Saturday, September 19, 2009

Big Chickens Fly the Coop

Submitted by Carol from Charlotte Hall!
Big Chickens Fly the Coop is written by Leslie Helakoski and illustrated by Henry Cole. The story is about four chickens whose dream in life is to see the farmhouse, but they are afraid of what may be outside of their nice, safe chicken coop. One day they decide they are going to take the chance, and try to fulfill their dream. They find themselves being chased by a dog, almost ran over by a tractor, and stampeded by horses. Will they give up and return to the safety of their coop, or be brave and continue the search for the farmhouse? You have to read this hilarious book to find out . You never know! What you're looking for may be right in your own backyard...

The Giant Hug

Submitted by Jill from Leonardtown!
The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning. “What do you want to send Granny for her birthday?” Asks Owen’s mother. “A GIANT hug,” is Owen’s answer. But the birthday gift has to go by mail. Does Owen mean he’ll send a picture of a hug? No, young Owen intends to send a real hug through the mail. So, his mother takes him to the post office, where they give Postmaster Nevin Granny’s address, and a giant hug. The hug is transferred along a long chain of postal workers all across the country, brightening everyone’s day in the process, until Granny’s own neighborhood letter carrier finally delivers Owen’s giant hug. Granny is delighted, and mails an equally special thank-you back to her grandson! Young readers will love seeing how the hug (and other mail) progresses through the postal network via neighborhood carriers, small-town and big-city post offices, a variety of trucks, and even an airplane to arrive at its destination.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sue MacDonald Had a Book

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
Can you read without vowels? Of course not! Sue MacDonald Had a Book, by Jim Tobin and illustrated by Dave Coverly, tells the story of a little girl who loses all the vowels in her book. Set to the tune of “Old MacDonald,” Sue must go on a quest to return these important letters to her book. The words of the book fit pretty much perfectly with the song, making this a fun and easy book to sing or read aloud. Bright colors, and silly pictures make this an engaging and funny book to share with children who are starting to recognize and understand their letters. So remember, you cn’t rd wtht vwls* so always keep A E I O and U nearby! And sometimes Y.
*can’t read without vowels

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where to Sleep

Sumitted by Tammy, driver of the WoW van!
Where to Sleep by Kandy Radzinski. I think this would be a great book to read aloud before a nap or bedtime. In this book, children are taken in and around a farmhouse in search of a perfect sleeping spot for a kitten. On one page a sleeping spot is suggested only to be rejected on the next page for various reasons such as noisy, crowded, or spot already taken. The colorful, full page pictures are sure to keep a child's attention, while the text is simple enough for beginning readers to follow. Children will enjoy sharing the reasons why they think each spot wouldn’t be a good choice, and will be delighted to see where the kitten finally finds to rest.

Moonpowder

Submitted by Allana from Leonardtown!
Moonpowder by John Rocco. Eli Treebuckle likes to fix things, and as we quickly find out he also fancies himself an inventor. He has just fixed the radio, and is listening to it when his mother tells him it’s time for bed. "Sweet dreams” she tells him, however, Eli hasn’t had “sweet” dreams for months. His dreams are more like nightmares. Mr. Moon pays him a visit that night and takes him on a strange and wonderful adventure to the Moonpowder factory. Mr Moon tells Eli that moonpowder is a “magical marvel, a masterful miracle, a mystical masterpiece……”
Moonpowder, it turns out, is the essence that makes sweet dreams. So, Mr. Moon flies Eli off to the factory where his fixing services are required, and he flies him in a life size helio-rocket copter, the very thing that Eli himself has designed and is in the process of building! While at the factory, Eli has a nightmarish episode inside Mother Nature’s closet. This is a beautifully written and illustrated story with shades of Roald Dahl.

Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes

Submitted by Sue from Leonardtown!
Lousy Rotten Stinkin Grapes by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Barry Moser. Fox makes a plan. After all, he believes himself to be sly. Clever. Smart. Fox eyes a bunch of tantalizing grapes hanging high in a tree and decides those juicy morsels should be for him! So he sets out to find a way to get to them using his sly, clever, and smart ideas to come up with a plan. After all he is a fox. With his clever plans, and the help from Bear, and Beaver, and Porcupine, and Possum, Fox comes up with complicated plans for getting the grapes. Will Fox get those juicy grapes, or will his plans fall apart and leave him frustrated? Read this twist to the Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Grapes.” The bright and colorful water color illustrations help to create a silly twist to a popular story.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Amish Horses

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Amish Horses by Richard Ammon. This story is about horses and their role in daily Amish life. A little boy tells the story of Amish life and the process of feeding the animals, shoeing the horses, and going to an auction to buy or sell their animals. This book gives you a great glance of the everyday life of an Amish family from the work they do, to the games they play for entertainment. This story shows the process of planting and mowing hay. It also shows how the entire family helps on the farm. The pastel horse illustrations look so real you want to reach out and pet the horse. This is a great book for horse lovers of all ages!

Put It on the List!

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Put It on the List by Kristen Darbyshire. Have you ever wished that Mom would buy that special something from the grocery store? Consider putting it on her grocery list. This book is an upbeat look at what happens when a graphic chicken family forgets to put things on their shopping list. When they realize the consequences of forgetting to write things on the grocery list, they do better at keeping the list up-to-date. Imagine peanut butter with no jelly, or milk with no cookies! The results are eye opening for the kids!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Just How Long Can a Long String Be?!

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Just How Long Can a Long String Be?! by Keith Baker. Ant wants to know, just how long can a long string be. Bird answers the question by showing Ant different ways a string can be used: a yo yo, a way to hold a balloon, a top, a mop, a puppet, a hair, a kite, a nest... At the end of the book Ant says, "Thank you, Bird! Now I see a string's just as long as I need it to be." This would be a great book to use as a prop story, with a ball of string to retell the book. After reading the story, find other ways to “use” the ball of string. This is a perfect way to promote the Early Literacy Skill of Print Motivation/Vocabulary. Having fun with books is important! It helps your child enter school ready to learn!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Where is the Cake Now?

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Where is the Cake Now? by T.T. Khing is a fascinating wordless picture book about a group of woodland creatures attempting to have a picnic. The centerpiece of the picnic is two delicious looking cakes. First, everyone treks through the woods, across the river, and up the hill to the campsite. It's quite a steep hill and everyone's struggling to make it. Somehow along the way the cakes go missing. When the burglary is discovered, accusations fly! The mice dressed in black jumpsuits and carrying an oversized sack are the obvious suspects, and the chase begins! Check out this book to find out the true culprits of the cakes, as well as who is grafitti-ing the forest, why the mole is incredibly sick, and answers to a multitude of other mysteries.

Mom Has Cancer

Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
Mom Has Cancer by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos is a simple way to talk to kids about what cancer, chemotherapy, and life with cancer is. In the beginning, the little boy notices that something is wrong with his mother, and he thinks it might be his fault, since he did not do well on a test at school. He notices that his parents are often sad, and going to the doctor. Then one day they tell him about his mom's cancer, and how things will change. She might rest more, and the medicine she will take will make her lose her hair. He knows that he must be quiet when she is resting, and helps around the house to keep it neat. In the end, the chemotherapy is over, and mom finds out the cancer is gone. The little boy appreciates his mom at his soccer games more, and spends more time with her. This is a simple story with great illustrations to help children deal with a difficult issue.
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