Saturday, March 1, 2014
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 some gorgeous and educational new books from Dawn Publications.
ON KIKI'S REEF by Carol L. Malnor is a beautiful look at the life of a sea turtle. The book begins when Kiki, a green sea turtle, hatches from an egg and follows her as she grows up to be an adult sea turtle. Reader gets to see Kiki as she meets different animals who live with her in the coral reef.
I absolutely loved ON KIKI'S REEF. Not only is it beautifully illustrated in bright watercolors by Trina L. Hunner, but it is also very educational... like all of Dawn Publication's books. Kids and parents alike can learn about the life of a sea turtle as well as wonder of coral reefs. This picture book introduces some commonly known creatures like octopus, sharks, and different types of fish, but it also shows the symbiotic relationships between the sea turtles and other creatures that exist in the coral reef.
Another great feature of this book is what appears in the last few pages -- kind of an educational supplement to Kiki's story. There are more detailed descriptions of a sea turtle's life along with some interesting information about the other creatures in the book. In addition, there is a map of the world showing where coral reefs exist.
THE MOUSE AND THE MEADOW written and illustrated by Chad Wallace is another fantastic book in Dawn Publications' spring line-up. In this wonderful picture book, a little mouse heads out in the meadow on his own for the first time. He immediately encounters a variety of animals, both nice and not-so-nice, and learns a great deal about them and how to survive in nature.
Once again, I was blown away by this book. The artwork is amazing and that alone makes this book special. However, the story itself really makes this book a worthwhile addition to your child's library. Not only is this book an entertaining coming-of-age tale for the small mouse, but it's also extremely educational to the reader.
The little mouse meets a variety of animals including a caterpillar, an owl, a snake, fireflies, and much more; and he learns about the incredible things they can do. In rhyming text, the author gives an introduction into the roles of plants and animals in a meadow and how they all interact with each other.
As is the case with the other books I reviewed by Dawn Publication, the last few pages of this book are extremely valuable to the child whose curiosity is piqued with the mouse's story. There are additional details about how animals communicate with each other as well as the ecosystem of a meadow.
And now for the really cool thing about THE MOUSE AND THE MEADOW! There is a free pop-up app that brings the 2D pages of the beautiful book to life! The images in the book will "pop-up" in 3D on the screen of your movie device.
THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Roberta Baird is another cute book that will teach kids a thing or two! In this picture book, children discover that an algae-covered swamp that looks quiet actually has lots going on. Namely, an alligator is living below the surface just waiting to get his next meal!
This book is actually good for preschool and elementary age kids. The text has repeating verses which make it fun to read, and little ones know what to expect except for the next line. In addition, they will have fun trying to find the alligator's prying eyes. Older children will appreciate this book because it teaches them about real life in a swamp and predatory relationships.
As a parent, I especially enjoyed the last few pages where the author gives the reader additional information about the swamp and its inhabitants. They also give some ideas for fun activities as well as descriptions for how the digital illustrations were created.
ON KIKI'S REEF, THE MOUSE AND THE MEADOW, and THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES are all fantastic books! I love how they all go to the next level in teaching kids about our world! If you still want more, then check out the downloadable activity page for educators. There you will find additional activities and ideas for all of Dawn Publications' books.
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!