Saturday, January 7, 2012

We Give Books - Happy Birthday in Dragon Wood and Belinda Begins Ballet

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: Happy Birthday in Dragon Wood
Author: Timothy Knapman
Illustrator: Gwen Millward
Publisher: Puffin (January 5, 2012)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 0 - 5

This is a perfect book for a little boy. Just imagine if the usual storyline was switched and Dragons were waiting for Benjamins. What if Dragons needed a magical boy to come to their neighborhood to teach them how to play football? Keep in mind that what they call football is what American’s call soccer, but that is really beside the point with this adorable book that show how different our world is to the Dragon world and how the food we eat and our customs are alien to them. Most confusing – you blow on a candle to put it out. How can that be?

A charming book that shows our need for friendship and sharing no matter what our differences are.

Title: Belinda Begins Ballet
Author and Illustrator: Amy Young
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 14, 2008)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 4 - 7

Everything about Belinda was tiny, except for one thing – her enormous feet. We are not talking just regular large feet; we are talking feet so large you could ski with them.

When Talent Show time comes around, it is not all fun and games for this sweet young girl when Mrs. Rhino thinks that her only talent appears to be that of a clown.

Then one day sad Belinda happens upon a ballet dancer. Seeing her float on the stage sparks an idea and a smile for Belinda. Maybe, just maybe.

Sometimes you have to see in yourself what other do not.

This story brought a tear to my eye. To see a young child grow her own wings is an inspiration to all.

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