Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Have You See My Potty?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Have You Seen My Potty? by Mij Kelly is a fun rhyming romp through the farmyard in search of Suzy Sue's potty. Suzy Sue had something very important to do. Something important she did everyday until someone snatched her potty away! Oh no! Now Suzy Sue is on the hunt for her potty. Meanwhile, the animals on the farm are amazed at how clean the farmyard is now that they're using the wonderful "poo pot" they have found. As the animals take turns using it, Suzy Sue asks each of them if they have seen her potty. Unfortunately, the animals don't know what a "potty" is and really, they are a little too busy to help her. Just when Suzy Sue has given up hope, just when she is about to "go" without her potty, the animals all shout "STOP!" and say "Haven't you learned, or have you forgotten, always poo with a poo pot under your bottom!" With fun, colorful illustrations by Mary McQuillan, potty trainees are sure to learn the importance of using their potties! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 24, 2011

Brownie and Pearl

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
The first Brownie and Pearl book I read was Brownie and Pearl Step Out. I immediately fell in love with this little girl named Brownie and her cute orange cat named Pearl. In Brownie and Pearl Step Out Brownie is invited to a birthday party. She and Pearl are going, but right when they get there Brownie gets nervous. With Pearl’s help she is brave and goes anyway. They both have a great time playing party games. and eating cake and ice cream. They have a great time at the party and are glad they went. The next release of Brownie and Pearl was Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up. In this tale Brownie and Pearl both put on makeup and jewelry, and dress up in their nicest clothes. The author, Cynthia Rylant, is able to write an easy to read, simple story that engages children. Brownie and Pearl exemplify a relationship between a girl and her best friend that is endearing. Together they go through normal childhood adventures, whether it is going to a party, or playing dress up. Check out all of their adorable tales like Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip, Brownie and Pearl Hit the Hay, Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite, Brownie and Pearl Go For a Spin, and Brownie and Pearl See the Sights. See these books listed in our catalog

How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box by Linda Heller. There is a Jewish tradition of charity and caring called tzedakah, and this is the story of how one little girl teaches her brother and friends the value of it. When Dalia learns from her teacher about making tzedakah boxes she rushes home to make one, and when her inquisitive little brother asks what’s inside, she replies “A big yellow comforter” and explains the tradition to him. So begins the wonderful project that Dalia will share with Yossi, her friends, and the whole community. To one community member, Mrs. Ross, it becomes a very special gift when the children get together to surprise her. This story warms the heart, and teaches us about the power of giving and sharing. The illustrations by Stacey Dressen McQueen enhance the story with vibrant and colorful cheer. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Higher! Higher!

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
There are only five different words used in this story, but it’s packed with as many words as your imagination can come up with. Higher! Higher! written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli takes you on a wonderful ride through a child’s imagination as her daddy pushes her higher and higher on her back yard swing. Read along and find out if swinging higher than a giraffe’s head, or higher than a tall building, or even high enough to make friends with a space creature will ever be high enough. This is a fun lap book that will have small children, who love to swing, wanting to go higher and higher! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hide and Squeak

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Hide And Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick. This rhyming picture book is perfect for getting your toddlers ready for naptime or bedtime. A very mischievous baby mouse leads his father on an hide and squeak adventure after he is told it’s time for bed. Mouse begins outdoors, hiding under plants, then slipping through the mouse-door of a large house. The baby mouse has a great time sliding down a leaf, sitting on the minute hand of a large clock, and doing a cannon ball into a bubble bath. His father eventually catches him by his tail, then lifts his child up for a kiss and hug before tucking him in bed for the night. Now it’s daddy’s turn to relax in his chair with a wedge of cheese and the newspaper. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Because

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Because by Richard Torrey is an adorable picture book about a little boy who’s mother says “because” is not a real answer to a question. Each page displays a picture of the little boy, and his faithful dog, in the middle of some sort of mess they have made. Above each of the pictures is his reasoning, starting with “because,” followed by why he has made the mess. His big, smiling face makes it difficult to be upset with him for the messes he has made. Each page is illustrated in bright colors, full of detail, making it very clear what he was attempting to do when he causes all of the trouble. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Scariest Monster in the World

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly and Algy Craig Hall is a great book for story time! The monster tramps through the forest, and scares all the animals in his path. One day he gets the hiccups! All the animals try to help him get rid of them, and finally they scare them out of him by showing him an image of himself in the mirror. He also becomes friends with all the animals in the forest, and he is able to scare the hiccups out of anyone who needs help getting rid of those pesky hiccups. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 14, 2011

What About Bear?

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
What About Bear? by Suzanne Bloom is a cute story about friendship. Bear and Duck are the best of friends. They have lots of fun playing together, until one day Fox appears, and he wants to play too. Bear and Duck play with Fox until Fox decides that he doesn't want to include Bear. He wants to play a different game, and Bear is just much too big to play. Of course Duck is not happy about this, and Bear is so sad. Duck keeps saying "What about Bear?" and Fox always has some reason that Bear can't play. Bear is too grumpy, or Bear is too far away. Finally Bear is so sad he starts to leave. Duck stops Bear, and tells Fox that Bear is his big, old, sometimes grumpy friend. Duck tells Fox that he can be his and Bear's new friend, and they all play together happily. This is a great story about sharing and how it is always nice to be nice to others. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Melvin and the Boy

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
As a person who has often seen a woodland creature, and wanted to take it home, I could totally related to Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo. This story is told in first person, from the perspective of a little boy who really wants to have a pet. His parents disapprove of animals that are too large, "too much work," or too noisy. When the boy connects with a particular turtle at the park, he decides to name him Melvin (because Melvin is a good name for a turtle) and take him home. But he quickly learns that Melvin is perhaps not meant to be a pet. Melvin stays in his shell most of the time, and generally doesn't seem happy. The boy makes the tough choice to return Melvin to the park, and realizes that this is where turtles truly belong: in the wild, with their own kind. Although the boy is disappointed, he knows he's done the right thing, and will return to visit Melvin in the park whenever he comes. Reading this book is a wonderful way to introduce the idea that not all animals are meant to be pets, especially to a child who may be really wanting to keep the latest creature they've found in their backyard. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Woods

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
There are some things that must take place for bedtime to work. Stories must be read, blankets must be tucked, and the favorite doll/teddy/stuffed friend must be snuggled. But what happens when that dear snuggly friend goes missing? In The Woods by Paul Hoppe this is the very scary question that must be answered. When the intrepid hero of our story misplaces his special bunny, he knows he must find it. Readers will think of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are as our little boy imagines a forest in his bedroom. But where Max had to tame the wild things, this little boy finds that the monsters in his room just need a little love. After sharing his story, nightlight, and a hug, he finally finds his bunny… with a “very big, hairy, scary monster!” But soon the little boy learns that even big scary hairy monsters get lonely, and he invites all of his new friends home to share his bunny. This is a great story for kids who are scared to go to bed. With sweet and silly illustrations, this book makes going to bed a happy experience. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ferret Fun

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Ferret Fun by Karen Rostoker-Gruber. Einstein and Fudge are ferrets who live with a human named Andrea. They love their hammocks, playing chase, and raisins. One day Andrea brings a visitor home: Marvel. Marvel’s human is away on a trip, and Marvel is… a CAT! Andrea leaves the three animals to get acquainted, but Fudge and Einstein soon find out that Marvel the cat is a bully! She calls them “rats,” and threatens to eat them! But what can the ferrets do about it? Should they hide? No, Marvel will just find them. Should they ignore her? No, she’ll probably just bug them more. Should they run away? No, if they run away who would feed them? At last, Fudge and Einstein hatch a plan to stand up to Marvel, with spectacular results! But now Marvel is afraid of THEM! Can a cat and two ferrets ever find a way to get along? Told in comic-book style with Paul R├ítz de Tagyos’s wonderfully expressive marker-and-ink drawings, this simple tale of bravery and friendship is sure to be a hit with young animal-lovers. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Car

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
My Car by Byron Barton is a very simple story for very young readers. Sam describes in simple detail how he drives his car, how he takes care of it, and where he goes with it. Sam’s car has many parts, and when Sam drives he obeys all the laws, and reads all the signs. Sam loves his car. But when Sam goes to work, he drives a bus! This story is really fun to read in chant form. In between the pages we enjoy pretending to drive a car (use your hands as a pretend steering wheel) saying in a sing-song chant “I’m driving my car yea, I’m driving my car.” The children join in, and then the book becomes an interactive adventure! See this book in our catalog

Monday, October 3, 2011

In the Meadow

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Some books send us back to a time and place once forgotten. Often such stories remind us how beautiful the world is around us and how it is to feel alone – and then have someone find you. As adults we forget the joys such simplicity gives us. In the Meadow by Yukiko Kato, pictures by Komako Sakai, is a book that explores this simple, natural world; a book that will encourage adults who read it with their child to pause, stop the clock, and put down their modern devices. The images and words will take you back to the time of running through meadows, chasing butterflies, finding crickets, and hearing the rush of a river in the distance, or the song of a bird. You’ll remember the feel of grass touching your skin as if you were standing all alone, in a sea of green, green grass. Check it out, give it a try, then go explore a meadow with your child and see what you can find. See this book listed in our catalog
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