Reviews written by Cherokee Crum, Staff Reviewer

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May 16, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A book bursting with mystery, activism, and gardening instruction!

Secret Gardeners: Growing a Community and Healing the Earth was a beautiful read. The story is fiction, starting with young children playing spy games in their neighborhood, which leads to them helping with a community garden and so much more! In...

April 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A fun and modern twist to a classic that is all Kelly

I love Kelly Oram books, she is my number one insta-buy author and I am always excited to read what she has put out there. Alice in La La Land was no different! In the Kellywood universe, Alice in La La Land revisits Kelly...

April 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Creative and fun educational read

The Secret Life of the Forest: Trees, Animals, and Fungi is a highly educational and fun read. Packed with so much information, there is plenty to read about! Broken down into 19 sections, readers will learn about the life cycle of a tree, different...

April 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
celebration of earth

Everyone Starts Small is a celebration of earth, natural cycles, growth, and the special qualities of trees, wind, seeds, and water. Liz Garton Scanlon has written beautiful poetry that perfectly describes the interconnectedness of absolutely everyone and everything in nature. ...

April 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Insightful and enjoyable

Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet is an incredibly detailed look at trees and life on Earth. It opens up with a poignant line about how the tree pictured doesn’t seem to be doing much. That it is just standing around being...

April 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Encouraging for picky eaters

Just Try It! is a cute and short read about a child who may have some picky tendencies when it comes to food. The plot is one most parents can relate to, in one way or another. Lily is refusing to try any new...

April 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A new spin on an old classic

Miss MacDonald Has a Farm is a cute new take on an old classic we all know and love. This time around MacDonald is a female, and instead of animals, she is growing beautiful crops! Children get an introductory look at...

March 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Interesting Thriller

The Other Lola is a continuation of the characters from Missing Clarissa, Cam and Blair, but with a different mystery. I did not read the first book, but easily read The Other Lola as a standalone as Missing Clarissa was summarized well and this new...

March 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
N/A
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Highly educational

How Do Meteorologists Predict the Future? is full of important concepts and factual information about how meteorologists gather and analyze data, the information they need to help predict weather. Reading this book, we learn about the different layers of our atmosphere, the various methods...

March 29, 2024 (Updated: March 29, 2024)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
N/A
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Olympic sized learning!

How Do You Become an Olympian? teaches kids just about everything they would want to know about becoming an Olympian. We're given information from the first games, long ago, to what they are now in the present. The information isn't as overwhelming as some...

March 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Extreme Adventure and Fun!

Extreme Survival was an awesome book to read with my kids! The contents page was really fun! I'd never seen a contents map before , it worked perfectly for this type of book. We travel around the world, as well as space, to learn...

March 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Deep educational look at birds of Africa

Virginia W. Dike and Robin Gowen have created a beautifully illustrated and informative read! We are given a highly education look at different birds found in West Africa, from the Bulbul to the Whydah and everything in between! Information included is your...

March 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Heartwarming

Programmed to Paint has a great message directed toward preschoolers, but is helpful for any age, including adults! Pintro is an adorable character, and reading along as he searched for his creativity was endearing and bittersweet, Often we see creativity smashed apart with the need...

March 28, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
N/A
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Big hit

P is For Pastrami is both educational and fun! The vibrant colors and silly, yet beautiful, illustrations add to this books allure. The anthropomorphized food stuff was such a fun way to give the book character. My children enjoyed seeing familiar “faces” from Silberberg...

March 28, 2024 (Updated: March 28, 2024)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Informative and Intriguing

There's quite a bit to unpack in Bisantz's story covering the history of Romeo and Juliet. We receive a history lesson, a biography of William Shakespeare, and coverage of the multiple iterations of Romeo and Juliet that exist, plus additional school-type lessons. I honestly...

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