Mosey’s Field and Schiffer Publishing

July 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

MoseyTitle: Mosey’s Field

Author: Barbara Lockhart

Illustrator: Heather Crow

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

Genre: Picture Book

As a homeschool mom, a story time host, and a book blogger, I can’t just can’t get enough of Schiffer books.  They are educational, riveting to crowds, and just plain gorgeous.

Recently we read, reviewed, and enjoyed Song for Papa Crow.  We even got to interview the author!  This week, we’ve been blessed with a copy of Mosey’s Field and the kiddos today loved it.  We read it twice and no one who had sat through the first reading  complained or got antsy.

Mosey’s Field tells the story of a corn farm and walks children through all the seasons of field corn from the eyes of a dog.  Mosey watches the seeds get planted and notes how “the stalks grew tall and the leaves crisscrossed each other, green upon green, so there were only tiny patches of sky.”

P1020496It’s not surprising to discover that both the illustrator and the author of this book are teachers.  Barbara Lockhart is a retired kindergarten teacher and Heather Crow is a teacher and freelance artist.  Kids respond well to the story, want to follow the adventures of Mosey, love the illustrations, and know a little bit more about where food comes from by the time they are done hearing the story.

Designed for booklovers ages 0-6, it is a lengthier picture book and you’ll want to be aware of your audience’s attention spans before you tackle it.  Great for kids who are used to being read to, if you’re just introducing your child to the world of books I’d start with a few shorter titles with the intention of working up to this.  Our kiddos at the bookstore today did great!

At one point in the story Mosey is on the opposite side of the corn field, near town, away from home.  Mosey can’t see home and the family is out wondering where their pup has gone.  My kiddo in particular was very relieved by the ending and asked me to tell the author that she’s “glad Mosey found his family” but will have you know that page 22 was a moment of great contention in her little soul.

P1020500If you’re in the Humble area, join us at Half Price Books for story time on Wednesdays, 10:30 am.  To the right we are reading Marit Menzen’s Song for Papa Crow, which has become quite a household and store favorite.  Join us next week and we’ll revisit Mosey’s Field.

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Song for Papa Crow

June 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm (Education, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

songforpapacrowTitle: Song for Papa Crow

Author: Marit Menzin

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

I was delighted to have Schiffer Publishing contact me to review a selection of their picture books.  There can never be too many children’s books here in the Klemm household, as kiddo devours them for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, dinner, and bedtime.  We’re readers. We read.  We’re also artists and we love admiring quality picture books.

As a homeschool mom of an aspiring birder, I couldn’t find Song for Papa Crow any more perfect.

This is a lovely story about how Little Crow loves to sing.  He sings his heart out and in the course of teaching children what birds of North America make what sounds, we also follow Little Crow on a a journey of self-discovery and why it’s a beautiful thing to be yourself.

Menzin’s collage art is gorgeous.  Kiddo and I adore all the rich colors.  We spend a good deal of time outdoors and it’s wonderful to see nature portrayed with so much texture even while confined to the pages of a book.

Of course, after every book, I ask kiddo what she thinks.  My three year old smiled broadly and responded, “I think it’s ridiculous.”  Ridiculous, naturally, being pronounced ridicooooolous and said for the sheer enjoyment of using the word.  Proven by the fact that she has asked for me to read “the Papa Crow one” at least twice a day since our first reading.

Now, a week later, I ask kiddo:

“Would you like to say anything about Papa Crow to our readers?”

“Yes,” she says decisively.

“What would you like to say?”

“Nothing at all, I just want it to be SEEN.”

Powerful words from a three year old, I think.  She’s right, we could talk about how awesome Papa Crow is all day, but when all is said and done, Menzin’s collages simply must be seen.

Songs for Papa Crow will accompany us to Story Time at Half Price Books Humble for the next two weeks (July 2nd & 9th).  We meet every Wednesday, all summer, at 10:30 am.  Though we typically read multiple titles, we tend to choose a favorite to feature each week.  We will also have a few Schiffer Kids Spring 2014 Catalogs for patrons of Story Time to peruse.  Snacks are provided.

I look forward to reading more from Schiffer Books as well as Marit Menzin.  The Klemms are officially fans for life.

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