“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Friday, May 22, 2009

Recommendations from local booksellers

We know what you in the school and library community are recommending thanks to the comments posted beneath each book featured here at the Picnic Basket (plus you can also check reviews from your colleagues by genre, just scroll down in the sidebar to search).

But what are independent booksellers suggesting to their customers? The Summer '09 Indie Next Children's List is out, so take a peek to find "inspired recommendations for kids from indie booksellers." You'll see a few familiar faces:

(PS: THE CHOSEN ONE is in the top 10!) Plenty of other books to discover for summer reading -- and if you've read any of the books on the Indie Next list that are not Picnic Basket books, please tell us what you think of them, too. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.


Bette said...

I have read this book for my second graders. The language is easy to understand. I would not recommend this book to my class because the story is not teaching respect for authority and dishonesty. The lesson to be ones own person is fine and dandy but this does not carry through in good fashion.

I give this book a 2

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SunshineFamily said...

I would love to review this book but never received a copy. Is anyone else waiting?

Lisa Kennedy said...

It's funny. No it's not, it's hysterical. Funny! Hysterical! I love this book! Nuh uh, I love this book! A visit to the daily arguments among children everywhere, Duck! Rabbit! is a quick read for those times when rational discussion of differing opinions fails. Is it a duck or is it a rabbit? I couldn't decide and my bet is that a poll of children looking at the illustrations would instigate quite a discussion. I would certainly recommend this book as a simple take on a complex issue - differing opinions deserve respect. There are quite a few adults who could benefit from the simple lessons of this story. The illustrations are wonderful. I do, however, continue to reread the book in an attempt to prove to myself that it's a rabbit. No, it's a duck! I'm anxious for school to begin. Maybe my students can decide - duck or rabbit. A must read!!! Definitely a 5 of 5 on The Picnic Basket scale.

Julia Pitau said...

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas was an excellent read! Being a touchy subject, I was impressed with Chaltas' ability to handle the situation without being too descriptive yet still able to paint a clear picture with her chosen words in a poetry fashion. I hope Chaltas continues to write novels as she has a wonderful style that is very smooth and addicting. Because I Am Furniture was difficult for me to put down which explains why I finished it within 24 hours. I expect this book to be a winner with Young Adult readers.

Julia Pitau
Media & Intervention Technician
Denair Charter Academy
Denair, CA