Friday, August 30, 2013

Sophie's Squash

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
When I was little, I rarely left the house without a doll in hand. It didn't matter which doll I brought with me – they were all fun to play with. But some children find that special toy or blanket they simply cannot live without. Of course, sometimes that precious object is slightly more unique. In Sophie’s Squash, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf, Sophie finds a friend in a hearty autumn vegetable. On a trip to the farmers’ market, Sophie finds her new best friend, a butternut squash she names Bernice. Sophie and Bernice do everything together, until Sophie notices that perhaps Bernice is beginning to look just a little worse for wear. However, Sophie could never do something as terrible as eat her new friend. With the help of a farmer, and some very patient parents, Sophie’s determination pays off in the end. Based on the true story of the author’s daughter who fell in love with her own squash, Sophie's Squash will delight kids and grown ups alike. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Crankee Doodle

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell. Yankee Doodle is bored. But when his pony suggests they go to town, he refuses. The pony suggests reasons why they should go. Perhaps Yankee could buy a feather for his hat. And maybe then he could call it macaroni. WHAT?!?!? Why would he want to do that? It’s a hat, and it doesn't even look a little like macaroni! But wait--the pony says “macaroni” means “fancy.” Yankee replies “Macaroni isn't fancy... You know what’s fancy? Lasagna. Lasagna is fancy.” He does not want a feather in his hat, he does not want to call it macaroni, and he definitely does NOT want to go to town. Can the pony convince Yankee Doodle to go? Read the story to find out! Yankee Doodle’s long, silly rants are sure to induce laughter, and make this an excellent book to read aloud. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bear Gets Dressed

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Whether you are a person or a bear, sometimes it is hard to decide what clothing to wear when you get up in the morning. In Bear Gets Dressed: A Guessing Game Story, written by  Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Alyssa Capucilli, Bear must decide what to wear before he goes out to enjoy the day. Poor Bear knows that that sometimes the weather can make one outfit better than another. However, he just isn't sure what to wear. Each page features a simple lift-the-flap that asks the reader to pick the best outfit for Bear. Once the reader picks the best clothes, you can lift the flap to see if you were right! With repetitive and rhyming text, along with sweet and playful illustrations, this simple book could become a family favorite! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 23, 2013

Lucky Ducklings

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Picture books about ducks tend to be delightful. Lucky Ducklings written by Eva Moore and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter is no exception. When Mama Duck takes her five little ducklings on a stroll, she never expected to encounter a disaster! On what should have been a simple family walk, the ducklings fall through the grate of a storm drain and become trapped. Of course, Mama Duck is quite distraught! However, brave firefighters step in to save the day! Based on the true story of a duck disaster and a wonderful fire department, this book will delight readers with a sweet story and beautifully life-like illustrations. Parents and children will love reading this story and quacking along with Mama Duck and her ducklings. At the end, everyone will cheer when the firefighters save the ducklings, and the day! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing!

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing! by Patricia Hubbell and illustrated by Jo Mathieu. Horses that are big, horses that are small. Horses whinny, nicker, and snort. Horses in their stalls eat grain and hay. They get their feet cleaned, their bodies, mane, and tails brushed. We wipe their ears, and fill their pails with water. We scoop out the stalls, and give them apples for a treat. Horses come in many colors, and they have many jobs. They can perform many tasks. They have special friends and pals, and even sleep while standing up! This is a colorful book showing and describing many of the things that we do for horses, and the many things that horses do for us. It describes and shows popular breeds of horses, and rhythmically provides text with illustrations depicting just how versatile horses are when they work, rest, and play. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Monster Day at Work

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In Monster Day at Work by Sarah Dyer, Little Monster and his dog Scamp accompany Dad to work. First on the list is picking out which tie to wear. After making it through the tough morning commute they settle in enjoying donuts and pastries at the morning meeting. Back in Dad’s office they work on the computer, Dad making graphs and Little Monster playing a video game. After lunch Monster helps by coloring in the charts Dad has spent all morning working on. Next on the list is a nap, Dad continues to work with one eye closed to get caught up. After visiting the pig shaped bank it’s off to the gym where dad runs on the treadmill and Little Monster plays on the slide. Little Monster can't imagine how his father gets so tired every day when his job is so easy. He decides to spend the next day at home with his mother because she does nothing all day. The last page shows Monster Mum multitasking, frantically using all of her arms (growing a few new ones) and legs to get her work done while Little Monster sleeps in the laundry basket. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Olive and the Big Secret

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman is a fun little book about first crushes, friendship, and keeping secrets. After telling Olive her secret, Molly asks her not to share it with anyone else. Olive tries really, really hard to keep the secret, but she just has to tell someone. It’s okay, though, because when she tells her friend Joe, she asks him not to tell anyone else. This secret travels from friend to friend to friend. Some friends are shocked, some are eager to share, and some just aren't interested in gossip. When the secret ends up being whispered into Molly’s ear, she can’t believe Olive told. This book is a great way to introduce the importance of keeping secrets between friends, as well as being a great conversation starter about first crushes. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, August 19, 2013

Eggs 1 2 3

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Eggs 1 2 3: Who Will the Babies Be by Janet Halfmann. What will peck, poke, swim, fly, or wobble out of these eggs? Each 2-page spread features a number and egg with rhyming text providing clues as to who will be in the egg. On the second page a visual of the eggs in their natural environment offer more clues as to “Who will the babies be?” After making a guess, children will enjoy opening the flap to see what baby animal was growing inside the eggs. The last page offers a look at all the eggs together to give a sense of the different sizes and shapes of the eggs. The last flap offers a view of all the babies together, and an opportunity to count the babies 1 to 10 again! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bedtime for Monsters

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere. Do you ever wonder if somewhere, not too far away, there might be... MONSTERS? In this hilarious bedtime story, a monster is licking his lips. Maybe he’s thinking about eating a bedtime snack? What if that snack he’s craving is you! Follow Monster as he rides his bicycle through a dark and terrible forest, crosses the gloopy, schloopy swamp, and tiptoes through thorns and thistles, getting closer and closer to your house. What if he’s decided you’ll taste delicious squished and then squashed onto HOT BUTTERED TOAST? He’s made it up the stairs, and he opens your bedroom door. Is he going to gobble you up? You’ll just have to read this book to find out what Monster does next! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Otis and the Puppy

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long, lovable Otis the tractor is back for a another adventure, in which he overcomes his fear, to help out a new puppy friend. Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be "it," finding his friends as they hide. The newest addition to the farm, a bounding puppy, tries to hide, and finds himself lost in the woods. Night is coming and Otis knows that his new friend is afraid of the dark so Otis goes to find him. There's just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark! But his puppy friend is alone and needs him, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek. Fans of Otis will not be disappointed with the ending of this book that results in a most happy reunion. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hank Finds an Egg

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley is a charming and beautifully photographed wordless book. Hank is walking through the forest when he discovers an egg on the ground. He quickly realizes that it came from a nest above, so he attempts to return it. He can’t quite figure it out, because the nest is up quite high, and try as he might he just can’t reach! At the end of the day, he camps out nearby with the egg close to him, keeping it warm. With the dawn of a new day will Hank be able to figure out his problem? Perhaps, with the help of another creature who happens to live nearby! Put your own words and expression to this adorable, sweet story, and your little ones will marvel at the pictures in this book! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Up! Tall! And High! (But Not Necessarily In That Order.)

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long teaches important concepts of location, height, and size in a humorous way, with a cast of colorful birds. The book is episodic, with three distinct stories. In "I Am Tall" the birds philosophize about being tall. Can you call yourself tall if someone is taller than you? Can you call yourself tall if you're wearing stilts? Is "tall" and "not small" essentially the same thing? In "I Can Go High" the birds discuss how far into the sky they can go. Some birds can fly high. Some birds can fly very high. Some birds can't fly, but that doesn't mean they can't go high... And in "I Am Up" a bird rues the day he bragged about being up in a tree while his heavy friend was down on the ground. But when they are both down, they have friends to help them up. This is an excellent book to practice playing with language with your little one. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Creepy Carrots!

Submitted by Ms. Rachel, the libary's summer intern!
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Where can one find the crunchiest and fattest carrots in town? Crackenhopper fields of course! Jasper Rabbit loves to snack on these tasty treats all day, that is until the carrots start to follow him home! Is all the creepy commotion in Jasper's head, or are these carrots really out to get him? Jasper hatches a plan to stop the creepy happenings… This hilarious picture book stands out with illustrations in a unique gray, black, and orange palette. A surprise ending that’s sure to even make grown-ups giggle makes Creepy Carrots scary good! See this books listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Clip-Clop

Submitted by Ms. Carol!

Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee is a story about farm animals. Horse goes around the farm asking the animals "Who wants a ride?" Cat does, and so does Dog, and Pig, and of course Duck. The animals are all having such fun, they ask Horse to go faster. Horse tells them all to hang on tight and then clip clops faster and faster and faster! Oh no! The animals all start falling off. Horse screeches to a stop and all the animals fly off, and land safely in a pile of hay. Horse is worried that his friends may be hurt but they jump up squealing "Again, again!" Of course Horse takes them all for another ride... See this book listed in our catalog
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