Friday, July 28, 2017

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Several years ago, my son gave me the book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. His teacher read this book to his class, and he loved it. I recently listened to the audio version and thought it a delightful tale full of magic and whimsy.

Jeremy Thatcher is small for his age. He is an artist, but the art teacher isn't very nice to him. A girl has a crush on him, so he gets teased about that. One day on the way home from school, he finds himself on a street he hasn't seen before, in a magic shop that he didn't know existed. He is allowed to buy a shiny egg type thing and then all the fun begins.

I liked the magic in this book. I also liked that Jeremy's dad is a veterinarian, and Jeremy has his father's love of animals. I like how he reminds himself and others that you shouldn't get angry at a cat for acting like a cat, or a dragon for acting like a dragon. I liked that this book shows that animals are a responsibility - one you have to take seriously. I also loved how this book shows that animals bring a lot to our lives and are worth the time they take.

This chapter book is well illustrated by Gary A. Lippincott, with just enough pictures for a child who may still be learning to visualize while they read. This is a great book for the 5 and up crowd and would be a wonderful read aloud.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

We've received many book donation during the last week. I love that so  many people want to share their favorite storybooks with brand new, budding readers. 

Michelle donated this bunch of books to the NICU. I love that she included some Spanish books. 

One of the NICU nurses bought these darling board books for the babies. She sees first hand how much the parents appreciate the books that we give to each baby.

Miranda, a NICU mommy, sent these books. She also included some Spanish books. She understands the long days spent in the NICU and knows that story time helps. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit. We give each parent a packet of five books that they get to keep to read to their baby while they are in the hospital and later at home.

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