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.

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”

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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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Episode 27, “Cranberry Thanksgiving”

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

Where is Mrs. Pilcher? The book this time is about a woodcarver, the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is a sad man until a little boy gradually softens his heart. Published by Candlewick Press, and written by Susan Wojciechowaski for ages 6-9. Can you guess this book? The book last time was “Cranberry Thanksgiving.” A wonderful story about living on a cranberry bog and Grandma’s famous cranberry bread recipe. The recipe is included in the book and is delicious. This book was written and illustrated by Wende and Harry Devlin; published by Purple House Press for ages 5-8.

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Episode 26, “A New Coat For Anna”

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

Where is Mrs. Pilcher this time? Our main character lives on a cranberry bog with her grandmother. Thanksgiving is always a special time on a cranberry bog. Grandma makes her special bread, but the recipe is secret. Does someone attempt to get her recipe? What is the name of this book? It was written by Wende and Harry Devlin; published by Purple House Press. It is geared for ages 5-8. Last time the book was “A New Coat for Anna.” A wonderful story of a community working together to provide a coat for a little girl. The sheep play a big part in providing the wool for the coat. It was written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Anita Lobel; published by Dragonfly Books.

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Episode 25, “The Rag Coat”

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

Where is Mrs. Pilcher this time? The previous book was written by Lauren A. Mills and is “The Rag Coat.” It’s a story about a girl and a special coat that is made for her by the women in her community. Written for children ages 4-8, and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. A wonderful story about community, and acceptance. This next book is also about a coat for a little girl. Again, the community is involved in providing the materials and labor for a beautiful coat. It was written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Anita Lobel; published by Dragonfly Books.

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Episode 24, “Andy and the Lion”

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

Where is Mrs. Pilcher this week? This week’s book is about a girl and a special coat that is made for her by the women in her community. It was written by Lauren A. Mills for children ages 4-8, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. What do you think the title of this book is? Last week’s book, “Andy and the Lion” was written by James Daugherty. It was published by Puffin Books. This book is for children ages 3-7 years old. A fun story about a boy and his imagination.

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