by Ms. Maricar Polestico
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (Lee & Low Books, 1997). CALL #: +E C44s
For Chinese New Year, Sam receives the traditional token of a red envelope with money. While out with his family, with the money burning a hole in his pocket, he sees a homeless man with no socks on his feet and no food to eat. Sam realizes that the right, lucky thing to do is to use his money to buy the man some socks.
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, illustrated by Margot Apple (HarperTrophy, 2006, reprint edition). CALL #: + C28c
Ah, my fantasy… Everything our hero John Midas touches turns into chocolate! However, he soon finds out you can certainly have too much of anything, even chocolate. A cross between Bread and Jam for Frances and King Midas and the Golden Touch.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Puffin Book, 1969). CALL #: +E M13m
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard search for the perfect place in Boston to hatch their ducklings. They travel all over the city until they find a quaint little island on the Charles River. Once their ducklings hatch, Mrs. Mallard teaches them how to swim, dive and walk in a straight row through the busy city streets. It will make you smile and laugh with delight with this historic award-winner.
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by David Parkins (Yearling Books, 1998).
CALL #: K58w
Here is another sweet animal tale from the author of Babe. Aside from the Water Horse eating a swan, there is little to be concerned about here. Families who read this book could discuss the Loch Ness Monster. Do you think it could be real? Why or why not? How might a story like this have gotten started? You might be interested in doing a little research and seeing the supposed photos of the monster.
Great schools. Involve parents. Successful kids (2010). http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/showarticle/624
Lee and Low Books (2010). http://www.leeandlow.com/p/sam_tg.mhtml
Wikipedia (2010). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Way_for_Ducklings
Random House Inc. (2007). http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9780375842313.html