Saturday, February 17, 2018
Today, I'm reviewing Dana Also Deserves a Playground by Yael Manor. This book is available in English, Hebrew, and a bilingual (English/Japanese) version.
Dana is a little girl in a wheelchair. When she goes to the playground, she is sad because she can't play with the other kids. The other kids, along with their parents, all conspire to help Dana. Will they all get a happy ending with a playground that Dana and other disabled kids can enjoy?
It was kind of hard to read this without tearing up a little, because it was so nice how all the kids wanted to help Dana and make sure that she was able to play with them and have a good time. The pictures by Biljana Mihajlovic added to the story with lots of joyful images of children playing.
The book only has a few small typos, but other than that, it's easy to read and the story line flows well.
I recommend reading this to children who might be wondering about how disabled children play, or to disabled children who will soon be getting a playground like the one in the story.
It's a good story with a good message. I am glad to have it in my collection.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
The Little Blue Digger and the Very Muddy Day was written by Harriet Tuppen and illustrated by Branislav Gapic.
In this book, there is a red vehicle who is very attached to his red color. He doesn't want to get his red exterior messed up, but when some little sheep need rescuing, will he run away or save the day?
This is a great read for early readers who are starting to read by themselves. The story flows nicely, and it teaches a good underlying message.
I really enjoyed the soft illustrations. The sheep were so cute!
If you love vehicles or sheep or both, you are sure to enjoy The Little Blue Digger and the Very Muddy Day.