Friday, July 4, 2014

Fictional Friday Recommendations #1

It's the FIRST week of my Literature Corner, and I can't wait to present to you my Top 7 Fiction Shares for the week! 


The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers published June 27th 2013.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Colors, Fairness
Age: 3 - 7
Quote: “I’m tired of being called ‘light brown’ or ‘dark tan’ because I am neither.” - Beige Crayon
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Languages: English
Review: This book is brilliantly written by author Drew Daywalt and contains equally brilliant illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. The book is the story about a boy named Duncan who receives a letter from his fellow crayons who decide to go on a coloring strike until he hears their rather humorous concerns. If you ask me, this is one to keep and share for years to come!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Mo Willems published April 1st, 2014.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Overcoming Fears, Hygiene
Age: 3 - 5
Quote: “Take a bath, dude!" - Fly
Language: English

Review: Pigeon may have a little fear of taking a bath... so he's been avoiding it needless to say. He's confronted by the audience, and several buzzing flies who tell him about his stinky situation. Pigeon debates with himself for a while before he discovers that well, bath time is fun enough to hang around for 10 hours! This book seriously captured my son's attention between the modern day lingo, and the beautifully captured illustrations.

Oso Quiere Contar Una Historia written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead published May 30th, 2014.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Animals, Friendship
Age: 2 - 5
Quote: “... cuando sus amigos estaban atentos... Oso no pudo recordar la historia."
Languages: Spanish, English

Review: The story about a sweet bear who wants to tell a story before hibernation for the winter. Instead he helps his friends prepare for the Winter, and waits to tell his story until after he awakes... only problem is, it's a long winter. You'll have to check this book out to see what happens when he awakens. The illustrations of this text are simple, sweet and stunning. You can use this book to teach about animals, hibernation, and friendship to your little ones!

Santiago El Soñador - Entre Las Estrellas written by Ricky Martin and illustrated by Patricia Castelao published November 12th, 2013 (Spanish Version)
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Dreams, Careers
Age: 5 - 9
Quote: "Que a veces, cuando tratas de alcanzar la luna, puede que acabes entre las estrellas." - Ricky Martin
Languages: Spanish, English
Review: Santiago has a dream of becoming a Star Performer on stage, but when it it his turn to audition he gets a little stage fright. After failing to get the lead role, Santiago receives a little encouragement and decides he is going to do what it has to take to achieve his dreams. I won't ruin the ending for you, but this book has a great lesson that all children should understand. The images are stunning and truly bring to live the dreams of Santiago.

Que Duermas Bien, Pequeño Tren written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld and published June 30th 2014 (Spanish Version)
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Imagination, Animals
Age: 4 - 8
Quote: "En la plataforma viajan seguros, grandes animales de tiempos oscuros."
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Languages: Spanish, English
Review: Wow! The illustrations in this book are captivating. This darling book is about a steam train that pulls up to the station and one by one the train cars are filled with wonderful creatures completing silly activities that rhyme. Typically the Spanish versions of English texts are not translated so well but this one, is very well done! The ending captures your heart, and could definitely lead your classrooms in their wild imaginations.

Otis written by Loren Long and illustrated by Loren Long and published September 12th, 2013 (Spanish Edition)
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Friendship
Age: 4 - 5 Years
Quote: “Nadie necesitaba ver una bonita cinta azul para saber que esta era una ternera especial, que Otis era un tractor especial y que los dos eran amigos especiales."
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Languages: Spanish, English
Review: What a sweet story. Otis the hard-working tractor develops a friendship with a baby calf by calming him with his humming sound at night. The friendship is broken apart when the farmer replaces Otis with a brand new tractor, and Otis is tossed out behind the barn. His poor little tractor heart becomes broken as he is no longer needed until one day, his long-last pal is in need of help. Quite an adorable story that truly can teach students about the value of friendship! Long does a wonderful job using a monochromatic color scheme to focus attention on what's truly important. Although I do have to note, I believe the Spanish version is a bit more advanced to read than the English version.

Wonder written by R.J. Palacio published July 13th, 2012.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Bullying, Empathy, Compassion, Acceptance
Age: 8 - 12
Quote: "I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives." - R.J. Palacio
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the 2013 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award for Middle Reader, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
Languages: English
Review: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from attending a mainstream school, until the 5th grade when he and his family decide for him to attend Beecher Prep. The audience is taken along his journey of simply wanting to be treated as an ordinary kid, and experiences the struggle of being accepted. Palacio brilliantly switches characters in the books to successfully demonstrate the perspectives, and portray the different outlooks of each character toward August. I could not put this book down! Totally recommend it to teachers of young readers.

There you have it folks! That's my first #FictionalFriday Recommendations. I just started reading The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate so I'm excited to share with you my review on that next Friday! Enjoy :)