Thursday, July 28, 2011

How to Hug

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Aren’t hugs great?! They’re just wonderful, but they can be tricky. It’s important to know how to hug in any situation. You don’t want to hug someone too tightly. Oh, no! And you certainly don’t want to hug and run. Or freeze up. Or even get stuck in a hug! This book, How to Hug by MaryAnn MacDonald, gives us great advice on how to give the perfect hug. For instance, if you find yourself wanting to give someone who is angry a hug, wait! You don’t want to rush this one. You will find that it’s better, for everyone involved, to give the angry person a little time and space. And you can always try again later. The illustrator, Jana Christy, uses colorful animals with such cute expressions you can imagine just what they’re thinking. However, the ostrich’s expression is hidden in the sand. Sometimes, friends are too shy to hug. And that’s okay, too. Happy Hugging!! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 25, 2011

Press Here

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Press Here by HenrĂ© Tullet. When I was little, I always loved books that kept me involved. They could be the complicated ones that had buttons to push that made music, or fuzzy pages to represent bunny fur. Or it could be the “I Like to Help Mommy” book in which my mother would replace the main character’s name with my own so I could pretend it was about me! HenrĂ© Tullet’s new book, Press Here, is a fantastic interactive picture book that will stimulate the imagination of kids and adults! The book opens simply with a yellow dot and the direction to “press here and turn the page.” Where most books that give you this direction would make noise or light up, Press Here is different. The following page displays two dots with the text “Great! Now press the yellow dot again.” Instead of lighting up, this book engages the imagination of the person reading it. Each page follows the same pattern, showing a new illustration with a new set of directions. At first glance this may not seem all that engaging, but the simple directions and bright colors truly capture the attention of whoever is reading it. Adults and children alike will be mesmerized by this book. Don’t be surprised to find yourself pressing, turning, shaking, and following whatever other directions you find inside. Check out this book and press here! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wink the Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Wink the Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J.C. Phillips. “It was the happiest day of Wink’s life when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for young ninjas.” “Silence is the weapon of the ninja” Master Zutsu said, so “Look at me!” are not the words you’d expect to come out of a young ninja in training’s mouth! Wink, however is different. He is the flamboyant, attention seeking ninja. He likes bright colors and loud noises. “The blossom that flaunts its color is soon plucked” says the irritated Master Zutsu. The story continues as the frustrated ninja begins to realize he missed his calling, and is finally rewarded in a way that suits his personality and talents. A great read for young school aged and an excellent read-to-me for pre-school children. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Loudest Roar

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor. Clovis is a tiny young tiger with a very loud roar, and he’s proud of it! So proud, in fact, that he wants all the other animals in the jungle to know that he’s the "fiercest, most roaringest tiger in the whole wide world." Clovis spends his time sneaking up on other creatures so that he can jump out and scare them with his loud ROAR!!!! He chases the parrots from their fruit tree, startles the wildebeest out of their swamp, and even sends the mighty elephants stampeding across the plains. It’s all a lot of fun for a little tiger, but the other animals are getting fed up. Finally, the monkey hatches a plan, and everyone in the jungle helps to teach Clovis a lesson he won’t soon forget. But can the fiercest, most roaringest tiger really change his ways? Your young tigers will love to roar out loud along with Clovis in this simple story that’s just right for preschoolers. Thomas Taylor’s lush full-spread illustrations perfectly capture Clovis’ sneaky ways and the startled animals’ priceless expressions. This is a terrific read-aloud for groups, or just to enjoy with your own little tiger. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sylvia and Bird

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I was immediately struck by the illustrations in Sylvia and Bird by Catherine Rayner, and had to pick if up and read it as soon as I saw it. It really pulled at my heart-strings! It's the story of a dragon named Sylvia. She is beautiful, and lives in a beautiful home, but she is the only dragon she knows of, possibly the only dragon in the world, and this makes her feel very lonely. One day she meets Bird, and they become best friends. They spend lots of time having fun together, but when Bird goes to "chit-chatter" with her bird friends, Sylvia is sad again. Bird wants to help Sylvia find other dragons, but they soon realize all they really need is each other. This is a sweet story about the power of friendship to cross boundaries, and overcome obstacles. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Should I Share My Ice Cream is the newest edition to the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems (and, in my humble opinion, the best in that series so far). Willems tells a story of two friends, one ice cream cone, and a big decision! On a hot day, Gerald buys an ice cream cone, but, in his excitement and love of ice cream, he forgets that his best friend, Piggie, would want an ice cream cone too, and he does not buy her one. This brings Gerald to the troubling question: “Should I share my ice cream?” Gerald has a huge battle with himself about sharing his awesome and cool ice cream cone with his best friend. He thinks of reasons why he should and should not share. Perhaps she does not like the flavor, then it would be wrong to share a flavor she does not like with her. Or she doesn’t know that he has ice cream, so maybe he should eat it before she can see it. Finally, he decides that it would make Piggie happy if he shared his ice cream with her, and he goes off in search of Piggie determined to share his… NOOOOOOOOOOOO! The ice cream has melted while Gerald was making up his mind! Just then, when Gerald is sad that both he and Piggie will not get to have any of his ice cream, Piggie shows up with an ice cream, and shares it with Gerald! After all, that is what friends are for. Wouldn’t you share your ice cream with a friend? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ten Little Puppies/Diez perritos

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Ten Little Puppies/Diez perritos by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy and Ulises Wensell. This is one of the famous counting rhymes in Spanish folklore. Ten puppies start the story, and they decrease one by one with each turn of the page. One vanishes in the snow, at the fireworks, in a new home, and other places, until only one puppy stays with the little girl. The realistic images capture the spontaneous, playful, and affectionate nature of the puppies. The text can be sung or spoken in Spanish or English. The English translation is well done, and maintains the story's authenticity while accurately reflecting the original poem. In the back of the book there is music for the song, and also guitar chords. The large illustrations will make this a favorite for story times, as well as an excellent source in helping children to develop pre-reading skills. It also introduces children to early math concepts such as addition and subtraction. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dream Big Little Pig

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi is a book about a pig named Poppy. Poppy was a pig who loved to dream and she dreamed big. She wanted to be a big star. Poppy tried everything. She thought she would try dancing. Maybe she could be a ballerina. But Poppy was very clumsy. Dancing was not for her. Poppy's family told her to dream big, and always follow her dreams, so Poppy decided to try out singing. She always wanted to be a singer, but Poppy couldn't carry a tune. Still her family and friends always believed in her, and continued to tell her to follow her dreams and dream big. She decided to keep trying. She had always wanted to be a supermodel. But Poppy wasn't the model type. She even tripped on her gown. Modeling just wasn't for her. She was about to give up when she remembered what her family said: "Just follow your heart and remember, we love you no matter what." And so she decided to try ice skating. She slipped and fell, but she didn't give up. She was a persistent pig. Poppy learned to do all kinds of tricks, and she finally felt like a star. This is a cute story with a message. It shows how you should always believe in yourself and follow your dreams. What will Poppy try next? Whatever she decides, she will never stop dreaming. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The View at the Zoo

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom, illustrated by Guy Francis. As opening time approaches, the zookeeper makes his rounds, seeing that the animals are ready for the day. He orders the monkeys from the trees, lion to comb his hair, giraffes to stand straight, elephant to wipe his nose, and flamingos on their toes. Once the animals are in place, he opens the gate for a day of fun. As you turn the pages you’ll discover many funny things taking place at the zoo. But who is talking about whom? If you look closely you may discover a clever monkey with a borrowed hat, and a bald zookeeper on each page. Sun is setting in the sky. Everybody, say goodbye! In the end you’ll find that the humans were putting on a show for the animals. On the last page the zookeeper finally gets his hat back from a now sleepy monkey. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 1, 2011

Because I Am Your Daddy

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Because I Am Your Daddy by Sherry North. This story in rhyme, illustrated by Marcellus Hall, shows us many ways a dad can show his love for his child. “If I were a pilot, I would fly you to school.” “If I were a carpenter, I would use my saw and drill.” Or “If I were a musher, we would glide the arctic snow.” These and other examples of a daddy's love for his child are depicted in the full page, colorful illustrations, showing a dark haired little girl and her daddy doing all the things he is saying he would do if he were any of these occupations. Whether extreme, or far out, a Martian, or wizard, a daddy would do them, because he is your daddy, and a daddy would do anything for you. See this book listed in our catalog
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