A delightfully illustrated children’s book perfect for Halloween time. It’s a simple, short and entertaining rhythmic story about a witch who shares her broom with a dog, a cat, a frog and a bird. As they fly through a storm the witch’s broom breaks! As they fall to the ground the witch looks for her new friends and suddenly a dragon appears! Oh no! Left all alone the witch is in danger for surely the dragon will eat her. Suddenly a new monster covered in mud appears and rescues the witch from the evil dragon. In the end the witch, the dog, the cat, the frog and the bird fly away on the witch’s new and improved broom soaring over the land high in the sky. With the simple teachings of being kind to others and they’ll be kind to you, this is a funny and cute story to read to little ones this Halloween season. Happy Halloween and Happy Reading! (4 stars)
Coco Chanel by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara is a wonderfully simple children’s book for early/young readers. It provides a good introduction to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and who the girl was behind the double C’s. Beginning with the start of her life and being raised in an orphanage, it shows how she developed a passion for sewing at an early age. The story then moves into how as an adult she took her love of sewing, and did it professionally by day and did singing by night to make extra money. It was there in the night lounge that she earns her now famous name “Coco”. She began designing hats for women that were simple and modern (which many millineries for women didn’t do at the time). This bold move resulted in a following and lead to her opening her own hat boutique in France. With an eye for detail and a flare for defying standards, she ultimately created a line of dresses that were stylish and comfortable for woman. This new breed of clothing placed Gabrielle into “in demand” status, launching her to establish the brand, the empire, the house of Chanel. Aside from the history, the beautiful children’s book delivers the important message of never giving up on your dreams and to not be afraid of who you are. In the words of Chanel herself “To be irreplaceable one must always be different”. Great for any young to be fashionista and anyone wanting to follow their calling.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce is a wonderful children’s book! Such a great story about a man who wrote, but lost his words & found his inspiration amongst a library reading other genres of books. He showed love & devotion towards the books & in the end they showed him the same love & devotion back. Towards the end he wrote his own story & left his words behind in the library for another book lover or lover of words to devour. Gorgeous illustrations & a terrific children’s book to inspire/teach the love and appreciation of books to youth. A must have in any children’s library or in any classroom.