Children's Book Reviews- Sweet t and The North Wind & Mother's Love Ca Conquer Any Fear
Illustrated chapter book for early readers Grades 1-4
time a powerful North Wind blew across the lakes, strange things
happened. And the winter when Tara turns ten years old, the North Wind
blows sharp, and the lakes freeze solid by Thanksgiving. Old-timers from
the village warn everyone to take care.
Tara, or Sweet T as
Grandma calls her, is tired of being cooped up indoors on this coldest
winter day, and she tries to make the best of the situation.
when Tara makes a wish that is dearest to her heart, T's ordinary
afternoon leads to an hour of magic that takes her on a journey of
discovery and a ride she’ll never forget.
This tale of a family
across the generations weaves enough magic and whimsy to keep children
turning the pages. It also gently raises real-life issues about aging.
"Sweet T" entertains while opening the door for children to discuss, in
age-appropriate ways, the illness of a beloved family member.
Review: A sweet read. I think this book can work for a good reminisce on happy
times for adults, as much as be a good read for the kids.
T" is a young girl with two little sisters. It is winter and she wants
nothing more than to get out of the house on her scooter. Add some
"North Wind Magic" and you get a wonderful adventure of the imagination.
I had a nice time thinking of my one childhood summers and using my
imagination to go places. A great way to encourage kids to utilize that
ability more. Let their imagination take flight. So when they are
couped up this winter, read this together at bedtime, and let their
imagination take them through their dreams!
Now part of the book
does take a bittersweet turn, but is a part of life many children must
face. The illness of a loved one. Sad at parts but has a happy "life's
mysteries" twist at the end.
While this is not a favorite of
mine, I see some good merit in this book. There are some good questions
at the end for discussion if you so choose. My only negative to this
is I don't see this as a repeat read. Maybe once. After that I don't
see a kid wanting to read it again.
*I received a free file copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review*
is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for "How...." until
comes the vile crow Kaalia, who is up to no good. Shastriji's ideas to
deal with Kaalia backfires one after the other. Is Kalia‛s tyranny going
to end? What if the right question is not "How" but "Why?"
funny and action packed story, glorifying motherhood. A Mother‛s love
takes center stage to fight against all odds and propels Ganga to do
something that dazzles everyone in Anand Nagar.
Review: This is suppose to be a book for young children?! Well, I hate to say
this but unless your child is well versed in Indian culture and names
and an extended vocabulary, this is a far cry from an easy read.
the farm Anand Nagar (put the two words together and it is actually the
name of a city in India). There are some chickens being terrorizes by a
crow. These chicken are fearful of him. The name of the book comes
into play on one page where a mother hen faces the crow to save her
With names like Shastriji, Kaalia, and Jamuna, plus words
like frequent, argument, beautiful, aimlessly, resonated, thoughtfully,
interrupted, dejected. and many others this is NOT an easy book for
kids. Reading would be very hard, but even comprehending.
can see parents as constantly being stopped to explain words like
grazes, dejected, tyranny, etc. And the concepts are not exactly easy
either. Especially with sentences like this in the middle of the book:
"Shastriji became busy preparing ECFE(Early Childhood Family Education)!"
Why is that in a childrens book about farm chickens?! Seriously?! I don't even want to have to stop reading to explain that.
for the art: I have mixed feelings about the artwork. To explain, let
me state that the entire book is written and drawn with crayon (except
for the peace and love meditation book drawn with colored pencil). Even
the title page is in crayon style. Colorful for kids but also shows a
lack of professionalism. The drawings are mostly decent and can even be
pleasing. But then others look like the author let their kid do. This
might do better to even just draw the characters and let the children
who read the book color for themselves!
Overall, I was
extremely disappointed. I would not read this to my child. Too much
work, and by the time and age they are ready for the challenge they will
likely be on a book with more plot and substance.
exemption-If I lived in India or my family and/or neighborhood was
heavily into Indian culture. Then this makes a bit more sense. (minus
the large words and ECFE reference).
*I received a file copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*