Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Chicken Thief

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
What would a fox do with a chicken? Anyone who knows anything about the food chain would guess right. The Chicken Thief, a wordless picture book by Beatrice Rodriguez, tells such a story a bit differently. Rabbit and Bear live happily in their abode with a flock of chickens. One day, while they're happily lunching, a fox comes along and steals a chicken! Off the fox runs with the chicken, through the woods, the deep dark forest, the mountains, and a rocky meadow. Through underground tunnels, to the beach, across the ocean, and finally to a fox’s den under a large tree, all while a desperate trio - the bear, the rabbit, and a rooster - chase closely to Fox’s tail, and an unlikely relationship begins to unfold along the journey. This story tells a tale of acceptance, and not judging a book by its cover. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 27, 2010

Brontorina

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
When I was little, I loved pretending to be a ballerina. I also loved pretending to be a dinosaur. However, I never pretended to be a ballet dancing dinosaur. After reading Brontorina, written by James Howe and illustrated by Randy Cecil, I realize what I was missing. Brontorina is a dinosaur with a dream – a dream to be a prima ballerina. However, her height, her dinosaur-ness, and her lack of dino-sized ballet shoes make this dream difficult to achieve. But maybe, with the help of friends and teachers who remind her that being different doesn't have to stop you from accomplishing what you want, Brontorina might just become the dancer she dreams to be! Howe and Cecil manage to create a simple story, with delightful textured illustrations, and humor that readers of all ages can appreciate. Check out Brontorina and find out why ballet dancing and dinosaurs make an enchanting combination! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Balloon for Isabel

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood. The animals are excited to be graduating from kindergarten. Every animal will receive a brightly colored balloon at graduation, except the porcupines--they will be receiving bookmarks. Isabel and her porcupine friends really want a balloon. She points out to her teacher that they have already received bookmarks for all the previous holidays. Her teacher refuses to change her mind, it being dangerous to give a porcupine a balloon. Isabel starts to think of different plans to solve the problem of their quills popping the balloons. She wears a pop-stopper box to breakfast. When this doesn’t work, she straps on pillows, and eventually tries wrapping her friend in packing bubbles. Finally, on the day of graduation, a solution is found: gumdrops on their quills to cover the points! In the end, her porcupine teacher is revealed, wearing gumdrops on her quills, and holding a special balloon of her very own! See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bear Snores On

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. “In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear.” Bear is fast asleep, hibernating through the bitter cold of a winter storm, as first one and then more animals take refuge from the snow in his cave. First comes Mouse, then Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Wren, & Raven. They light a fire, brew some tea, pop popcorn, and finally throw a party! All the while, Bear snores on. But what will happen when the great brown bear wakes up and finds he’s missed out on all the fun? Bear Snores On is a fun and gentle story told in bouncy rhyme. Jane Chapman’s sweet pictures capture each creature’s expressions perfectly. If Bear Snores On leaves you wanting more of Bear and his friends, then look for: Bear Wants More, Bear’s New Friend, Bear Feels Sick, Bear Feels Scared, and Bear Stays Up for Christmas. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lola Loves Stories

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Lola Loves Stories written by Anna McQuinn, and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, is a cute story about a little girl with quite an imagination. Lola loves stories, and she loves the library! Lola's daddy takes her to the library every Saturday. Lola's mommy and daddy read to her every night. One night Lola's daddy reads her a story about a fairy princess, and the next day Lola wears a fancy dress and pretends to be a fairy princess herself. One night Lola's daddy reads her a story about magic shoes, and the next day Lola pretends her shoes are truly amazing. Whatever Lola reads, the next day she acts out. An adorable story about the magic of books and a child's imagination! See this book listed in our catalog

Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories by Audrey Penn, illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson. Making memories of the ones we won’t see anymore is one way to make you feel better about losing a loved one. Chester Raccoon's mom explains to Chester and his friends how they can "make a memory" of their friend Skiddil Squirrel after he has had an accident and won't ever be returning. Chester and his friends, the other forest animals, gather at Skiddil Squirrel's favorite place, Butterfly Pond, where they remember things that happened to him there. Chester watches a butterfly resting on an acorn and, after waiting patiently for the butterfly to fly away, he picks up the acorn. With all the funny memories they recalled of their friend, Chester decides to take the acorn home to make a perfect memory. This story will help young children understand the meaning behind attending a funeral or a memorial service and how "making memories" can help them find comfort. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I Dream of an Elephant

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Julie, the county library's summer intern!
Have you ever seen a red elephant? Pick up I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger and you will read about all kinds of different colored elephants, doing all kinds of different things. Whether reading to your child or to a group of children, this book is excellent at getting them involved. It is engaging not only because of the bright colors and exciting pictures, but also because of the rhyming. When you flip to a page, the last word (a color) isn't written, so you have to ask the child what color the elephant is, to complete the rhyme. ("I dream of an elephant whose color is…?" "White!" "Playing in piles of snow, what a sight!") I Dream of an Elephant is an exciting book for any occasion. See this book listed in our catalog or read an article about Julie's successful summer internship

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

City Dog, Country Frog

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Mo Willems is one of our FAVORITE authors here at the Kid's Book Blog, and we were all not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of his latest book at the library. We were NOT disappointed by its awesomeness. City Dog, Country Frog by Mr. Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth, is the heartwarming story of a rambunctious city dog, who meets a wise country frog in the spring. Country Frog teaches City Dog some excellent froggy games. In the summer, City Dog returns to teach Country Frog some excellent doggy games. But in the fall, Country Frog is tired, and suggests they play "remember-ing" games. In the winter, City Dog searches for Country Frog, but his friend is gone. And when it's spring again, City Dog is sad, but meets a new friend, and life continues on. This book may serve as a gentle way to introduce your little one to the circle of life, and the idea that some animals live longer than others, and how that's natural and ought to be accepted, even if it is a little sad. See this book listed in our catalog or watch a delightful video of Mo talking about this book

The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
"The Ugly Duckling" and "Thumbelina" are both stories originally by Hans Christian Andersen. The following are adaptations:
The Ugly Duckling by Sebastien Braun is a timeless classic retold for a new generation. Braun has captured the essence of this fairy tale using simple language and graphic but bold illustrations. The author of classics such as I Love My Mommy and I Love My Daddy tells the story of the outcast “duckling” whose egg accidentally lands in the wrong nest setting the tale in motion and sending the “duckling” on a journey of discovery. Revisit this ageless story with a young child--it's worth it. See this book listed in our catalog
Thumbelina by Brian Alderson, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, is a beautiful version of a fairy tale classic. This book portrays the story of a tiny girl who is thrown into a life of adventure and peril as she seeks out her destiny. Through powerful, eye-catching illustrations, we travel with Thumbelina every step, and flight, from her appearance in the flower petals, to her trip with Mrs. Toad (spectacular on the page!), her scary encounter with the Maybug, and on through her treacherous and sometimes solemn path. Prepare to be surprised and thoroughly entertained with this classic gem. See this book listed in our catalog

The Bicklebys' Birdbath

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
The Bicklebys' Birdbath by Andrea Perry. Told in a cumulative house-that-Jack-built format, this great read-aloud tells a topsy-turvy story of cause and effect, and it's sure to cause a few giggles along the way. The author creates a rhythmic text with many unexpected twists and turns, and rather than moving the story forward, it moves backward. The Bicklebys' mailman fell right into the Bicklebys' birdbath. The mailman fell into the birdbath because of a small little leak in a garden hose. A moose, a goose, a flock of crows, a bee, a lawnmower, and some other things are also involved in this unpredictable adventure. This story may even inspire young writers to try to write a similar story of their own. See this book listed in our catalog

Cupcake

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper is a great story about how everyone is different. Vanilla Cupcake was creamy, white, and perfectly plain, but most certainly delicious. His brother and sister cupcakes were all decorated and different. There was Chocolaty Chocolate Cupcake, Pink Princess Cupcake, and even Fancy Flower-Top Cupcake, and they were all part of a very special cupcake family on a plate together. Until no one picked Vanilla Cupcake because he was too plain. Then a candle came by and he told Vanilla Cupcake that he was too plain too! The candle told Vanilla Cupcake all about his fancy candle family: there was a number candle, colored candle, twisty candle, and much more. Cupcake and Candle were feeling sad so they tried to make Cupcake special by putting pickles, cheese, and even spaghetti on him, but nothing worked to make him feel special, not even a squirrel. Then Candle and Cupcake got together to make a very special vanilla cupcake with a plain candle, and they were both happy. What a cute story to teach kids that everyone is different and everyone is special! The only problem is... now I really want a cupcake! Good news! There is a recipe in the back for Vanilla Cupcakes that are creamy, white, and perfectly plain, but most certainly delicious, and Plain Butter Cream Icing. See this book listed in our catalog
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