Oh my goodness….we are taking a slight detour from our usual picture book review because, when I heard that there was a chapter book about Coney Island, I knew I had to share it with all of you. I grew up in New York City…and Coney Island was a favorite desitination during the summer months for my family.
Yup, that’s me, at about 18-months old, not a fan of the sand.
These days, even younger kids are enjoying chapter books, either reading them or listening to them. If you are a fan of The Magic Tree House series, I think you will be head over heels in love with THE SNOWGLOBE COLLECTION.
THE SNOWGLOBE COLLECTION: RETURN TO CONEY ISLAND
Written by Melissa Stoller
Illustrated by Callie MetlerSmith
Published by Clear Fork/Spork (August 2017)
“Ha! I won again,” said Emma. She reached her grandmother’s door just before her twin brother, Simon.”
They thought it was an
ordinary sleepover . . .
When nine-year-old twins Emma and Simon shake a snow globe from their grandmother’s enchanted collection, they are transported back to Coney Island on June 24, 1928. According to family legend, that’s the day their great-grandparents meet on the Coney Island trolley. But if events don’t work exactly as they’re supposed to, the meeting won’t take place and the twins might never be born. After a day of adventures – from the Cyclone roller coaster to the boardwalk arcade, and finally to the all-important trolley ride – will the twins help make it happen?
Why I like this book:
- My grandson and I are huge fans of The Magic Tree House series and I got the same sense of adventure as I read about these twins who go back in time and meet their great-grandmother when she was a child…what fun!
- I’m also a fan of snowglobes and remember an old classic book, The Snowglobe Family where a real tiny family lived in a snowglobe. Author Melissa Stoller has found a unique way to incorporate snowglobes and time travel.
- I love the relationship the twins have with their grandmother…books that encourage intergenerational connections are important.
Photo courtesy: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-snow-globes/
MAKE A SNOWGLOBE
You will need: Small clean empty jar with tight-closing screw lid (like a baby food or relish jar), small plastic figures, waterproof glue, glitter)
For detailed instruction, go here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-snow-globes/
Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a copy of this book…and remember that book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are important for the success of every book.
And please come back tomorrow for a super fun interview with author Melissa Stoller on Will Write for Cookies…plus of course, one of her favorite cookie recipes!
But wait! There’s one more piece of business that we need to take care of. A couple of weeks ago, Jen Garrett honored us with a super post about the importance of critique groups and how to find one. She offered a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE as a giveaway…and I told her I would match that by giving one of mine.
And the winner of Jen’s critique is…
And the winner of my critique is…
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU!
Dear friends, have a wonderful weekend…stay safe and healthy!