Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Actual Size

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Is your eye as big as a giant squid's? Is your nose as big as a bear's? Are your teeth as big a great white shark's? Find out the answers to these questions and more within the pages of Actual Size an amazing work of nonfiction for the pre-school crowd by Steve Jenkins. Actual Size features illustrations of animals scaled to life, so you can compare your body parts with those of fantastic wild life. There are even flip out pages so you can see just how long a crocodile's mouth is (23 feet), or how big a Goliath frog is (36 inches with legs extended)! You can measure your hand to that of a huge gorilla, or a tiny pygmy mouse lemur. You can even see what it'd be like to be face-to-face with a Siberian tiger, the biggest of the big cats! Actual Size is a hoot for kids of all ages! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Seven Sneezes

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
The Seven Sneezes by Olga Cabral. This is a reissue of a golden book and it is hilarious! The rag man sneezes, and his sneeze is so powerful that the bunny’s ears end up on the kitten, the kitten’s ears end up on the bunny, and the rooster’s tail feathers come out of his head! The animals are all topsy-turvy! This is a great book to share at story time. There can be countless conversations about the pictures, and the different things that are wrong in them. This is also a great book about which to ask comprehension questions. See this book listed in our catalog

Meeow and the Little Chairs

Submitted by Sue from Leonardtown!
Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun. Meeow is a black cat who is having some animal friends over to play. He and his friends like to make things. During the story, each of Meow's friends are introduced. Then Meeow and his friends proceed to make a train with different colored chairs. The words and sentences are descriptive, pointing out colors and objects used by the animal friends to create their imaginary train, which makes the story appealing and fun. The book provides opportunities for interaction between you and your child. Enjoy the answers you might recieve when the narrator asks questions, and you encourage your child to predict “What have you found, Meeow?" and “What can they be doing?” The illustrations are digitized and assembled using hand painted line shapes. See this book listed in our catalog

Jazz Baby

Submitted by Tammy, driver of the WoW van!
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler is a rhythmic, short story about a baby and his extended family making jazzy music. In this amazing book you’ll find all the sounds you would hear in a jazz song: rat-tat-tat, snazzy jazzy, doo wop doo, etc. Readers will find themselves getting involved in the story as they start to clap and tap along to the rhythmic nature of the book. The beautiful illustrations cover the pages with long shots of buildings swaying to the beat, and music notes that dance around “Baby.” As the story winds to an end, the family members start to disappear, until a sleepy baby is left with his parents, and soon falls fast asleep. See this book listed in our catalog

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Other Side

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
I love Jacqueline Woodson. I've had the privilege to see her speak several times and her classic The Other Side almost always comes up. She was inspired by a modern, urban setting, but the illustrator E.B. Lewis interpreted her words as referring to a time and place of segregation. It's the story of two girls, one black and one white, Clover and Annie, who live on different sides of a fence that divides their town. After watching each other all summer, Clover feels brave enough one day to approach the fence to talk to Annie. They might not be able to go over the fence, but they can sit on top of it together. This is a heart-warming tale of a color-blind friendship, written in a style children can relate to, that I treasure and hope you will too. See this book listed in our catalog

The Great Gracie Chase

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Meet Gracie Rose, the heroine of The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! by Cynthia Rylant and Mark Teague. Gracie is very much like my dog, in that she likes her house to be nice and quiet. Unfortunately for her, painters have come to paint the kitchen, and generally disturb the peace she works so hard to maintain. Gracie barks and them to go outside, but something astounding happens--they put HER outside. Being upset, she decides to take herself for a walk, unwittingly starting The Great Grace Chase! Suddenly everyone is running after her yelling "Stop that dog!" She doesn't want to get caught! She runs uphill, and through water fountains, until finally everyone is too tired to chase her. Noticing that it's finally peaceful and quiet again, she returns home all on her own (much to the chagrin of the mob of people and animals that had been on her tail). I love the illustrations in this book, especially Gracie's facial expressions. If your child is a dog lover they are sure to enjoy this adventure! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wag!

Submitted by Melissa from Lexington Park!
Yet another adorable book by comic strip artist Patrick McDonnell, his latest title Wag! features his classic characters, in all their lovable glory! Mooch, the know-it-all cat, tries to answer the infamous question that all dog lovers ask: Why does Earl, the happy dog, wag his tail? There are many things to which Earl wags - fwip-fwip-fwip - his friends, his ball, flowers... Can Mooch determine what it is that they all have in common? Follow along with Mooch, determined to figure out the answer, and discover the reason why all dogs wag their tails. Equipped with sound effects and personality, this “tail” will surely delight, with every “fwip” of the page! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Friend Like You

Submitted by Carol from Charlotte Hall!
A Friend Like You by Tanja Askani is a very cute book about friendship. The author photographed all the animals in the book, and also keeps many of the animals at her home. The story is very simple, and just tells basically what it means to be a friend, but the pictures really make the book. The pictures are absolutely adorable. In the back of the book there is a section that tells the reader about the author, and all the animals. It is very interesting and educational! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Princess Hyacinth

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
What kid hasn’t complained “I never get to do anything!” But what if it were true?! In Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl who Floated written by Florence Parry Heide, and illustrated by Lane Smith, the poor princess really is never allowed to do anything. Because if she does, she’ll float away! Hyacinth has the strange condition of being lighter than air. Without weights in her dress, and the heaviest crown on her head, she’ll float right up to the ceiling. Hyacinth never gets to play with the other children in the kingdom, though she is secretly in love with the kite flying boy named Boy, who has visited her window seven times (she’s counted). Children and parents will laugh at this silly story of a girl who just can’t keep her feet on the ground. But with the help of a new friend, she might be able find a way to have fun. See this book listed in our catalog

Library Mouse: A Friend's Tale

Submitted by Allana from Leonardtown!
Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale by Daniel Kirk is a delightful fantasy for listeners and readers alike! When Tom realizes that he has no partner to help with his "Writers and Illustrators Club" project, Mrs. Forrester tells him she will help out. Tom doesn’t really become inspired to either write or illustrate for his project, until he finds a tiny notebook left behind by a secret writer named Sam. When he shows this to Mrs. Forrester, she isn’t surprised. Someone named Sam has been leaving little story books around the library for children to read. Is it a coincidence that all the stories are about mice? Tom wants to find out who Sam really is, and possibly meet him, and as the tale unfolds we discover that one young boy learns a valuable lesson about team work and friendship, and another shy fellow realizes that he also can have a friend, and that maybe he doesn’t have to be so anonymous. See this book listed in our catalog

Tarra & Bella

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
I am a sucker for true stories about animals overcoming odds, and because of this Tarra & Bella the Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends really pulled at my heartstrings. Tarra the elephant used be a star of stage and screen, but has since retired to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. There are several other elephants there, all of which have a best friend. But Tarra did not have a best friend. Until Bella showed up. Bella was a stray dog that surprisingly was not intimidated by Tarra's huge size. They started spending all their time together! They ate together, played together, and slept together. But one day something awful happened. Bella was hurt! She had to be taken away to a veterinarian, who said she would probably never walk again. Tarra waited at the spot she last saw Bella for days, then finally went in search of her friend. She amazingly walked right to the barn where Bella was recuperating! Bella howled for her friend, and finally the zookeepers carried her downstairs. The friends were reunited, and you know what? Bella got better! To this day Tarra and Bella are still best friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, January 4, 2010

Two of a Kind

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
In the world of elementary school, being cool is more important that one might think. Two of a Kind, by Jacqui Robbins and Matt Phelan, tells the story of two friends, Anna and Julsia, who are not afraid to be themselves. The girls know they aren’t the cool girls in class, like Kayla and Melanie, but they are happy being friends with each other. Until one day Anna gets invited to join the cool girl clique, who spend their recess making fun of Anna’s best friend. Anna has to decide if she would rather be part of the "in" crowd and sad, or happy, if a bit uncool, with her true friend. Told through an authentic sounding voice of the third grader, Anna, this book tells a story that many kids have experienced. This is a great book for any child who is dealing with the idea of cliques in school for the first time. See this book listed in our catalog

Have You Ever Seen a Sneep?

Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
Have You Ever Seen a Sneep? by Tasha Pym. A little boy is trying to enjoy ordinary things like a picnic, reading a book, going on a walk. However, his efforts are always spoiled by either a Sneep, a Floon, a Grullock, or some sort of naughty imaginary creature, that tortures the little boy by stealing his picnic lunch, or breaking his rope swing, as he goes about his day. He is shocked that the reader doesn’t have these odd creatures in their world, and decides he wants to move in with the reader. This is cute book, where the author is able to create a whimsical imaginary world, that is intriguing, in just a few pages. See this book listed in our catalog

The Secret Plan

Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
The Secret Plan by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Milo, an elephant, and Henry, Harriet, and Hildy, three cats, are next door neighbors and friends. They have all kinds of fun together, but always seem to get interrupted. They are interrupted most often by bedtime. They come up with lots of plans to avoid going to bed, but they always get caught... until they come up with a super sneaky plan! They pretend to go to bed, and then sneak to the attic to play together. Their plan works until they all get too sleepy to keep playing and have to sneak back downstairs to their beds. Milo is almost asleep when he hears Harriet tapping out another super sneaky plan for another time. In this tale of avoiding bedtime, the characters' unusual friendship makes for a cute backdrop. See this book listed in our catalog

The Super Hungry Dinosaur

Submitted by Jill from Leonardtown!
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell. Grrr! It’s a Super Hungry Dinosaur! Hal and his little dog Billy are playing happily in their yard when the Super Hungry Dinosaur comes crashing in. He’s going to eat Hal! And Hal’s mom! And Hal’s Dad! And Hal’s little dog Billy! Fortunately for everyone, Hal is a fearless and quick-thinking little boy, and he knows just what to do about a Super Hungry Dinosaur. Lots of dinosaur noises (GRRRR!!!), great sketch-style artwork, and a ridiculous chase scene all combine to make this book by an award-winning author a sure winner. See this book listed in our catalog
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