Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cow Can't Sleep

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Cow Can’t Sleep by Ken Baker. Carrying her pillow, Belle leaves the scratchy hay in the barn in search of a softer place to sleep. She finds a nice feathered mattress and settles down, but the mattress, which is actually a flock of ducks, is too lumpy and loud. Next she went for a drink, but after taking too big of a gulp, got stuck in the well until the horses hauled her out. Too wet and cold to sleep, Belle finds some warm wool blankets to snuggle in. The blankets, which were sleeping sheep, didn’t like to snuggle, so they moved around. After exploring many options on the farm, Belle finally finds a soft, warm place to settle down. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, January 28, 2013

Cat Tale

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Cat Tale, the newest picture book from Michael Hall (author of My Heart is Like a Zoo) tells of the delightfully strange adventure of three cats: Lillian, Tilly, and William J. Tongue-twisting wordplay leads the colorful cats from one activity to the next, following the links of homonyms (“They flee a steer… they steer a plane…”) as each increasingly silly action is illustrated in boldly graphic acrylic stamps and paper collage. Young word-lovers will cackle with delight, particularly as the words grow jumbled and the cats find themselves scrambling to illustrate nonsense until they regain control of the tail… er, tale. Here Hall has introduced a sophisticated concept--homonyms, or words that sound the same but have different meanings--in a fun and silly way that even preschoolers will grasp and enjoy. Read Cat Tale and then have fun making up your own zany homonym adventures. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Monsters' Monster

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
The Monsters' Monster written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. There was once three little mischievous monsters named Grouch, Grump, and Gloom ‘n’ Doom. They thought they were the biggest, baddest monsters around. They spent their time arguing over who was the best biggest, baddest monster by doing monster things like smashing, crashing, and huffing and puffing. Their favorite words were no, no, no, no, no, and no. Then one day they decided to make an even bigger monster. Together they gathered bolts, and wires, and gunk, and gauze, and all kinds of stuff. Then with the help of a great big “BAM” lightning bolt, a new creature was created. A “Big! Bad!! Monster!!!” they all cheered together. When he woke up he said “Dank You!” and gave them a hug. Soon the little monsters found out that their big monster was not exactly the kind of monster they thought he would be. See what happens when their big monster teaches them a lesson in gratitude. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! is billed as "a sonic adventure," by jazz musician, composer, and advocate Wynton Marsalis, and illustrated by artist Paul Rogers. It is a celebration of all the "music" we hear (and probably take for granted) on a daily basis. The "noises" we hear as we go about our day, from the squeak of a door (or a mouse), to the rumble of a truck (or your tummy), have a beautiful musicality to them, if you take the time to appreciate it. What else makes great sounds? The knife across your bread as you butter your toast? The nails on your shirt when you scratch an itch? Marsalis also treats us to the sounds of music being made on instruments you might hear: violins plucking, trombones sliding, trumpets blaring... The world is truly full of beautiful music! Read this book with the child in your life, and then go listen to, or better yet make, some music of your own! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, January 18, 2013

I Wanna Iguana

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orlof is a story about a child named Alex who desperately wants to take Mikey Gulligan's baby iguana when he moves. Of course, if he doesn't take it, Stinky will, and Stinky's dog, Lurch, will surely eat it. Alex tries to convince his mom to please let him take the iguana. He explains to his mother about how iguanas are really cute and quiet. Mom responds each time with her opinion. She says tarantulas are quiet too but she wouldn't want one for a pet. Alex promises to take good care of it, and he says he is really small. Mom responds with a fact that iguanas can grow to over six feet long. Of course, Alex says that would take a long time, and he would be married and on his own by then. Mom says how would you get a girl to marry you when you own a six foot long reptile? Mom also reminds Alex of what happened when he took care of the class fish and how the fish ended up in the spaghetti sauce. This book is very amusing and Alex is determined to convince his mom to let him take Mikey's iguana. In the end Mom finally breaks down and lets Alex take the iguana on a trial basis, which Alex doesn't quite understand but he is very, very happy. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Little Red Pen

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Much like the story “The Little Red Hen,” The Little Red Pen by co-authors and sisters Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel tells the story of a little red pen with lots of work to do and no one willing to help. The sky isn’t falling in this story, but the world just might end! The Little Red Pen must get a big pile of homework graded or the students won’t learn, the school might close, and the world may just end! Who will help her? “Not I” comes a chorus of replies from her desk drawer mates. They all have excuses for why they can’t help. Stapler has a sore back from people pounding it all day. Pencil will just work himself down to a nub. Eraser is starting to forget things because his head is shrinking. They’re all afraid of ending up in “The Pit of No Return,” which is where Mr. Felt-Tip ended up when someone left his cap off. So, the Little Red Pen will just grade the papers herself. She works deep into the night until she becomes exhausted, falls over, and rollsoff off the table’s edge and into “The Pit!” Now the desk mates must work together to rescue her without ending up in the pit themselves. Parents and kids will laugh their way through this fast-paced and exciting romp with school supplies who act just as you would expect them to. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, January 14, 2013

One, Two, Cockatoo!

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
One, Two, Cockatoo! by Sarah Garson. This counting and hide-and-seek book is well suited for preschool storytimes about counting and numbers. Small children will love learning to count from one to ten as they search for the cockatoos hidden in the pages of this brightly illustrated picture book. In this humorous story, the cockatoos teach the children to count without them even realizing it. The bouncy rhyming text makes it fun to read aloud, and easy for all listeners to join in too. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Robot and the Bluebird

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas.“There once was a robot with a broken heart.” This is a precious story about a bond between a broken and rusting robot and a cold, tired, little bird. The illustrations, described as “winsome,” which means charming or engaging, are precisely as much that as the story is endearing. The robot cannot be fixed and is discarded to a junk heap, where he feels useless, like a pile of rubbish, until a bluebird flies nearby and needs somewhere to rest. She is due to fly south for the winter, but is in danger of freezing, so the robot, who has found a new lease on life, offers to carry the little bird to a warmer place. “Together they set off on a memorable journey.” This is a most enjoyable book for young preschool age children who will warm to the timeless story of friendship, inspiration, trust, and love. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, January 7, 2013

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan A. Shea. If you look around you’ll see, some things grow, like you and me. Others stay the way there made, until they crack, or rust or fade. Do you know which ones will grow? Think, then answer YES or NO. A duckling grows and becomes a duck, so can a car grow into a truck? While the first page shows both the baby and adult living things, the second page shows the inanimate object with a flap to view the other inanimate object so children can see which ones can grow. Young readers will be excited to answer and lift the flaps to view the different items. There are stopping points in the book to reinforce which are living things and nonliving objects. This is a great interactive book with lots of opportunities for discussions with the little ones. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, January 4, 2013

I Know a Wee Piggy

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman. A fun day at the fair quickly turns to chaos when one boy's energetic pig gets loose running through the fair. Upside down, Piggy wallows in brown. Not being satisfied with brown, he adds a rinse of red (tomatoes). Soon, he's adding a wash of white (milk), a pinch of pink (cotton candy), a glimpse of green (grass), and many more colors. Exploring colors has never been more fun as the children try to guess the next color Piggy will want to wallow in. Will Piggy’s day be through after he adds some blue? You’ll just have to follow Piggy through his day at the fair to see. See this book listed in our catalog
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