Dear Komodo Dragon by Nancy Kelly Allen
This is a cute story that is about a young child Leslie that dreams of being a dragon hunter and becomes pen pals with a Komodo Dragon. The story is told through a series of letters as Leslie asks the dragon questions and the dragon replies with witty, wise-cracking responses. It has true facts about the Komodo Dragon and educates Leslie about an endangered species as they become friends. In the back of the book the author has educational materials that can be printed and used for teaching further. I think it would be a wonderful book for story time and the additional learning materials can be used to build a lesson plan around the story if you are a teacher using it in your class. Great illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein with very soft colors, textural, and accurate depictions of the animals. The kids will love it!
By Cindy Feltes, Penworthy Sales Representative
It can be hard to stay on top of what's trending with kids TV and who the most popular characters are. So we've pulled the list of Google's top Chart of the most searched kids' TV shows and compiled some basic information about who these popular characters are! The list is in rank of the most searched TV shows.
#1 - SpongeBob SquarePants (171 months in top 10)
Launched on Nickelodeon in 1999 and still running and popular today! Following sea creatures and friends through their underwater city of Bikini Bottom
#2 - PAW Patrol (33 months in top 10)
First aired on Nickelodeon in 2013 and new episodes can be seen on Nick Jr. An action packed series that follows around a pack of search and rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol.
#3 - Peter Rabbit (2 months in top 10)
A 2012 Nick Jr. Series that has grown in popularity recently due to the Peter Rabbit movie that was just released in theaters February 3rd this year. The program is not airing new episodes currently.
#4 - Peppa Pig (48 months in top 10)
This British animated series that can be found on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The show revolved around Peppa Pig and her friends and family. Peppa's friends are all different animals which engages children of all ages.
#5 - Sesame Street (150 months in top 10)
A longtime favorite of children and adults that can be found on PBS. With fun programs and educational lessons, it's no surprise that this show is loved by kids and adults alike!
#6 - Steven Universe (37 months in top 10)
Cartoon Network launched this series in 2013 and it is still running. Featuring Steven a youn boy, who lives in the magical town of Beach City with aliens named Pearl and Garnet.
#7 - Power Rangers (169 months in top 10)
Another series that has gained popularity from it's 2017 film, Power Rangers. Originally released in 1993, and still running strong with new episodes airing on Nickelodeon.
#8 - Star Wars Rebels (7 months in top 10)
This Star Wars story line follows an era when the Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights. But are the Rebels strong enough to defeat them? New episodes are still airing on the Disney channel.
#9 - Dora the Explorer (118 months in top 10)
With a live-action film underway and scheduled to release in 2019, this series is sure to gain even more popularity. Even though the show ran from 2000-2014, the character still holds high interest among kids with popular merchandise and mobile streaming options released in 2017.
#10 - Adventure Time (73 months in top 10)
A Cartoon Network Series that released in 2010 with new episodes still being released. This fun animated series follows the adventures of Finn and his best friend Jake the Dog. This duo goes on wild adventures with a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination.
The Distance to Home is an amazing story of loss and healing. Last summer, 11-yr old Quinnen was the star pitcher on her baseball team with her supportive older sister Haley in the stands cheering her on at every game. This summer though is much different since Haley passed away 9 months ago and Quinnen's spunk, curiosity, and love for the game of baseball isn't there anymore.
There is a local minor league team in town and the friendly Midwestern families typically host many of the ballplayers. Quinnen's family, all dealing with the loss in their own way, takes in one of the players to hopefully remind Quinnen of her love for the game, but there are definitely speed bumps along the way. You fall in love with all of the characters, flaws and all. The story is truly believable, full of heart and emotion, and you can almost smell the hot dogs and hear the crack of the bat during the scenes from the ballpark.
I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing as it takes you on a emotional rollercoaster while not getting too heavy or deep for a middle schooler. It's lighthearted, humerous, full of hope and I could not put it down until the very end!
By Justin Barkhurst, Penworthy Sales Representative
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