Saturday, December 31, 2011

We Give - Blue Chicken and Little Owl's Night

We Give Books was started by Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to "support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs". The We Give Books program is an initiative that allows anyone with Internet access to give books to children in need. When you sign up you can choose from one of five charities. Then you can select from one of 151 digital picture books (both fiction and non fiction) to read online.

This is all completely free for the reader! Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, a book is donated to a leading literacy group on your behalf. So please sign up and support literacy.

Title: Blue Chicken
Author and Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 15, 2011)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 4 - 7

Poor chicken, all he wanted to do was help watercolor illustrator Deborah Freeman paint the barn, but in his enthusiasm the blue paint is toppled over and now the farm and all the animals have turned blue.

But, he has an idea. Maybe, just maybe his idea will work to set everything right.

In this very simple book, your child, with your help, will be able to point out colors and animals. The very simple text will be easy for both of you to enjoy and the illustrations are beautiful and relaxing.

By the end, you can both ponder which barn needed to be painted.

Very cute indeed.

Title: Little Owl's Night
Author and Illustrator: Divya Srinivasan
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 1, 2011)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 4 - 7

I did not like this book for a child. The story seems to begin in the middle with Little Owl ending his evening of watching his friends in the forest gather their food and talking to one another. As Little Owl arrives home, he asks him mama what daytime is like and as she is describing it, Little Owl falls to sleep without being able to see it for himself.

Granted, it takes place mostly at night, but I think it is too dark for a child, there was very little that held my attention so I am sure a child would become bored very quickly. One other thing to consider, a parent might have to explain what the term “Fade to ghosts” means and that might not appeal to many families.

This book is a pass.

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