A Spider’s Tale? Episode 37

Where IS Mrs. Pilcher?

Our next book is about a spider who is an artist but has trouble finding a place where she feels welcome. What do you think is the name of this book? More clues, it was written by Eileen Spinelli. and Illustrated by: Jane Dyer. For children ages 4-7. This book was published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.

Where WAS Mrs. Pilcher? Did you guess “Little Nino’s Pizza”? This book tells the story of “Nino”, who runs a cheerful pizzeria called “Little Nino’s”, his son Tony loves to help. Little Nino’s is a successful restaurant. One day an investor makes a proposition to Nino to open a new bigger restaurant named Francois. Soon, Nino and Tony become disillusioned with the new big business and snooty customers. Finally, Nino decides to leave “Francois” and reopen his old restaurant as “ Little Tony’s”. This fun book shows that sometimes bigger is not always better. The author is Karen Barbour and the publisher is Clarion Books; recommended for children ages 4-8.

“Roxaboxen” & The Worlds Best Pizza! Episode 36

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in your own town that you helped build?

Our book last time was Roxaboxen written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This story is about the town her mom helped build when she was a child in Yuma, Arizona. The kids used their imagination and the items they could find – rocks, boxes, cactus – to build their town. There was a mayor and even a jail (you didn’t want to get caught speeding in your car). For several years the town grew. It was a wonderful time to live in Roxaboxen.

Roxaboxen was published by HarperCollins and is recommended for children ages 4-8. Where is Mrs. Pilcher?

Our next book is about a boy whose father makes the “World’s Best Pizza.” What do you think is the title of this book? The author is Karen Barbour and the publisher is Clarion Books; recommended for children ages 4-8.

It’s a Kids World! Episode 35

The book we introduced last week and revealed this week is Chrysanthemum.

Did you guess?

Chrysanthemum loves her name. Her parents gave her the best name. She loves her name until she starts school. The students in her class think her name is funny and make fun of her, suddenly she doesn’t think her name is so great, until they go to music class and the cool music teacher has a flower name too. Now everyone wants a flower name! The music teacher is going to have a baby, and guess what she plans to name her baby? A wonderful story about how words can hurt or heal, and each of us is unique. Chrysanthemum is written by Kevin Henkes and published by Mulberry Books. Recommended for children ages 4-8.

Where is Mrs. Pilcher?

For our next book, what can be more fun than to build your town! It was just a hill with sand, rocks, some wooden boxes, and cacti, but with a little imagination and some work it became their town! It had a mayor and even a jail. This was an actual place and the author’s mother actually helped build this “town.” What is the title of this book? The author is Alice McLerran and the illustrator is Barbara Cooney. The book was published by HarperCollins and is recommended for children ages 4-8.

What a Name? Episode 34

Have you ever heard of a dog having three names?

Our book this time is titled “Three Names.”

“Three Names” is a story told from a boy’s perspective about his great-grandfather and a stray dog that showed up at the farm and became a part of the family. Three Names loves to take part of the daily farm life, too, but he especially loves to go to school. When school is out for the summer, he’s a little sad that they don’t get to go school. A wonderful story about a boy and his dog! Three Names was written by Patricia MacLachlan, and illustrated by Alexander Pertzoff. It was published by Charlotte Zolotow Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publications), c1991.

Our next book is about a little girl with an unusual name; it’s actually the name of a flower. She loves her name until she goes to school. The other children think her name is weird and she’s not so sure about liking her name anymore. But then the cool music teacher has a flower name as well, suddenly her name is wonderful. This book was written by Kevin Henkes, published by Greenwillow Press, c1991.

Mountain climbing and sheep herding?

Where is Mrs. Pilcher this time?

Have you ever dreamed of being a cowboy? Charlie always dreamed of being a cowboy. He listened to stories of the West and famous cowboys, and then would draw them. As he grew older, his dream stayed with him. When he was 15 his parents let him go West with a family friend. Charlie had found his home. He lived in the West the rest of his life, eventually working as a cowboy, but then the West changed, and he found his true calling — an artist. His paintings and sculptures are still on exhibit around the country today. This biographical book was written by Jeanette Winter.

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Episode 30 Mountains in Kansas? “Owl Moon”

Children’s Book Review at Mrs. Pilcher’s Bookshelf

Where is Mrs. Pilcher? Did you guess last times book was Owl Moon? This weeks book is about a little boy and his dad who go on an adventure. Did you know Kansas has mountains? Well, not your typical mountains, but mountains filled with wheat. This boy and his dad climb to the top of the mountain and the fields look like the table cloth on the kitchen table at home with the road acting as the ribbon holding it all together. The boy and his dad share a special time together that only the two of them know what is meant when they say it’s time to climb a Kansas mountain. What book cover do you think Mrs. Pilcher is on this time?

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Episode 29 “Snowflake Bentley”

Children’s Book Review at Mrs. Pilcher’s Bookshelf

Where is Mrs. Pilcher? This book is about a father and daughter who take a night time walk in the woods in the winter. What are they looking for? This is an adventure the little girl has looked forward to for a long time. When they do this activity they have to be very quiet. There is a noctural animal involved. Any guesses? The book is written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr. This is also a Caldecott Medal Winner. If you enjoy this video, please click the thumbs up to like and follow!

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Episode 28 “Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey”

Children’s Book Review Mrs. Pilcher’s Bookshelf

Where is Mrs. Pilcher this time? Do you love snow? Do you like to see photographs of snow? Our story this time is a a biography about a man who spends his whole life being the first to photograph snowflakes. You can still go to his hometown of Jericho, Vermont and see a plaque in the town center and information about him at the local historical society. Any idea who this man is? It received a Caldecott Medal. It was written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian.

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