Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure written and illustrated by Naomi C. Rose. Tashi a young Tibetan girl is worried about her grandfather. Her Popola has been sick. Tashi loves listening to his stories songs and chants about his village in Tibet where he grew up. Popola tells Tashi about how people in his village help people get better with flowers. The pollen from many flowers floats on the wind and helps cure sickness he says. Tashi and her Amala walk to a nearby nursery and arrange to bring Polola there on weekends. They bring a basket with tea cookies, butter, and salt with them. At first no one stops to visit when they are there. But as the summer goes on more and more people have heard of the cure and want to help so they stop by to visit. At last Popola’s doctor says he is getting better. The story includes some notes on Tibet and Tibetan medicine and is beautifully illustrated with impressionistic paintings. It presents a tender bond between grandchild and grandfather and shows the compassion of a community that comes together. See this book listed in our catalog

Henry's Heart

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Henry’s Heart by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrations designed by Elynn Cohen with acrylic paint and collage on watercolor paper. Henry’s heart and the rest of his body are shown in X-Ray vision with some of what you might see. Henry’s class mates make observations and remarks about his heart and the things it does. Henry’s heart also makes many observations about its self. One of the things Henry’s mom wants from Henry and his heart is exercise. When Henry’s dad takes Henry for a walk into town, his heart observes how it beats and why. Then when Henry falls in love with a puppy that his dad doesn’t get for him, his heart feels lots of things including broken. Henry’s heart eventually gets excited and very happy because his parents eventually do get his dog for him. His heart is excited because it gets stronger from the everyday walking, chasing, running, and playing Henry does with his dog! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Can Help

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
The idea of helping others is one that many children find exciting. Whether it is helping to cook dinner with a grownup or helping a friend who is sad feel better, kids are proud to be helpful. In David Hyde Costello’s picture book I Can Help we follow a simple story of helpfulness. As we travel through the jungle, we meet different animals who just need a little bit of help in order to make it through the day. Each character is able and willing to help each other, especially after receiving help themselves. Each page features no more than four words. This is a book that will be a great book for toddlers or for any reader who is looking for a simple story about helping one another. Bright pictures of the jungle with friendly animals on each page will make this a fun and engaging read. As you read the story together you can add more to the experience by naming the animals and asking what sounds each of them will make. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 27, 2012

Owl Babies

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson. Sarah, Percy, and Bill are baby owls. They live in a hollow-tree nest with their Owl Mother. Owl Babies is the story of what happens one evening when the little owls wake to find their mother missing. The deep nighttime woods are dark and filled with unseen things that move, and the young birds must be brave. Sarah and Percy make guesses about where the mother owl might have gone (hunting, to get food!) and what she will bring them (“mice and things that are nice”), and when (soon!). All the smallest owlet Bill can muster is an increasingly worried, “I want my mommy!” When she does not come home right away, they begin to worry: what if their mother is lost? Or caught by a predator? As the waiting draws out, the little owls draw together, finding comfort by roosting in a tight bunch as they watch for their mother’s return. When at long last the mother owl does return to her babies, they nearly miss her arrival, having squeezed their eyes tight to wish for her! All worry is forgotten as the little owls bounce and dance with delight. Waddell’s spare, simple sentences and Benson’s lovely dark ink-and-watercolor illustrations make this very short story absolutely gripping for young listeners. The baby owls’ determination to be brave for one another, their growing anxiety, and the release of tension when Mother returns are perfectly captured. This is a gem to be shared again and again. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 24, 2012

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff is a beautifully illustrated book perfect for lap reading or Picture Book Walks! The author introduces young readers to rich vocabulary, a variety of forest animals, and plants in a variety of colors. Baby Bear wakes up in his den and creeps out toward the sun and, when he does he sees... yellow. Mama and Baby Bear explore their forest home, from the green leaves on the trees to the brown trout in the water, and discover a world full of color. Strawberries, butterflies, a thunderstorm, and finally a rainbow fill this colorful adventure until Mama and Baby Bear are back home, safe in their den. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
If you are acquainted with any young children, you've probably heard giggles when talking about behinds, or backsides. The derriere is simply a hilarious subject. Therefore, if you do know a young person who finds rumps to be the be all and end all of humor, check out Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo written by Ayun Halliday and illustrated by Dan Santat. In this fun rhyming book, you will travel around the zoo meeting all of the different animals. You’ll notice along the way that every single one has a backside. Although the subject matter isn’t the most refined, Halliday does not speak down to her readers. She writes about lesser mentioned animals like caribou and even kinkajou, and describes colors such as pink with an azalea hue or ecru. This use of more sophisticated language plays well with the less sophisticated subject of bottoms. And parents that worry that this book might encourage bad behavior, be assured that the authors state quite clearly that “human nudity in public is taboo!” If you’re looking for a silly book about animals and/or backsides, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo would be a great choice. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 10, 2012

Ivan the Terrier

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto. I loved this book as soon as I saw it because I am the proud and loving owner of a little rat terrier named Pepper. She does not get into the mischief that Ivan does in the story however, but his perky and curious personality is definitely a terrier trait. The narrator is trying to tell classic fairy tales, but here comes Ivan crashing in at every turn. It is very amusing, and delightfully illustrated by the author. Young children of pre-school age will find this story a hoot! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers is the story of a boy named Floyd who gets his kite stuck up in a tree. He decides to try to get the kite unstuck. He throws his shoe to knock the kite loose, but his shoe ends up getting stuck as well. He then continues to try various things to get the kite loose. He tries a cat, a ladder, a bucket of paint, a duck , a chair, and many other things, including the kitchen sink, but nothing knocks the kite out of the tree. Finally he throws up a saw, and down comes the kite! Floyd is so happy, he flies the kite for the rest of the day. That night, as he is going to bed, he keeps thinking there is something he is forgetting. Meanwhile, everyone and everything else is still stuck up in the tree, trying to get down while Floyd sleeps! This is a cute, humorous story of determination. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 6, 2012

Do Like a Duck Does

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley takes us on a fun, rhyming romp, with a mother duck and her five little ducklings. Someone, a hairy scary someone, is creeping very closely, and following them. He says he is a big, brown duck. He can waddle like a duck. He can scuttle and strut like a duck. But "he has no feathers and he has no beak, he has four claws on his hairy scary feet." Mama Duck is suspicious. She lets the hairy scary stranger follow them, but he must do as a duck does, and jump in puddles, munch on bugs, zip through the thistles, and slide into the river. Will this hairy scary stranger with "two ears that stick up a mile, and a wicked foxy nose and a wicked foxy smile" be able to do as a duck does? Or will Mama Duck outsmart him? See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pick a Pup

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Pick a Pup by Marsha Wilson Chall, with illustrations by Jed Henry, is a wonderful story about a boy's first dog. Sam is so excited. His grandma is taking him to the animal shelter to pick out a dog! Sam is very smart. He looks at many books about dogs, to try to figure out what dog would be best for him. But he can't decide! He takes a long walk through his community, meeting all his friends and neighbors' dogs. What would be best for him? A sit-in-your-lap, likes-to-take-a-nap, hardly-makes-a-peep, mostly-sound-asleep dog? Or a runs-right-up, always-wakes-you-up, dances-for-a-bone, hates-to-play-alone dog? A dog with a pedigree? Or one that's a "potluck" mix? When the time comes to take a shelter puppy home, Sam is anxious. He still hasn't decided! But then, a puppy chooses him, in a lovely, serendipitous moment! This book teaches a fabulous lesson about pet ownership: be prepared! Do your research, and if possible, adopt the breed of your choice from a shelter. See this book listed in our catalog
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