Friday, June 24, 2016

One Word from Sophia

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail. Sophia’s birthday is coming soon, and she really wants a giraffe. A real giraffe. Sophia really, really wants a real giraffe. But to get one, she’ll have to convince the four grown-ups in her house: Mother, Father, Uncle Conrad, and Grand-Mamá. Sophia carefully crafts a plea to each adult: with Mother (a judge), she makes a legal argument. To Father (a businessman), she presents the financial benefits of giraffe ownership. To convince Uncle Conrad (a politician), she shows him the highly favorable poll results for giraffes. With strict Grand-Mamá, she tries a good old-fashioned buttering-up job. Poor Sophie’s attempts to convince her elders of the advantages of giraffe ownership all flop--her pleas are just too verbose, effusive, loquacious, and failed to get to the point. In short, Sophia is using too many words. Our would-be giraffe-keeper is not a quitter, though, so it’s back to the drawing board to find just the perfect word that will win her a real giraffe. Will Sophia’s giant quadrupedal dreams come true this birthday? You'll have to read to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stanley the Mailman

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Stanley the Mailman by William Bee. Stanley is a hamster, and he is also the mailman of his animal neighborhood. Stanley works hard at his job. He gets up before dawn to sort all the mail, then rides his scooter from house to house making deliveries. It seems like everyone has gotten mail today! Some neighbors receive big packages from far-off stores, or presents from loved ones. Some get piles of love letters! At least one neighbor gets mail they’d rather they didn’t, but that’s not Stanley’s fault. There’s one last package left at the end of the day- for Stanley! Young readers who love bright pictures, gentle animal stories, and reading about jobs people do will love this book, and can also look for Stanley’s many other adventures as a farmer, builder, cook, and mechanic. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bob the Artist

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Bob has extremely skinny legs. He is an otherwise handsome bird, but those legs, holy moly, they are soooooo skinny! When Bob walks by the owl always says “Oooh! Look at that funny stick walk!” The other birds cry “OH! How puny your legs are!” whenever they see Bob and his stick-like legs strolling down the street. Of course, this makes Bob feel pretty darn bad about himself. I mean, can we blame him? How do you think you would feel if everyone teased you and made fun of your skinny legs? Luckily Bob discovers art, and is incredibly inspired. Like, crazy inspired. And that inspiration turns into an idea. And that idea becomes a way to show the world that he is more than a simple pair of chop sticks walking down the road. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars is an adorably illustrated book about how a bird can show the world his true worth with only his imagination and a little bit of paint. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Tower of Giraffes

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups by Anna Wright is a gorgeous book filled with animals, illustrated in inked collage. This book will teach your thoughtful little one more about collective nouns. From a parcel of penguins to a scurry of squirrels, you’ll never be at a loss to describe a group of animals again! This book is a wonderful way to teach new vocabulary while enjoying the beautiful aesthetic she’s created. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 20, 2016

Miles of Smiles

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
When I wake up, yawning as I stretch my back, I look out my window and smile at my neighbor as he waters his front yard. Later, as he carefully shaves before going into work, he smiles at his wife as she comes in to brush her teeth. She carries that smile with her all morning until she decides to pass it to a little girl trying to help her mom push a shopping cart at the grocery story. Later that day, that little girl smiles at her sister, who laughs out loud and smiles in the direction of some kids riding by on their bikes. Those kids go on to smile at other people, who smile at other people, who keep smiling until that single smile has been passed all over town. Miles of Smiles by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Luciano Lozano, is a beautiful book about how all it may take to make the world a better place is a single smile pointed in the right direction. As infectious as a cold, but much more fun, a smile can travel from person to person, brightening up everyone’s day in a matter of minutes. This book seeks to answer the question “How far can a smile travel?” with an enjoyable read that is sure to brighten up the day of every reader. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 17, 2016

Flying Frogs and Walking Fish

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Animals move in different and interesting ways. There are some interesting and different types of animals too. Some marine animals like the frogfish uses jet propulsion, which is forcing water from his gills to surge forward. A vampire squid forces water through a tube on his body to glide backwards, while a pacific sea nettle pulses through the sea by contracting and pushing water from its bell. Other animals use different kinds of ways to maneuver. Some jump, pound, or spring into motion like the springbok who bounds straight up. Or the ring-tailed lemur who vaults from tree to tree. The agama, a leaping lizard, can leap several times its own body length. Many different kinds of animals can walk, leap, climb, and swim. Or they can glide, fly, and propel. They come equipped with legs, fins, wings, or even tentacles, and more which help them get to different places in surprising ways. See this book listed in our catalog
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