MY TEACHER CAN TEACH...ANYONE!

A little boy pays homage to his remarkably talented and creative teacher who confidently and competently teaches skills, concepts, ideas, behavior, and more. In an alphabetical list of accomplishments told in rhyming text, readers see how anyone from an astronaut learning to float in space to a kayaker pulling a stroke, to a zillionaire living in style can learn from this wonderful woman. But most important are the children, and in particular, the little boy who’s fortunate to be in her class this year learning about a world beyond the three Rs. Galindo’s simple, flat illustrations in lively colors outlined in black highlight each lesson’s scenario with a multicultural group of young students. An inspiring introduction to the new school year. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2004

ISBN: 1-58430-163-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Lee & Low Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2004

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It’s a bit hard to dance, or count, to this beat.

ONE MORE DINO ON THE FLOOR

Dinos that love to move and groove get children counting from one to 10—and perhaps moving to the beat.

Beginning with a solo bop by a female dino (she has eyelashes, doncha know), the dinosaur dance party begins. Each turn of the page adds another dino and a change in the dance genre: waltz, country line dancing, disco, limbo, square dancing, hip-hop, and swing. As the party would be incomplete without the moonwalk, the T. Rex does the honors…and once they are beyond their initial panic at his appearance, the onlookers cheer wildly. The repeated refrain on each spread allows for audience participation, though it doesn’t easily trip off the tongue: “They hear a swish. / What’s this? / One more? / One more dino on the floor.” Some of the prehistoric beasts are easily identifiable—pterodactyl, ankylosaurus, triceratops—but others will be known only to the dino-obsessed; none are identified, other than T-Rex. Packed spreads filled with psychedelically colored dinos sporting blocks of color, stripes, or polka dots (and infectious looks of joy) make identification even more difficult, to say nothing of counting them. Indeed, this fails as a counting primer: there are extra animals (and sometimes a grumpy T-Rex) in the backgrounds, and the next dino to join the party pokes its head into the frame on the page before. Besides all that, most kids won’t get the dance references.

It’s a bit hard to dance, or count, to this beat. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-8075-1598-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2016

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PEEK-A-BOO, I LOVE YOU!

A dog with a heart-shaped patch over one eye peeks from behind a squishy fabric heart on the cover of this lift-the-flap board book. “Who’s that hiding under there?” Lift the chair-shaped flap on the facing page to reveal, “Peek-a-boo! / a brown bear in a chair.” Flaps lift to reveal in turn a dog, cat, cow and a mirror. Peek-a-boos are right up the developmental alley for the board-book audience, but these flaps are made of a regrettably flimsy stock, which clumsy toddler fingers will have difficulty lifting. For as long as they’re willing to let their grown-ups drive, this will please them well enough. The publisher gives a 3-6 age range; while preschoolers’ small-motor skills can handle the flaps, there’s not enough substance to sustain their interest. (6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-316-00389-6

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2008

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