Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ball

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
“BALL?!”  This is the only word that you will find in the aptly named book, Ball by Mary Sullivan.  It follows a dog as he spends his day wandering around his house desperately looking for someone to play catch with him. He loves playing catch so much that he sleeps with his small rubber ball in his mouth. When he awakes, he immediately wakes up his owner, a little girl that he was snuggled up with, and thinks “ball?” She then jumps out of bed, grabs the ball, holds it high over her head and yells “BALL!” just before hurling the ball down the hallway. He is ecstatic as he chases the ball down and brings it back to her, but she is already getting ready for school. No time to play fetch. No time for ball. The book follows this poor dog as he spends his day waiting for the little girl to come back from school, never letting his rubber ball stray too far from his mind or mouth. This story is an adorable reminder for just how one-minded our dogs can seem at times and why we love them for it. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Number One Sam

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Winning feels great, right?  That’s exactly how Sam feels every time he wins a race. In Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli, Sam is the best racecar driver he knows. He’s the best at driving fast, swerving around turns, and he always comes in first place. He is the best at driving racecars out of all of his friends, and that is simply a fact. Until one day… Sam doesn’t win. Poor Sam is so heartbroken that he switches his car number from one to (gulp) two. During the next race he is determined to come in first place, but he immediately slams on his breaks when he sees five little chicks standing in the middle of the road. He has to make a quick decision: save the baby chicks or try to win the race. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but let’s just say that Sam learns that there are some things that feel much better than winning a race. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 5, 2014

President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
We at the Kid's Book Blog think Mac Barnett is pretty swell. Looks like he's hit another one out of the park with President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath. We've all heard the rumors: President Taft had a special bath tub put in the White House to accommodate his size. This is true! And that prior to this he once found himself lodged in the White House tub, and 2 or 4 men had to free him with a gallon of butter. This is probably not true. But it makes for a great story! In this book, Taft, our beloved 27th President, gets stuck in the bath. 2 hours later the first lady, Nellie Taft, comes to check on him. "It's a disaster!" the President exclaims, "Call the Vice President!" When the veep arrives he says he's ready to be sworn in. "Blast that!" bellows Taft. "Call the secretary of state!" The secretary of state suggests some diet and exercise may be helpful to President Taft. "I need something fast!" says the President. "Call the secretary of agriculture!" Taft continues to summon more and more advisers until practically the whole Cabinet is working on a solution to get Taft out of the bath! This hilarious story will have your kiddo rolling in the aisles. Thanks Mac Barnett for this story that needed to be told! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lion Lion

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Lion Lion by Miriam Busch is a story about a boy and a lion. The boy is searching for Lion, and Lion is looking for lunch. The boy gives Lion several suggestions for lunch. He suggests grass, but Lion says it's too snappy because it is full of snapping turtles. He suggests mushrooms, but Lion says no they are too prickly because they are full of porcupines. What about berries? No, too stinky because of the skunks that are also enjoying the delicious berries. Lion really just wants boy for lunch. The boy suggests flowers. Lion says no, because birds are on the flowers and feathers make him sneeze. This gives the boy a great idea: while Lion has his mouth wide open the little boy and a bird jump in. He finds his kitten, named Lion, inside. He tickles Lion's throat with the birds feathers until Lion sneezes. The boy, bird, and kitten all fly out. The boy takes his little home along with all the other animals he has made friends with along the way, turtles, skunks, porcupines, and mice and feeds them all. Everything is fine until, uh oh, Lion the kitten is missing again. Could he have been eaten by crocodile? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 1, 2014

Small Medium & Large

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Small Medium & Large by Jane Monroe Donovan. A little girl who has just moved into a new house writes a letter to Santa. She doesn't ask Santa for new toys, but something more special. On Christmas morning she goes downstairs to find 3 boxes, each one a different size: one small, one medium, and one large. She opens the small box to find a cat, the medium a dog, and the large box contains a miniature horse! They head outside for a day of fun in the snow: sledding, making snow men and snow angels, and a snowball fight! After having fun they head indoors to bake fish and horseshoe shaped cookies, sit by the warm fire, and then snuggle into bed after writing a thank you letter to Santa. This almost wordless picture book is perfect for sharing with children one on one, or in a small group. See this book listed in out catalog

Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Is Coming

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnson, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. A girl with her sketch book walks through the woods throughout the seasons of fall to winter. She quietly observes many of the forest animals as they begin to prepare for winter. In September, fall is on its way, but winter is coming and you can feel it. She is quiet, quiet as a red fox comes near. He sniffs a red apple. Wrinkled or not it is food. From her perch on an old wooden plank placed high in a tree, the girl can see many of the animals as they forage for food. Skunks waddle by. They smell not really bad but real. It is October and she sees woodpeckers hammering their holes and plugging them with acorns. Animals do not waste. November is here and chipmunks are chattering and busy eating seeds from pinecones. Deer come near nibbling, looking for food. Winter is coming. Canadian geese honk overhead and a flock of turkeys jostle by. She is quiet, quiet and then the snow is dusting her. It is late November and winter is here. See this book listed in our catalog
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