Friday, July 26, 2013

Pirate Nap

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith and illustrated by Valeria Petrone is a piratical adventure created from the imagination of two brothers before nap time, all dressed up in their pirate attire including a “white” bandana, “yellow” treasure, a “red” towel. They turn their surroundings into an assortment of booty in an array of colors. All of a sudden they are set upon by a purple monster from the sea, who is actually their little sister, but she grabs the loot and is off!  They hurry quick to catch the monster and find their ship (their bed) with their trusty pirate dog aboard and, with the black pirate flag flying, they eventually settle down to a nap. The pirate mom helps them settle in. “Calm blue water. Briny deep. Pirates, monsters, sail to sleep.” See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Baa! Moo! What Will We Do?

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Baa! Moo! What Will We Do? by A.H. Benjamin, illustrated by Jane Chapman. The animals at Buttercup Farm are worried. The farmer is bringing a kangaroo to live on the farm! But none of the animals have ever seen a kangaroo before, and they don’t know what a kangaroo does. Rooster is worried that the kangaroo will crow, Dog is worried that the kangaroo will herd the sheep, Cat is worried that the kangaroo will chase mice, and everyone else is worried too. What if the kangaroo does all their jobs better than they do? Will they all have to find new jobs? But then something happens that gives everyone something WORSE to worry about: while the animals were busy worrying, their babies have wandered away and gotten lost! While they’re frantically searching, Kangaroo finally arrives. When she saves they day, everyone finds out just what a kangaroo is good at doing. See this book listed in our catalog 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Doggone Dogs!

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Doggone Dogs! by Karen Beaumont is a hilarious tale of romping, running, out of control dogs! Beautiful illustrations by David Catrow tell the story along with the whimsical rhymes. The doggie disaster in these pages is funny to everyone but their owner. The story begins when ten dogs wake their owner at sunrise because they can’t wait to go to the park! One by one they run out the door with their pajama clad owner chasing after them. Into the park they run! Bark, bark, bark! Sit down, lie down, stay? The doggone dogs do not obey! All ten dogs destroy the park, and then all ten dogs leave their mark! They all have to "go" at the same time and the owner doesn’t know how to clean it all up in time. After this, they all are caught by the dog catcher at the park and locked behind a metal gate. But, after the dog catcher falls asleep, they jump the gate and run right home to their owner. Then one dog, two, three, four… all fall asleep, excited to do it all again tomorrow. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wag a Tail

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Wag a Tail by Lois Ehlert. These hip city dogs and their owners take a walk to the Farmer's Market. These proud Bow Wow School graduates celebrate their good behavior as they struggle to behave before heading off for a run in the park. This story is told by the dogs in "thought bubbles." This simple rhyming story has a quality that begs to be read aloud: "Wag a tail./Wag a tail./We know how./Wig Wag Zig Zag/Bow Wow Wow." Collages composed of brightly colored buttons, scraps of fabric, and handmade paper stand out on vivid green backgrounds. The end papers of the book show the portraits of the dogs introduced with their name. This well-designed book focuses on dogs and life in the city. The author's note at the end of the book let’s readers in on a secret as to where she got the materials for this book and how she put them together "like a quilt." See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's a Tiger!

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle. “Are you ready for a story? Me too! Let’s start in the jungle where the tall trees grow and the monkeys swing from vine to vine. Wait a minute, that’s not a monkey…” This is a very entertaining and tense romp through the jungle, with whimsical illustrations by Jeremy Tankard. The tiger keeps popping up and scaring our little character into another part of the jungle, and every time he thinks he is in the clear, “A TIGER!” From the jungle, to the ocean, onto a deserted island, the whole time: the tiger is not trying to eat the little guy, he just wants some attention! There is another danger lurking though, this time it’s a… You'll have to read to find out! This is a great picture book for young preschool aged children, and one that lends itself to a lot of expression and interaction. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Beautiful Oops!

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
We all worry about making mistakes. Sometimes we just need a reminder that a mistake can lead to something interesting and amazing.  Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg is a fantastic and fun way to remind kids (and all people) that mistakes are just an opportunity to try something new. Throughout the book, Saltzberg’s innovative use of paper art and illustrations show how a ripped piece of paper can become an alligator, or how smudge of paint can be turned into a fabulous work of art. Very simple text will make this a quick read, but kids and adults alike will want to take time examining each illustration to see just how Saltzberg made his creations. Kids will love lifting flaps and folding corners to figure out what fantastic creations come out of supposed mistakes. When you are done reading the book, make a project together and see if you can make a creation out of drips, smudges and tears. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bloom!

Submitted by Ms. Rachel, the libary's summer intern!
Bloom: A Little Book About Finding Love by Maria Van Lieshout. Bloom the pig is fickle but full of fun. Declining her friend’s persistent requests to go puddle playing, Bloom instead finds a beautiful “flying flower” and falls madly, passionately, in love. But woe! The beautiful flower flits away leaving poor Bloom heartbroken. How on earth will she go on? Will her faithful friend be able to mend her broken heart?  Lieshout crafts lively and lovable characters with only a few short sentences. Bloom’s theatrical and emotional zest is enchanting. A simple story with matching saccharine illustrations of pink and white, Bloom is sure to satisfy any craving for a sweet treat. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ella the Elegant Elephant

Submitted by Ms. Rachel, the libary's summer intern!
Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela and Steven D’Amico. Ella the elephant has just moved to a new town and is nervous to start at her new school. Thank goodness her grandmother has sent her a special surprise--a beautiful big red hat. Ella is thrilled to have something so special, but at school among a sea of the same blue uniforms, Ella’s hat stands out. Will Ella and her hat find a way to fit in?  An adorable story about school bullies and being yourself, the book’s exotic locale (“somewhere in the great, wide Indian Ocean lie the Elephant Islands, hidden by a fog so thick no human being has ever found them…”) and whimsical illustrations are sure to please. This book is only one of the many of adventures of Ella, so young readers can continue to delight in more fun with Ella and her friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Dog's Life

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
If you've ever loved a dog, then you'll love A Dog's Life by Caroline Sherman, illustrated by Donald Wu. And if you've ever thought your pet dog has life pretty easy, the dog in this book would like to set you straight! Pet dogs are hard workers! They make sure no one in the house oversleeps. They make sure everyone who rings the doorbell is properly greeted. For some reason, humans are always throwing balls. Luckily, dogs are there to bring them back to us. They guard the house from intruders, like the mail man! And they inspect the trash, in case we've thrown out anything that can be "recycled." Really, I don't know how anyone gets along without their pet dog! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Noodle's Knitting

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Noodle’s Knitting by Sheryl Webster is a delightful book about a mouse named Noodle who loved to watch the farmer’s wife knit. She even learned the special knitting words “Knit one, purl one. Knit two together.” One day, the farmer’s wife exclaimed “This is the wrong color!” and tossed a purple ball of yarn aside. Noodle was excited to have her own ball of yarn, and with the help of her friend Hedgie, she had some needles to use with it. Noodle's attention is only on her work as she walks along whispering the special words “Knit one, purl one. Knit two together,” as her friends keep her from running into one mishap after another. With beautiful illustrations by Caroline Pedler, you can feel the soft purple yarn on each textured page as you read along while Noodle and her friends find a cozy use for the longest scarf in history! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 1, 2013

Waddles

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Waddles by David McPhail is a story about a raccoon named Waddles. Waddles loved to eat and he was always hungry. He would waddle around like a duck. Waddles had a best friend, Emily. Emily was a duck and Waddles loved to waddle down to the pond every day to visit her. One day when he went to visit Emily she couldn't go off and play with Waddles because she had to sit on her new nest. Waddles offered to sit on Emily's nest for awhile so she could go and enjoy a swim. While she was gone Waddles had to protect the eggs from the fox. He growled and scared fox away! Before he knew it the eggs were hatching, and out came five little ducklings. Waddles took them down to the pond to meet their mother, Emily. The ducklings and Waddles grew very attached to each other and they all spent lots of time together. One day the weather started to turn cold. Emily and the five ducklings had to fly south for the winter and Waddles was left all alone. Emily promised to return. Waddles had a lonely winter but, when spring arrived, his friends returned just as they promised! See this book listed in our catalog
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