Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ralphina, the Roly-Poly

title: Ralphina, the Roly-Poly
author: Claudia Chandler
genre: childrens fiction/preschool/early readers
published: 2008
first line: 'I'm lonely mommy,' Ralphina said. rated: 5 out of 5

source: free review copy

In this charming story, Ralphina, the roly-poly, lives in a garden with her mom. Ralphina notices the boy who lives inside the house and wants to be his friend. So to get his attention, Ralphina, digs in the garden to help the tulips bloom. When the little boy sees the pretty tulips, he comes to pick one for his mom and sees Ralphina there. The boy, named Alec, and Ralphina quickly become friends. She teachers him fun facts about roly-polies like herself. And Ralphina isn't lonely anymore because she now has made a friend.

'I am related to crustaceans. I saw a picture once of my cousin, Sir Henry, the crab. He lives in the ocean.'

Ralphina, the Roly-Poly is a wonderful children's book, with sweet a story and beautiful illustrations. At the end of the book there's fun facts about roly-polies and rainbows. Author Claudia Chandler , does a great job in writing the story and illustrating it too.
My daughter(8) enjoyed this book very much, she thought Ralphina was adorable.

about the author:
Claudia Chandler holds a master's degree in elementary education, is an artist of oil paintings, a photographer of nature and is a passionate gardener of thousands of flowers in her Olathe, Kansas home. It is this combination of creative endeavors, along with her experience and passion of educating children, that has brought her to this most exciting and rewarding career - writing and illustrating books for children.

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Nymeth said...

I love the art :) I'm glad you and your daughter enjoyed it so much.

Linda Jacobs said...

I know my granddaughter would love this book. I'm going to look for it.

Melody said...

Oh, it's so cute! I'll have to look out for this one. I think my daughter will enjoy it as well. :)

Alice Teh said...

Cute book!

Coincidentally, one of the sons of Pongo and Missis in The Starlight Barking is named Roly-Poly too. He befriended the Foreign Minister's dog and together they went for a separate adventure when the mystery happens in England. He sure made his furparents worry about him!

naida said...

nymeth: its a very cute book.

linda: yes, I recommend this one for the little ones.

melody: its so cute, she may like it too.

alice: I did see your review of The Starlight Barking. It does sound like a good book.