it.  But Fox is there too, sneaking along.  Fox howls, singing beneath Crow.  Crow must respond in song, opens his mouth and down falls the bread into Fox’s waiting mouth below.  It’s a tale we all know, but told in such a masterful way that it is made new again.

Review: The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam

The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam, illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox A new version of a classic Aesop fable, this picture book explores the tale of Fox and Crow.  Crow is all set to perch with his fellows on a wire but then smells the bread cooling in a window below.  Down he swoops and heads into the woods with it.  But Fox is there too, sneaking along.  Fox howls, singing beneath Crow.  Crow must respond in song, opens his mouth and down falls the bread into Fox’s waiting mouth below.  It’s a tale we all know, but told in such a masterful way that it is made new again.

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Review: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas Join a group of city kids as a thunderstorm bursts overhead.  It starts with just a “tap tap” of rain and the umbrellas come out.  Then a “boom boom” enters and a “crackle” of lightning too.  Puddles form and the wind swells.  So the children head down into the subway to get underground.  Lots of people gather and shelter in the subway, including some very wet dogs that shake themselves dry on everyone.  People stop, talk with one another, share umbrellas.  Then the storm ends and there is a gorgeous surprise in the sky.

Review: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas Join a group of city kids as a thunderstorm bursts overhead.  It starts with just a “tap tap” of rain and the umbrellas come out.  Then a “boom boom” enters and a “crackle” of lightning too.  Puddles form and the wind swells.  So the children head down into the subway to get underground.  Lots of people gather and shelter in the subway, including some very wet dogs that shake themselves dry on everyone.  People stop, talk with one another, share umbrellas.  Then the storm ends and there is a gorgeous surprise in the sky.

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The Fly and The Worm by Elise Gravel

The Fly and The Worm by Elise Gravel

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The Fly by Elise Gravel

The Worm by Elise Gravel

The first and second books in the new Disgusting Critters series of nonfiction picture books, these books take a humorous look at the biology of a specific creature.  The first book deals with flies, specifically the common house fly.  Inside are all sorts of interesting facts like the fly being covered in hair and information on eggs and…

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Review: May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain

May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain, illustrated by Nikki McClure Quiet and lovely, this is a picture book version of the lullaby by indie rock band Cub Country.   That song is haunting and beautiful with its slow pace.  This book is much the same.  The lyrics to the song read as a poem on the page, one that takes a child on a journey of dreams before returning back home again.  It is a book designed for reading at bedtime in the same soothing pace as the song.  …

Review: May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain

May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain, illustrated by Nikki McClure Quiet and lovely, this is a picture book version of the lullaby by indie rock band Cub Country.   That song is haunting and beautiful with its slow pace.  This book is much the same.  The lyrics to the song read as a poem on the page, one that takes a child on a journey of dreams before returning back home again.  It is a book designed for reading at bedtime in the same soothing pace as the song.  …

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