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Kalli Dakos is known for her many books of poetry about school, including DON'T READ THIS BOOK, WHATEVER YOU DO: More Poems About School and IF YOU'RE NOT HERE, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND: Poems About School, both illustrated by G. Brian Karas. She is a reading specialist who regularly visits schools mostra'n més to teach poetry workshops. This is her first collection for beginning readers. Ms. Dakos lives in Ontario, Canada. Mike Reed owned an animation studio for several years before devoting his time to illustration. His pictures have appeared in SHAKE DEM HALLOWEEN BONES by W. Nikola-Lisa. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family. mostra'n menys

Inclou aquests noms: Kali Dakos, Kalli Dakos, Kellie Dakos

Obres de Kalli Dakos

They Only See the Outside (2021) 7 exemplars
My Story Friend (2021) 7 exemplars


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What happens when you have something sad or desolate to share, and you can’t find someone willing to listen?

This beautiful little picture book explores this very theme, handling the story with such charm and grace that the overall messaging, far from being sad, instead becomes a lovely and hopeful lesson.

The book begins with some definitions. The people who tell stories, we learn, are storytellers. The people who listen to stories, on the other hand, are story friends. (I have to admit, my heart was captured immediately when I read this).

Our hero is a child who is deeply unhappy, longing to tell his tale to someone who can help him see a way out. But no-one wants to hear his sad story, and he is sent on his way - again and again - until at last, he finds a story friend.

Our story friend, with her gentle compassion, is willing to listen to any story, any time. As he comes to depend on her support, our hero (and the reader) see that telling our stories releases an act of healing, not only in the telling itself and the support we get back, but “like butter melting in the sun” our stories themselves become softer with sharing - expanding and pooling to allow us to see broader and more inclusive nuances which in themselves comfort and heal.

This book is published by the American Psychological Association, and although I’m not sure I’ve heard it phrased quite this way before , I can see how powerful the idea of being (and having) a story friend could be in working emotional intelligence concepts into the conversation with very young children.

On a final note, the illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous - page after page of watercolor swirls in bright colors, evoking a fairy-tale-like feel to woodlands stacked with lollipop trees, populated by bustling rosy-cheeked families.

This elegant book would be a wonderful addition to any child’s picture-book library.

A great big thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, the author (and the illustrator), for an advance review copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts presented are my own.
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porte01 | May 26, 2021 |
This is a book full of poems. The poems are funny and entertaining for young readers. This book is a great way to introduce poetry to students.
Rmg052 | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Apr 26, 2021 |
Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do! would be a perfect introductory poetry book for elementary English students as it is filled with poems all about the trials of elementary school life. It reminds me of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series but for even younger students! This book pokes fun at teachers, students, friendships, and everyday life situations they might be experiencing which makes this a wonderful book to make a connection with your students.
Ariel_Amador | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Nov 19, 2020 |


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