Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Roadwork

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
If you like big machines and construction vehicles, you’ll love Roadwork by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock. From cover to safety-orange cover, this book is pure construction action. Lovelock’s colored-ink illustrations show an energetic crew of men and women hard at work with their heavy equipment. Follow along they take a new road project from idea to finish, beginning with the surveying, and never stopping until traffic flows down the newly opened highway. Each two-page spread shows another stage in the road’s construction - earth moving, grading, building the roadbed, laying the asphalt, painting the pavement markings, raising the signs and streetlights, and even landscaping. A final “Machine Facts” page names and describes the pieces of heavy equipment seen in the illustrations, like excavators, steamrollers, and graders. Sutton’s rhythmic rhymes beg to be chanted out loud - “Plan the road. Plan the Road. Mark in on the Map. Hammer in the marking pegs. Ping! BANG! TAP!” You’ll find yourself reading this road-worthy gem of a picture book with your truck-loving little ones again and again. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 29, 2013

As the Crow Flies

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
The mighty crow, a sly creature often overlooked by the untrained eye.  They are here, there, and everywhere – picking up discarded food and trash along their way. It’s hard to miss them when they fly together in a flock; they can be very noisy. In the picture book As the Crow Flies by Sheila Keenan, you are taken on a tour of the city, town, and country through the bird’s eye view of a crow. This book will give you an appreciation for crows, their silly antics and cleverness. The next time you see a crow, take time to watch him. You’ll be surprised by how fun they are to watch. This book is a great introduction to crows and bird watching in general. The precise illustrations by Kevin Duggan beautifully compliment the text. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dragons Love Tacos

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I probably don't need to explain why I like a book called Dragons Love Tacos. But if you insist... This book is brought to us by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, the same dynamic duo who gave us Those Darn Squirrels. Basically, if you want dragons to be your friends, you need to have tacos. Lots of them. Throw a big taco party (because dragons also like parties). BUT KEEP THE TOPPINGS MILD. Dragons do not like spicy salsa. Hide the spicy salsa! Do not let them anywhere near it! The results could be disastrous. (Bear in mind though, should a dragon have some spicy salsa, and subsequently burn your house down, they will help you re-build it, providing you break construction frequently, for tacos.) This book is very silly and certain to tickle funny bones young and old. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon. Baseball is known as America’s pastime, but the young boy in Meshon’s story learns that it’s also extremely popular in Japan. He attends games in both countries with his American and Japanese grandfathers. Each two page spread presents an aspect of the experience of attending a game in both countries, with the American page on the left and the Japanese page on the right. The Japanese pages include baseball terms translated into Japanese. Readers will learn the Japanese words for baseball (yakyu), fastball (sokkyu), and many more. The pictures are colorful and bright - the American experiences are represented by the color blue, while the Japanese game is displayed in shades of red. Additional facts and Japanese terms are found at the end of the story, providing even more information to fascinate young readers. This is a great story for any baseball fan as the new season begins! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Little Elephants

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Little Elephants by Graeme Base. From the creative and imaginative mind of Graeme Base comes another wonderful and amazing story with spectacular art. Young Jim lives on a farm with his mother. Their crop is wheat. Jim has a pet mouse, Pipsqueak, but his mother is worried that he will attract other mice, therefore bringing a plague. Jim has to take Pipsqueak and let him go free in the woods. Pipsqueak returns to Jim later that day however, and indeed does bring friends with him. These
friends are not exactly like him you could say, but instead of causing pestilence and damage, they come to the rescue against a very dangerous threat. In the story, we also come to understand that one little act of kindness to a stranger may be connected to these strange and fortunate circumstances. This is an engaging and fun story for young preschool aged children. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 22, 2013

Phoebe & Digger

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb and illustrated by Jeff Newman. When Phoebe’s mama got a new baby, Phoebe got a new digger! Phoebe’s mama and the baby were always busy. When the baby cried, Phoebe's digger went “RMM!” When the baby burped or went poop, Phoebe’s digger went “RMM!” Eventually mama decided Digger needed to go to the park. Phoebe and Digger played in real sand and dirt! Digger and Phoebe pretended to eat a boa constrictor that was really a worm. “Eeek!” a crybaby boy said. He didn’t like worms, and Phoebe pushed Digger closer to him on purpose. Mama told Phoebe to be nice before she put Phoebe on the bench to sit for a bit. Then a big girl took Digger! What will Phoebe do? Will she have more adventures in the park? And what new lessons will Phoebe learn today? Find out in this large sized watercolor and ink illustrated picture book. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Green

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
There are many picture books about colors. However, Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger surpasses any that I have previously read. Unlike most picture books featuring a color theme, Green is not about learning different colors. Instead, Seeger’s beautiful book is a study of just how varied a single color can be. A 2013 Caldecott Honor winner, this book takes a single color and gives it depth, and makes the color green worth discovering. Each page features the color green in a different shade and different situation. Forest Green features quiet, lush, dark green trees, while Glow Green’s fireflies perfectly illustrate a summer evening. Each page also features ingenious cut-outs that create beautiful surprises on each page. With simple text that is a perfect complement to the amazing illustrations, you will want to pour over this book over and over again. Check out Green by Laura Vaccaro to find out just how much you love this color. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monkey Colors

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Monkey Colors by Darrin Lunde is an amazing book. Meet twelve monkeys from around the world in this playful introduction to colors. Monkeys come in many colors. Some are brown, some are red, and some are gold. Some have orange feet, and some have pink lips. One monkey even has a blue face, yellow cheeks, a red tail, and a white mustache.  Different monkeys from around the world are pictured in excellent illustrations. At the end of the book there is more information about monkeys and the places they live. The author uses common names so you can search for more information on these twelve monkeys. Also noted at the end of the book, to study more about these animals, is a natural history museum. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Monsters Love Colors

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin is a very cute book about colors. The Monsters mish and mash and squish and squash their colors. They choose their favorite colors. Red is the color of Roar and Snore. Blue is the color of Scribble and Nibble. Blue monster nibbles his blue crayon. You should not eat crayons, you silly monster! The monsters mix colors together and show the reader what happens when you mix a red monster with a yellow monster (you get an orange monster of course). They mix colors to make all the monsters' favorite colors. They mix yellow and blue and make a green monster. They mix red and blue and make a purple monster. Now there is just one monster left, and when they ask him what his favorite color is he says "super tropical mega monster rainbow swirl with raspberry on top" so the monsters mix and mash and squash and squish until finally they have a beautiful rainbow monster. The monsters love colors and now they are all super colorful! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What's the Time, Grandma Wolf?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
What’s the Time, Grandma Wolf?, written and illustrated by Ken Brown, tells the story of a group of forest friends who become curiouser and curiouser about a new wolf who has moved into their wooded neighborhood. Each critter takes a turn asking “What’s the time, Grandma Wolf?” as they creep closer and closer to Grandma Wolf’s door. Suspense builds as each question is answered. Grandma Wolf’s teeth look sharp and scary when it’s time to brush her teeth. Her eyes look wicked when it’s time to scrub the stew pot. The axe blade looks dreadfully sharp when it’s time to chop wood for a fire. The tension grows and grows as the forest critters inch closer and closer to the stew pot with every question. What will become of them? The beautifully done illustrations help build the suspense as the story climbs to its surprising end. Children and grown ups alike will be sitting on the edge of their seats wondering what will become of these furry little friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Jungle Grapevine

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Jungle Grapevine by Alex Beard, contains non-stop humor in this tale of the goings on at and around the watering hole! Panic ensues, and, of course, hilarity, when we hear through the “grapevine” the watering hole is drying up! Not only that, but it is also causing a flood, which leads to a great migration, and possibly a wild fire! Chaos reigns as the animals react to the gossip picked up from each creature that passes along their own interpretation of the message. The illustrations are laugh out loud funny, and will amuse and entertain young readers of this book. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Schmutzy Family

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
The Schmutzy family is all about experiences, not appearances. From mud to blueberry messes, Mama Schmutzy doesn’t “tst” or “tut” – she allows her children to explore every day, except for on the Sabbath day. While reading The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg, children will be introduced to “big” words such as “malodorous” and new, cultural words, such as “challah.” The illustrations by Paul Meisel often spread across two pages, and would make for a great game of “I Spy.” Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, this book can be used to teach the significance of “special” days and celebrations in one’s life. Use it as an opportunity to learn about another culture, while relating to childhood explorations like searching for earth worms and making mud pies. Check out The Schmutzy Family and dig into another great read! See this book listed in our catalog
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