Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- A Secret Keeps by Marsha Wilson Chall (Review)

ISBN-10: 0-7613-8904-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-8904-0
Pages: 32
Trim Size: 10 5/8 x 8 7/8

Reading Level: 2

Interest Level: K-3
Ages: 5-9

Before a weekend visit to his grandparents' farm, a little boy discovers that his grandpa has a secret waiting for him. "Grampa, what’s the secret," he asks, but all Grampa will say is, "Finders keepers." Is the secret in the barn? With the chickens? Hiding in the corn? When the boy finally discovers the answer, he realizes that a secret is indeed for keeping.

My Thoughts:

This was the first book I had ready by Marsh Wilson, but will definitely not be the last. Even thought the story and length were too advanced for Savannah right now, I know that when she gets older she and Arabella will enjoy this book, about a young boy who is on the hunt for a secret kept at his Grandpa's home.  Children will enjoy joining in the search with the little boy, as he tries to figure out the secret worth keeping, that his Grandpa speaks of.  He travels all around his Grandpa's farm, searching in the barns, cornfields, etc. to eventually find the secret that was worth keeping in the end.  I will not spoil the ending and tell you what the secret is, but will tell you it is a good one.

Heather A. Solomon beautifully illustrates this story, capturing the feel of a farm and animals.  I loved flipping through the pages and enjoying the illustrations with Savannah, especially those depicting a moon lit evening.  These scenes came alive!  So, if you are looking for a great book to share with your child, why not pick up A Secret Keeps  by Marsha Wilson Chall today?  It is a book worth adding to your child's book collection.

About the Author:

Marsha Wilson Chall has published a children's chapter book and many picture books, including Pick a Pup, One Pup's Up, and Up North at the Cabin. Her books have received numerous awards: an International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Parents Choice, NAPPA Gold Award, and Smithsonian Notable recognition.

When she's not writing or sharing her love of good books at schools or conferences, she enjoys teaching in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. She has two grown children and lives on a small farm west of Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and barn cats.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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