Saturday, April 9, 2016

Weekend Round Up

One of my best discoveries of the week was I found an ad in the latest issue of Food Network for these recipes.
These scrumptious healthy looking recipes seem easy to prepare. They are top on my list this week to try.
Pomegranate Glazed Carrots
Roasted Vegetables with Walnuts Basil and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts
Green Beans with Olives Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Walnuts
Celebrate Spring with books on birds for three different age groups.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new rhyming picture book is  Every Day Birds (Orchard, 2016). A single fact, poetically shared, and lovely cut paper art by Dylan Metrano showcases each bird. Don’t miss this beautiful rhyming nonfiction picture book. Its streamlined focus gives even a bird-know-nothing like me something to appreciate and watch for with every bird. 

"Every day Birds" shares the joy of bird-watching with even the youngest, 2-5 year old ornithologists. Amy has chosen her subjects carefully to ensure that these are birds children are likely to recognize in their daily lives, making this Junior Library Guild Selection an ideal choice for home, classrooms, or library storytime.

Opening lines from the book.
Every day we watch for birds
weaving through our sky.
We listen to their calls and songs.
We like to see them fly.

"Birds, Nests and Eggs" by Mel Boring grades 3-4 
"Birds, Nests and Eggs" is an excellent book. It is great for a book report or just to read for fun. It is about birds and what kind of tree they nest in. It also tells you what kind of calls they make. It shows you how long it takes for the eggs to hatch and when they learn how to fly. The text describes how the birds can trick you. In addition experiments to while out bird watching are outlined. I highly recommend this. 
"This Strange Wilderness" by Nancy Plain.  
Nancy brings together the amazing story of John James Audubon, an American icon, his career and the beautiful bird images that are his legacy. This non-fiction book is quite informative and the Audubon images reproduced are stunning. It is aimed at the YA market but should not be overlooked by adults as it is a compelling biography of Audubon's life on the frontier. The accolades for this book are impressive. 
YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
National Outdoor Book Award
Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Booklist Editors’ Choice Award
Booklist “10 Best Children’s Biographies 2015”
Booklist “Top 10 Science & Health Books for Youth 2015
Booklist starred review
Kirkus “Nine Teen Titles That Adults Shouldn’t Miss”
Kirkus starred review
Moonbeam Spirit Gold Award in Environmental Issues
USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Young Adult Nonfiction

For a detailed book review check out a previous blog posting on this book.

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