Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chu's Day

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
"When Chu sneezed, bad things happened." So begins Chu's Day written by Neil Gaiman, with pictures by Adam Rex. It's the adorable story of a baby panda with a hazardous case of hay fever. Chu wears goggles and a helmet, just in case he sneezes, which gives you an indication of how disastrous his sniffles can be! He starts his day at the library, where's there's lots of dust. Will he sneeze? No, thank goodness. Then he goes to the diner, where there's pepper in the air. Does he have to sneeze? No. Whew, that was a close one. But what will happen when Chu and his parents visit the circus, and he feels like sneezing? And how will he feel after he lets loose? If you want to find out, read Chu's Day. Today! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 25, 2013

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett. There are any number of very good reasons why most animals go around undressed. In fact, as the author of this classic book explains, animals should definitely NOT wear clothing. Page by page, colored drawings and large-print, deadpan text introduce a new animal and clearly show why clothing is a poor choice for that creature. A porcupine’s quills would tear her shirt, a snake would slide right out of his pants, kangaroos already have pockets… and just think how many neckties a giraffe would need to tie! You’ll laugh out loud as you learn what sartorial silliness would result if a camel, mouse, sheep, pig, hen, goat, walrus, moose, opossum, and even an elephant attempt to get dressed. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1-2-3 Peas

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker. Those energetic peas that we first met in LMNO Peas are back and busier than ever. In this colorful counting book they are searching, fishing, rowing, brushing, and growing. They are rushing about and splashing, dashing and dancing! Each number 1 through 10 is large and surrounded by our tiny pea friends who are busy about their activities. Kids will love finding all the peas and studying their faces and actions. As a counting book, this is a great choice to add to any toddler or preschooler's personal collection. The colorful text, the charming peas, the huge numbers, and even the emphasis on including the large font number word on each page all ensure tons of fun and lots of learning. Numbers 11 through 19 are sort of skipped over, but you just can't look at these wonderful illustrations and not smile. What a fantastic way to reinforce the fact that numbers can be fun! The book ends on a call to action, asking the reader to "Please count again with us!" I'm sure these peas will have plenty of takers. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mr. Zinger's Hat

Submitted by (our newest blogger) Ms. Sara! (Welcome Ms. Sara!)
Mr. Zinger’s Hat by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, is a great introduction to the art of storytelling. Every day, Leo bounces his ball in the courtyard and every day, Mr. Zinger, a writer, walks by in his black suit and hat. One day, Leo’s ball knocks Mr. Zinger’s hat off and it lands on Leo’s head. Leo and Mr. Zinger discover that there is a story inside the hat, trying to get out. Mr. Zinger begins the story, but pauses at crucial moments and allows Leo to fill in the details. Leo and Mr. Zinger bring their story to its end and Mr. Zinger heads home to write more stories. Leo meets a new friend, Sophie, and they discover the story hiding in Leo’s baseball cap. Does your child have a hat with a story hiding inside? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 15, 2013

Toads on Toast

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Toads on Toast by Linda Bailey, Fox has grown bored. Each day is the same, and each day ends with the same old boring meal. Catch a big fat toad, boil it, and eat it. Fox needs some new recipes. After buying a cookbook, he notices that most of the recipes call for young, tender toads (Mmm…), and not the big, old toads he’s been catching. He makes up his mind to only catch toadlets. One night, once his bag is full of tender, yummy toadlets, he heads home to whip up a new dish. Mamma toad gets there just in time! When her offer to take the toadlets’ place is rejected, she comes up with a great idea. She will share her family recipe for "Toad in a Hole" with him. It’s much better than any recipe he could find in that cookbook. You will enjoy the whimsical illustrations by Colin Jack, as Mamma helps Fox cook, and steers clear of mentioning the "missing ingredient," all while trying to keep her kids from lounging on the butter, playing in the honey pot, and getting too close to the burners. Fox ends up loving Mamma’s recipe, and shares some with everyone! If you'd like to try some toadless "Toad in a Hole," you'll find "Mamma Toad's Secret Toad-in-a-Hole Recipe" in the back of the book. Enjoy! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichenheld tells of how each tough truck goes to bed at the construction site. Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator work hard all day at the construction site until the sun sets and it’s time for bed. From Crane Truck’s teddy and night light, to Cement Mixer’s bath time, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations show each truck's bed time routine. The author invites the reader to tuck in each truck with a “Shh… goodnight, Dump Truck… goodnight.” Great for a read aloud, picture book walk, or bed time story, this book is filled with rich vocabulary, fun rhymes, and informative text. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bear Despair and I Want My Hat Back

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
An important lesson I am sure you want to impart upon the children in your life that you care for is how to not get eaten by a bear. As respected news journalist Stephen Colbert has pointed out many a time, bears are the number one threat to national security. Luckily I have two books for you and your child that will help you avoid ending up the lunch of a hungry bear.
Bear Despair by Gaëtan Dorémus teaches us that a sure fire way to get yourself eaten by a bear, is to steal that bear's teddy bear. In this wordless story we watch, with horror, as a fox makes this mistake, purloining a stuffed animal from a slumbering bear. The bear retaliates. Unfortunately, Lion, Bird, and Elephant do not learn from Fox's mistake, and also end up in Bear's belly. What will become of them? You'll have to experience Bear Despair for yourself to find out! This book will especially delight fans of The Chicken Thief and other books in Enchanted Lion Books' "Stories Without Words" series. See this book listed in our catalog
Another helpful cautionary tale is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. In this story a bear is looking for his hat. He asks his various fellow forest dwellers if any of them has seen it. Fox says, "No. I haven't seen your hat." Frog says, "I have not seen any hats around here." Turtle says, "I haven't seen anything all day." Rabbit, who is conspicuously wearing a hat says, "Why are you asking me. I haven't seen it. I haven't seen any hats anywhere. I would not steal a hat. Don't ask me any more questions." Hmm... Bear questions other animals until he realizes: He has seen his hat. As we've learned, it is a bad idea to steal from a bear, but it's also a bad idea to lie about it. What happens to Rabbit? If you're dying to know, check out I Want My Hat Back today. This book was a Blue Crab Award winner, and a Geisel Honor book, so it is especially great for kids who are learning to read! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 8, 2013

Silly Doggy!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower. One morning, while looking out her window, Lily sees the most amazing thing. She runs outside and, sure enough, digging through the trash, is a lost dog. Lily and the big, brown, fluffy dog quickly become best friends. Her dog isn’t like most dogs; he can’t do tricks, doesn’t eat his food, and never does what he’s told. Lily doesn’t realize her big fluffy dog is actually a brown bear that is missing from the local zoo. Lily’s mommy is sure his family is looking for him, so Lily creates a “Found Dog” poster, and hangs it where she’s sure no one will read it. The zookeeper reads the poster, and shows up to bring the bear back to the zoo. Lily is sad, until she finds a big kitty in the yard, or so she thinks it’s a kitty... See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Follower and Knock Knock

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Follower by Richard Thompson. “On Monday dark as shut your eyes... it followed her home.” Thus begins this wonderful, mysterious, and eerie story about a young witch who is followed by a seemingly foreboding creature. Written in very poetic and descriptive language, the story leads us along each day as we are shown more of the sinister landscape where the creature lurks. The illustrations by Martin Springett bring it to perfect shadowy life, with a clue hidden in all the pictures. See this book listed in our catalog
KNOCK! KNOCK! by Jan Wahl. “This happened in Scotland a long time ago...” Well of all the places for this bizarre story to take place... A late night knock at the door disturbs a young witch named Ella La Grimble, who is busy spinning her wheel. Strange things, parts really, start to arrive one by one after each knock. She doesn’t seem too alarmed by this strange event; she is more yearning for company than anything else. When all the “parts” arrive, will she get her wish? Or is there something more frightening to be the outcome? Illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma, this is a suspenseful, amusing story to thrill young pre-school readers. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 4, 2013

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Going to bed can be scary sometimes. A good lullaby can make bedtime much better. But what if you kept seeing scary shadows while you sang your lullaby?! In Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy, by Jan Thomas, we meet a friendly cowboy who is trying to sing a lullaby to his cow friends. However, every time he reaches the end of the song, he thinks he sees something scary is hiding in the shadows! You'll have to read to find out if the cowboy and his cow friends will ever be able to fall asleep. Jan Thomas’s book is filled with bright and bold illustrations, and the story will have parents and children laughing together as the cowboy tries to sing his lullaby to his friends. This will be a wonderful book to read together before bed. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Cow Who Clucked

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming is a story about a cow who went in search of her moo. She woke up one morning and had lost her moo. Instead of saying moo, she said cluck cluck. Cow went out from animal to animal searching. She first went to Dog. Dog said warf, warf. Dog didn't have her moo. She then went to Bee. Bee said bzzzzz,bzzzzz. Bee didn't have her moo. She then went to Cat. Cat said meow. Cat didn't have her moo. Cow then went to Fish, Duck, Goat, Mouse, Snake, Squirrel, and Owl. None of the other animals had her moo. Then she headed for the barn. In the barn Hen said moo, moo. Cow had finally found her moo. Hen had it all along. This is great book for teaching animal sounds. See this book listed in our catalog
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