Saturday, September 29, 2012

House Held Up By Trees

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Driving down our quiet country roads, it isn’t rare to come across an old, abandoned farm house. Sometimes you’ll see them in the middle of a field, surrounded by trees. In fact, sometimes it looks as though the house is being held up by trees. In the book House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser, with illustrations by Jon Klassen, you’ll learn about the life cycle of a house: how it was built to become a home, a place where people once lived, learned, and grew. In time the people changed and moved away. The house remained. Sometimes, old houses are bought and remodeled, redecorated, made new. Sometimes they sit, alone, abandoned to become part of the landscape, to become a house held up by trees. The next time you drive past an abandoned building, encourage imaginative thought by asking your child who may have lived there, what colors they painted the walls, etc. Then ask if they think anything lives there now? A possum family, maybe? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Very Greedy Bee

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman. All the bees work hard making honey and cleaning the hive, except the very greedy bee. He spends all his time gobbling up pollen and guzzling nectar, refusing to share with anyone. One day the very greedy bee finds a meadow full of flowers and decides not to tell anyone so he can keep it all for himself. The greedy bee whizzes from flower to flower, slurping and burping, growing fatter and fatter, until at last his tummy is full. After a nap the greedy bee tries to fly home, but is too heavy to fly, and falls to the ground! Alone and scared, two fireflies and some ants help to get him home safe. The greedy bee invites everyone to enjoy a midnight feast of yummy, runny honey. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 24, 2012

Good News Bad News

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Using only 4 words, Jeff Mack tells a fabulous story of two good friends, with very divergent world views, in Good News Bad News. If there were a glass in this story, Rabbit would think it's half full, and Mouse would think it's half empty! "Good news!" Rabbit proclaims, presenting a picnic basket to Mouse. "Bad news!" Mouse grumbles as it starts to rain. But "Good news!" Rabbit has brought an umbrella! Oh "Bad news!" The wind has picked up and threatens to blow the umbrella (and Mouse) away! The story continues in this way, as Murphy's Law seems to plague the pair, Rabbit ever optimistic that things will get better, Mouse pointing out way after way things can only get worse. When I read this book for the first time I wondered will Mouse eventfully crush Rabbit's cheery perspective? Or will he learn to embrace Rabbit's joyful philosophy? I was happy with the ending, and think you will be too! Check out Good News Bad News today and remember to always look on the bright side of life! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 21, 2012

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Ian Falconer has done it again! He has told a hilarious tale featuring the ever loveable Olivia! In Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Olivia is depressed. Olivia does not want to be like everyone else, she does not want to fit in, and she does not want to be a fairy princess. Everyone wants to be a fairy princess. At birthday parties, dance class, and school her friends always want to be fairy princesses, even some of the boys! “Why is it always a pink princess?” Olivia wonders. Why not a princess from Africa, Thailand, or even China? Olivia has had it with princesses. She thinks perhaps she could be a nurse, or a reporter, or maybe she could adopt orphans from all over the world. Then it hits her: Olivia will not be a princess… she will be Queen! This is a great picture book to teach little ones to be themselves. It is OK to be different and to dream big! Who else shares Olivia’s dream? I know I do! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How I Became a Pirate

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Rain Brings Frogs

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, a young man named Nate helps readers to see things through optimistic eyes. As the rain pours over his mother’s umbrella, she says, "I hate rain," and Nate replies, "Rain brings frogs!" In the kitchen, Ben hovers over a huge banana split, insisting he doesn’t have enough to share, while Nate, holding a small cone, holds it out to share with the dog. As his sister cries about how ugly her hat and scarf, are Nate happily embraces the warmth of the clothing. At the end of the swimming race, Casey is upset she came in second place, Nate is happy he finished the race, coming in 5th place. This book encourages children and adults to have a optimistic view on life. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kite Day

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
It’s a perfect day to fly a kite! Not only fly one, but Bear and Mole decide to make a kite. That is half the fun! Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is a perfect book for toddlers. The fun and excitement of flying your very own kite is portrayed beautifully in this story; the “ups” and “downs” as it were! The expression on Bear’s face when the string breaks is astonishing, and the events which unfold after that put a smile on the reader’s face. If you like Kite Day, check out Spring Is Here, the very first “Bear and Mole” adventure, also written and illustrated by this author. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cindy Moo

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen. One night on the farm the cows in the barnyard overhear a little girl reciting “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat in the Fiddle, the Cow Jumped over the Moon!” After a lengthy discussion among the cows about how they couldn’t possibly jump over the moon, Cindy Moo decides she is going to prove them all wrong. The other cows make fun of Cindy. She tries several nights, and is about to give up until... it rains one night and Cindy notices the shadow of the moon in a puddle! Cindy goes out and jumps over the shadow of the moon in the puddle. (The other cows were secretly watching and said “A cow can really jump the moon, as long as she knows how!”) This is a great read aloud book for bedtime! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Bed of Your Own

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In A Bed of Your Own by Mij Kelly, Suzy Sue and her barnyard friends use delightful rhyming whimsy to teach us the importance of sleeping in our own beds. Suzy Sue is getting ready for bed. She’s brushed her teeth and climbed into bed. She’s turned out the light and grabbed her Ted. But, her usually comfy bed is suddenly UNcomfy. She finds out why when a cow, a horse, a sheep, and a goat all pop up from under the covers. They are wondering why her bed is feeling a bit cramped, too. Suzy Sue takes them back to the barn, tucks them in, and reads them a bedtime story. They still aren’t quite ready for sleep, so she begins to talk to them with a dreamy, drowsy voice, so very dreamy and drowsy that they are sure to fall asleep soon. Can you guess who falls asleep first? The illustrator, Mary McQuillan, has given us adorable characters to follow throughout the story. Their expressions are sure to bring giggles to kids and adults, and the story itself is sure to help little ones drift off to dreamland, too. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little Nelly's Big Book

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Little Nelly's Big Book by Pippa Goddhart is a story about an elephant named Little Nelly. Little Nelly looked in a book and read about mice and thought she was a mouse. After all, she was gray and she did have big ears and a skinny tail, so she must be a mouse. Little Nelly looked in the book to see where mice sleep, and then she found a hole in the wall and tried to creep in. The mice were very surprised of course, and they thought Little Nelly was an awful big mouse, but they accepted her and were very nice to her. Little Nelly liked the mice, but she just felt like she didn't really fit in. She was always hungry after her little bit of cheese, and she was so much bigger than the other mice. One day Granny Mouse said she knew where there were other mice like Little Nelly at a place called the zoo, so they went there. All the "zoo mice" were very nice, and Little Nelly got big helpings of food. The zoo mice invited Little Nelly to live there at the zoo with them, and so she did. Little Nelly's friend Micky mouse came running, and told Little Nelly that he had been reading a book and discovered that he was not a mouse after all, but an elephant. He said, "I am gray and I have big ears and a skinny tail so I must be an elephant" but he told Little Nelly that they could still be friends. This a funny story about friendship and acceptance. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Brad Sneed. This story shows life on the farm in rhyming text with lots of animal sounds. “Cows all moo in the milking shed. Cluck, cluck, cluck hens are being fed.” This family’s daily life is colorfully and playfully illustrated in this “days of old” story showing a working farm and all that happens in everyone’s day. Six children and Grandma too help the Dad and Mom do their part to take care of the animals and chores. Mom rings the dinner bell triangle gong to bring everyone into supper. It can be heard from out in the field where Dad is working. In the evening the brothers and sister read and play games to pass the time. No TV or computer games to play with in this story, just good old fashioned fun. See this book listed in our catalog
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