Friday, February 17, 2012

Books: 'B' books

Here are some of the books we've been using during letter 'B' week.

Story and pictures by Bruce Degen
Jamberry is a delightful and fun adventure tale of a bear and a little boy, as they travel through Berry land to discover different kinds of berries - blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. There is a lot of word play, with interesting new words made with 'berry', such as canoeberry (a canoe full of blueberries) and jazzberry (a jazz band in Berry Land). The colourful book is also highly imaginative, describing creative scenes that one can only imagine, such as 'strawberry ponies, strawberry lambs, dancing in meadows of strawberry jam' or 'raspberry rabbits, brassberry band, elephants skating on raspberry jam'. You can almost picture the scene in your mind. The text is simple and very rhythmic, and is thoroughly enjoyable.

Written by Mariam Moss, illustrated by Mary McQuillan
A story about a bear who lost his clothes. This little 'bare bear' then goes on an adventure to search for his clothes, and along the way, she meets a hare in a red hood, a mouse cleaning a grandfather's clock, and a vegetarian giant. The author cleverly uses familiar elements from fairy tales and nursery rhymes like Little Red Riding Hood and Hickory Dickory Dock to create a totally new adventure. Besides making use of rhyming words in each four-sentence paragraph, the author also brings shapes such as checkers, circles, shapes and stripes into the story.

Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Ed Young
I got this book because moon and bear are EV's favourites, and this book brings the two together, while telling the story of a real species of bear. Illustrated in a simple style, the story is a discovery of what a moon bear does from the time he wakes up from his winter snooze, before settling down the next winter to hibernate again. Moon bear searches for food, marks her territory, curiously discovering about ants, feasts on juicy summer fruits, tried to sleep in the tree but ends up bending the branches, climbs the Himalayas, avoids poachers and loggers, and gorges on even more food before the next winter comes. The book also includes some pictures and facts about this Asiatic black bears, which is good for sharing about the little-known world of the moon bear, a highly endangered species. At the back of the book, there is a message from Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.

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