Monday, December 4, 2017

Also an Octopus

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies starts like every story does: with nothing. It needs a character. Why not an octopus? Who plays the ukulele? And wants to travel to space in a shiny purple spaceship? Why not? But you can't get a spaceship at the drug store. And the octopus isn't a rocket scientist. And neither is his friend, the adorable bunny. The octopus is despondent. He'll never get to travel to other galaxies. Or will he? When the octopus is sad, he plays his ukulele, "because music is good for the heart." And when he plays, people come to listen, and some of those people are rocket scientists! Yes, it's true! And you know what happens next? Well, that's really up to you to decide. Because the ending of one story is the beginning of another, and everyone has what it takes to tell a story, because every story, like we said, starts with nothing! If you've got a little storyteller in your life, I'm sure they'll love this book! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 1, 2017

One Bear Extraordinaire

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
In One Bear Extraordinaire by Jayme McGowan, Bear wakes up with a song in his head, as usual. See, Bear is a rambling musician, traveling through the forest, entertaining all the creatures there. But this song needs something unique. He's not sure what it's missing, so he goes looking for it! Along the way he meets a banjo playing fox, an accordion playing raccoon, and a fiddle playing rabbit. They all sound mighty fine making music together but there's still something missing! The band meets a wolf pup who's an aspiring musician. Bear unloads his supply of instruments, but none of them quite strike Wolf Pup's fancy. But that night, when the band is gathered around a cozy campfire, jamming, they discover Wolf Pup is a great singer! And that's just what the song needed! And now, not only does Bear have a great song on his hands, he's also made some pretty great friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Carrot & Pea

Submitted by Ms. Karen

Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship written and illustrated by Morag Hood. “We go together like peas and carrots” it has been said. But, hold up! Peas and carrots are NOTHING alike! How is it that they can be friends at all? Lee is a pea and knows all about this veggie dilemma. All his friends are peas, except Colin who is a carrot stick. Colin is different from the peas in so many ways (too tall, for one) and for obvious reasons cannot do the things peas love to do like roll and bounce. But Colin’s carrot-y qualities give him some mad skills that Lee and the peas have come to deeply appreciate and that make Colin a super friend to have! A great little story for young readers and listeners about friendship in spite of, and even because of, our differences. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Book of Mistakes

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Mistakes. We all make ‘em. But what if, instead of stopping with a sad “Oh no. I made a mistake,” we said “Hey look I made a mistake, and so I used it to…” The Book of Mistakes, written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken is a creative, wonderful story of what can come out of things that go wrong, when you take a closer look. An accidental ink splat on the drawing of a girl’s face? No matter, she needs a helmet so she can roller skate through the story. Tiny ink smudges across the sky? Wait, they look as if they could be leaves blowing up and away on the wind! Each mistake is not lamented but changed and adds another layer to the ever-expanding story, as the artist sees with new eyes, and what an artist she is! This is a unique and lovely book that encourages its readers to see their mistakes in a very different light, and discover how a big mistake can actually lead to a whole new idea! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 17, 2017

Double Take

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
The philosopher Alan Watts once said “Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” By saying this, he meant that how we perceive the world around us makes up our reality. Double Take! A New Look at Opposites, by Susan Hood and illustrated by Jay Fleck, explores this fairly complex concept in a way that children can understand. Throughout the book a little boy and his friendly elephant companion show us that there are always multiple ways to see any situation and that they can all be considered “correct.” For instance, one page shows a little mouse high above the boy in a skyscraper; in this instance the boy is LOW and the mouse is HIGH. But, when it’s revealed that the Elephant is up on the tippy top floor of the building it’s clear that both the mouse and the boy can be considered LOW. If something was even higher than the elephant, perhaps up in space, them all of them would be LOW. The idea that your viewpoint influences how you see the world, and that everyone has a different viewpoint is an important lesson for adults and kiddos to keep in mind. Double Take elegantly makes this lesson clear to children and drives this point home on one page with the message “Point of view (where you are) can affect what you see. Go in close. Then back up - you’ll see differently!” See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank You Mr. Panda

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Thank You, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is a book about friendship and giving. Mr. Panda has brought special gifts for all his friends. He gives mouse a sweater that is too big, and goat a tie that is too long, and Octopus gets six socks even though he has eight legs. Mr. Panda's friends all seem ungrateful but thankfully Lemur reminds them all that it's the thought that counts. Will Lemur remember this when he gets his special gift from Mr. Panda? See this book listed in our catalog
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