Category Archives: Feelings

Book Review: A Weekend With Wendell

I like to review books I haven’t read but after having taught first grade for five years I have so many “old favorites” that I just have to include.  This is one of those books.  I am a huge fan of Kevin Henkes.  His illustrations are adorable, the stories are packed with fun and usually include a great “teachable moment” and topic for discussion (no wonder I loved to read them to my students). Wendell is a spunky little mouse with a lot of zest for life (a.k.a. rambunctious).  He comes to spend a weekend at Sophie’s house, however, he will only play games if he gets to make all of the rules.  When they play house, Sophie has to be the dog.  When they pretend to work in a bakery, Sophie has to be the sweet roll.  Wendell proceeds to wreak havoc for both Sophie and her parents and she can’t wait until he goes home.  After finger painting with his peanut butter and jelly and writing his name with toothpaste on the bathroom mirror, Sophie and Wendell decide to go outside and use the hose to clean up.  This time Sophie decides to make all the rules.  Will Sophie and Wendell ever learn how to get along?  A great book to read when problems arise between friends and discussing what it means to be a good friend and how to play well with others.

Title:  A weekend with Wendell

Author/Illustrator:  Kevin Henkes

Publisher:  Greenwillow Books

ISBN:  978-0688140243


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Book Review: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Lulu is a very spoiled little girl who always gets what she wants.  “Tons of candy.  Tons of toys.  Tons of watching tons of cartoons on TV.”  Until one day when Lulu decides that she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday.  When her parents finally refuse her, Lulu packs a suitcase full of things like pickle sandwiches and heads into the forest to find that brontosaurus.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Lulu’s adventure and all that she learns along the way.  The ending has a few fun surprises to delight young readers and whimsical illustrations to enjoy along the way.  Written by Judith Viorst, a beloved children’s author, who has written other outstanding books like “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”.

Title:  Lulu and the brontosaurus

Author:  Judith Viorst

Illustrator:  Lane Smith

Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN:  978-1-4169-9961-4

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Animals, Early Readers, Feelings


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