Saturday, April 27, 2013

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

"Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!" by Margaret Mayo, 2011

This picture book is filled with descriptive words about all things space related. Lunar modules, space walking, moon buggies, space shuttles, space stations, satellites, robot rovers and much more are described in a fun and exciting manner with sound effects too!

"Smart astronauts are good at guide, guide, guiding, at the controls, watching and waiting. Then-pow! --booster rocket firing. Traveling deep in space."

This is a great introductory book on space for preschool and kindergarten age children. Read this book on a summer night when you know there will be a clear, star-filled night sky. Look at the stars and the moon with your child and imagine what goes on up there in outer space and what it would be like to explore it.

Leo the Late Bloomer

"Leo the Late Bloomer" by Robert Kraus, 1971

This is one of those early social-emotional picture book that has stood the test of time. Leo is a young tiger who struggles with learning to read, learning to draw, and learning to write. He was messy and had a difficult time communicating.

Leo's Mommy and Daddy waited and watched patiently for Leo to "bloom". Several seasons passed, "Then one day, in his own good time, Leo bloomed! He could read! He could write! He could draw! He ate neatly! He also spoke. And it wasn't just one word. It was a whole sentence. And that sentence was...'I made it!'"

I think this book is wonderful for all children. Even children who are not late bloomers can learn early about empathizing with other children who have struggled or are struggling.