Dear Readeo Friends,
This week our three new additions to the Readeo Library (aimed at children ages 3-8) invite your child to take a walk on the wild side.
In Crow by Leo Timmers, the towering presence of the “pitch-black” feathered hero scares the tiny multi-colored Finch, Parakeet, and Chickadee. Crow just wants to be their friend, but when he tries to approach them, he sends them scurrying. His attempts to look more like them are even more disastrous! Only when he goes back to being himself does Crow win their friendship. It’s an uplifting message, delivered with a great deal of humor.
We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Anne Wilson, introduces your child to chatter monkeys, poison dart frogs, leaf-cutter ants, and the other creatures that live deep within the Amazonian rainforest. Stunning collage illustrations and a lilting rhyming text will make your youngsters feel as if they’ve been on a journey.
Then, after a brief rest, they can travel on to the Serengeti plains where the Maasai people roam and acacia trees grow. We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns, begins with Arusha, Mosi, and Tumpe as our guides, and they gather more friends as they go. They count up from one “lonely leopard” (“moja” in Swahili) to 10 “enormous elephants” (“kumi”). At the end of the book, curious children can find out more about the animals featured, the Swahili language, and the Maasai people who live in East Africa, where northern Tanzania meets southern Kenya.
Safe travels – and don’t forget to let us know about your journeys on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!
With all my best,
Jenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publisher’s Weekly. She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.