Sunday, September 26, 2021

Kobee Manatee


Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard is fourth in the award-winning Kobee Manatee series.  In this latest book Kobee and his friends embark on another adventure to help his cousin clean up plastic trash littering the area around his aquatic café.  Just before arriving there, they have a close call at the Great Blue Hole, an undersea cave near Belize.


This engaging story includes some rich vocabulary throughout to talk about.  The Fun Facts sidebars on nearly every page give interesting information related to the events in the story.  The story gives a simple presentation of the environmental consequences of climate change on coral reefs and how plastic pollution impacts marine animals.  Teachers will find this a nice resource for their ocean units.


Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard presents opportunity for learning about geography as Kobee and his friends travel from the island of Grand Cayman to the country of Belize.  Readers can learn about land forms, like island, isthmus, and barrier reef.  Elementary students will enjoy listening to or reading this story, and adults will enjoy it as well.


Author Robert Scott Thayer was inspired to write the Kobee Manatee stories from a long-time love of manatees, sea life, and weather.  He also writes songs for children, including "Kobee's Song."  He makes his home in Pennsylvania.


Lauren Gallegos is the award-winning illustrator of this book.  The blues of the underwater scenes and the brightly colored characters set off the story perfectly.  She lives in California with her husband and two children.



Monday, September 13, 2021

You Are Revolutionary


This new rhyming picture book introduces youngster to the idea they are revolutionary world-changers.  You Are Revolutionary teaches them they can make that difference at their age with their own strengths and weaknesses.   They don’t have to be all grown up or possess special talents. 

In You Are Revolutionary Author Cindy Wang Brandt tells young readers by being themselves, they can make a difference.  Noticing needs, speaking up, writing about important issues, being creative—these things and many more are ways children can make a better world.



Brandt has written Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness too.  She also has a parenting podcast.  She lives with her family in Taiwan.

Award-winning illustrator Lynnor Bontigao was born in the Philippines and currently lives with her family in New Jersey.  I love how her illustrations in You Are Revolutionary reflect diversity in race, culture, and special needs.



Thursday, September 9, 2021

History is Delicious


Attention all foodies:  This book is for you! Middle graders through adults will enjoy sinking their teeth into this historical look at foods around the world.  History is Delicious takes the reader on tasty travels, showing similarities and differences in cuisines from the Americas to Europe to Asia and the Middle East. It's history meets geography meets food. Fascinating!

As readers take a taste of this historical and geographic food sampler, they will learn all kinds of fascinating food facts.   They’ll get a flavor for noodles, spices, condiments, sauces, and dumplings around the world.  There are even four recipes included in this gastronomic global gallivant.


Author Joshua Lurie is a well-know food journalist who lives in Los Angeles.  He is the founder of a food blog, where he writes about the foods he experiences as he travels in different cultures. Laura Foy is the illustrator for History is Delicious. She is also a set designer.

                                                                                                 Joshua Lurie                                                                            Laura Foy

Younger middle grade readers may find some of the vocabulary challenging because of the inclusion of foreign food-related terms.  However, if they have a budding interest in food and cooking, they will not find those words a hindrance to their understanding.


Bon Appétit! Enjoy History is Delicious.