Tag: transportation

SAVED BY THE BOATS: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11

Cindy:  Mine is a boating family and, as such, we’ve been rescued by other boaters and rescued others in turn. Even on small rivers and lakes, boaters follow an unwritten code to help other boaters: You don’t leave someone in distress on the water. As citizens fled the twin towers on September 11, 2001, that code benefited over […]

“The Wheels on the Bus” and “Old MacDonald” Get Makeovers

“The Wheels on the Bus” and “Old MacDonald” Get Makeovers

Lynn: Preschoolers across this country love the bouncy song, “The Wheels on the Bus.” I love it, too—because it’s one of the few songs I can remember the lyrics to! I’ve seen lots of picture-book versions over the years but now I have a new favorite, The Wheels on The Tuk Tuk (2015) by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha […]

Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Cindy: There are times when Lynn’s and my literary tastes don’t match up, but usually when she begs me to read a book I should listen to her and respond immediately. She has been raving about The Boundless (Simon & Schuster 2014) for months, as have many other readers (it published in April so you […]

Crazy Cars Books…and Crazier Sounds

Crazy Cars Books…and Crazier Sounds

Lynn:  Many preschoolers love books about cars and 3-year-old Henry from our focus group must have 90%  of them.  I think he and I have read through them so many times that we both have them memorized.  So I think I can be forgiven for not getting too excited when I open a new book […]

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Cindy: This is another one of those times that I am kicking myself for leaving Lynn in the lurch on the blog. She wrote the draft for this book on December 12th and has been waiting for me to write my part. Here is her post written six weeks BEFORE this book won the 2014 Caldecott Medal […]

Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

Lynn:  One universal truth is that little kids love trucks and diggers and they also love books about trucks and diggers.  Henry, the 3-year-old member of our focus group, is OBSESSED with cars and trucks and diggers and he is always excited about a new book that features machinery of any kind.  I can’t wait […]

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

Lynn: Excuse me while I hop in my dirigible and zip down to the coffee shop.  This was Alberto Santos-Dumont’s preferred method of getting around Paris and the doormen were used to tying his airship to posts while Alberto shopped or visited with friends.  In the Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams 2011) readers […]

All Aboard! by Monica Kulling

All Aboard! by Monica Kulling

Cindy: Want to hook young readers on the genre of biography? Give them All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine (Tundra, 2010). The opening scene shows a 6 year-old Elijah happily running to fix his father’s broken horse-drawn mower. His talent and love of working on machines started early. In 1866 Elijah returned to his ex-slave […]

Crunch by Leslie Connor

Crunch by Leslie Connor

Lynn: There is always a big demand for mysteries for the middle school set so it was doubly exciting to find one that provides a well plotted puzzle AND a lot more besides. Crunch (Harper/Katherine Tegen, 2010) features the charming Marriss family: narrator 14-year-old Dewey, his 18-year-old sister Lil, shy 13-year-old Vince and the five-year-old […]

When the Whistle Blows: A Reprise

When the Whistle Blows: A Reprise

Cindy: Why don’t I immediately listen to Lynn when she really begs me to read a book? She wrote a solo blog for When the Whistle Blows (Philomel, 2009) last October when I hadn’t gotten to it. Everything about the premise spoke to me: stand-alone chapters that build into a cohesive novel, a complex father-son […]