Wednesday, August 27, 2008

When the Wolves Returned by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Fabulous photographs by Dan and Cassie Hartman highlight this informative text chronicling the disappearance of the wolf from Yellowstone National Park and the successful efforts to bring them back. This title includes more detail than the lovely "The Wolves are Back" by Jean Craighead George. One side of each double-page spread provides a brief, simple overview of the information while the facing side offers more detail.

The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighead George

This is a lovely celebration of the return of the wolf to Yellowstone National Park and beyond. George's rhythmic words are beautifully accented by Wendell Minor's soft detailed illustrations. Full of joy.

Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George

In this sequel to "Dragon Slippers" Creel once again finds herself acting as an arbiter between the dragons and humans. This time an army of hundreds of dragons appears to be in league with the human city of Citatie in a quest to overthrow Creel's home of Feravel. Creel, her human allies, and her dragon friends set off on a quest to find out why the dragons are attacking and how to stop them. Facing an army of hundreds of mounted humans on dragons and a large and truly evil dragon named Krashath, Creel and her companions find themselves in greater danger than they have ever before imagined.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Safari Animals by Simms Taback

This is the perfect animal guessing book for very young readers. The pictures are simple, bright, and inviting. Best of all, the pages fold first up, then over, to create a large illustration of the animal. At each turn, the visual and print clues to the animal increase, allowing even inexperienced readers to successfully guess the coming creature. Fun!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Queste by Angie Sage

This fourth title in the Septimus Heap series provides more action, adventure, and fun. Angie Sage has a nice way of creating characters the reader can connect too. Even some of the mildly villanous characters are appealing and intriguing in their own way. She gives each personality time to develop and provides the reader with the chance to meander just a little without losing the pace and suspense of the story. Another winner!