This review is the second part of a double feature here at 5 Minutes for Books. We have separated the reviews into two posts however, so that you can enter your comments separately. (Both of the reviews include contests.) To read the first review, click here. The winners from last week’s book giveaway are at the end of this review.
Non-Fiction from National Geographic
This review is authored by regular contributor Jennifer Donovan, book lover and mother of two of book lovers, who blogs at Snapshot.
When you think of National Geographic, if you’re like me, you think of outstanding photography and informative writing. They also publish some fantastic children’s books, and I am pleased to introduce some of them to you.
When my eight-and-a-half year old daughter saw Face to Face with Caterpillars on my stack of books to review, she grabbed it and named it hers. I’m always trying to encourage her to read some nonfiction, but something about the slimy caterpillar on the front cover made her curious to find out more. This book is filled with facts and photos of different types of caterpillars, as well as sidebars instructing kids how to find caterpillars and how to raise a monarch.
Call me squeamish, but Face to Face with Grizzlies was more appealing to me. However, when I read the opening chapter, which was the author’s account of a time when he got closer to a grizzly mama than was comfortable for him or the mama, I shuddered a bit. Filled with beautiful photographs of bears in the wild, this book looks at the life cycle of a bear, how they interact together, and the impact of humans on their lives in the wild. The sidebars in this book include how to not get eaten by a grizzly and don’t feed the bears.
A Little Peace could be a coffee table book in any home. The pictures of people engaging in activities from dancing to laughing to playing soccer are embellished with simple text suggesting ways to spread peace: “To give a wave, say hello, and spread a little peace.” The afterward by Richard Solomon, the President of the United States Institute of Peace, includes some quotes about peace from politicians, philosophers and of course John Lennon, along with some information about the education and promotion of peace.
Right in line with the July 4th Giveaways, I offer you a look at the Holidays Around the World Series. Celebrate Independence Day offers pictures of people enjoying picnics, fireworks, and other summer fun. It also gives a simple explanation of why we celebrate independence day. The end of the book offers “More about Independence Day” including how to have a three-legged race, a look at independence days around the world, and a recipe for deviled eggs.
The publisher has donated one book for giveaway. Leave me a comment telling me which of the four books most appeals to you. When I select a winner, I will send you whichever you book you requested.
Congrats to the winners of last week’s Fairy Chronicles book: