Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze!

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright is a silly tale about the Autumn Breeze, a Big Bear, and the start of Autumn. It begins with Big Bear walking through the woods on a nice autumn day when, right as the wind blows, he lets out a big sneeze, and the leaves blow off the tree. Bear is so upset that his sneeze blew all the leaves from the tree that he tries to nail them back onto the branches. The wind tries to tell Big Bear that the leaves fell from the tree when the wind blew, but Big Bear believes that the leaves fell down when he sneezed ACHOO! The wind grows stronger as Big Bear walks on, till he comes to a tree where apples grow, and just as he approaches, he sneezes ACHOO! The tree branches shake in the wind’s strong gusts, and all the apples fall to the ground. Once again Bear thinks that his sneeze made them all fall down. Big Bear goes on sneezing through the forest, and misunderstanding the changes that autumn brings. Finally the Autumn Breeze explains that he causes the leaves and apples to fall from the tree, and even causes Big Bear's sneeze. The illustrations and rhyme makes it a great story to read aloud to kids of all ages. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 25, 2011

Who Has These Feet?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert. This delightful picture book will have children taking a look at their own feet. The question “Who has these feet?” is asked over and over, while displaying a colorful picture of a set of feet. The following page shows what animal the feet belong to, and how they are adapted to their habitats. Each colorful two page spread shows the animal in action using their feet in amazing ways. The conclusion of the book brings all 9 animals together with the animal’s heads on one side with their feet on the opposite side asking “Who has these feet?” When the flaps are open, a full display of all the animals appear answering the question with “We have these feet!” See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting for the Biblioburro

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Reading is something that many children do every day with their families, but for children who live in places without a library nearby having new books can be a very special treat. In Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, with illustrations by John Parra, we learn the true story of Luis Soriano Bohorquez, a traveling librarian who brought books to children in small villages all across the country of Columbia. In the story we meet Ana, a young girl who loves to read but has not had any new books since her teacher had to move away. One day the Biblioburro comes to town! Ana is happy to learn that libraries don’t have to be in buildings, and can even travel by burro, or donkey. Ana borrows many books, and waits impatiently for the Biblioburro to return. While she waits, she writes her own book about the Biblioburro, which the traveling librarian adds to his collection so that other children can read her story. Anyone with a love of books and libraries will be enchanted by this book. If your child wants to know more about the Biblioburro, the author includes information about the real librarian that inspired the story. With gorgeous illustrations, and beautiful storytelling, this is a book that children and adults will enjoy together. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 21, 2011

Max's Castle

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Max’s Castle by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. When Max finds a box of forgotten blocks and toys under his bed, his brothers ask what’s so special about that. Max tells them “I’m going to make a castle.” He begins with the walls, and pretty soon the castle has many walls. His brothers Karl and Benjamin soon decide that they would like a room too. Then, as they build, they rediscover old favorite toys inside each room, and adventures begin to happen. With the help of the letter blocks, they turn each addition of the castle, and its contents, into what they want; words like BATTLE into BABBLE, and SWORD into WORDS. This is a sequel to the books Max’s Words and Max’s Dragon, where unscrambling word adventures, and colorful full page drawings, add to the fantastical story, and the joy of discovering again your favorite things. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
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Woof Meow Tweet Tweet

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Cute, cute, and cute! These are the three words I would use to describe Woof Meow Tweet Tweet by Cecile Boyer! I love the concept of the characters being the sound each one makes. The illustrations, also by the author, are bold and simple, and each “character” moves through the storyline showing what they like to do, how mischievous they can be, and what fun they have. This is so original and funny. It will definitely amuse your young listeners, and suit young children who are learning to read. This is a uniquely charming picture book that shows what happens when words make the pictures! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grandpa's Tractor

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Take a trip down memory lane as Grandpa Joe relives his childhood on the farm in this very charming, beautifully illustrated book, Grandpa's Tractor by Michael Garland. Grandpa Joe and Timmy take a road trip to visit the place where Grandpa Joe grew up. What was once a beautiful place, filled with open fields and cow pastures, is now a winding neighborhood, filled with rows and rows of houses. Soon, they come upon a small patch of land with a boarded up house and a barn with a collapsed roof. As they explore the yard around the broken down farmhouse and the dilapidated barn, they discover a rusted old tractor. Timmy listens as Grandpa Joe’s voice carries him back in time, to a time when that rusted, old tractor was a shiny new red tractor, when Grandpa’s own father let him sit on his lap and steer that very tractor around the farm as they planted crops, harvested crops, and rode to the orchard to pick apples, or to the woods for their Christmas tree. Timmy can picture the farm the way it used to be, the way Grandpa Joe remembers it. This is a lovely book. It helps us remember just how special grandpas are... and little red tractors too. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Book with a Hole

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
The Book with a Hole by HervĂ© Tullet is very interactive, and will definitely use a child’s imagination to answer the questions on each page. There is a hole in the middle of the book, literally. The author wants the child to fill in the hole with an eyeball, a building, food, etc. The author has inventive ideas on every page. This will surely be a favorite with children that love to use their imagination. The author wants the readers to become active participants in the book. The Book with a Hole is a great book for imaginative play! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 14, 2011

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods and the intention of opening a branch of his brother's New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, "You should have brought pants!" saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last. Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Stacy Innerst, is a “fairly–fabricated story” about the invention of denim jeans, or blue jeans, as they are usually called. A witty and captivating story from the start, this is a very tongue in cheek book. “GOLD!” somebody yells, which sets the time period and place for this fascinating children’s book. As the prospectors struggle to keep their pants together, they are reduced to wearing barrels as clothing. The illustrator provides excellent drawings to convey the dilemma, frustration, and discomfort of the men. The story is woven in a way that is entertaining to young children, but has elements of real history too. I would recommend this book to lower elementary grade readers. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Busy Beaver

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland is a story about a beaver who is just so busy, he never has time to stop and think about anything. He starts to become very careless. He leaves a mess everywhere he goes, with half-chewed trees all over the place. He becomes so careless he chews a tree and it lands right on top of a bear. He doesn't pay attention, and starts chewing on moose's leg thinking it is a tree. He even chews a tree down and destroys a bird's home, leaving the bird and his family homeless. Finally, one day, the beaver is so busy, he chews down a tree, and it falls right on him. He ends up in the hospital, with lots of broken bones, cuts, and bruises. Now he has no choice but to slow down and relax. He then realizes all the messes he has made. When he gets well, he returns to the forest, apologizes to all his friends, and does a lot of cleaning and fixing up all his messes. In the end, he realizes the importance of taking his time and thinking things through, and taking care of people and the world around him. This is a good lesson for children and adults as well. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 4, 2011

Polka-dot Fixes Kindergarten

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
For many kids, the first day of school can be a harrowing experience. Everything is new and strange, and you don’t know who your friends will be. In Polka-dot Fixes Kindergarten, written by Catherine Urdahl and illustrated by Mai S. Kemble, we meet Polka-dot. Polka-dot is beginning kindergarten, and that means that she will have to be a big girl, and take care of things by herself. Up until this point, her grandpa has always fixed everything with his handy fix-it kit. When Polka-dot ripped her skirt, Grandpa was there with duct tape. When she scraped her knee, he was ready with dotted bandages. So when Polka-dot starts kindergarten, and meets a little girl who isn’t always nice, Polka-dot doesn’t know if she is ready to fix things on her own. For anyone who can remember how daunting that first day of school was, this will be a great book to share. Polka-dot makes mistakes at school, like everyone else, but when she’s called upon to help out, she is ready and willing to step up. The illustrations are bright and lively, with a realistic touch that will bring you back to your first day of kindergarten. If you’re looking for a book to help your little one feel more confident beginning school, this would be a great pick! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cloudette

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Cloudette is a cloud, a very small cloud (also known as pipsqueak, shortcake and small-fry). She lives in a neighborhood full of big clouds who go off and do big cloud things like make rainbows and thunderstorms with lightning. Cloudette longs to be like the others. One day a huge storm happens. It was far larger than any she could remember (it was probably a hurricane). It was so strong it blew her right out of her own neighborhood! She didn’t know anyone in this new place, but they seemed friendly enough after awhile. When she meets a frog, she finds him in a shallow pond, all shriveled up into barely a puddle. Feeling sad for the frog, she huffed and puffed a little and, for the first time, let it pour. The puddle became a larger puddle, then a pond, then an even bigger pond. The frog was so happy, and so was Cloudette! She realized that even though she’s small, she still has a place and a purpose in the world. So, off she went to explore and make puddles into ponds for everyone. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld is a delightful little tale about weather and fitting in. Who knew that humans and clouds had so much in common? If you like Duck! Rabbit!, give this one a try too! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gathering Sparks

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
There is a concept in the Jewish religion known as Tikkun Olam which theorizes that doing good deeds fills the world with holy light. In Gathering Sparks, the Sydney Taylor award winning book by Howard Schwartz, illustrated by Kristina Swarner, a loving grandfather tells his grandchild about Tikkun Olam. Being environmentally aware, taking care of our family, and being kind to animals are all ways we can make the world a better place. In the back of the book there is information about Rabbi Issac Luria who is known for popularizing the idea of Tikkun Olam in the sixteenth century. This is a sweet and gentle book, wonderful for a little one fascinated by the night sky. See this book listed in our catalog
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