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KID'S
Reviews
by Lyda Whiting
I SEE THE SUN IN NEPAL
Written by Dedie King,
Illustrated by Judith Inglese
At dawn, the sun paints the
mountains gold. At noon, the
sun is high above the river.
At night, the moon makes the
snowy mountains glow. Follow
one child through her daily rou-
tine. She goes to school, plays
with her friends, does chores,
and has dinner with her family.
Her day is much like your child's
day -- except that the child in
the book lives in a small village
in Nepal.
This book brings children
into village life in Nepal, where
breakfast is rice and tea, and
children from three villages walk
to the same school. The children
play in the bazaar after school,
and elders play the harmonium
in the evenings.
The simplicity of the story is
part of the book's charm. The
child in the story tells about a
day in her life. Young readers
will be able to read the story
for themselves, with some as-
sistance on the few Nepalese
words that are included.
Children love the delight-
ful pictures. The illustrations
are colorful collages of photo-
graphs and drawings that cap-
ture the routine and beauty of
life in Nepal.
The book is written in both
English and Nepalese, which
gives readers a glimpse into an-
other written language. There
is a glossary and an overview
of the country for parents and
teachers. This book is part of a
series of books about children's
lives in different countries.
Highly recommended for ages
5 and up.
Published by Satya house, this
book is available at your local book-
store.
THE CHANGING COLORS
OF AMOS
Written by John Kinyon,
Illustrated by Kay Selvig
Flanders
If it's Tuesday, then Amos the
leprechaun is certainly blue. Not
sad, but a bright blue from head
to toe. Each day, Amos turns a
different color. One day he is as
red as apples in autumn, the next
he is as purple as ripe plums. Fri-
day he is yellow and can hide
on a dandelion. Saturday he is
orange and can hide on a pump-
kin. But Sunday is Amos' favorite
day. On Sunday, Amos can be
any color he can dream up. He
can even be all the colors of a
rainbow!
Filled edge to edge with vi-
brant illustrations, this book is
sure to charm children as they
learn about colors and the days
of the week. The words are in
a gently rhyming cadence, and
full of whimsy. Even children
who cannot read will shout out
the colors as the names are writ-
ten in color. Each page is a fun
chalk drawing of things that are
the same vivid color as the lep-
rechaun is that day.
This book is a fun way to
teach and reinforce color recog-
nition and the days of the week.
It can also be used for vocabu-
lary building, as children will
want to point out and name the
animals, plants, and objects in
the pictures.
Recommended for ages 3-6.
Published by Cherished Publica-
tions, this book is available at your
local bookstore.
THE EARTH BOOK
Written and illustrated
by Todd Parr
I use both sides of the paper,
because I love trees and owls
need a place to nest. I turn off
the faucet when brushing my
teeth, because I want the fish to
have lots of water to swim in.
I turn off the lights to use less
electricity, because I want the
polar bears to stay cool.
The children in this book do
small things that can have a big
impact on the planet. Their ex-
amples help young readers see
that their choices make a dif-
ference, and they can help take
care of the earth.
The appealing and simple il-
lustrations are lively and exuber-
ant. The people and animals are
colorful and fun too; some of
them are purple, or striped, or
covered in multi-colored dots.
They may encourage your child
to draw their own ideas for how
they can help the earth. There
is also a pull-out poster in the
back to help children remember
the tips.
This book is great as a read-
aloud book for the youngest
children. It is also an excellent
choice for young readers, with
just one sentence of simple
words on each page. The pic-
tures offer clues to the story, to
help beginning readers along.
Positive and cheerful, this
is an excellent introduction to
ecology and the environment
for young children.
Recommended for ages 3-6.
Published by Little, brown and
Company books for Young Readers,
this book is available at your local
bookstore.
DRAW PLUS MATH:
ENHANCE MATH LEARNING
THROUGH ART ACTIVITIES
Written and illustrated
by Freddie Levin
How many ways can you
count the fish in the tank? Can
you draw an odd creature -- one
with odd numbers of legs, arms
and eyes? Can you count the
ladybugs by twos or threes? Are
there more orange cats or more
purple cats in the picture?
This book is designed to help
children develop better un-
derstanding of math concepts
through art exercises and games.
It also includes some basic draw-
ing techniques.
This book has enough ideas
for a month of rainy days -- or
a year of early math. There are
counting and number games,
exercises with shapes and pat-
terns, sorting games, and lots
more. In all, there are twenty
lessons, each with several dif-
ferent activities, which progress
from basic counting to fractions
and graphs.
So many concepts are pre-
sented that adults will want to
guide children through the book
so they do not become over-
whelmed or confused. The activ-
ities are meant to enhance and
supplement math learning, not
introduce new ideas. Younger
children may just want to create
the drawings, while older chil-
dren can excel at the games and
activities as they deepen their
understanding of math ideas.
For ages 6 and up.
Published by Peel Productions, this
book is available at your local book-
store.
MUSIC
Reviews

When one tugs at a
single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to
the rest of this world.
-- John Muir