Saturday, July 18, 2015

Week in Review: July 12-18

Sarah, Plain and Tall. Patricia MacLachlan. 1985. Houghton Mifflin. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
Cinderella Smith. Stephanie Barden. Illustrated by Diane Goode. 2011. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Fat Cat. Robin Brande. 2009. Random House. 330 pages. [Source: Library]
Close to the Wind. Jon Walter. 2015. Scholastic. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Truth According to Us. Annie Barrows. 2015. Dial. 512 pages. [Source: Library]
First Flight Around The World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won The Race. Tim Grove. 2015. Abrams. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Messengers. Edward Hogan. 2015. Candlewick Press. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Poppy's Best Paper. Susan Eaddy. Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. 2015. Charlesbridge. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Alphabet Trains. Samantha R. Vamos. Illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke. 2015. Charlesbridge. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Big Princess. Taro Miura. 2015. Candlewick Press. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss. 1970. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Board book: Little Blue Truck's Beep-Along Book. Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 8 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Board book: Carry and Learn Numbers. Illustrated by Sarah Ward. 2015. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace. Iain M. Duguid. 2015. P&R. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
To Capture Her Heart. Rebecca DeMarino. 2015. Revell. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This week's recommendation(s):

I loved Sarah, Plain and Tall. It was a reread, of course. And I read some great picture books as well.


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1 comments:

Whitney Behr 11:15 AM  

That is crazy how many reviews you posted this week! I loved Sarah Plain and Tall when I was younger too, I'll have to go read your thoughts.

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