Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nonfiction Wednesday

I'm excited that Alyson Beecher, at Kid Lit Frenzy, is continuing her Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge for the third year in a row.
This is the nonfiction I read this week:
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Having just finished the adult historical fiction novel, The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, about Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, this gave me an interesting perspective on a French pilot in the same era. I read The Little Prince years ago. This book makes me want to read it again. As in Sis's other books, there is so much information and intricate illustrations throughout.   You can't really read a Sis book aloud easily.  You'll want to introduce it and then leave it our for kids to pour over.  Beautiful!
Plant a Pocket of Prairie
I couldn't resist...
It's so sad that most of our natural prairies are gone. I remember reading Little House on the Prairie and marveling at the setting of that wonderful book.   Beautiful illustrations and poetic text explains that we can each do our part by planting pockets of prairie in our own backyards to encourage lots of wildlife to come visit. Good information at the back of the text about prairies and the wildlife that live in them.


  1. I have enjoyed both of these books and yes, you can't read aloud a Peter Sís book. It must be leisurely looked at. :-)

  2. I have to remind my boss to reorder Plant a Pocket of Prairie. Another beauty of a picture book that sold quickly!

  3. I am looking forward to Plant a Pocket of Prairie. We have a prairie near us and it would be a great connecting text.

  4. Wow! I need to get Plant a Pocket of Prairie. Thank you.

  5. After reading your review and Alyson's, I'll have to go check out this book! I put the Prairie book on hold at the library. Living in Illinois, I imagine this will be a good book to use with students!

  6. Plant a Pocket of Prairie looks so so lovely. I can see this inspiring some beautiful art projects . . .

  7. The Pocket of Prairie looks gorgeous. I agree with you about the complexity in Peter Sis' books - it can't be read in just one sitting, that's for sure.