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perfect day

A Perfect Day by Carin Berger

Celebrate a wonderful winter day in this picture book!  Join the children as they make the first tracks in the snow, glide on skis, and lose their dog in the drifts.  There are snowball fights and building snowmen too.  Others make a fort in the snow and sled down big hills.  There is ice skating, snow angels, and even an icicle stand.  This is one gorgeous snowy day.

Told in very simple words, this picture book really shows what makes for an exceptional wintry day.  The collage illustrations are really what make the book shine.  The snowy hills are textured by the faint lines on pages and by the words that had been written on them.  Against this subtle background, the bright-colored and sharp-edged characters pop.  The trees too stand dark and strong against the white.

A wonderful winter read, this picture book is a perfect ending to your own snowy day.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Greenwillow Books.

Here are the top vote getters in the GoodReads Choice Awards 2012 for Middle Grade and Children’s Books.  The top title is:

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The remainder of the top ten are:

  

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

  

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

  

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Top British authors will be read as part of the new Read for My School program in Britain.  Aimed at 9-11 year olds, the program will run the first quarter of 2013.  The project is designed to encourage reading for pleasure with 100,000 free books being donated by the Pearson Foundation.  Additionally, almost half of the 90 titles on the reading list will be available to read online at no cost.

The 90 books are broken into themes that include Historical Hits, It’s a Mystery, Keep It Real, Laugh Out Loud, Out of the This World, Stars of the Screen, Thrill Seekers, and Wild Thing.  The books are a mix of new and old, popular and classics.  Visit the official site for more information.

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