Thursday, May 23, 2013

This Is Not My Hat

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. “A fish has stolen a hat, and he’ll probably get away with it. Probably…” The hat fits little fish just right, but it’s not his. It’s wrong that he stole it, he already knows this, but the big fish won’t notice. Even if the big fish DOES notice, he won’t know who took it. Even if he figures out who took it, he won’t know where little fish went, right? Little fish thinks he has found the perfect hiding place, and he may well have… The pictures help tell the story of how the big fish really feels, and how he reacts to the stolen hat. This is a great read aloud book for kids, and if you can bring their attention to the subtle changes in the big fish’s expression, you can really play with the emotion in the story. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fuddles

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Fuddles by Frans Vischer. One day, Fuddles, the fat, pampered house cat, decides his life needs some adventure. After his human tells him he is not allowed outside, he gazes out the window dreaming of all the adventures that are waiting. One day, his human leaves the door open, and Fuddles seizes the opportunity to slip out, but things aren't quite as he expected. Once outside, Fuddles gets down to business, starting with the birds, then moving on to the squirrels. One mishap after another leaves Fuddles longing for the comforts of home, but he can’t find his home! A familiar voice in the dark calls out, and Fuddles returns home for some much deserved pampering. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Hueys in The New Sweater

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Oliver Jeffers introduces us to The Hueys in The Hueys in The New Sweater (or The Hueys in The New Jumper for our friends in the UK). "The thing about the Hueys was that they were all the same," Jeffers tells us. The Hueys all look the same, think the same, and act the same. Except for Rupert. One day, Rupert decides to knit a sweater. A bright orange sweater! With red and white zig-zag stripes! And he wears it! In front of everyone! The Hueys are scandalized. What is wrong with Rupert? Doesn't he want to be the same as everyone else? Rupert runs into his friend Gillespie. And Gillespie thinks being different... sounds interesting! So he makes himself a matching sweater. When the Hueys see Rupert and Gillespie in their sweaters together, they start to think maybe being a little different isn't such a bad idea after all. Will Rupert's trend-setting style start a fashion revolution, and rock the Hueys' world? Find out when you read about The New Sweater! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Dark

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
The dark, a scary and unknown thing, it can creep up on you at any moment.  So is The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen, the tale of Laszlo, a little boy afraid of the dark. This particular dark lives inside his home and visits him often, but spends most of its time in the basement. Laszlo visits the dark, hoping this would keep it at bay and prevent it from visiting him in his room at night. One day it does visit him, and it speaks to him, encouraging him to follow its voice into the basement. You’ll have to read the rest of the book to find out what Laszlo discovers there. This book is for anyone afraid of something. Laszlo is a brave little boy, who faces his fear and learns a valuable lesson. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, May 3, 2013

Who Has This Tail?

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Who Has This Tail? by Laura Hulbert is a cute story about animal tails.  The author asks the reader the question, "Who has this tail?" There is a picture of an animal tail and the reader tries to guess what kind of animal the tail belongs to. The next page shows the animal in its habitat. It's a cute guessing game that involves learning about animals. There are monkey tails, rattlesnake tails, shark tails, horse tails, and many others. At the end of the book there are two pages that fold out and show all the animals in the book and their tails. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Players in Pigtails

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Girls can do anything! We know this, but in 1942 girls weren’t allowed to do some things. Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey, tells the story of Katie Casey. Katie wasn’t cut out for cooking, sewing, and dancing like most other girls her age. She was good at baseball, though. She could catch a ball with her eyes closed. She could hit any ball with one hand behind her back. She loved baseball! Each spring she’d show up for her high school baseball team’s tryouts. Each spring she was sent away without even getting a chance to try. During World War II, lots of young men were away, and more and more baseball fields were becoming empty. It was time to let some girls “PLAY BALL!” With Rebecca Gibbon’s beautiful illustrations, we are taken back to the 1940’s. Find out just what young ladies went through to become players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). See this book listed in our catalog
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