Friday, November 30, 2012

Mice

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Mice, a quirky poem by Rose Fyleman, tells the tale of two nice mice.    The poem, though simple, can be extended by asking children to explain what’s happening on each page. Certain images have a word next to them, which may be helpful for those children learning language. Lois Ehlert’s clever scrapbook-esque illustrations are easy for children to duplicate, and can be made out of basic shapes of paper. At the end of the poem, you’ll discover that it is being narrated by a cat, which may incite a giggle or two. Check out these Lois Ehlert inspired arts and crafts on pinterest or see this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey is a story about Thanksgiving that is told in a way that resembles "Twas the Night Before Christmas." It is a very cute story about eight children who go on a field trip to a turkey farm on the day before Thanksgiving. They arrive at the farm and meet Farmer Mack Nugget, who slightly resembles jolly old St. Nick. The children get to meet the turkeys, who actually have names. The children love the turkeys, and they hug them and play with them. Then they spot Farmer Mack Nugget's ax by the door and ask him what it is for. The children are frantic when they are told that the turkeys are to be chopped up and roasted for Thanksgiving feasts. While Farmer Mack Nugget goes to fetch water to calm the children down, the children have a great idea. They each hide a turkey under their shirts and then they waddle back onto the bus. The next day they all have wonderful Thanksgivings with the turkeys as their guests. With the exception of Farmer Mack Nugget, everyone is happy, especially the turkeys. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hurry Up and Slow Down

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Hurry Up and Slow Down by Layn Marlow. “Hare is always in a hurry. Tortoise, however, is not.” It is a familiar tale, and a fable well and often told, but this adaptation is just as charming, delightful, and entertaining. There is no "race" in this version but we can see clearly, from the pictures and text, the stark contrast between hare’s fast paced, impatient lifestyle, and Tortoise’s easy-going, mellow one. After playing catch-up with Hare for most of the day, Tortoise finally gets things calmed down a bit, although in the end, Hare is on board with taking things a bit slower.This is an enjoyable read for all young children, and a nice new spin on an old fable. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 16, 2012

Can You Make a Scary Face?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas is an interactive, fun-filled book that is sure to wiggle giggles out of any reader. The book begins with a somewhat bossy ladybug giving instructions. Stand up. Sit down. No, stand back up. And then, the fun begins! While you pretend there is a bug on your nose, in your mouth, or on your shirt, you’ll find yourself wiggling and dancing around trying to get rid of this imaginary bug. Readers are sure to have fun with their imaginations as they laugh their way to the end of the book where they will need to make a scary face to finally get rid of that pesky bug! This book is great for one-on-one reading and even large groups! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Owl Howl

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
What could be causing that terrible howling in the forest? In Owl Howl by Paul Friester and Philippe Goossens, we find a baby owl crying and crying in the middle of the forest. All of her neighbors take turns trying to help. They try to comfort the baby owl with yummy nuts and a necklace made of flowers. She just shakes her head “No” and continues to cry and cry and cry. A little tough love is tried, but that makes her cry even harder! Finally, after a gentle hammock rocking, the little owl flies back up to her mother’s lap. When Mommy Owl asks what’s wrong, all of her animal friends stop everything to listen. The little owl stops crying, sniffs a bit, and quietly cheeps, “I forgot.” Little ones and parents alike are sure to catch glimpses of reality with this delightful story. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The House on Dirty Third Street

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
The House on Dirty Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger and illustrated by Thomas Gonzales. “It’s perfect,” said Mom. “It doesn’t look perfect to me,” I said. “It’s perfect because we can afford it.” When I saw the house on Thirty Third Street, I thought it should be called Dirty Third Street. Before we could move in we had to move out the trash, and do a lot of fixing up. My mom said it was a new start, and I needed to look at it through the eyes of faith. Clearing out the trash and dirt was so much hard work, and it still looked ugly. Then Mom got real sad! I knew it was up to me cheer her up. We decided to go to the church we saw a few blocks away the next morning. While there, I shared my prayer to help me see our house that needs so much fixing up with eyes of faith so my mom won’t cry anymore. When we got home, a knock at the door turned out to be some of our new friends from church, and neighbors who had come over to help us fix up our house. After a lot of hard work from everyone, I know our home will be happy, and I won’t call it Dirty Third Street anymore. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bear Says Thanks

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is the latest in the great Bear series that began with Bear Snores On. In this installment, ideal for the Thanksgiving season, Bear wants to thank all his friends, for being such wonderful friends, with a big feast! Unfortunately, he has no food... But Mouse stops by with a pie. Hare has a fresh-baked batch of muffins. Badger's just been fishing. Owl, Wren, and Raven bring fruit and herbs. Pretty soon, the feast is in full swing, and Bear hasn't provided a thing! He is positively mortified. But, Mouse points out, he does have great stories he can share. And so Bear and his friends spread a picnic blanket across his cozy cave floor and enjoy their food and, most importantly, their friendship! Hopefully you and the little one in your life have good friends, family, and food to be thankful for this season! (And your librarians are very thankful for you!) See this book listed in our catalog
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