Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bookshelf, Library Bag, or Donation Box

In Bookshelf, Library Bag or Donation Box, our Tators give their verdict on the books they read, whether they're keepers for the shelves, one you borrow from your local library, or just give to your local used bookstore. 

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Where Do the Animals Go When it Rains?

For this edition of Mom Says/Kid Says, my 4 year old son and I read Where Do the Animals Go When it Rains? by Janet S. Crown. The story is exactly what the title says. It's about animals and what happens to them on a rainy day. The author developed this concept from her bedtime conversations with her own children. The illustrations are also quite endearing as they show baby animals with their families, gathering together for shelter during the rain. I enjoyed the book, although I think it would be best for children under the age of four. The book didn't hold much interest for my son since it was a little too short for him, and he prefers books with more of a story line. Instead, we had more of a conversation about what he thinks animals do in bad weather. I enjoyed listening to my son's answers. He says that when it rains, animals go into their "houses," as a bird goes to its nest. We also discussed where animals go when it's sunny. Outside! Where do animals go when it's warm? Outside! So, although short, the book did make an impression on us.

Aside from the story itself, I am impressed with the fact that all proceeds from the book go to a charity called The Painted Turtle, which is a camp for children with serious medical conditions who can attend for free. Reading about this camp was very touching, and this factor alone would make me want to buy the book.  

Bookshelf for a younger age group.

*Mrs. Hoffman was provided with free galley from*

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