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Rainbows and Dots: Simple, Happy Things for Young Readers

The Rainbow Book ($9.99 Accord Publishing, *ages 6 and up) by Kate Ohrl is a beautiful, uncomplicated and unique book. Die cutouts of snowflake-like shapes feature different vivid colors of the rainbow, against a black background. The colors of bottom pages can be seen through the top pages, creating a lovely rainbow. One sentence on each page describes how each color “feels.” The book is designed to not only teach children about colors, but also stirs up their creativity. Simply said, The Rainbow Book makes me .

* Please note that this book is not recommended to children under 3 due to a potential choking hazard.

Dot ($14.99, Farrar, Straus Giroux/MacMillan Children’s Publishing, ages 3 and up) by Patricia Intriago is another simple, yet wonderful book that slightly brings to mind the prose of Dick and Jane. It’s basically all about dots, their emotions, senses and actions. There’s something to be said about the simplicity of this book. It’s cute and clever – perfect for those who are just learning to read.

Books reviewed by Debbie Glade.

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No Need To Be Scared Of The Dark

IF YOU’RE AFRAID OF THE DARK REMEMBER THE NIGHT RAINBOW with words and drawings by Cooper Edens (Chronicle Books) is reviewed by Lindy Michaels of Bookstar on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

0811835111_normThis lovely little gem of a book will be treasured by all who open it. Each page holds words of wisdom and illustrations that are beyond beautiful.

“If you have butterflies in your stomach,
ask them into your heart.”

While a perfect gift for loved ones and best friends, the innocence of the thoughts on these pages will also charm young children, perhaps helping them to imagine and verbalize their world in a different way.

“If the sun never shines again,
hold fireflies in your hands to keep warm.”

I simply adore this book and I know you will, too. And remember…

“If you lose a memory,
embroider a new one to take its place.”

lindymichaelspic3The very versatile Lindy Michaels aims to inspire young minds through children’s literature. Lindy owned L.A.’s first children’s bookshop, OF BOOKS AND SUCH (1972-1987) where she did storytelling, taught drama to children, had art and poetry contests and the like. According to Lindy, “It was truly a ‘land of enchantment.” She also spent years lecturing on realism in children’s literature at colleges in the state. For close to five years Lindy has worked for Studio City Barnes and Noble (BookStar) in the children’s section and does storytelling every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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