Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg. Who doesn’t love and cute story about an adorable panda? Chengdu is a panda with a problem. He just cannot fall asleep. He tries different positions, even hanging upside down, but no matter what, he just can’t sleep. Finally, when he is very, very tired, he climbs up, and up, and up, to find the perfect spot with his brother Yuan. Now, everyone in the bamboo grove is asleep, except… Yuan. This cute story about something everyone has struggled with: falling asleep. The illustrations tell the story with beautiful watercolor bamboo trees and fold out pages. This story seems to leap off the page and come to life. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hands Off My Honey!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In Hands off My Honey by Jane Chapman, Bear stomps through the forest with his great big jar of delicious honey. He stops to rest against a tree and enjoy his honey. He won’t share his honey with anyone. Some of the other forest animals, Mouse, Mole, and the Rabbit Brothers, are hungry for some delicious honey too. The animals come up with a plan to get a taste of the delicious honey. They set out across the forest with a jump, leap, and a roll, in hopes of getting a taste. Bear catches them trying to get his honey... then it’s revealed that they are all friends and it was a game they like to play with Bear. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, May 22, 2014

You're Wearing THAT to School?!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
You’re Wearing That to School?! by Lynn Plourde. Penelope, a hippo, is excited about her first day of school. She plans to wear her favorite outlandish outfit (a feather boa and tutu), bringing her well-worn stuffed toy for show-and-tell, and packing a picnic lunch. Her best friend Tiny, a mouse, decides to be Penelope’s advisor in properly navigating the first day of school. He quashes her cheerful plans, telling her to wear jeans and a T-shirt, bring a rock for show-and-tell, and PB&J for lunch, so she will fit in. Penelope ignores Tiny's advice, and shows up at the bus stop dressed as she originally planned. At school, they separate, rejoining for lunch. The lunchroom doors open to reveal a blanket full of kindergarteners of various species, all sporting wild outfits and eating picnic food. Penelope declares the first day of school fun, and Tiny agrees. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One Duck Stuck

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jane Chapman. One small white duck is stuck in the muck, down by the deep green marsh. His foot is trapped in the sticky mud! “Help! Help! Who can help!” cries the poor duck. “We can! We can!” shout two fish, as they splash to the rescue. But no luck - the duck stays stuck. Three moose come to try, then four crickets… More and more animals emerge from the marsh to help, but the poor duck remains stuck. How many creatures will it take to free him from the muck? Little readers will love to chant along with this rhythmic counting book, making the animal noises and the sloshy, squishy, muddy, sound effects of the marsh. Grown-ups will also enjoy the sweet, simple story about teamwork and kindness. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo by Kevin Waldron is the story of a zookeeper, Mr. Peek, who gets dressed one morning and finds that his jacket is far too tight. He makes his rounds at the zoo, all the while muttering to himself about his terrible diet and getting old. The animals overhear him and think he is talking to them. The elephant thinks he is getting old and wrinkly, the bear believes that he stinks, and the giraffes think none of the animals even like them! When Mr. Peek sees his son, Jimmy, in an oversized jacket, he realizes that he is wearing Jimmy’s jacket, meaning he isn’t getting old or eating terribly. As Mr. Peek heads back home in his own jacket, he reassures himself as he passes by all the animals in a much better mood. The elephant is delighted to hear that he looks fine the way he is, the bear is reassured that he doesn’t stink, and the giraffes know that the other animals are like family. The illustrations are perfect, showing the concern on the animals’ faces when they hear Mr. Peek’s comments in the morning and the relief when he passes by again later. This book explores what can happen when we think we know what someone means, but we’ve really misunderstood them. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Maria Had a Little Llama

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez is a Peruvian take on the old stand by "Mary Had a Little Lamb." The song is adapted for a new, South American setting, and translated into Spanish, making the book bilingual! Maria has a little llama, whose fleece is white as snow, and, you guessed it, Maria's llama likes to follow her everywhere! We watch as Maria and her llama walk through the beautifully illustrated roads of their village in Peru, all the way to escuela, school, where llamas are not allowed! So the llama waits, and waits, until school is over, to see Maria again! "Why does the llama love Maria so?" the other children ask. Because "Maria loves the llama, you know," answers their wise teacher. This lovely book shows how people live in Peru, including traditional clothes and musical instruments. It's wonderful story to read, and sing, with your favorite niños and niñas. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lively Elizabeth: What Happens When You Push

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Lively Elizabeth: What Happens When You Push by Mara Bergman and illustrated by Cassia Thompson. Elizabeth is a lively girl! She runs and shouts and stomps about, she laughs and points and will tease and kick. Sometimes she does things she shouldn’t do. She will hide and jump out, yelling “Boo!” One day, just for fun, she pushed Joe, who in turn knocked Ethan on Annabelle, who bumped Norine against the wall of books that fell on Saul, who flew into Evangeline, who bounced back, then Shaheen and Dan toppled on Germaine and Anne! The noise they all made upon the fall sounded like crash, bash, ouch, and smash! The whole classroom became quiet and each child looked back to point at the person behind, just to find Joe. He grew very angry and looked straight at Elizabeth, took a big breath, and yelled “What have you done?” “I’m very, very sorry.” she said. Joe thought, then said “OK.” And at that they all went outside to play, where they all played very, very well together! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Watermelon Seed

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli is a story about a crocodile who loves to eat watermelon, and the classic question of what happens if you swallow a watermelon seed. Crocodile has loved watermelon ever since he was a baby. He loves it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, until... one day he accidentally swallows a watermelon seed! He starts to panic! He thinks the watermelon will begin to grow in his tummy, and vines will come out of his ears. He thinks his stomach will stretch, and he will even turn pink. Oh my! Whatever will he do? Then he burps, and out pops the watermelon seed. Thank goodness. Crocodile is so relieved that he says he will never eat watermelon again. Then Crocodile decides just one bite will be alright. He just loves watermelon too much! Then, oh no! He swallows a seed! Here we go again... See this book listed in our catalog
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