Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
How much trouble can a balloon cause? In You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum, by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Weitzman, we find out that balloons can cause all sorts of mischief. In this beautiful wordless book, a little girl and her grandmother are off to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time, but the guard explains that balloons have no place in museums. Having no wish to be left out of the fun, the balloon makes a break for it, and leads the guard on a chase around New York City. While the little girl examines paintings and sculptures from all different eras and artists, the balloon leads the guard to places in New York City that reflect the art at the museum. Reproductions of famous pieces of art contrast nicely with the detailed, yet sparsely colored illustrations showing the antics of the little girl and her wayward balloon. Any child or adult with a love of art, or just a need for a funny story, will love this wordless masterpiece! See this book listed in our catalog

Two at the Zoo

Submitted by Tammy, driver of the WoW van!
Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith, illustrated by Valeria Petrone, is a delightful rhyming counting book about a young boy who decides to take his grandpa to the zoo for the day. They start the day out by getting matching safari hats to block the sun. Children will love following along as they count their way through the zoo, encountering a variety of animals from lions to zebras, penguins to chameleons! This book is set up so each two page spread displays a loving relationship between the young boy and his grandpa in bright colors with friendly animals, while the short, rhymed text encourages little ones to join in as they too venture through the zoo. The story comes to an end with a tired boy taking his “tired” grandpa home, as they ride a choo-choo to the end of the zoo saying goodbye to all the animals. See this book listed in our catalog

Marco Flamingo Under the Sea

Submitted by Carol from Charlotte Hall!
The Adventures of Marco Flamingo Under The Sea by Sheila Jarkins is a comical story about a curious flamingo who tends to go on many adventures. His latest adventure is his quest to see what lies under the sea. Marco's friends think he is a little crazy, but Marco doesn't care. He takes a trip under the sea with his scuba gear and swims with dolphins, plays with sea turtles, and even races a shark! When he returns, he tells his friends all about it, and then wastes no time before he's off on another adventure. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Nest Where I Like to Rest

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
The Nest Where I Like to Rest: Sign Language for Animals by Dawn Prochovnic. This book features a silly story. There is one related sign highlighted on each page. The text is lively, and the illustrations are colorful and cartoon like. The book uses a cumulative structure to introduce signs as a chicken's nest receives many visitors. The book contains a glossary of signs, including illustrations and descriptions of how to produce the signs, as well as "Fun Facts about ASL." It even includes "Signing Activities." The structure of the story provides a great way to introduce and reinforce basic ASL vocabulary for hearing children. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

All Kinds of Families

Submitted by Melissa from Lexington Park!
All Kinds of Families by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marc Boutavant, features creative and fascinating pictures, that draw readers in, and add insight to the many aspects of family. One can be comforted by the words--anything can be part of a family: “Bottle caps, ginger snaps, buttons, or rings. You can make families from all sorts of things!” Family can be a difficult thing to explain in certain situations. This book simply describes and illustrates the basic concept, so it is easy for children to understand. From fingers to toes, make believe families to families from long, long ago--children and adults alike will enjoy the rhythmic language and the idea that we all play a very special role. See this book listed in our catalog

Guess How Much I Love You

Submitted by Jill from Leonardtown!
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. Little Nutbrown Hare is getting ready for bed, and Big Nutbrown Hare is waiting to tuck him in. But before bedtime, Little Nutbrown Hare has something very important to say to Big Nutbrown Hare: “Guess how much I love you? …This much,” he says, with arms stretched wide. But Little Nutbrown Hare’s arms are small, and the gesture is not nearly grand enough to show how very much he loves his daddy. And Big Nutbrown Hare loves his little son even more. What could possibly express the size of their love for each other? Is it as high as they can hop? As far as they can see? Read this tender, comforting story with your little hare at bedtime and you’ll both go to sleep feeling very loved indeed. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Anna's Wish

Submitted by Sue from Leonardtown!
Anna’s Wish, by Bruno Hachler and illustrated by Friederike Rave, is the story of a little girl who has never seen or felt snow. She can only imagine how it feels as she listens to her mother tell about how she played in the snow a very long time ago. Then one day, as Anna passes by a bakery window, she sees a little white horse standing on a cake. The horse is covered with crystals, sugar that sparkles. Did he wink at me she wonders? Suddenly Anna feels something very soft and cold touch her cheek. What was it? That night Anna wishes harder than anything she has ever wished for before. She wishes for snow. This is a sweet and wishful story describing every child’s desire to see, to feel, to play and to dream of the magic of snow. The illustrations are rich in detail and encompass most of the page with coloring book pictures. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 4, 2010

14 Cows for America

Submitted by Allana from Leonardtown!
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. This book immediately caught my eye and I couldn’t help but stop what I was doing (at work) and thumb through the pages. I’m pretty sure that the emotional impact of it will affect anyone who reads the book, or has it read to them. It may not be suitable for a very young child, but younger children, adolescents, and grown-ups alike will feel the power and the overwhelming message of caring, understanding, and compassion that this wonderful book conveys. The Maasai Tribe live in a remote part of Kenya, but not so remote that the sad news of the September 11th attacks doesn’t eventually reach their ears. As the tragic events of that day are reported, the decision is made to hold a special ceremony to honor the United States, during which the Massai will pledge their most precious commodity to the USA: a small herd of cows. This is a basic synopsis, because the way the story is described, and the amazing art work in the book itself, requires no major build up. If it doesn’t leave you with tears in your eyes, it will at least give you chills, the kind of chills you experience when moved by something extraordinary. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Purple Kangaroo

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!

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Our Children Can Soar

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change by Michelle Cook, with illustrations by a variety of talented artists, is an excellent book for Black History Month, or any time of year you want to have a conversation with your child about the monumental achievements of African Americans throughout our country's history. Beginning with the buffalo soldiers of the civil war, and ending with the election of Barack Obama and a promise of hope for the future, it features such heroes as George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Ruby Bridges, Ella Fitzgerald, and Thurgood Marshall, who all lead the way to inspire generations after them to dream and succeed. This is an upliftifting and powerful book, that may even bring tears to your eyes! See this book listed in our catalog

Brian & Bob

Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
Brian & Bob: The Tale of Two Guinea Pigs by Georgie Ripper. Brian and Bob were best friends. They lived in a cage at Pete's Pet Palace. They ate, slept, and played together until one day, when a boy walked into the shop and picked Bob up and took him home, before he even had a chance to say good-bye to his friend! Brian was left all alone in the cage, and he missed Bob so much. One day Brian was sitting in his cage being sad when an old man picked him up and took him home. Brain was even more alone, and even more sad. All he could think about was his friend Bob. Then the old man gave him to his grandson as a gift. The little boy put Brian in a cage, and to his surprise, Bob was there! They were together again--eating, sleeping and playing together in their new cage! This is a great story about friendship! It shows how much friends can miss each other, and the joy of being reunited! The illustrations are simple but lovable. This book is an adorable tale. See this book listed in our catalog
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