Monday, November 5, 2012

New Fall Titles for Sylvan Dell Publishing!

 Dangerous animals from all over the world gather for the Most Dangerous Animal of All Contest. Snakes, spiders, sharks...who will the winner be? Deadly poison, huge teeth, razor-sharp horns, and fearsome feet are just a few of the ways that animals kill. Predators mean to kill. Prey simply defend themselves. And yet, the unexpected “Most Deadly Animal” doesn’t mean any harm! Don’t let the suspense kill you. Written by Terri Fields. Illustrated by Laura Jacques. The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic, The House that Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is bear so eager to climb the tree and what happens when he gets to the top? Written by Marianne Berkes. Illustrated by Kathleen Reitz. Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways that animals cope with the cold winter months in this rhythmic story. Written by Carrie A. Pearson. Illustrated by Christina Wald.

New Fall Titles 2012
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Sylvan Dell has released 6 new Fall Titles - 3 of them are a fiction story that teaches basic math & science skills through the story. As always there are 4-5 pages of activities in the back including teachers/parents tips and online you can find another 40 pages or so of more in-depth activities for science, math, language, etc (puzzles, worksheets, experiments, math and more). You can find a trailer for each book online. Each month Sylvan Dell Publishing has one book available for you to read with your child online in Spanish & English and the teacher's guide/activities also available in Spanish.

Please stay tuned later this week for our review of A Warm Winter's Tale ~ there'll be a review, a fun activity for you and your kids to do and possibly a giveaway. =D

The Most Dangerous
by Terri Fields
ISBN: 9781607185352 (softcover) $9.95
ISBN: 9781607186779 (hardcover) $17.95
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, ages 4-8, Lexile: AD 650

About the book:
Dangerous animals from all over the world gather for the Most Dangerous Animal of All Contest. Snakes, spiders, sharks . . . who will the winner be? Deadly poison, huge teeth, razor -sharp horns, and fearsome feet are just a few of the ways that animals kill. Predators mean to kill. Prey simply defend themselves. And yet, the unexpected most deadly-animal doesn’t mean to harm at all!

My Thoughts:
I was a little concerned about this book when I read it through the first time. Sierra tends to get scared of things that aren't familiar (like giant fake spiders on the wall at Mangelson's for Halloween decorations - we had to leave the store). I decided though to go ahead and read it and see how she reacted during the telling of the story. Connor loved the book of course and I think he helped her feel more secure listening to it since he didn't seem scared. The story is about several animals & reptiles from around the world ~ they're dangerous and bad ~ and they know it. During a contest for The Most Dangerous Creature on Earth and in the Sea they brag and tell why they are The Most Dangerous and during the telling you can see the judging panel get more afraid through their facial expressions and reactions to each. When it looks like there are no other contenders one more creature - the smallest the eye can see (at least at this event) - comes forward.

The book teaches kids about why animals can be dangerous, about the animals habitat, lifestyle and why we need to be careful around them. We didn't really get into a discussion about this book ~ I need to get it out again and try and get a conversation going. It would be a good opportunity to talk about safety around animals. You could also make a list with the kids of the different animals in the book and see if you can find them at the zoo so they can see them, learn about what they eat, etc.

The Tree That Bear Climbed
by Marianne Berkes
ISBN: 9781607185376 (softcover) $9.95
ISBN: 9781607186793 (hardcover) $17.95
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About the Book:
Everyone knows about the house that Jack built, but this is The Tree That Bear Climbed. What makes this tree so fascinating to bear? Starting with the roots that anchor the tree, this chain of events story in cumulative verse explores many different things that help a tree stand tall. It also lends itself to further discussion with fun repetition and detailed picture clues, stimulating a child’s curiosity. Why does the bear climb the tree and what happens when he arrives at his goal?

My Thoughts:
My kids love this book. The story is very repetitive and familiar to the ear. The pictures are huge and really get the kids involved in the story. Usually when I read a story like this I hand it to the kids when I'm done and both Sierra (3) & Connor (5) will try their hand at "retelling" the story. During our reading of the story we talk about the parts & the various needs of a tree - there is the soil, the sun, rain, blossoms, leaves and so on making this a great beginning science book for kids 3 and up. 

Art Projects for Kids has a fun activity you can do with your kids. Click Here

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of The Tree That Bear Climbed and The Most Dangerous from Sylvan Dell Publishing to read and review on CCB. I was not required to write a positive review and no money exchanged hands.


  1. I appreciate new ideas of children books. Thank you for sharing.

  2. These look like wonderful and fun books to share with children. Thanks for the reviews!

  3. I can't wait for the giveaway to start. I am of the mindset that one can never own enough books! I love books, and luckily my kids love to read! My four month old really loves to be read to and my 2 year old makes me sit and read book after book after book, etc. to her every day.

  4. I am so looking forward for the giveaway on Wednesday! The Tree That Bear Climbed looks really great, and I'm glad that your kids enjoyed it.

  5. We are always on the look for great books!! These all sound like the kind my boys would love!

    From PDX with Love