|Some childrenís books arenít really written for
newest favorite: Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka is a
delightful poem illustrated and set in type faces that let you know
exactly how the author wants the poem read. The type goes up when you
raise your voice and down when you lower it. The type is bigger when words
are meant to be read louder. And bigger than that when the cymbals clap.
In words and pictures, this book captures how Charlie Parker played Be
delight is Yucka Drucka Droni by Vladimir Radunsky. Yucka Drucka
Droni is actually the name of one of the characters. He and his brothers
who have equally silly names marry women who have silly names and then
they give silly names to their children. But they call all their pets
Daisy. Itís a simple silly poem with equally silly illustrations. The
rhythm is strong enough to capture the attention of a 6 month old child,
yet unpredictable enough to keep an adult interested.
In childrenís ebooks, the direction is somewhat
different. When authors want to involve adults, they seem to tell the
story more for adults than for children Ė thus providing a starting
point for adult-child discussions.
Hardinís The Dreaming Chair, illustrated by Linnea Sinclair is about a
child who has attention deficit disorder (ADD). The book is a long speech
by the child explaining what the world looks like to her. Her chair is a
dreaming chair where she can imagine visiting her cousin Benny and finding
a dragon in Cleveland. Her mind is so busy with her plans and her thoughts
about her week that she doesnít pay attention in class. One of her
teachers wants to give her medicine to help her be normal, but she doesnít
want to be normal. Her mom takes her to lots of doctors to find out what
she is allergic to. And her reflexologist gives her a book about Thomas
Edison. Then she starts dreaming up inventions like a lunch box alarm that
would make noise when kids take cookies before lunch. At the end of the
book, the author gives some ideas for helping children who have ADD. This
book could be a good starting place to discuss ADD with a child who has
it, or with a classroom of children who donít understand a classmate who
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addition to the ones in this book, Iíd suggest Fingermath (a system for
doing all basic math functions on your fingers that was developed in
Korea). ADD children are usually physical learners and this system makes
math a physical activity. Hereís a basic lesson:
Ed Lieberthalís book Complete Book of Fingermath is
expensive, but you can usually find used copies at www.Amazon.com and www.Half.com
Lollerís Always Late by Janean Nusz is about a pretty girl who is always
late. Itís sort of a moral tale intended to convince children to be on
time. But Lilly gets a boyfriend when she needs help for being late, so
maybe it teaches the opposite lesson. The main fun of the story is the
alliterations. A large number of words in this book contain the letter L.
Kids love alliteration, and this book provides an opportunity to talk
about the drawbacks and benefits of being late. Hey, if there were no
benefits, nobody would ever do it.
You can download this book from: http://www.writers-exchange.com/epublishing/janean.htm
Lois June Wickstrom is the author of Nessie and the
Living Stone and Nessie and the Viking Gold, which you can download at www.fictionwise.com.
Just search for Nessie.