Saturday, November 10, 2012

Kid Konnection: Sweet Moon Baby & The Chicken Problem

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a cute little picture book that is especially timely since November is National Adoption Month and another one about chickens that will make your little ones giggle!

Summary:This is the story of one baby’s journey from her birth parents in China, who dream of a better life for their daughter, to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world, who dream of the life they can give her.

A turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda, and some fish shepherd the baby as she floats in a basket on a moonlit, winding river into the loving arms of her new parents.

Perfect for bedtime reading, Karen Henry Clark’s poetic text, reminiscent of a lullaby, and Patrice Barton’s textured and gentle-hued illustrations capture the great love between parents and children and the miraculous journey of adoption. -- Knopf

SWEET MOON BABY: AN ADOPTION TALE by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton is a beautiful book about one baby girl's journey from her birth in China to a loving home across the world. Along the way, the baby is taken care of by various animals until her new parents eventually find her. I thought it was especially appropriate to feature this month since November is National Adoption Month, but this book is perfect for any one looking to explain the concept of adoption to young children.

SWEET MOON BABY was such a touching story, but the book is absolutely gorgeous. The illustrations are stunning and work perfectly to complement the lyrical poetry. SWEET MOON BABY is a sweet and gently story that is ideal for nap time or bedtime.

In addition to appreciating this picture book, I also love the background story. Ms. Clark, an adoptive mother, began inventing a story for the first year of her daughter's life because she knew it would always be a mystery. She eventually came to write this story as SWEET MOON BABY, and now she can share this symbolic story with other adoptive families.

Overall, SWEET MOON BABY is a beautiful book with a touching story that is a wonderful way to share the story of adoption with children. Highly recommended.

Summary: Full of humor, refreshingly original characters, and math problems that young readers will be clamoring to help solve, The Chicken Problem is an ideal addition to the home or classroom. Left-brained Peg and her right-brained pal, Cat, are enjoying a picnic on the farm with Pig. However, when someone leaves the chicken coop open and the chicks run-a-muck, it's up to Peg and Cat to use their math skills to help solve their poultry predicament. -- Random House

I don't think there's any other word to describe THE CHICKEN PROBLEM by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronso except fun!

I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy because I loved the general silliness of the story. Basically, THE CHICKEN PROBLEM tells the story of Peg and her friend Cat who decide to have a picnic with a pig. They plan on eating pie (both love pie!) but they discover that there is one extra little slice. When they go to grab a little chicken to share the little slice, they accidentally leave the chicken coop open and there are hundreds of chicks everywhere. Peg and Cat must figure out some math problems so they can solve the chicken problem!

THE CHICKEN PROBLEM is just plain adorable! I loved it and I know my kids would have too. This picture book is perfect for little ones -- it has cute illustrations, very funny text, and simple math problems. It's obvious that the authors know a thing or two about appealing to children. They just happen to be the creative minds behind the Emmy-nominated television series The Wonder Pets.

As far as I'm concerned, THE CHICKEN PROBLEM is a must-have addition to any school or home library. I can almost guarantee that giggles will be included!

Thanks to the publisher for providing review copies of these books.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


Beth F said...

The Chicken Problem looks especially cute. This one is going on my gift list for young friends.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

At first I thought you were reviewing a book called Sweet Moon Baby And The Chicken Problem! LOL

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

The Chicken Problem sounds wonderful! We love funny books that include learning a skill. I think I will get it for my nephew.

bermudaonion said...

We have quite a few friends and neighbors with adopted children so Sweet Moon Baby really interests me - I think I can use it as a gift.

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine said...

Sweet Moon Baby sounds great! Our daughter didn't come to us til she was 18 months old so this sounds like a great book for us.