thunder and the noise storms
Jeffrey Ansloos and Shezza Ansloos illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
2021, 36 pages
from 4 years
Loud noises – noise storms – at school make Thunder restless and angry. When things get too much for him, the principal calls out to Thunders Mosom (the Cree word for “grandfather”), who is taking the child for a walk. To help Thunder deal with the noise storms, Mosom tells him to “listen with wonder” and to listen to the quiet things. Soon Thunder can hear things like wind, trees, squirrels, birds in flight, water – even his own heart. After sitting for a while listening to all the low noises, Thunder and Mosom return to the school where Thunder is able to deal with the noise storms.
Life can be stressful and overwhelming. It is important to learn how to deal with stressful things. Thunder and the Noise Storms is an entertaining story with a wise message complemented by wonderful illustrations, making it an excellent book not only for children but for all ages!
Goodnight to your awesome elastic brain
JoAnn & Terrence Deak illustrated by Neely Daggett
2022, 40 pages
Good Night To Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is a children’s picture book that teaches readers the importance of a good night’s sleep. This book is brimming with brain facts, diagrams, terminology, and concepts that educate the reader about the various functions, anatomy, and processes of our brain. For example, did you know that the brain “takes a bath” and forgets on purpose? Have you ever heard of the prefrontal cortex?
In addition, the book shares the consequences of what happens when we don’t sleep well, a problem many of us are currently experiencing. The brilliant collaboration between the narrative, written by two brain experts, and the illustrated diagrams work together to explain the scientific concepts contained in the book and keep readers engaged. I encourage educators, families, and brain enthusiasts to read this book.
– Reviewed by Gleannan Perrett
Naomi Shulman illustrated by Hsinping Pan
2021, 64 pages
Saying Thank You is a wonderful book that encourages children to look for the simple, good things in life and to give thanks for them. The book includes 50 simple activities kids (and adults) can do to show their gratitude — from thinking about things you look forward to when you wake up to a “gratitude countdown” that consists of doing three things to take into account what you experienced on the day you are grateful for. Other activities include making a paper flower with friendly adjectives on the petals and gifting it to a friend, building a lucky wall, creating a “Thank You!” picture and sending it to a person who gave you a gift a thank you message, keep a gratitude journal – and much more.
The activities in this book will not only help the reader identify many of the good things to be grateful for, but will also help the reader to thank others for what will bring them happiness.