Friday, March 25, 2016

Charming Early Chapter Book

Having been a Cybils judge for Early Chapter Books, it has gotten me in the mood for this genre.  It takes a special talent to tell a complete story that is charming, funny and fully flushed out with a more limited vocabulary, large type and lots of illustrations.  When I find good ones, I just get so excited!  Today's book is a lovely find and one that charmed me.

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Title: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree

Author: Ellen Potter

Target: Grade 1-3

Series: Yes

What this book is about:  
Piper lives on a small island in Maine and has to take a Lobster boat to  another small island to attend second grade.  Her brother has recently left for the mainland to go to high school and Piper misses him.  She starts off the new school year by wearing his old monkey ear muffs, but those really aren’t allowed at school.  Since she has no intention of taking them off, trouble is headed her way, until she finds the Fairy Tree that is.  Can the tree fix her problems?

Why I love this book: 
Piper is just the kind of main character I love.  She is spunky and speaks her mind in a way that I found quite humorous and not cutesy.  While the story is fairly simple, we manage to get a good feel for Piper, her feelings of loss over her brother leaving, and her anxiety about the first days of school.  I found the story charming.

Who this book is for: 
This book is great for newly independent readers.  Large type, small pages and pictures scattered throughout make this book feel manageable.  Good book for kids who are fans of Junie B. Jones and Clementine.  Will appeal to both boys and girls.

Final thoughts: 
A nice new entrant into the early chapter book category.  

To purchase this book:
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