July 2011 Online Book Reviews - MetroFamily Magazine
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July 2011 Online Book Reviews

by Mari Farthing

Reading Time: 3 minutes 

Preschool – Grade 3

Too Pickley!
By Jean Reidy, illustrated by Geneviéve Leloup
(Bloomsbury Children’s Books, hardcover, $15)
It’s time to eat – but what’s for dinner when you have a picky eater? Brightly-colored and fun to read, this is a great way to talk about food likes and dislikes with your young child.


The Rain Train
By Elena De Roo, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
(Candlewick, hardcover, $16)
A fun, poetic read-aloud story about rainstorms. Good for children who are afraid of storms, this book will transport them to a magical train where they are snug and safe.


Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind
By Lorena Siminovich
(Candlewick, hardcover, $16)
A happy tale about what happens when best friends realize that their differences are what makes them extra-special best friends.


Interrupting Chicken
By David Eztra Stein
(Candlewick, hardcover, $17
The Little Red Chicken has a hard time falling asleep. A cute tale of a precocious little chicken who makes bedtime more fun.

Grades 4 and up

Statue of Liberty
By Elizabeth Mann
(Firefly Books, hardcover, $23)
Discover the true story behind this wondrous statue, two decades in the making, that cemented the friendship between the United States and France.


A Rebecca Mystery: A Bundle of Trouble
By Kathryn Reiss
(American Girl, softcover, $7)
Rebecca is babysitting for her neighbor’s child while there is a kidnapper on the loose in the city. An historical mystery featuring the life of a young girl in 1914.


Raising Boys
By Steve Biddulph
(Ten Speed Press, softcover, $15)
Raising your son to be a responsible man is no small task. Chapters deal with issues like the stages of boyhood, getting him to participate in chores and how moms and dads parent boys differently.


Your Children Are Listening
By Jim Taylor, PhD
(Workman, softcover, $14)
Based on the premise that “children become the messages they receive the most,” this book seeks to give parents the tools to make positive, lasting impacts on their child’s development. Features nine important messages to help instill positive values without preaching or worrying about perfection.

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