Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Light Across the River by Stephanie Reed

Light Across the River is the sequel to Across the Wide River. Both historical novels by Stephanie Reed tell the story of the Rankin family, conductors for the Underground Railroad. Reed’s careful research shows in the authentic dialogue and settings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and recommend reading it first, but this book stands on its own. Reading the exciting and heartwarming adventure told through the eyes of Johnny Rankin and Eliza, a runaway slave, I cried, I laughed, and I learned. I shivered as the chunks of ice gave way under Eliza’s feet as she navigated the Ohio River in her desperate escape from slavery. Taking in shallow breaths, I could almost hear the slave hunters’ dogs and prayed that Eliza wouldn’t be found before she made her way to freedom – something we take for granted.

You’ll never forget the story. What a treasure trove of information and inspiration! Though designated as juvenile fiction, this is a book for all ages.

Product Details:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications; 1st edition (April 30, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0825435749
ISBN-13: 978-0825435744

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa by Rebekha Delgado (Author), Joy Delgado (Illustrator)

Every creature likes to celebrate his birthday - even an Okapi named Mori. Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa is a bilingual (English/Spanish) book with a simple message - friends can be of any shape or size. At the end of the story are facts about the unusual animals.

Most children love birthdays and will identify with the excitement over celebrating a birthday, and sympathize with Mori when he thinks his birthday has been forgotten. The illustrations perfectly complement the story.

The Zooprise Party Activity Book ($4.95, ISBN 978-0975545423) contains 24 pages with fun activities like coloring pages, mazes, and puzzles.

With the cute story, the animal facts, Activity Book, and Teachers Guide (separate purchase), the Delgados have compiled an excellent array of activities to keep children entertained and learning at the same time.

For up-to-date news about the book, visit Joy's blog: Zooprise Party

To download coloring pages, puzzles, and crafts, visit Laughing Zebra.
Direct order information:
Laughing Zebra – Books for Children Bookstore
Offers free shipping and autographed copies

Product Details:
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: J.O.Y. Publishing; first edition (October 24, 2008)
Language: English, Spanish
ISBN-10: 0975545418
ISBN-13: 978-0975545416
Available through Amazon and Target.
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