Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bantam of the Opera - Written and Illustrated by Mary Jane Auch

Bantam of the Opera

Written and Illustrated by Mary Jane Auch

Luigi may have been born a bantam rooster, but he has the soul of a musician. When his musical variations on the boring "Cock-a-doodle-do"get him in trouble with the head rooster, Luigi takes to wandering away from the hen house where his talents are not appreciated. Then one day, roosting on the farmer's front porch, Luigi hears something on the radio that will change his life forever--- opera!

As an opera lover and librarian, I giggled when I saw the this book in the library. I laughed even harder when I started reading this delightfully witty children's book! The colors are vibrant and inviting! There are lots of bright oranges, purples, greens, blues! This book is what you would expect for an opera-related children's book! This will be a great book for story time!

I highly recommend that anyone who loves a funny story and who likes opera should read this book!

Happy reading!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time.....

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pittsburgh Opera's Opera for Educators Workshop

Today I attended the Pittsburgh Opera's "Opera for Educators" workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. We learned about the upcoming opera Rinaldo by George Frederick Handel, opera in general, how sets are designed, some of the arias in the opera, and watched a rehearsal with the orchestra. The food was absolutely delicious. 

We all received packets and two CDs with lesson plans, music, and a plethora of opera resources both online and in print.

We were all given the opportunity to select a book to take with us. I was even given the list of books that the Pittsburgh Opera has in its library. I was so excited when I saw the book "The Dog Who Sang at the Opera" that was written by Jim West and Marshall Izen and illustrated by Erika Oller.

I will review this children's book in my next entry.

Happy Reading...........

Until the next time...

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King Day Books

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
will arrive on Monday January 15, 2010

I am including a list of books below that you might want to read at your local public and/or school library. Let us know what you think!

Books on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography)  by David A. Adler and Illustrated by and Robert Casilla.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  by Trudi Strain Trueit

Martin Luther King Day by Janet McDonnell (Circle the Year with Holidays)

About Martin Luther King Day by Mary Virginia Fox

Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day: Count and Celebrate!) by Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr. and Lisa Beringer McKissack

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holidays and Festivals by Rebecca Rissman


Here is a link to additional Martin Luther King, Jr Day books:

Until the next time.............

Happy reading............

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

When Horses Ride By:Children in the Times of War

When Horses Ride By
Children in the Times of War.
Poems by Eloise Greenfield and
Illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrest

When the horses ride by, with men on their backs we pretend they're going anyplace, but war....

This wonderfully written book describes through poetry what war means to children all of ages and races all over the world!

I would recommend this book for any home, school, and public library. However, parents or an adult should read the book with the child and have a discussion during and after.

Until the next time.............

Happy Reading..............................

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!