Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Magic Hockey Stick

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Magic Hockey Stick by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas. What really impressed me about this book is that it is told completely in rhyme, with almost perfect cadence, along with the fact that it refers to one of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen, playing, in my opinion, the best sport, ice hockey! The young lady narrator of this book goes on a scoring spree with her newly acquired hockey stick, meanwhile, Wayne Gretzky, the stick’s original owner, goes on a serious slump! This story will appeal to little sports fans but is a fun read for all. See this book listed in our catalog

The Goalie Mask and The Greatest Goal

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Goalie Mask by Mike Leonetti, illustrated by Shayne Letain, tells the true story of Jacques Plant who was a goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1950s, and who, due to a facial injury sustained while playing, was instrumental in changing the rules regarding masks. See this book listed in our catalog
The Greatest Goal by Mike Leonetti, illustrated by Sean Thompson, is a wonderful retelling of a fantastic series played between Canada and the USSR back in 1972. The story is narrated by the young author who recalls vividly, the excitement and apprehension of the whole country. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, May 27, 2011

LMNO Peas

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker is an innovative concept book about the Alphabet Peas. Adorable peas work and play in the ABC’s. For each letter of the alphabet, the peas participate in vocations and activities that start with that letter. At the letter A, the peas are astronauts and artists, and then at B they are builders and bikers, and so on… oh, and of course at the letter P they are peas, and they are all unique! The peas are drawn around, and often-times incorporated with, the letter, creating an “I Spy” type feel to this book. It goes above and beyond most concept books by using the peas to tie the letters of the alphabet together with a flowing rhyme scheme that keeps all ages engaged. This book is a great way to engage kids with the alphabet! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cat

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Cat by Mike Dumbleton. Join Cat on his afternoon adventure, and see just how dangerous and exhausting a cat’s life can be! The short, descriptive text, mixed with the supportive, detailed illustrations, makes this the perfect learning tool for beginning readers. Each character is introduced by a single word, followed by “Thank goodness for that!” Children will enjoy the facial expressions as Cat attempts to terrorize the neighbor’s dog, tangles with the garden sprinkler, escapes a tricycle accident, and enjoys some spilled milk. In the end, Cat finds a safe place to take a much needed nap. As cat settles down on his mat, his last words are “Thank goodness for that!” See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Friends the Flowers

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
My Friends the Flowers by William Lach. Follow along as a friend of the flowers introduces you to each of his unique flower friends. Some of his friends live in the country fields, suburban streets, or city towers. Each page displays one on his flower friends describing their characteristics or temperament. He visits with Marigold, who scares all the bugs, Sunflower, who is basking in the sun while an ant lays on his leaf sipping tea, and Snapdragon, who is spicy-sweet and eager to attack. As you meet each flower you’ll enjoy the bright colors and expressions shared by them and their bug friends. You may be surprised to learn the story is being told by a bumble bee! The glossary is organized in the order that the flowers appeared in the story. Each flower has a color photo along with the scientific name and formal name in parentheses. There are instructions for growing 3 different flower gardens: a Bug-Scaring garden, a Sun-Loving garden, or a Fast-Growing garden. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pond Walk

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Pond Walk by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Buddy Bear and his mother spend a summer day at Pete’s Pond. Buddy hopes to spot a turtle. He draws many of the plants, bugs, and animals he sees at the pond. His mom takes a field guide book, and reads information about what they see at the pond. They see ducks and geese, a beetle, a frog, cattails, duckweed, water lilies, dragonflies, a salamander, and a pond skater. Buddy does see a turtle briefly, and also sees a cloud shaped like a turtle. The author/illustrator uses mixed-media collage illustrations (cut paper, photographs, and colored pencil) to make this book visually appealing. She even includes instructions to make a turtle out of a rock! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Loopy Coop Hens

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
I love chickens. I like to hear them cluck, and watch them strut around and peck. And I love books about chickens, so I have always adored the silly Minerva Louise books by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Now Stoeke has written a NEW book about silly chickens: The Loopy Coop Hens! Midge, Pip, and Dot are hens who live on Loopy Coop Farm. They want to fly, but they don’t know how! The hens adore their rooster, Rooster Sam. He is tall, and handsome, and crows “cock-a-doodle-doo!” every morning from the top of the barn roof. But Rooster Sam will not tell the hens how he flies up to the roof. Midge, Pip, and Dot decide that they will spy on Rooster Sam one morning, to learn his secret, so that they can fly too. And they do learn Rooster Sam’s secret, but it’s not at all what they expected! Will the hens ever learn to fly? Your little chicks will love this funny story, with its easy-to-read words and simple story line. Stoeke’s colorful drawings perfectly capture the plump hens’ personalities, and their priceless expressions as they pursue their quest to fly. See this book listed in our catalog (and for more chicken silliness from Janet Morgan Stoeke, check out her Minerva Louise series)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Say Hello to Zorro!

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I am in love with Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich. Mainly because the dogs in in the story are such quintessential canines, and remind me so much of my own furry friend (who is without question the boss of my house). Mister Bud has it pretty good. He has a schedule. There's wake up time, walk time, nap time, shift position and nap some more time, owner comes home so make a fuss time, watch a movie time, sleep time... And everyone sticks to the schedule. UNTIL! One day, during make a fuss time, there is a new dog: Zorro! And Zorro is bossy. And Mister Bud is grumpy. UNTIL! They discover they have the same schedule! And now nap time is more comfy, and make a fuss time is much more boisterous! Even movie time is more entertaining now that they are best friends. I heartily recommend this book to dog lovers young and old! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mardy Murie Did!

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Mardy Murie Did: Grandmother of Conservation by Jequita Potts McDaniel, illustrated by John Van Zyle. The questions asked in poetic form in this story lead children to look for and see the beauty of the land and animals found in the wilderness of Alaska, Wyoming, and other regions. Did you ever see a thousand caribou, a wolf wild and free that howls to her family? Have you ever rode in a sleigh bundled in furs from head to toe, pulled by dogs fast or slow? Have you ever seen the Aurora in the sky waving soft colors of green and pink and purple and white? Mardy Murie did! Mardy Murie was a conservationist of wildlife and animals in Alaska, and the wilderness in Grand Teton National Park. She became active in the Wilderness Act of 1964, and the creation of the Arctic National Refuge. Mardy Murie spent her life taking special care of the land, the trees, the air, and preserving wildlife. She was recognized with many awards and medals. This biography about the grandmother of conservation is beautifully illustrated in full color pages that will inspire young readers to see the beauty of the wild and the free. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm Me!

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
I'm Me! by Sara Sheridan is a book about a little girl named Imogen. She is visited by her Auntie Sara. Imogen and Auntie Sara love to play pretend. Auntie Sara has lots of ideas for their day together. Imogen can be a naughty monkey, and Auntie Sara can feed her fruit on a hot, sandy beach. But Imogen doesn't want to be a monkey today. Maybe Imogen and Auntie Sara can be beautiful princesses, with big beautiful dresses, and sparkly crowns. But Imogen doesn't want to be a princess today. Maybe Imogen can be a parrot, and Auntie Sara can be a pirate, and they can sail the seas in search of buried treasure. But Imogen doesn't want to be a parrot today. Auntie Sara has tons of great ideas, but Imogen has a better one. She says, "today I just want to be Me." You can have the most fun sometimes just being yourself! Cute story, with really cute illustrations by Margaret Chamberlain. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

If You're Hoppy

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
We all know to clap our hands if we're happy and we know it, but did you know that if you're hoppy and you know it you're a frog? Or maybe a bunny or a cricket? And if you're growly and you know it, you could be a dog, or a bear, or even a hungry tummy! And, oh my, if you're sloppy and you know it, well, you're definitely a hog! This fun rhyming book by April Pulley Sayre is full of the silliest things we can be. It's a fun book that follows the beat of "If You're Happy and You Know it" with a few surprise words to keep the silliness going. This book may have to be read a few times to get the rhythm just right, but there will be plenty of laughs along the way while you're trying. If You're Hoppy is a great book to read to a group. With colorful illustrations by Jackie Urbanovic, the pictures are bright and funny, and the silly story will have little listeners and readers clapping, flapping, growling, and hopping right along with the interesting characters that cover each page. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Mother for Choco

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza is the story of Choco, a little bird who has no mother. He wonders who his mother could be, and sets off to find her. The giraffe is yellow like Choco, but doesn't have wings. The penguin has wings, but not big, round cheeks like Choco. Everywhere Choco turns, he can't find another animal that looks exactly like him. He begins to cry for his mommy. Mrs. Bear finds Choco. Mrs. Bear is obviously not Choco's mom, but she can hold him, and kiss him, and cheer him up like a mom can. Mrs. Bear offers to be a mother to Choco. At first Choco is hesitant, but when he sees Mrs. Bear's other (adopted) children--a hippo, alligator, and pig--he knows he's finally found a family he can fit in with, because family doesn't mean looking like one another. It means love, and laughter, and maybe a little apple pie. Re-discover the meaning of family with A Mother for Choco today! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Worms for Lunch?

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
My favorite food to eat for lunch is a grilled cheese sandwich, with tomato soup on the side, and perhaps a donut for dessert. However, if I were an animal, what would I want to eat? In Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore, we get to meet several different animals who are excited to share their favorite foods with us. As you read along, you can name the animals, guess their favorite foods, and lift the flaps to see if you’re right! And if you are concerned about the cute little mouse on the front page, don’t worry too much--no characters were harmed in the making of this adorable picture book! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cat Secrets

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Psst… Yeah you… Come here for a second... What do you know about cats? I have this book that is all about cats, and all their secrets. You should check it out, but you will have to be sneaky… Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj is a book just for cats. So if you’re not a cat, you’ll have to trick those frisky felines into thinking that you can meow with the best of them. On each page, they will do their best to find out whether or not you’re a cat, because they don’t want to share all of their secrets with boys, or girls, or mice… especially mice! Told in a comic strip style, with speech bubbles, this is a great book to read with friends. You will have so much fun playing games with those kitties, and if you’re paying close attention, you might see a mouse who also would like to learn all of the Cat Secrets too! See this book listed in our catalog
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