Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Life as a Chicken

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
My Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley, with pictures by Michael Slack. Pauline Poulet, a clever chicken, decides to escape from her nest after hearing the farmer discussing “Chicken Pie.” She escapes out the gate into the woods, where she is confronted by a fox, and hides inside a log. The log rolls down a hill, spilling Pauline into the water, where she’s picked up by pirates! She soon finds the captain wants her for dinner, and escapes the ship by stealing the captain’s hat and making a raft. This doesn’t last long, as the waves toss her about, landing her in a hot air balloon basket! All along Pauline is wondering will she ever find a home, as she finds herself in one bad situation after another. Finally, Pauline finds a new home in a petting zoo, where she has new friends and feels safe. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 24, 2011

Little By Little

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Little By Little by Amber Stewart and Layn Marlow. “Otto was making a list. An I CAN DO list and an I CAN’T DO list.” There isn’t anything much cuter than a story about an otter learning to swim. Otto is very good at most things but, because he hasn’t learned to swim yet, he feels left out, and unable to keep up with his friends. This wonderfully told and illustrated story is fun, precious, and inspirational to both kids and parents. A story about starting small and finishing big, Little By Little will entertain children of pre-school and lower grade levels, and give that tingly, feel-good feeling to anyone who reads it. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Off Go Their Engines, Off Go Their Lights

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Off Go Their Engines, Off Go Their Lights by Janice Milusich, illustrated by David Gordon. The sun is setting in the city as the yellow taxi picks up its last pair of passengers. As they make their way through the streets, the taxi and the people inside pass other hardworking vehicles at the end of their long day. A red pumper truck at the fire station is being cleaned and dried for the night: “Off goes its engine. Click. Off go its lights.” A green dump truck has finished a hard day of hauling. A brown delivery truck has made countless stops. A black and white police car has patrolled and kept the city safe all day. A blue ice cream truck has made countless people smile. One by one, each vehicle is shut down for the night: “Off goes its engine. Click. Off go its lights.” Janice Milusich’s gently repetitive refrain is perfect for settling down at day's end, and David Gordon’s delightfully personified illustrations contrast the vehicles’ hardworking days with their sleepy preparations for a well-earned rest. Your little future mechanics will demand this roadworthy bedtime book again and again. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Ball for Daisy

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
A Ball for Daisy by Christopher Raschka. Daisy is a puppy who loves her ball. She loves playing with it, and when one day her owner takes her to the park, Daisy brings her ball. A much bigger dog and Daisy are playing with the ball and the ball pops! Daisy is heartbroken. The illustrations indicate Daisy is very sad. This is all about Daisy, since we only see her owner's face at the very end. It's a feel-good ending when Daisy goes back to the park only to meet up with the same dog and her owner. The good news is that they have brought a new ball to play with, and Daisy gets to take it home! This book teaches a good lesson about taking care of other people’s toys. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friends

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh. Some of the most unexpected and surprising friendships can be found among animals. In this true, extraordinary book some very different animals become incredible friends, even though they are so very different in every way, and in all sizes. Each page gives young readers a verse describing the friends pictured, such as an orangutan and a cat, a mouse and a frog, a cheetah cub and a pup, a baby badger and baby fox, and more. Each featured set of friends is also accompanied by a description of how their unusual friendship came to be. Many talented photographers were able to capture the truth and beauty of these animals at just the right moment. Animals from around the world show us how friendships can happen no matter what differences there are between them. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Saving Audie

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, with photos by William Muñoz, is the inspirational true story of one of the dogs rescued from Bad Newz Kennels, Michael Vick's dog-fighting outfit that was shut down in 2007. Typically dogs held for evidence in court are put to sleep after the trial is over. Luckily, several animal rights organizations banded together to save the "Vick dogs." One of those dogs was a black pit bull puppy, eventually named Audie. Audie was able to be cleaned up, trained, and adopted! He had some knee problems, but was able to get surgery, and now does agility training. And he didn't trust people at first, but now he has lots of friends--people, and other dogs! The book also has an informative section in the back, with facts about pit bulls and the Michael Vick case. Saving Audie is a wonderful book about overcoming adversity to become the best you can be! See this book listed in our catalog or read more about Audie at the Vick Dog Blog

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Odd Egg

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett is a fun, interactive book, with delightful illustrations, and witty little snippets of animal dialog. Poor Duck is the only bird who doesn’t have an egg to hatch. All of the other birds have eggs to hatch. But then, all of a sudden, Duck finds an egg of his own! This egg is perfect! It’s huge. It’s huge, and white. It’s huge, white, and covered with green speckles! It’s the most beautiful egg in the whole, wide world! That’s not what the other birds think, though. They laugh at his egg. They tell him that it will never hatch. They are not very nice to poor Duck. Using cleverly cut pages, the hatching of all the eggs unfolds. All but Duck’s egg. Duck waits, and waits, and waits. Then one day, there’s creaking, and there’s cracking, and out pops a... well, you’ll just have to read this book for yourself to find out (but I sure wouldn’t make fun of someone else’s egg if I were you)! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Little Owl Lost

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton is a story about a cute little owl who falls out of his nest while sleeping. Owl is lost, and is looking for his mommy. He stumbles across Squirrel, and Squirrel tries to help Owl search for his mommy. Owl describes his mommy. He says his mommy is very big, so Squirrel says he knows where his mommy is, and he brings Owl to Bear. "Here she is," says Squirrel. Owl of course says no, his mommy has pointy ears, so Squirrel brings him to Rabbit. "Here's your mommy," says Squirrel. Owl says no, his mommy has big eyes like his. Squirrel brings Owl to Frog. "Here she is," says Squirrel. Owl says "no" again. Will Owl every find his mommy? Little Owl Lost is a cute and funny story about friendship. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 13, 2011

Counting Chickens

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Jen from the Lexington Park branch!
Did you know mobiles were created back in 1954 in Denmark? The super stylish Counting Chickens by Harriet Ziefert, with mobiles by Flensted, showcases a unique art form, while inspiring counting fun, and paying close attention to the details. The cover has mobile cut-outs, and the pages are shiny, with illustrative mobiles that literally "pop" off the page. A creative take on a counting book, the pages have chickens, with eggs, fish, elephants, dolphins, boats, toucans, bats, cats, and more! Asking the listener things like "How many flying? How many standing? How many more? How many in all?" makes this an interactive reading experience! Easy to read, and fun, this book is great for all ages. It capitivates the audience with its bright colors and inquisitive format. Good for people both young and old, who love counting, crafting, and appreciate art in all forms! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 10, 2011

I'm a Shark

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Jen from the Lexington Park branch!
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea is awesome, beginning on page one, when you meet the awesomest shark ever! Because sharks are quite awesome, in case you didn't know. His sidekicks, a bright orange crab, and tiny yellow fish, cheerily wave him on. This super-brave shark goes on to list all the things he isn't afraid of--shots, scary movies, dinosaurs, the dark--with wit and style. The illustrations in this book are simple but fabulous. The illustrative style allows you to enjoy the lighthearted tone and the text. What's this shark afraid of? Nothing it seems... Scary squids? Bring them on! Bears? No problem! The dark? According to this awesome shark--"Dark heard I was coming and ran!" Kids will giggle with this book's silliness, but even the awesomest shark ever is afraid of something--spiders! However, he bravely claims that swimming away isn't scared, it's smart! This book is sure to become a favorite with everyone. If you want to read something truly awesome, check it out! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 6, 2011

Big Sister, Little Sister

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Big Sister, Little Sister by LeUyen Pham is an adorable ode to sisterhood. In it we meet two girls, a big sister and little sister. The book is narrated by the little sister, who gives us the straight facts about the universal truths of sisterhood. For instance, the big sister "usually does things first" from losing teeth, to riding a bike, to going on dates. The big sister gets all the new clothes (the little sister gets hand-me-downs). The big sister always thinks she's right (but the little sister knows she is right). The big sister is good at a lot of things, like baking, and skating, and reading. But the little sister is good at things too, like dancing and painting! The big sister tells all the good stories (but the little sister gets to listen). It's very clear though that, despite their differences, these sisters love each other! This book would be great for any family with two girls in it, to celebrate their sisterhood! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pika

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Pika: Life in the Rocks is an enjoyable story of the life cycle of the pika, a small animal that lives in the Rocky Mountains. The story is told with crisp, vibrant photographs, and short detailed sentences. The “rock rabbit” called a pika is a hard worker. Spring through fall he gathers and bundles his food for the winter, all the while hiding from weasels and hawks who prey on him, and warning off other pikas who might steal his food with a ferocious “Eeeeeep!” His hard work pays off as winter arrives and Pika is able to eat his fill. In the spring, before the snow melts, Pika calls for a mate, and starts a family, and the story begins again with the pika pups. The photographs are adorable right up until the very end! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
We all know that in fairy tales princesses are supposed to be delicate and lovely, and princes are supposed to be handsome and refined. But what about a princess with gigantic feet, and a prince with a huge nose? Do these rather un-royal attributes make them any less majestic? In Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose written by Nancy Gow, and illustrated by Stephen Constanza, we meet a big-footed princess and a large-nosed prince who just want to be appreciated for who they are instead of what they look like. Told in rhyme, we get to see our two heroic highnesses learn to be happy with who they are and even fall in love! With beautiful illustrations and delightful characters, this is a great book for anyone who has ever felt a little different. See this book listed in our catalog
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