Search Results: "Marianne Berkes"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S IN THE GARDEN? by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A celebration of growing and eating that is just in time for spring planting. (facts about the featured foods, how seeds start, what plants need, plant parts, glossary of cooking terms, list of garden songs, books and websites) (Informational picture book/recipe book. 3-8)"
Berkes' latest is a departure from many children's gardening books, combining rhyming verses with recipes celebrating the garden's bounty. Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE ARCTIC by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A value-added exploration of the Arctic for preschoolers and early elementary-age children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Modeled after the traditional song "Over in the Meadow," this (for the most part) easily chanted rhyme introduces a variety of land and sea animals and birds found in the tundra. Read full book review >

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OVER ON THE FARM by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"While the activities and song will be valuable learning tools, the artwork leaves something to be desired, especially in a series that has previously held such high standards. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Berkes continues her "Over in the Meadow" habitat songs with this look at animals on a farm. Read full book review >

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THE TREE THAT BEAR CLIMBED by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"The repetitive text, surprise ending and effortless learning make this a sure winner for the classroom. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
A salute to trees, their needs and the interactions between plants and animals. Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE FOREST by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Formulaic? Perhaps, but none can argue with the educational value, nor the fun—what will she tackle next? (Informational picture book.3-8)"
Having already explored the ocean and jungle, planets, the Arctic and Australia, Berkes this time focuses her "Over in the Meadow"-derived lyrics on a temperate deciduous forest. Read full book review >

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ANIMALOGY by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"Flawed, but it fills a niche that is otherwise almost empty. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fauna are used to teach children about analogies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY ON BOARD by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"A comforting, informative read even if the rhyme gets a bit carried away. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
A rhyming description of many ways that animals, and people, carry and protect their young. Read full book review >

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THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A pleasing introduction to the swamp appropriate for individual exploration or sharing with a group or class. (author's & illustrator's notes, further resources) (Picture book. 3-8)"
This exploration of the creatures of the Florida Everglades is delivered in a familiar, cumulative House-that-Jack-Built style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER IN A RIVER by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Fitting the words to music can be tricky; those who plan to sing this should practice first, but they will be rewarded by a storytime audience filled with standing herons, waddling ducks, whirling dragonflies and squealing kits. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
From one manatee calf paddling in Florida's St. Johns River to 10 otter pups sliding in the Mississippi, Berkes adapts the familiar counting rhyme to introduce river animals, their "baby" names, their actions and some U.S. geography. Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE OCEAN by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Backmatter includes music and lyrics, further information about each animal, and an artists' note explaining how the illustrations were created. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eye-popping artwork is the star of the show in Berkes's lively, oceanic counting book, based on the classic children's song Over in the Meadow. Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE GRASSLANDS by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"One wonders what habitats are left for Berkes to tackle; here's hoping there's a least one more. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Berkes and Dubin tackle another habitat in their series of variations on "Over in the Meadow," this time visiting the African savanna. Read full book review >