A wonderfully photographed story and activity book for preschool classrooms.



From the The Molly Brave Preschool Series series , Vol. 1

A 3-year-old girl explores what pockets can be used for in this colorfully photographed book full of classroom reading tips.

A blonde-haired, blue-eyed, unnamed girl gets ready for the day in a pink and red outfit with pockets. Her Oma, wearing a jacket that also has pockets, arrives to take her to storytime at the library. (She has something silver in her pocket that the girl’s sister takes out, but it’s hard to determine what it is.) At the library, the girl explores the Story Bear’s pockets and finds art supplies in the paint lady’s pocket. After storytime, Oma takes the girl to the farmers market and stops by the neighbor’s garden, where the girl notices the things her neighbor and the girl at the market keep in their pockets. At home, a baby cousin keeps a duckie in his bib pocket, and the girl’s father has nine pennies (counted by the girl) in his deep pockets. The girl prepares for bed with tooth-brushing and pajamas and shows that her pajamas have two pockets, “one for my prayers, and one for my dreams.” After the story, Deveny offers five different activities that teachers can pair with the book in the classroom: pretend play encouraging the students to imagine themselves in the story; a lesson on the letter P; a song; a project for children to make their own puzzles; and a puppet play. The beautiful color photographs are made with excellent composition to pull in a child’s eye. There’s an abundance of pink, and the cast predominantly looks like the little girl—there’s no real ethnic diversity—so only a small portion of the preschool population will recognize themselves in the images. Despite the homogenous community, the girl is friendly looking and approachable, and the activities in the story and in the teacher section are just right for a preschool audience.

A wonderfully photographed story and activity book for preschool classrooms.

Pub Date: Nov. 30, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-61245-000-1

Page Count: -

Publisher: Molly Brave

Review Posted Online: Sept. 15, 2015

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...


Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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