Saturday, March 31, 2012

Piggy Bunny

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail is a story about a piglet named Liam who wants to be the Easter Bunny when he grows up. Liam wants to be the Easter Bunny so bad he practices hopping, he tries to enjoy salad, and he tries to deliver eggs. Liam's mom and dad try to tell Liam that he is perfect just the way he is, but Liam insists that he is going to be the Easter Bunny. Nobody thinks Liam looks like a bunny. Everybody is sure that Liam could never be the Easter Bunny, except Liam and his grandparents. Liam's grandma and grandpa believe in Liam, and they help him order a bunny suit so Liam can be the Easter Bunny. When his suit finally arrives Liam is ready, and he can now finally be the Easter Bunny! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 30, 2012

Life-Size Zoo

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya takes you "up close" to your favorite animals through actual size images. Travel through the picture book zoo to see just how large a tiger’s tooth is, or how far a giraffe’s tongue can reach. Even a trip to a real life zoo won’t get you this close! You’ll also get to meet animals like Yamato a German gorilla, and Kometaro an aardvark, to name a few. This book is cleverly illustrated with photographs, and features a side bar full of facts about each animal. If you happen to be stopping by the Lexington Park or Charlotte Hall library, take a look at our “Actual Size” height chart Learning Spot, made by Lindsay Alvey, the library's summer intern last year! This Learning Spot is full of interesting facts about animals that may be your actual size, so come on by the library and learn an animal fact or two. See this book listed in our catalog

Ten Little Caterpillars

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. In this attractive counting book the ten little caterpillars featured on the cover creep and crawl through gardens, vegetable patches, and apple orchards. Each caterpillar gets its own spread, with one climbing a cabbage head, another carried off to school in a jar, and another falling into the sea. As children turn to each page they’ll find familiar images, such as a rose or a bee, while expanding their knowledge of others, such as a muskmelon, monarch eggs, and even a sea bass, all identified with labels. In the predictable ending, the tenth caterpillar emerges from his chrysalis a beautiful butterfly. The concluding pages identify each caterpillar with information about what they eat, and reveal the type of moth or butterfly they become as a result of their metamorphoses. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Penny and Her Song

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Penny and Her Song Kevin Henkes introduces us to a new character. A character just as interesting and unique as Owen or Lily. A character who loves to sing. This is a fun story of self-confidence, and finding joy in the simple things. Penny arrives home from school wanting to sing her song for her family. After both mom and dad interrupt her performance to remind her that the babies are sleeping and she needs to be quiet, Penny determines to sing her song for herself. But she discovers that singing to herself is just not the same as singing for someone else. She searches her room for someone to perform for without success. Finally, her parents come to her rescue, and Penny gets to sing her song. This book just might inspire readers to create their own songs. In fact that would be a fun activity to do with this book! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One Cool Friend

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
One Cool Friend, written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small, tells the story of Elliot. Elliot is a cool kid indeed. He regularly wears a tuxedo, and knows how useful the library is. One day he decides to take a trip to the aquarium, despite “the masses of noisy kids” who are sure to be there. He finds the penguins, and appreciates their fine sense of style. Due to a slight confusion on his father’s part, Elliot manages to bring a penguin home as a pet. His new friend Magellan proves to be a cool friend indeed. Penguins have always been a favorite animal of mine, so any book featuring them is sure to please. This book in particular is delightful. Buzzeo’s text is both funny and sweet. Small’s illustrations are smart and filled with details that will make the reader want to go back and examine them a second time. The twist at the end of the story is sure to catch readers, both young and old, by surprise. If you’re a fan of animals and funny books, this will be a new favorite. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Young Henry and the Dragon

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Young Henry and the Dragon by Jeanne Kaufman. Young Henry is a traveling squire who finds himself at day’s end in the forest without a flame to light his fire. It occurs to him that not far away there is a dragon and if he can find his lair maybe he could trick or joke him into a snort of fire. Henry searches the forest until he finds the dragon. Henry then acts up in as many silly shenanigans as he can think of to make the dragon laugh and snort, but all of his tricks and jokes do not strike the dragon as funny. That is until Henry accidentally trips himself up… Friendship is often found under the most unusual circumstances as Henry and the dragon find out. This silly story is told in rhyme and illustrated with whimsical artwork of drawing, painting, and doodling to create a medieval cartoon-like presentation. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 26, 2012

Little Lost Cowboy

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Little Lost Cowboy by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church. Poor little Cowboy Coyote is lost in the desert! He can’t find his mommy, so he does the only thing he can think of: he howls to the moon that he is lost and lonesome. The kindly moon offers Cowboy some well-intentioned advice, but when the little coyote pup follows the moon’s instructions, his situation only gets worse. A snake in the grass and a bird in a tree chime in with suggestions of their own, but poor Cowboy just ends up even MORE lost, lonesome, tired, sore, wet, AND stuck in a dark hole! Will Cowboy Coyote ever get home to his mommy? A toad in the hole offers one more piece of advice that just might do the trick. This simple, reassuring picture book with a Southwestern flair is just right for little ones. Cowboy’s increasing worry as he tries to find the way home creates just enough tension without being too scary, and the happy ending offers a good teachable moment for young children about what to do if they are ever lost or separated from their adults (hint: STAY PUT and yell for help!) See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 23, 2012

A House in the Woods

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
A House in the Woods by Inga Moore. The Pigs, the Moose, and the Bear are in a pickle. They have nowhere to live! Building a house would be difficult. When you don’t know how to build, who do you call? The Beavers, of course, who wish to be paid in peanut butter sandwiches. With all the building, and shopping to buy enough peanut butter and bread to make all those sandwiches, the Pigs, the Moose, and the Bear are very tired, so off to bed they go. Detailed woodland illustrations are sure to capture the imagination, and stir dreams of creativity in this perfect-for-bed-time story about hard work and friendship. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Duck to the Rescue

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Duck to the Rescue by Jez Alborough is a hilarious new adventure featuring Duck and his friend, Sheep. Sheep is driving his jeep to the fair but he gets lost. Duck happens to pass by and offers to lead the way. Watch out Sheep! Things are bound to get a little messy when Duck comes to the rescue! Jez Alborough writes in rhyme and his books are very entertaining and great to be read aloud. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Melvin the Magnificent Molar!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Melvin the Magnificent Molar by Julia Cook & Laura Jana, MD. Melvin the molar walks children through the importance of taking good care of their teeth. He starts off by showing them a chart of their teeth explaining where the different teeth are located and what their jobs are. Melvin explains that taking care of your baby teeth is good practice for when your permanent teeth move in. In the morning, the amazing toothbrush, along with a dab of toothpaste, shows up to get the sleeping scummies off your teeth. Melvin reminds us that if we forget to brush the back teeth, the scummies will turn them green. Children are shown what to expect when they visit the friendly dentist. Children learn the tooth fairy and the dentist are very good friends. In the end, Melvin the molar finally gets his dream come true when he has fallen out and his owner writes a letter to the tooth fairy. The very last page lists "Melvin’s Top 10 Tips for Happy, Healthy Teeth." See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 12, 2012

Those Darn Squirrels!

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin tells the story of Mr. Fookwire and his bird-loving, squirrel-disliking dilemma. Mr. Fookwire was a grumpy old man. He didn’t like much of anything, but he loved birds. He loved to paint pictures of them as they flew around in his back yard. When he realized that winter was fast approaching, he decided to feed the birds so that they would stay for winter. Mr. Fookwire built beautiful bird feeders, and filled them with yummy seeds and berries. Birds came from all over to feast in his back yard. But the birds weren’t the only creatures interested in those yummy seeds and berries. The squirrels wanted to get in on that action. Did you know that squirrels are very intelligent animals? The illustrator, Daniel Salmieri, shows us, in great detail, how creative squirrels can be. They are crafty little guys. They can map out plans of attack, and devise catapults to send them over buildings. They have Mr. Fookwire shaking his fist and yelling “Those Darn Squirrels!” each time they empty his birdfeeders. When the birds fly south for the winter, Mr. Fookwire is sad and lonely. The squirrels feel sorry for him. They hold a meeting and decide to give the old man a present to make up for all the seeds and berries they have eaten. They also decide to try to cheer him up. You won’t believe what these silly squirrels decided to do, but I think it will make you smile along with Mr. Fookwire! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 9, 2012

The 3 Little Dassies

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The 3 Little Dassies by Jan Brett is a twist on the classic tale of the three little pigs. No surprise at the wonderful illustrations of Brett, as the story, which takes place in Namibia, portrays the adventures of three Dassies who have grown old enough to set forth and fend for themselves. Under the watchful eye of a guardian Agama Man, they travel up a mountain and try to settle into homes where they will each be safe from the hungry old eagle. “I’ll flap and I’ll clap and I’ll blow your house in” he rants and beats his wings. The eagle may displace a Dassie from the grass house, and from the house made of twigs, but what will happen when he tries to destroy the house of stone? See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Umbrella

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
A scruffy dog goes on a big adventure in The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert! On a windy day a dog finds a bright red umbrella. Soon he is scooped up by the breeze, and taken away from his home. After sailing through a cloudy sky, he's spotted over the Serengeti. He must fend off hungry crocodiles before being blown on his way by some helpful elephants. He weathers a stormy sea, meeting fish and a friendly whale along the way. On his trip around the world he visits the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazonian rain forest. He even travels north, playing in the snow with Arctic hares and polar bears. There's a night time flight with a colony of bats and finally our hero is returned home. Good luck to that cat who's eye-ing the umbrella next... This wordless book is filled with large, beautiful, detailed pictures. If the child you care for loves dogs, adventure, and making up their own stories, The Umbrella is a win win win. I personally like it because I think the dog in the book looks a lot like my friend and fellow Kid's Book Blogger Ms. Jill's dog Oscar, who I suspect secretly takes trips around the world via umbrella on a regular basis. I mean, just look at this picture of him and you'll see what I mean. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
We all know the song "The Eensy Weensy Spider" and can sing it on cue, but what happens if the Eensy Weensy Spider doesn’t want to go back up the water spout? The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out by Troy Cummings is the story of what happens when the sun dries up all the rain and the Eensy Weensy Spider does not climb up the water spout again. Eensy Weensy is just too scared to climb the spout again. The next day the story is all over the Web and she is so embarrassed. Her friend the ladybug tries to cheer her up and get her climbing again. First, Eensy climbs a flower pot and realizes that climbing isn’t so bad. Next, the ladybug encourages her to climb a fireplug, and a dog, and then a mail box, and finally back up the water spout! Eensy is so excited she doesn’t want to stop climbing, so she climbs a crane, a hotel, a radio tower, and then to the tip-top of a rocket ship! She realizes that even though she fell down the water spout the world is a big place with lots of places to climb, and even though she fell down she should try again. This is a great twist on an old favorite. See this book listed in out catalog

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fred Stays with Me

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
In Fred Stays with Me, written by Nancy Coffelt and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, we meet a little girl and her beloved dog Fred. We learn that the little girl’s parents are divorced and that sometimes she lives at her mom’s house and sometimes she lives at her dad’s house. She has a bunk bed at one and a regular bed at the other. Each house is a little different, but one thing that always stays the same is Fred. Fred might eat all of Dad’s socks, and Fred might make the poodle that lives next door at mom’s house bark, but none of these things are important in the long run. The important thing is that Fred will never be far away. Fred is always be there when his friend needs him. See this book listed in our catalog
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