Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Woof: A Love Story

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Normally when you think of a dog and a cat you don't picture star-crossed lovers. But that's only because you haven't read Woof: A Love Story by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Holly Berry. In this story, our Romeo is a dog, who loves doing typical dog things, until he meets his Juliet... a cat! When the dog sees the cat he falls instantly in love with her, and tells her so, proclaiming: "I love you!" "You're pretty," and "Climb down. I adore you." But all she hears is "WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF" and runs and hides. The poor dog is devastated, so he decides to console himself the way a dog likes to--by digging a hole. And he finds a bone! A Trom-bone to be exact. And he plays the trombone, turning his powerful emotions into music, which is a language everyone can understand. Finally the cat understands his feeling for her, and tells him, "I love you" too. Of course all he hears in "Meow" but he knows what she means. See this book listed in our catalog

The Flower Man

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Karen from the Lexington Park branch!
Are you a push-over for a great children’s picture book? Then pick up a copy of The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. A delightful wordless picture book, The Flower Man is the story of a bright-eyed old man (drawn in color) who moves into a dreary, unfriendly neighborhood (drawn in black and white), and proceeds to change it one person at a time through his generosity--and his flowers! As the Flower Man’s influence spreads, each page becomes brighter, and the highly detailed pictures which tell the stories of the town’s inhabitants will engage a child’s story-expanding imagination. Whether enjoyed together or “read” by a child alone, The Flower Man is sure to brighten your world too! See this book listed in our catalog

Princess Party

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Princess Party by Joy Allen is a delightful book, filled with all kinds of princesses, from girls wearing tiaras, to ones wearing cowboy boots. In this book you will learn that there is a princess inside every little girl. Along with the brightly colored illustrations are fun rhymes that will capture the attention of every little princess. Even the back of the book sends a positive message to girls everywhere reading: "A Princess is proud of all she can do, Aren’t you glad you’re a princess too!" See this book listed in our catalog

My Lucky Day

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
My Lucky Day, written and illustrated by Keiko Kasza, is a cute book about a fox and a pig. One day Pig knocks on the door of Fox, thinking it was the door of Rabbit, and he is in for a big surprise when he sees Fox. Fox, of course, is very happy to see Pig. He thinks this is his lucky day. He will have pig for dinner. Pig convinces Fox that he is too dirty to eat (so Fox gives Pig a bath) and he is not fat enough (so Fox fattens him up by feeding him a big, delicious meal). Pig is then not tender enough, so Pig convinces Fox to give him a massage. By the time fox is done, he is so exhausted he collapses, and Pig gets away, clean, full, and completely satisfied. In this story, Pig is the sly one! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Slow Loris

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
A few days ago, if you had asked me what a slow loris is, I would have had no idea. That was before I saw this adorable video, and fell IN LOVE with these rare, unique creatures. Then I found out there was a children's picture book about them! Hello new favorite book! Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon. Slow Loris is a slow loris, and he is really very slow. It takes him an hour just to scratch his behind. Visitors to the zoo he lives in all think he's boring. But Slow Loris doesn't care, because he has a secret. At night, when everyone else is asleep, he does things. FAST. Climbing and eating! Making noise and wearing funny hats! What will happen if the other zoo animals discover Slow Loris's secret? You'll have to read Slow Loris to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Who Likes Rain?

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Who likes rain? I do! I like this book too. Wong Herbert Yee’s Who Likes Rain tells the story of a little girl who starts a rainy day inside. As she listens to the "pit-pit-pit" and the "pitty-plip-PLOP" of the rain outside, she begins to explore, and finds out who likes the rain, and who doesn’t. This book is great on so many levels. Yee’s illustrations are soft, yet eye catching. The blending of colors make it look like it’s really raining, and the expressions of the little girl, going from gloomy, to delighted with the rain, are adorable. The book also presents opportunities for interactive reading with your child. The rhyming and rhythm of the rain make it an excellent book to read aloud, and there are chances for you and your child to predict what will happen next in the story, as you go along. Every other page gives clues as to what animals like the rain. And if you have a rainy day yourself, why not follow the example of the book, and discover the puddles in your own front yard? See this book listed in our catalog

First Rain

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
First Rain by Charlotte Herman, illustrated by Kathryn Mitter. Abby and her family are moving to Israel, where a lot of Jewish people are moving every year. But Grandma is not coming. Abby's family has dreamed of living in Israel. They will have lots of new adventures like learning a new language, eating new foods, and seeing new places. Grandma gives Abby a plane letter to read on her way. When Grandma gets home, there's a letter from Abby waiting for her. After the plane takes off, Abby wonders how long it will be before she sees rain. It doesn't rain all summer in Israel. How long will it be before she sees Grandma again? Abby remembers how she and Grandma used to go out and splash in the puddles wearing their yellow slickers and boots. Abby talks to Grandma on the phone, and writes letters to Grandma. She describes the places she has visited, the new things she is eating, and what it's like to not be able to sink in the Dead Sea! Finally, early one morning, Abby hears raindrops. She hurries downstairs to open the front door, and there in a yellow slicker and boots is Grandma! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ROAR!

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I just finished reading ROAR: A Noisy Counting Book, by the dynamic team of author Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrator Henry Cole, aloud to a group of children and they loved it! How does a lion cub say hello? He ROARS, doesn't he? Well it's pretty scary getting roared at by a lion, as the cub in this story quickly discovers. He's trying to be friendly, but whenever he ROARS a greeting to anyone they go running in the opposite direction! Will he ever find a suitable playmate? Read ROAR to find out, and then come see the writer at the library! That's right! Pamela Duncan Edwards will be visiting the Lexington Park branch on April 18 at 2:00 to talk about her experience being a children's author, and to sign books. It's a free program, and there's no registration required, so we hope to see you there! See this book listed in our catalog

Jack's Garden

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole is one of my all-time favorite books to read in the springtime, and it always inspires me to get outside and plant something! The cumulative text builds up, page by page, like the traditional story of "The House that Jack Built." And page by page, beautiful drawings show the progress of a young boy’s garden throughout the growing season. Beginning with the title page, on which Jack and his father are shown laying out the garden beds, richly detailed drawings depict each stage in the garden’s growth. We see the soil that makes up the garden, the seeds, the rain, and the first tiny seedlings. The seedlings grow into plants, which sprout buds, which blossom into glorious flowers. Insects come to sip nectar, in turn attracting birds and other wildlife. By the end of the book, a simple plot of dirt is transformed into an extravagant garden and backyard habitat. Young readers will especially enjoy the details in the borders of the illustrations: garden tools, insects, birds, and bird eggs are all carefully drawn and labeled. (Fun fact: Ms. Jill got to meet the author in person, and he signed her copy of this book! He’s a very nice man.) See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Fiesta

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora. April 30 is Children's Day (El Día de Los Niños) and also Book Day (El Día de Los Libros) in many Spanish speaking countries, and everyone is excited! Libros (books) can be read in many different places. This book shows children reading in a car, a plane, and on trains. You can read to your animals. Ask your child where they like to read! A little girl has a wagon filled with books, and a little boy is running with a few books tucked under his arms. Another little girl is carrying a banner announcing the special day. Children can read in different languages, they can read by themselves, or read with un amigo (a friend). Many children read at the library! This bilingual book has bright Hispanic colors that make it very eye catching. There are also suggestions in the back of the book on how to celebrate Children’s Day. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Planting the Trees of Kenya

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Amy from the Lexington Park branch!
An inspirational true story about my favorite type of hero: one who sees a big problem and finds "small" ways to set things right, Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire A. Nivola is a great way to start a conservation conversation with your children! Wangari Maathai grew up in the mountainous highlands of Kenya, where she learned love and respect for the natural world in all its "simple" beauty. When she returns after attending college in the U.S., she is shocked and saddened by the ecologically damaged landscape of her homeland. She begins teaching her neighbors how to preserve the few trees that are left by saving seeds and planting seedlings. With time, hope, and tireless persistence, her efforts eventually grew to include her entire country and all its people, motivating people around the world to follow her example. This heartwarming tale beautifully demonstrates the concept of "everyday" heroism. Using simple language and luminous watercolor illustrations, Nivola brilliantly showcases Wangari Maathai’s life-long message of environmental responsibility. See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Brand New Baby Blues

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. The arrival of a new baby brother has this sister remembering the past, when it was only her. She tells her story of days gone by, when she was the only one, the cat’s pajamas, the moon and the sun. Now everything is different, and her whole life is rearranged. "Not now" is all mama answers, when her baby brother takes up all mama's time. With her brand-new baby brother, she has the brand-new baby blues! This story in rhyme is cute and familiar to anyone with siblings, and could be sung to your child in a bluesy tune for fun. The full page illustrations utilize soft shades, further enhancing the quality of this book. See this book listed in our catalog

Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
The Story of the Little Mole Who went in Search of Whodunit by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch. One morning a little mole pokes his head out of his hole and PLOP! He has something on his head that is long brown, and looks a little bit like a hot dog. Little Mole is angry, and determined to find the animal "Whodunit!" Little Mole goes to all his neighbors and asks them if they did it, but each deny the mess and show Little Mole how they do it! After asking the pigeon, horse, rabbit, goat, cow, and pig but, never finding out more than how they leave their droppings, Little Mole decides to ask the Flies! The Flies examine the long brown something that looks a little bit like a hot dog on top of his head, and declare it had to be the dog, Henry. Little Mole sets out in search of Henry and finds him asleep and PLOP! Little Mole goes back to his hole happy and satisfied. This is a great mystery for young kids, and is sure to be a hit with reluctant readers! With each new animal's droppings come a variety of onomatopoeia, hilarious, descriptive words. See this book listed in our catalog

Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Not every book is for every person. As a lover of princess books, I know that many people do not share my love for all things sparkly. But I do believe that there is a book for everyone. In Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) written by Barbara Bottner, and illustrated by Michael Emberley, a little girl learns this important truth. While her school librarian, Miss Brooks, loves all books, to the point of routinely dressing up as a hungry caterpillar, or a wild thing, our heroine just doesn’t find books all that appealing. Puppy books are too furry, fairy books are too flowery, and cowboy books are too "yippity." Now that Miss Brooks has told the class they must choose a favorite book to share, our young protagonist must find a book that fits her unique sense of style. Can a girl who thinks that warts are better than wands find a favorite book? This story will seem familiar to anyone who has ever felt like there aren't any books written for them. Read it as a reminder of why libraries are amazing, or to find a truly appealing, yet appalling, book suggestion about a famous ogre who also thought warts are awesome... See this book listed in our catalog

My Friend, the Starfinder

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
My Friend, the Starfinder by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Everyone knows, or has known, an elderly person, like an old Uncle, or maybe a friendly and wise old neighbor. In this bedazzling and whimsical story, a little girl listens to the stories her old neighbor tells her. In particular, the story about him finding a falling star is most special to her. I enjoy the layout and flow of this book. Although the illustrations are not sharp with detail, they are right for this story, and one simple but meaningful line on each page is appealing to the littlest ears and eyes. See this book listed in our catalog
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