Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Librarian on the Roof

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Here in St. Mary’s County, children are always in and out of our libraries. But in Lockhart, Texas, librarian RoseAleta Laurell couldn’t get any children to come to the library! The Dr. Eugene Clark Library didn’t have a children’s section. RoseAleta realized that something needed to be done. So, when simply asking for money for the library didn’t work, she decided to take things to the next level. RoseAleta decided that she wouldn’t come down from the library roof until the town raised enough money to build a children’s area for the library! In Librarian on the Roof, written by M.G. King, and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin, we see the story of RoseAleta Laurell unfold, with bright, fun illustrations, that will make you smile, and cheer along with the town of Lockhart, Texas as this librarian hero brings books to children of all ages. Based on a true story, this is a great book for children and parents to read together, and then talk about the importance of reading, and the importance of standing up for what you believe in! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Need My Monster

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
When I was little, I was terrified of monsters living under my bed. So, I made a monster trap, so that I could catch the monsters and keep an eye on them. That’s the thing about monsters in bedrooms. As long as you and your monster come to an understanding, everything will be okay. In I Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll, and illustrated by Howard McWillams, the monster who lives under Ethan’s bed, Gabe, takes a vacation. Poor Ethan is left dealing with substitute monsters, who simply do not live up to the greatness of Gabe. One after another, the monsters show up. But monsters with painted fingernails, slurpy long tongues, and bows on their tails are just not scary enough to keep Ethan in bed! If the monsters can’t keep Ethan in bed, how will he ever get to sleep? Don’t worry--Gabe and Ethan are reunited in the end. Ethan is finally able to get some sleep, and Gabe is happily growling and drooling green goo the whole night through. If your child is worried about the monster under his or her bed, this book is a great to help them not feel afraid. And if they’re still afraid, a well placed monster trap (a shoe box with a hole cut in the side) set by their bed will capture any scary monsters that might be lurking underneath. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Soup Opera

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
An orchestra tunes their instruments, and the audience readies themselves for the reading, or should I say singing, of this “opera” style book. A Soup Opera by Jim Gill, illustrated by David Moose, is a story about a man who comes into a fine restaurant to enjoy a bowl of soup. Unfortunately, there is a problem he must overcome before he can eat. Read, and sing, this story “opera” style, and enjoy the accompanying CD. A symphony of instruments enhance the story as the man, the waiter, the chef, a policeman, the mayor, and finally the president sing a part in this dramatic and enchanting tale, and the vibrant illustrations make for a rich and lavish depiction! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stretch

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Stretch by Doreen Cronin. Are you feeling stretchy? Great! Dog and all his animal friends just LOVE to stretch! Hop up out of your seat, and stretch along, as Dog stretches tall with a giraffe, spreads his wings like a bird, and touches his toes with an elephant. But that’s not all! Dog stretches underwater, and in outer space! He stretches with a whisper, or a roar, and much, much more! And did you know that a yawn is just a stretch for your mouth? This catchy, rhyming book will have everyone reaching, stretching, and joining in. And after you’re all stretched and warmed up, try out more of Dog’s great action books with Wiggle and Bounce. See this book listed in our catalog


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Mighty Fine Time Machine

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom. Samantha, an anteater, pulling her wagon of books, stops to see what her friends are doing beside a huge box. She finds that Grant (an aardvark) and Antoine (an armadillo) have traded twenty Yummy Gummys, and a bag of Buggy Bonbons, for a box labeled “time machine.” Samantha decides to help the boys, even though she knows they’ve been tricked. After making adjustments, they finally make the time machine roll down the hill, only to topple over, spilling them, and the books, onto the ground. The boys, who are tired, start to read Sam’s books, and give up on the time machine. Sam continues to work on the box, making her own changes, until she has a do-it-yourself bookmobile. Soon friends are stopping by to check out some of the great books at the new bookmobile! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Children Make Terrible Pets

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Do you have a child who doesn't understand why wild animals don't make good pets? Maybe they'd like to invite a frog, lizard, bunny, or squirrel from the backyard into your home? Try a little reverse psychology, and read them Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown! It's about a bear, named Lucy, who is practicing her pirouettes in the forest when she finds an adorable human boy. "Lucille Beatrice Bear!" says her mom, "Don't you know that children make terrible pets?" But mom relents, Lucy names her boy Squeaker, and they begin having fun together. But soon Lucy realizes that her mom was right. Squeaker is impossible to potty train, he ruins the furniture, and then he runs away! Lucy looks for him everywhere, and finally finds him with his human family. Although she is sad she can't keep him, Lucy realizes that Squeaker is not meant to be a pet. But an elephant... See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin is a great story. It's about a cat who absolutely loves his white tennis shoes. He goes around, happy as can be, singing his song: "I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes." But, oh no! Pete steps in a pile of strawberries! Pete doesn't let that get him down. He goes right along singing his song: "I love my red shoes, I love my red shoes..." This goes on and on. Pete steps in many things, and his shoes turn many colors, but Pete never lets it get him down. The moral of the story is "no matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song because it's all good." See this book listed in our catalog or download the free song and story it comes with

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Port Side Pirates

Submitted by Ms. Tess!

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Fleabag

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Fleabag by Helen Stephens is a story told from a dog’s point of view. Fleabag is a cute dog, but very lonesome. He sees all the dogs come to the park with people who "take them for walks." He wants his own person too, but everyone who sees him tells him he is just a dirty fleabag. One day he makes friends with a boy and his whole life changes. Through some sadness, fear, and rejection they end up together in an amazing animal rescue story! The author addresses many emotions in this story, and presents them in a way that is acceptable to young children. This is a book that celebrates the love that can exist between a dog and his boy. Fleabag is truly a great story about love, acceptance, family, and fleas! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by David Goldin, has got me all "verklempt." I found it utterly heart-warming and humorous! The book opens with Baxter, a pig, who (for whatever reason) is hanging out in his local predominantly Jewish neighborhood. He's sitting on a bench next to a man who says he can't wait for sundown, because it's Shabbat, and his family will light candles, sing, and have a special dinner. Baxter thinks this this a great idea! He wants to be a part of Shabbat! The celebration, that is, not the meal. However, he is misunderstood, and every nice Jewish person he talks to informs him he simply cannot be a part of Shabbat because pigs are not kosher. Baxter wonders if eating lots of kosher pickles, or challah bread, will make him kosher, but that just makes him kind of smelly, and incredibly full! Eventually, he meets a kind rabbi, who understands Baxter's desire to be part of Shabbat, and explains, luckily for the pig, that everyone is welcome at Shabbat! In fact, it's a mitzvah to invite strangers to dinner! Baxter finally gets to be a part of Shabbat, and he is so happy. The book includes a friendly author's note, and a glossary of Jewish terms (like Shabbat, kosher, rabbi, and mitzvah). See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pierre the Penguin

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story by Jean Marzollo. I love penguins, and this story is quite endearing! It is based on a true story about a penguin named Pierre. The story is written in rhyme, so it flows and is fun to read. Pierre is an African penguin who lives at the California Academy of Sciences with twenty other penguins in the African Hall. African Penguins are different from other penguins, and do not like the ice. Once day when Pam, the Aquatic Biologist who cares for the penguins, was feeding them fish, she noticed something wrong with Pierre. He was going bald! He had lost most of his feathers, and was very cold. The other penguins were afraid of Pierre, since he looked so different without his feathers. Pam tried to help Pierre in many different ways, until one day she got the idea to make him a tiny wet suit to keep him warm and well. With the wet suit on, Pierre was warm, and could go swimming with his friends. After a few weeks, the wetsuit helped Pierre to grow back new feathers! At the end of this story there is a page where Pam answers questions about her job, and Pierre. This story is a great way to build new vocabulary, like wetsuit, bray, neoprene, and aquatic, and is illustrated in a bright, clear way to show the new vocabulary! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Great Fuzz Frenzy

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Janet Stevens, begins as soon as you open the book. No, not the first page, where you would normally start reading from, but the very FIRST page, before the title. A big dog romps around with a fuzzy yellow tennis ball, and he encounters a prairie dog peeping out of his hole. No introduction necessary--the illustrations introduce you to the storyline and characters. Turn the book sideways to read, and see where a very important part of the story takes place: underground. The prairie dogs have no idea what the mysterious object is that has arrived in their midst. They don’t know how to react until a small piece sticks to Pip’s claw. Now they all want a piece! There seems to be enough “fuzz” for everyone to play with or dress up in. There’s even enough to share with neighboring prairie dogs. When it all begins to get out of control, and a real frenzy ensues, it becomes a near disaster, and someone has to restore order to the burrow. This is a fun and entertaining frenzy for pre-school age children. It has elements of mystery, humor, plus a little drama and danger as the conflict is resolved. See this book listed in our catalog
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