Review: Too many Pumpkins

Linda White – Too many Pumpkins


  • Publisher: Holiday House Inc
  • Pages: 32
  • Part of a series: Nö
  • Summary: Rebecca hates Pumpkins because, when she was little she always has to eat them the whole day. But then when she has become older a pumpkin even falls on her yard and she has to mange it.
  • Review: I found this book at a flee market and I knew immediately that I had to by it, even if I only knew the cover. Now I have read the story I know it is great not only for Halloween, it is a story, which could be wonderful I many topics like, harvest, vegetables, chances, mistakes, talking about the past and how things can become better than they seem at the beginning. I love Rebecca and her way to manage the problem with the pumpkin ist great even if it does not work so well. The end ist so wonderful – I like it so much… I am sure children will love this story, too. Not only because of the wonderful content but because of the beautiful pictures and last but not leaf because of Rebecca and her cat Estelle. And maybe that book helps even that people begin to see a food or thing, they hate, in a new way and give it a second chance. So I can recommend to all people – it is a wonderful book.
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Review: What´s the Weather?

Maureen Roffey – What´s the Weather?

What´s the Weather

  • Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
  • Pages: 32
  • Part of a series: Yes, there are more books with „What´s the…“ questions from Maureen Roffey.
  • Summary: A little girl every day looks out of her window to the what is the weather like today. The she goes out with suitable clothing and his friend the little dog.
  • Review: Wen have april now and so I think weather is a perfekt topic for young english learners. I love this book because of the wonderful pictures and the easy story – children can lear to ask the question „What is the weather like today?“ very easily and discover the answers. A very nice idea is, that the girl alway is the same, there are little cubes in the pages in which her face always appears after you turn the page when the has asked about the weather again. I will use it in my english class and can only recommend it to english-teachers and adults of you children – it is so nice and perfekt to talk about the weather with children.
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Ich war heute auf einem Flohmarkt

pumpkinIch war heute auf einem Flohmarkt und habe zwei tolle englische Bilderbücher zu Halloween gekauft. Zugegeben bis dahin dauert es noch eine Weile, aber der nächste Oktober kommt bestimmt und eigentlich kann man Geschichten über Kürbisse und zum Gruseln ja auch das ganze Jahr über vorlesen….Ich bin mir sicher meine Kids freuen sich…. Die Rezensionen zu den Titeln folgen später…

sppoky sleep outAber kurze Zusammenfassungen gibt es jetzt schon:
Too many Pumkins: Rebecca hates Pumpkins because, when she was little she always has to eat them the whole day. But then when she has become older a pumpkin even falls on her yard and she has to mange it.
Spooky sleep-out: Elmo and his friends are excited about their very first sleep-out. But then it get more sookier then they have expected it would be.

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Review: The Pop-up Farm

Maureen Roffy – The Pop-up Farm

The Pop-Up Farm

  • Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
  • Pages: 8
  • Part of a series: No
  • Summary: Mice don´t like cats. So does a mouse on a farm and so she finds her way through the farm without meeting one. Every animal she meets makes the reader of the story discover a new pop-up item or pull-the-tab feature.
  • Review: I was looking for a book with animals for young german children in primary school, which learn english as a subject in school. They like to look at books and learn new topics better and with much more fun. So I was very happy, when I found this wonderful book. I am sure, my children will love it too. Especial the pop-up and pull-the-tab elements make it so funny to explore and the mouse and it cat-problem even more. I can only recommend it to other readers, teachers and parents.
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Review: Stolen

Lucy Christopher – Stolen


  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • Duration: 8 hours 39 minutes
  • Part of a series: No
  • Summary: „Told in a letter to her captor by 16-year-old Gemma, Stolen explores the influence that a really wild and remote space can have on the inner development of a young woman.Gemma, a British city-living teenager, is kidnapped while on holiday with her parents. Her kidnapper, Ty, takes her to the wild land of outback Australia. To Gemma’s city-eyes, the landscape is harsh and unforgiving and there are no other signs of human life for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. Here, there is no escape. Gemma must learn to deal with her predicament, or die trying to fight it.Ty, a young man, has other ideas for her. His childhood experience of living in outback Australia has forever changed the way he sees things. But he too has been living in the city; Gemma’s city. Unlike Gemma, however, he has had enough. In outback Australia he sees an opportunity for a new kind of life; a life more connected to the earth. He has been watching and learning about Gemma for many years; when he kidnaps her, his plan finally begins to take shape. But Ty is not a stereotypical kidnapper and, over time, Gemma comes to see Ty in a new light, a light in which he is something more sensitive. The mysteries of Ty, and the mystery of her new life, start to take hold. She begins to feel something for her kidnapper when he wakes screaming in the night. Over the time spent with her captor, Gemma’s appreciation of him develops …but is this real love, or Stockholm Syndrome?“  Quelle:
  • Review: I liked this book very much and can only recommend it to you – it is a very special story about a girl and its kidnapper, that shows that sometime things aren´t that easy they seem to be. Gemma is a wonderful girl an sometime I almost cried when I read her story and thoughts.
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Tipp: Dear Zoo

Dear ZooWir haben letzte Woche ein geniales Theater-Stück gesehen, dass einen ähnlichen Inhalt hat wie das Buch und daraufhin bin ich auf diesen Titel von Rod Campbell aufmerksam geworden und ich bin wirklich begeistert. Die Geschichte ist einfach aber trotzdem sehr schön und spannend für Kinder – die Sprache so einfach, dass auch jüngere Kinder damit etwas anfangen können oder solche deren Muttersprache nicht Englisch ist. Die Bilder sind sehr ansprechend, lebendig und farbenfroh und können teilweise sogar aufgeklappt werden.

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Review: Mouse Paint

Ellen Stoll Welsh – Mouse Paint


  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • number of pages: 32
  • Part of a series: No
  • Contents: There are three white mice, which play with colors.
  • Review: I am an english teacher in primary school. The last weeks we practiced colors and so this book was perfect for my kids . An they liked it the way I did it before. It is very funny and easy to understand because of the big pictures. I can recommend this book to all children and adults, especial to teach colors and the way they mix.
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