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Book Review: Grandpa Christmas

Book Review: Grandpa Christmas

Sundays are for Reading - Grandpa Christmas by Michael Morpurgo and Jim Field A heartfelt plea to look after our planet, Grandpa Christmas is a lovingly illustrated story with an enduring message rooted in family ties and a love for nature. Written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Jim Field, this hardcover picture book is a timely home library addition for the season. Every year, Mia reads a letter with her children at Christmas. Written from Mia’s grandfather when she was a young girl, the letter expresses his wishes and hopes for our beautiful but fragile earth. Grandpa’s descriptions of his...

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Book Review: The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Book Review: The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Sundays Are For Reading - The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen and Joohee Yoon A fresh visual spin on a classic story, Joohee Yoon’s picture book adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale transforms The Steadfast Tin Soldier into an illustrated piece of art rife with complexity and emotional nuance. While the toys and animals who appear in the story live in a world created by humans, the story takes place out of sight of humans. Joohee Yoon’s illustrations reflect this, taking great care over the many and varied toys that populate the playroom home of the tin soldier, his...

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Book Review: Give It! A Moneybunny Book

Book Review: Give It! A Moneybunny Book

Sundays are for Reading - Give It! A Moneybunny Book by Cindy McLeod If you’ve ever had trouble trying to explain why giving is important to young kids, never fear! Cindy McLeod’s Moneybunny series is here to help. In Give It! A Moneybunny Book, superhero-wannabe Chummy learns all about the joys of giving. Like other Moneybunny books, this latest book in the series deals with simple relatable stories to help young readers grasp the principles of financial literacy. Monetary units are based on carrots, and adorable art of the Moneybunny characters go a long way towards keeping kids engaged in the...

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Book Review: Kiki's Delivery Service

Book Review: Kiki's Delivery Service

Sundays are for Reading - Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono and Joe Todd Stanton By tradition, young witches leave their families at age 12 to find and settle in a new village. Kiki’s Delivery Service charts the year that new witch Kiki spends becoming part of the community in her new town. The book which the beloved Studio Ghibli animated film was based on, this new translation of Kiki’s Delivery Service has been published in a beautiful hardcover, accompanied by Joe Todd Stanton’s whimsical illustrations of Kiki’s way of facing challenges with unique aplomb. While Kiki’s Delivery Service was originally...

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