Listener Submitted Reviews #22

Saturday, June 28, 2008.

This listener submitted review comes from Kevin Hodgson of Kevin’s Meandering Mind blog. This is Kevin’s fifth review for our show! He’ll soon need his own theme music.

This time, Kevin shares his thought about Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to, or phone it in to our JOMB listener hotline (206-350-6487).

Need some inspiration? Give a listen to 21 previous listener submitted review episodes here.

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Interview with Bob Sprankle

Monday, April 16, 2007.

Bobby Bucket ShowSometimes, people are so passionate about a particular topic that they’ll do something crazy — like, create a podcast.

Elementary school teacher Bob Sprankle is one of those people. In the summer of 2005, he created the Bobby Bucket Show — a podcast about children’s books that introduced children to books thematically, taught comprehension and literary devices using guest characters, interviewed book creators and did on-location reporting in libraries and book stores.

Mark speaks with teacher and podcaster Bob Sprankle about the Bobby Bucket Show, introducing books to children, getting hooked on reading no matter what the book, and using books to learn about the weightier issues of life.

Books promoted:

During the interview, there is a one minute section about 11 minutes in to the show that has audible crackling in it. We apologize that we were not able to correct this short inconvenience.

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Reaching higher: I Can Hear the Sun

Friday, August 4, 2006.

I Can Hear the SunAuthor: Patricia Polacco
Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 069811857X

A beautifully written and illustrated story that somehow blends the harsh realities of homelessness, isolation and disability with a magical sense of wonder, friendship and maybe even hope.


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