Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ideas Are All Around

Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead. Philip C. Stead is an author. That means it’s his job to write stories. The only problem is...he doesn’t have any ideas! So instead of writing, he decides to take his dog, Wednesday, out for a walk. This is when the magic happens. Because as Mr. Stead goes on about his daily business, he discovers that ideas are actually all around. Each event in the story propels the imagination of both the author and the reader. A seemingly normal walk around town develops into an imagination-packed and thought provoking adventure. Colorful illustrations paired with Polaroid photos from the author’s actual walk interestingly juxtapose the reality of the world with fantastical imaginings. The text in this book meanders along slowly, reflective of an actual walk. The author also subtly mentions more complex ideas such as those about personal reflection, war, poverty, and environmental change. These mentions could become great discussion points for older children. Overall, this story is charming and heartwarming as it reminds us of the beauty in ordinary things. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea is a comical tale written by Andy Stanton and illustrated by Neal Layton. The story follows Danny and his older sister Frannie on a trip to the sea. The book takes a fun twist when the two siblings start squabbling, as siblings often do, with Frannie betting Danny he cannot do certain tasks like drink the sea. Danny is victorious and so he is encouraged to do bigger and better things like swallowing a tree, a bird, a bee, a cat, London, and chim chim cher-ee! Frannie is astounded, but manages the final laugh. What happens? Read and see! The story is nonsensical, but highly entertaining. The rhyming words encourage the story to be read faster and louder as Danny swallows more things. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Story of Sea Glass

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
The Story of Sea Glass written by Anne Wescott Dodd and illustrated by Marth Beth Owens is a beautiful book that teaches about life's lessons and how even the curious accidents can turn around in unexpected ways. The story starts with a young girl and her nana on a crowded beach. The young girl is searching for shells among the many beach-goers. The girl's nana is reminded of the quiet, remote island she grew up on. The two take a trip to find treasure and are successful in finding many pieces of sea glass, including one unique piece of red. This jogs the nana's memory and a story unfolds of a mistake she made as a young child: accidentally dropping her mother's red glass vase on the floor. Could it be the red piece of sea glass was once a part of that beloved vase? The reader may never know, but the lessons of life are easy to see. The illustrations are lovely and feel quite beachy in their almost water paint style. This is the perfect family read after a day at the beach. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

There's a Bear on My Chair

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins is a story about a bear and a mouse. Mouse has a chair. He comes to find that his chair has become occupied by a bear. Mouse is not happy about this at all. He tries many things to try to get Bear to get out of his chair. He gives him a nasty glare, he tempts him with a pear, he even tries to scare Bear by jumping out of a box in his underwear. Bear doesn't seem to notice any of these things. Bear is just relaxing in Mouse's chair. Mouse finally gives up and leaves. Bear then decides to get up and go home. Oh no! Bear soon discovers he has a mouse in his house. This is a good story and also incorporates rhyming. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hi Pizza Man

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Hi Pizza Man by Virginia Walter, with illustrations by Ponder Goembel, is a veritable children's classic! If you haven't read it before, you should treat yourself and check it out. Who doesn't love pizza? Better yet: a pizza delivered to your house! But it can be HARD to wait for the delicious cheesey, saucey, crusty goodness to get to you. Vivian is experiencing this problem directly. Her mother tries to encourage her to be patient by playing a guessing game. What will you say when we finally open the door? "Hi, Pizza Man!" BUT what if it's not a man? What if it's a pizza woman? OR a pizza... cat? A pizza dog, duck, or cow? Who else might deliver your pizza and how would you greet them? You and your child will have fun playing along with Vivian and her mother until that fateful moment when it's time to scarf some slices! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rulers of the Playground

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
What’s better than playing at the playground?  Being the undisputed ruler of the playground, of course. In Rulers of the Playground, written and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler, a young boy named Jonah crowns himself king of the playground by climbing to the top of the highest slide and proclaiming, “Promise to obey me and I’ll let you play in my kingdom!” And since his kingdom had some pretty sweet slides, everyone pinky promises to obey him completely. There is a golden period of peace in Jonah’s kingdom until… a girl named Lennox decides to claim half his kingdom (the half with the best swings) for herself. Some of Jonah’s followers decide to cross their hearts and live under Lennox’s rule. As you can imagine things escalate from there with neither one of the young rulers happy with their circumstances. At its core this is a story about how heavy one’s head gets when it wears a crown, and that playing with others is more fun than bossing them around. See this book listed in our catalog
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