Sunday, March 24, 2013

Reference Sunday: SAFARI A Photicular Book created by Dan Kainen written by Carol Kaufmann

I love when I find books that can be shared by the whole family.  Today's book is just that kind of a book.  It is informative and very entertaining.

SAFARI a Phototicular Book created by Dan Kainen and written by Carol Kaufmann is a fun way to learn about wild animals while going on a virtual safari.  This is done with 3D animation perfected in an astonishing way from the original Scanimations.  I originally wrote about the process in 2009.   I always thought the original books were amazing until I saw this book.   The photographs and the movement really look like you are watching a video of animals in the wild.  The text is easy to understand with lots of facts and information.   This is a perfect gift to bring to a family with lots of different age children.  There is something for everyone.

Oh check out the video below----amazing:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman is a wonderful new picture book biography about the first American female doctor.  I think this is the perfect book to come out just in time for Women's History Month.   It isn't a dry biography for children but a great introduction to an important historical figure.  It is funny that most children today wouldn't understand that there was a time when women were not able to become doctors. That women or girls weren't "smart enough" to study medicine. This book should help teach children today about this pivotal time in US history.     I love the illustrations having always been a fan of Marjorie Priceman and this book is now one of my favorites.   Tanya Lee Stone does a superb job of telling the story of a woman who persevered through discrimination and adversity to become a pioneer of a woman's right to be what they want to be.   An inspirational must have new book.