Category Archives: Book Reviews

Children’s Book Day – What Was Your Favorite?

Tuesday, 4/2/13, was Children’s Book Day.  We posted this picture of Clive showing our favorite Childrens Books on our Facebook page (come on over and like us, all the cool kids are), Twitter and Instagram.

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Along with the picture of our favorite childrens books, we asked the obviuos question, what is your favorite childrens book?  We loved reading the responses and most made us think “oh, I forgot that one!” but there were also a couple we hadn’t heard of giving us something new to look for the next time we are in the bookstore.

The more popular responses found on all our media outlets were:

A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett – this links to a used copy of the version we read as kids with illustrations by Tasha Tudor

The Bridge To Terebithia by Katherine Patterson

Are You My Mother? By P D Eastman

Thornton W Burgess Animal Stories –  We are not familiar with these, so we’re looking forward to finding them and trying them out.

Stuart Little by E. B. White

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

So? What was your favorite book to read when you were growing up?


Clive Says No To Reason, It Ruins Everything

Every week we change the quote on our sidewalk sandwich board at the store.  This week, Clive* chose a quote from a book he’s reading – Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier.

clive peter nimble

This is a great chapter book to read aloud, it reminds me of just the kind of book our parents would read to us when we were younger.  It encourages us to leave reason behind.  Sir Tope , Peter’s sidekick, is a knight who is a combination of horse and cat, thanks to a cranky hag.

Clive says leave reason behind and open your mind to all the possibilities!

*Clive, our store mascot, is a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark and can be found at Fragile Earth in 15″ and 10″ sizes.

Clive’s 2012 Gift Guide – Is There A Future Doctore In The House?

Today, Clive’s choices are two new items at Fragile Earth.

The Bones Book & Skeleton and My Silly Body

The Bones Book & Skeleton and My Silly Body

Unfortunately, we don’t have a TARDIS or a fez so we’ll have to go with the traditional definition of a doctor today. If you have someone who is interested in the human body and how theirs is supposed to work, we’ve got you covered. My Silly Body Book includes a life size, die cut, interactive body to show why it does the things it does. The Bones Book and Skeleton not only answers infuriating questions, like “why do we sweat?”, but also has a model skeleton to put together. Actually, this book might be good for parents of a young child who has reached the “why” stage!

Clive’s 2012 Gift Guide – Do You Know Snuggle Puppy By Sandra Boynton?

Clive LOVES Sandra Boynton and one of his favorites is the Snuggle Puppy Board Book.

Snuggle Puppy and other Sandra Boynton FavoritesWith Our Very Own Snuggle Puppy, Jellycat Latte Puppy

Snuggle Puppy and other Sandra Boynton Favorites
With Our Very Own Snuggle Puppy, Jellycat Latte Puppy

Sandra Boynton’s books are perfect for younger children and we have many of her phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series of Board Books. One of Clive’s favorites is Snuggle Puppy which is basically a hug in book form. And what better way to give this book than to pair it with the Jellycat Latte Puppy, who is a professional hugger by the way. Be sure to check out the rest of the Sandra Boynton books we have in stock. It’s never too early to start a child’s library!

Clive’s 2012 Gift Guide – For The (Almost) Champion Shoe Tyer

Clive’s next offering in the 2012 Fragile Earth Gift Guide is for the Champion Shoe Tyer in your life.

Learn To Tie Your Shoes With Zoo's Shoes

Learn To Tie Your Shoes With Zoo’s Shoes

Do you know someone who is just learning to tie their shoes? The best way to become a champion shoe tyer is lots of practice and what better way than using a book full of shoe laces? In the box, Bunny teaches you how to tie shoes using the “bunny-ear” method. Then, read about all the zoo animals and their predicaments as their shoes become untied. Can you help them out?


Clive’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide – Do You Have A Mad Scientist In The Family?

Do you have a mad scientist in your family?  Then, Clive (our store mascot) has the perfect gift idea for you.

Pop Bottle Science, Potentially Catastrophic Science, and Totally Irresponsible Science

Pop Bottle Science, Potentially Catastrophic Science, and Totally Irresponsible Science

These books are perfect for anyone who’s interested in science or watching things explode. The Pop-Bottle Science kit has 79 experiments that you can perform inside the bottle. And we’ve used several of the suggestions from Potentially Catastrophic Science and Totally Irresponsible Science for parties we’ve thrown where they were enthusiastically received by kids ages 4-14 (and we kept the mess to a minimum).

For our online customers, Fragile Earth offers free standard shipping within the continental US.

Ollie the Stomper and Other Books About Ducks

So, it’s duck week at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals.  Our story time (Tuesdays at 11AM and Saturdays at 1PM) book this week will be Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea.

Fans of the Gossie & Friends books will enjoy little Ollie and his big personality as he finds his way in the barnyard. Irresistible characters and delightful text make these board books perfect for springtime reading and sharing.

Mary Beth had so much fun reading this to the kids this morning.  While trying to decide which book to read we had some great title to choose.

The Little Duck by Judy Dunn

Full-color photographs. Humorous factual account of a year in a duck’s life.

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

10 little rubber ducks overboard!
Get swept away on a high-seas voyage of discovery with 10 little rubber ducks as they float to every part of the world. They all find adventure, but one duck finds something very special!

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Exuberant rhythms and vibrant illustrations in a one-of-a-kind counting book!
Can two fish, tails going swish, help? Will three moose, munching on spruce, be able to pull the unlucky duck out of the muck?

Duck and Goose by Tad Hills

Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. As the two tend to their egg, and make plans for the future, they come to appreciate one another’s strengths.

Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic

Knock. Knock. Knock!
Someone’s outside the door. . . .
But who?
Meet Max— a duck for all seasons.

Duck by Randy Cecil

Duck is a carousel animal who spends her days watching flocks of real, flying ducks — and her nights dreaming of soaring among them. Flying is all she can think about, until the day a lost little duckling waddles into her life. Soon Duck and Duckling are inseparable: they walk together, play together, even dream of flying together. Then the time comes when Duckling’s yellow fuzz is replaced by long white feathers, and Duck is determined to do whatever it takes to help him learn to fly. But what if helping Duckling find his wings means being left behind?

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Caldecott Honor winner David Shannon applies his wonderful off-beat humor to the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike–and loves it! Another young, funny book perfect for reading aloud.

I’m sure we’ve missed one or two or ten favorite duck books; there are a lot to choose from.  Just let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite.