Thursday, July 22, 2010

When Jack Goes Out

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Ever wonder what happens when you put your dog outside? Well, in this story, he gets abducted by aliens! Well, the aliens try, but this faithful pup decides to stay. When Jack Goes Out is a wordless picture book by Pat Schories. The pictures tell the story of a dog, his boy, and their devotion to one another. Sadly, it's time for bed, and Jack must go out, so his boy ties him to the dog house to rest for the night. Jack mopes, as any good dog would, at his boy's departure. Suddenly, a car full of aliens flies down, lands on Jack's dog house, unties him, and tries to fly off with him! While amused by the little aliens' shenanigans, Jack does not wish to leave his boy, and sits firmly on the ground. The aliens' space car flies off, taking only Jack's collar with them. When the boy returns to check on his furry friend, he finds him unleashed, and by his dog house, right where he left him. This book has vivid illustrations that clearly depict the scene and characters, and will suit beginning readers as it allows for much discussion and imaginative thinking. See this book listed in our catolog

Good-Bye, Sheepie

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
If you have ever loved a dog, you know how hard it is to say good-bye. Good-bye, Sheepie by Robert Burleigh is a book which directly discusses that situation. Owen and Sheepie are best buds, but Sheepie is getting old, and is no longer the active pup he once was. One day, Owen finds Sheepie under a big oak tree, and reaches down to pet him. Sheepie doesn’t lift his head, or wag his tail. He is gone, and it is time for Owen to say good-bye. Owen’s relationship with his father is strong and supportive. Owen and his Dad bury Sheepie, and they mark the grave with rocks in the shape of an “S.” Dad explains that Owen won’t play fetch with Sheepie anymore, but he will continue to live on in his memory. The pictures, illustrated by Peter Catalanotto, are clear, and enhance the story line, adding more emotion to the story. If you’re experiencing a situation such as this, and your child is having a difficultly expressing how they feel, this book may help in opening a dialogue. See this book listed in our catalog

The Very Fairy Princess

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
I’ve always known that I was a fairy princess. So, when Julie Andrews (yes the singing nanny and nun) and Emma Walton Hamilton wrote the book The Very Fairy Princess, I knew that it was bound to be amazing. In this cute and funny story, with beautiful pictures by Christine Davenier, we meet Geraldine, a girl who also knows how to be a fairy princess. Geraldine explains how princesses are practical, supportive, and know that pink goes with everything. Little girls and parents will love how Geraldine manages to be a princess and have fun at the same time. After all, scabby knees and dirty fingernails are just part of the job of being a princess. Read The Very Fairy Princess and learn how to let your sparkle out! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Wide-Mouthed Frog

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
I love pop-up books, and I love frogs. So, when I found The Wide-Mouthed Frog, I was very excited! This book, written by Keith Faulkner and illustrated by Jonathan Lambert, is now one of my favorites. The friendly frog, with is pop-up wide mouth, goes from animal to animal asking what each one eats. The bird eats worms, and the mouse eats berries. But the alligator wants to eat “delicious wide mouth frogs!” What is a frog to do? Children will laugh at how the frog solves his problem, and avoids becoming dinner. This is a short and simple book that is great to read aloud. Kids will love the bright pictures and the fun pop-outs on each page. See this book listed in our catalog OR learn to make your own pop-up book

Princess Pigtoria and the Pea

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Princess Pigtoria and the Pea written by Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrated by Henry Cole is the classic story of the princess and the pea with a little twist, since the princess in this story is a pig! Princess Pigtoria has a problem: her palace is a pigsty and she has no money to fix it up. She sees an ad in the paper requesting a bride for the prince and she figures if she marries the prince maybe he would help her fix up her palace. The prince is very picky and so when he meets Pigtoria he is not at all polite. He decides to place a pea under her pillows to see if Pigtoria is a proper princess, since only a proper princess would be able to feel such a small pea. In the meantime, Pigtoria meets Percy the Pizza Pig when she orders a pizza. They eat and dance the night away! Then Pigtoria goes to bed. Pigtoria can't sleep because all the pizza, popcorn, and pie crumbs are pressing through her pajamas. She tells the prince the next morning what an awful night sleep she had and of course the prince is very happy and assumes he has found the proper princess since Pigtoria, he thought, had felt the pea. When Pigtoria finds out that the prince had placed a pea under her pillows she is very angry, and decides she likes Percy the Pizza Pig much better. So Pigtoria marries Percy and lives happily ever after! A very cute sory based on an old classic. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 9, 2010

Please Take Me for a Walk

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I'm becoming a huge fan of Susan Gal. I loved her first book, Night Lights, and I love this, her second one, dedicated to her dog, Wanda Woo! In this story, an expressive and engaging canine pleads with the reader to "Please take me for a walk." This pup wants to chase squirrels and birds, and greet all the neighbors. He wants to say hi to all the shopkeepers, especially the butcher. He wants to watch the kids playing in the park, and the guys shooting hoops. He wants to feel the wind and the sun, and he runs and rolls in the grass. Plus there's lots a new dogs to meet! But most importantly, he wants everyone to see him with his very best friend! If you don't want to take this dog for a walk after all that, I don't know what's wrong with you! This woofer gives The Pigeon a run for his money. See this book listed in our catalog

Little Hoot

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace is one of the most adorable books I've read in a long time. As we all know, owls are nocturnal, and Little Hoot is no exception. But, unlike most children, Little Hoot doesn't want to stay up late! He wants to go to bed early like the rest of his forest friends! "I don't give a hoot what time your friends go to bed." says Papa Owl, brewing himself a pot of coffee. Mama Owl says "Stay up and play for one more hour and then you can go to sleep."And so Little Hoot goes off to play on the jungle gym (with his other nocturnal friend the bat), he builds a fort, he jumps on the bed, he skateboards... until it's finally time to sleep! Mama and Papa tuck him in and "they owl lived happily ever after." See this book listed in our catalog OR watch it via Tumblebooks

Fiesta Babies

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla, a Pura Belpre Honor book, is surely a hit for toddlers and preschoolers. The short lines of text encourage participation in these age groups. “Fiesta Babies go out on the town—right-side up and upside down!” The “Fiesta Babies” are celebrating a local Hispanic holiday. They are wearing brightly colored clothes and handmade crowns (coronas). The Spanish words sprinkled throughout the book can be understood in context. These Fiesta Babies dance, march on parade, and sing along to mariachi songs in their spirited celebration of fiestas. Children are introduced to the many colorful aspects of an important and lively Latino cultural tradition. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 8, 2010

There's a Cow in the Road

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
There’s A Cow in the Road by Reeve Lindbergh is a great book, that is written in rhyme, all about a child’s morning routine, with a twist. When the narrator wakes up in the morning to get ready for school, she sees a cow in the road. Then a goat joins the cow! As the narrator continues to get ready, a huge group of animals gather in the road in front of her house. Before she knows it there is a cow, goat, sheep, horse, goose and a pig in the road! Finally, she joins the crowd in the road in front of her house. The crowd is standing there waiting in the road in front of her house... What are they waiting for? They are waiting so they won’t be late, the school bus comes at a quarter to eight! What a cute way to read about time and sequence with children. Each animal shows up at a different time and step in the narrator’s morning routine. The story flows nicely, since it is written in short rhyming sentences. I have loved this story for years and hope you will too! See this book listed in our catalog

Help! A Story of Friendship

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Help! A Story About Friendship by Holly Keller. Mouse and Snake have been friends for years, but one day gossip gets in the way. Fox tells Skunk, and Skunk tells Mouse: snakes are very dangerous, especially to mice! Mouse is scared and hides from his friend, even though Hedgehog is sure that Snake would never hurt either of them. But then Mouse, distracted by his fears, has an accident and gets hurt! Squirrel, Hedgehog, and Rabbit try to help but can't. It's up to Snake, even though his feelings are hurt, to show real friendship in Mouse's time of need. This sweet story is illustrated by the author in a unique watercolor style called "collographs," which resemble leaf rubbings and collage. The expressive animals and simple story convey a just-right message about friendship, gossip, and trust, that every child can understand. See this book listed in our catalog

Hooray for Reading Day!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Hooray for Reading Day! by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Arthur Howard. Jessica finds herself filled with anxiety as she battles the difficult task of learning to read. Jessica stumbles over her words in class and everyone laughs, making her even more nervous over the upcoming Reading Theater Day. Each child must wear a costume and read a short line aloud in front of classmates and families. Her teacher continues to encourage her, and soon, with the help of her family and her dog Wiggles, Jessica is ready for the big show! After a glowing performance, with no mistakes, Jessica finds she loves to read, and spends the rest of the night reading to Wiggles! See this book listed in our catalog

All Aboard to Work--Choo-Choo!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
All Aboard to Work--Choo-Choo! by Carol Roth, illustrated by Steve Lavis. Catching the morning train is all part of getting ready to start a busy day at work! Follow along as seven animal families start the day, saying good-bye to mommies and daddies heading off to work on the morning train. In this rhythmic story, children will learn the name and profession of each animal parent as they board the train to start the day. When the work day finally ends, the train brings them home again. They return home to their families, where they take a bath, eat some dinner, enjoy playtime, and end with a bed time story! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Tree House

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
The Tree House by the daughter-father-artist team of Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman is a breathtakingly beautiful book in my opinion. It is a wordless picture book, with the "story" beginning on the front cover. We see a white bear riding a whale (perhaps a latent comment on global warming?) to a tree house in the middle of the water. The white bear is soon joined by a brown bear in a boat, and they decide to share the magnificent tree house. Soon the seasons change, the water disappears, and new animals migrate to and from the bears' tree house, like gorgeous pink flamingos, adorable owls, and a murder of crows. The bears remain, snacking, reading, and enjoying their life together. It's a completely lovely and enchanting book with engrossing illustrations that will hopefully spur dialog between you and your child. I implore you to please enjoy The Tree House as soon as you can. See this book listed in our catalog

The Moon Might Be Milk

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Julie, the county library's summer intern!
The Moon Might Be Milk written by Lisa Shulman, and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, is an engaging and fun story, with an interesting twist at the end. While looking out of her window at the moon one night, Rosie has a question. “What is the moon made of?” Rosie goes on a quest to find the answer, and each animal friend she asks decides to come along and see what the next answer will be. Everyone knows their answer is the right one. Is it flour? An egg? Grandma knows the answer to Rosie’s question, so who will be right? It couldn’t be everyone, could it? Pick this book up at the library, and find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Animalia

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Animalia by Graeme Base. Everyone knows you should never judge a book by its cover, but if you are an animal lover you can’t help but be attracted to this book immediately, because of the cover! When you open the book it only gets better. Each page is filled with the most vibrant and exciting artwork, together with awesome alliteration, which I am a fan of: “Ingenious Iguanas improvising an intricate impromptu on impossible impractical instruments.” Maybe not all of the words will be understood, however, Graeme Base has a distinctive style that kids of all ages will enjoy. See this book listed in our catalog

Compost Stew

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals, and illustrated by Ashley Wolff, is a poetic storybook about how you can put together your own compost pile or container at home. In this colorful collage illustrated book, using recycled and used materials, readers will find ingredients like apple cores, bruised bananas, hair snippings, insects, and other everyday used stuff to put into compost stew. What seems like ordinary trash and kitchen scraps become ingredients to add to the pot to rot. From A to Z you will learn about all the stuff you can use to make a compost stew. At the end of this rhyming alphabet book you will see the “Chef’s Note.” It contains useful information, and what not to use in your compost stew. When it’s done, you're ready to spread it on the ground--mother earth's treat! See this book listed in our catalog
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