The Complete Book of Bone Health by Diane L. Schneider, M.D. (Prometheus Books, $21.00, 491 pages)
Your skeleton is more than a bunch of bones. Dr. Diane Schneider, a gerontologist specializing in the effects of aging on our bones, has crafted a wonderfully helpful and easy-to-use reference book – a comprehensive summary of the best research regarding osteoporosis, bone fractures and the medications that can assist in rebuilding bone mass.
All six parts can stand alone or the reader can proceed from beginning to end. Regardless, the general layout of the narrative along with the generous use of bullet points, summary statements and anecdotal case histories makes it a go-to reference for the entire family. There are illustrations that provide clarification of medical terms.
Dr. Schneider is able to convey critical information using a caring, but firm voice. Her colleagues and other researchers are well-represented and acknowledged. The many charts included in the treatment section list all the medications currently prescribed, calcium-rich foods, and study results related to bone density improvement and osteoporosis prevention. Exercises are noted with ample warnings to avoid fractures and breaks.
Let’s hope there will be future updates to this very valuable resource. Highly recommended.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. The Complete Book of Bone Health is available in hardbound and trade paperback versions, and as a Kindle Edition download. The foreword was written by astronaut Sally Ride.
Kitten’s Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press; 22 pages; $14.95)
Leaves tumble, Kitten mews. Porcupine snacks, Chipmunk chews. Hummingbird sips, Caterpillar munches. Rabbit nibbles, Squirrel crunches. Fish gulps, Bear licks. Deer grazes, Raccoon picks. Beaver chomps, Frog zaps. Skunk slurps, Turtle snaps. Supper waits, Fireside greets. Door opens, Kitten eats.
This would make a perfect first reader for just about any child. In Kitten’s Autumn, we accompany a Calico kitten on her very first trip through nature’s wonders during the season known as Autumn. She discovers other animals, both friendly and fearsome, all of whom are feasting on whatever it is they eat. This kitten observes them all before returning to her home for warmth and a good meal.
Each double page is meant to illustrate a single sentence in a poem, and children will come to absorb the lesson that there’s a difference between being outside with nature and being inside one’s own home-sweet-home. The text and illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes (author of Kitten’s Spring) are both cute and charming. This one’s a winner, by all accounts – especially for curious cats and kids!
This review was written by Joseph Arellano. Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review. This book is recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 8.
Ginger and the Mystery Visitor by Charlotte Voake (Candlewick Press, $15.99, 40 pages)
Readers who are familiar with Ginger the cat will be happy that Charlotte Voake’s latest book is the perfect – or purr-fect – companion to Ginger. They are the same size with very similar covers, which makes them a lovely set. The cast of characters has expanded with the introduction of the mystery visitor. The storyline involves a cat who sneaks into Ginger’s house to eat. The tale is short and sweet with a built-in message or two. It offers opportunities for the reader and listener to discuss what can happen when we feed other people’s pets.
The illustrations are charming and full of expression. Clearly, this is a book to be read aloud to young children. Later, it will be a good one for practicing reading skills. Lastly, a grandma or grandpa who is creating a library for the grandchildren can count on Ginger and the Mystery Visitor as a welcome addition.
If we’re lucky, Charlotte Voake will create more books about Ginger. Highly recommended.
This review was written by Ruta Arellano. Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review.
Woof: A Love Story by Sarah Weeks; Illustrated by Holly Berry (HarperCollins, $16.99, 32 pages). Age range: 4 to 8.
A dog is a dog/ and a cat is a cat/ And most of the time/ it’s as simple as that/ Or is it?
Young children’s literature is alive and well! The dynamic duo of author Sarah Weeks and illustrator Holly Berry have teamed up to create a colorful, delightful and endearing picture book. Woof is the story of a dog who, at first glance, becomes smitten with a lovely white kitty. His tale is set forth in rhyming verses guaranteed to delight both the listener and the reader. The illustrations are created using an imaginative combination of original woodcuts and photographic images. The effect is just eye-catching enough to enliven the story without being jarring.
Woof is big enough for the reader to hold it while allowing the listener to easily turn the pages. Although the story line is a bit improbable (it involves a buried trombone ), it sets the stage for a dialogue about ways of communicating that can take place between the person reading the book and his or her young listener. Clearly, woof and meow are not the only way for the two characters to share their feelings. Music is the key to their understanding of each other.
Delightful – 5 Woofs (or Meows). Highly recommended.
Reviewed by Ruta Arellano. Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review. “This humorous and heartfelt story is about the power of love and the power of music, told through the eyes of a lovelorn dog and the cat he adores.” HarperCollins
Frankie Works the Night Shift by Lisa Westberg Peters (Greenwillow Books, 32 pages, $16.99)
People sometimes wonder what it is we cats do all night long. Well, this neat-o book by Lisa Westberg Peters (illustrated by Jennifer Taylor) shows that we keep the household going, doing lots of essential stuff while the lazy humans are asleep. We chase mice, clean counters, empty trash cans, water the yard and call meetings of the Neighborhood Watch Patrol.
Yes, we work while you sleep and if not for cats like Frankie, who knows what a mess you’d wake up to in the morning! This is just a great 32-page book that introduces the young kids to us felines and helps them to learn how to count. OK, so the adults in the household may not appreciate the so-called “ruckus” they claim we make when it’s dark but – as my favorite band the Eagles sing – get over it!
The illustrations are beautiful and do justice to us handsome cats and even the stupid dogs. The end of the story finds Frankie sleeping after taking care of business all night. Let sleeping cats lie is what I say. Oh, and give them plenty of Purina Party Mix Treats. You’d better add this one to the family library.
This review was written by Munchy Arellano, the brown tabby cat. A review copy was received from the publisher. Munchy has received no compensation for his endorsement of Purina Party Mix Cat Treats.
Frankie Works the Night Shift is recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 8.