* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.
Today’s great book: Eli the Minnow by David Sterling with illustrations by Tony Thunder (2013, Rowdy Boys Books)
Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime or anytime
Summary: from the publisher’s website – “The Coral Cave Adventure is the first kids book in the Eli the Minnow series, and it deals with teaching our children to never give up regardless of the circumstance. In this story, all the friends get trapped in a cave! After watching multiple friends try to get out but failing, Eli’s confident determination to get his friends to safety pushes him to find a way out. Don’t let Eli’s size fool you! He is a very determined and dedicated little minnow, and he always gives it his all! Come join Eli and all his friends at Coral Cave Park in this adventure filled kids book!”
Best Quote from the Book: “I might be small, and I’m not very tall; but I always give it my all!”
Our View: As the father of three and an early childhood education professor, it is always refreshing to see a book like this available for children and their families and their teachers. This is an adventure story rich with characters who resemble the kids your children already know, which makes this the best kind of book to start conversations about important things among your family. The illustrations are also vibrant and express the storyline very well for toddlers and emergent readers, as well. Beyond that, the debut of this book is as wonderful as its interactive website. My favorite link, http://www.elitheminnow.com/index.php/characters/, provides a great summary of each of the book’s characters.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – Here Fishy Fishy – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.