Thursday, July 31, 2014

Big Bug

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Is a bug big? Or little? What about a leaf, a flower, a dog, a cow? It’s all a matter of perspective, and Big Bug is a beautifully simple introduction to perspective, scale, and comparison for young readers. Henry Cole’s gorgeous illustrations and spare text begin with a close-up look at a ladybug, which looks enormous, then zoom out to show how small the insect is compared to the big leaf it sits on. Or is the leaf little? By progressively widening the view, each page reverses the size perception until we see how small the world is beneath the “big, big sky.” Then the view draws nearer again, step by step, to a small and cozy scene of a “big dog,” curled up indoors taking a “little nap.” Very observant readers may find the tiny ladybug hiding in the final illustration. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Bus

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
My Bus by Byron Barton. “I am Joe. This is my Bus.” Joe drives his bus to town and picks up his first passenger. It is a dog. At his second stop Joe picks up two cats. At his third stop Joe picks up three cats. Then at his next stop Joe picks up four dogs. Joe has five cats and five dogs on his bus. Joe begins to drop off his passengers at different stops along his route. He drops them off at the boat, the train, and the plane. As he drops them off they sail, ride, and fly away. Finally at the end of his day Joe parks his bus and gets off. One dog gets off too. Joe drives one dog home: his dog! This is a very simple addition and subtraction book with colorful illustrations starring the bus driver Joe. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some Bugs

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi is a story about all kinds of bugs. There are bugs that sting, bugs that bite, bugs that fight, crawl, flutter, and stink. There are bugs that hop, glide, swim, and hide. So many different kinds of bugs! At the end of the story, the book suggests going out and trying to find some bugs in your own backyard. The end pages show tons of bugs, and list the names of each, so you can identify them. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 28, 2014

Underpants Dance

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Underpants Dance by Marlena Zapf, Lily McBloom has just gotten a new pair of fancy pink underpants. She is so excited about them that she celebrates wherever she goes with an underpants dance. She twirls, leaps, cartwheels, and curtsies to show off her pretty pink frills. While friends and even some strangers laugh, Lily’s sister is humiliated by her underpants dancing, and her parents and teachers think she’s gotten a little too old to keep showing off her underpants. Lily tries very hard to make excuses to continue, but learns that their neighbor Mrs. Lacey isn’t really showing off her own underpants, she’s drying her laundry on the line. And ballet dancers aren’t actually wearing their underpants in public, they’re wearing tutus and tights. One morning, Lily finds a pair of pants on her bed. Her sister explains that the pants are for her to wear over her underpants. Lily isn’t sure about this. No one will be able to see her frilly underpants. She won’t be able to do the underpants dance. No one will laugh at a plain old pants dance. After giving it some thought, she gets dressed. She leaps and twirls and dances her way outside just in time to show her sister and her sister’s friends her new dance. With a “TA-DA!” she has them all giggling at her “Overpants” dance. The illustrator, Lynne Avril, twirls us through the story with vivid pictures of a most precocious little girl in the fanciest underpants ever! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bear's Big Bottom

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Bear’s Big  Bottom by Steve Smallman and Emma Yarlett. Bear was friendly. Bear was sweet. He was the nicest bear you'd ever meet! He had little paws, and little feet, and a very big bottom, which gets him into trouble. One day, at squirrel’s birthday bash, Bear’s bottom smashed the presents, emptied the pool, and squashed the birthday cake. Bear felt so sad inside, he ran away and tried to hide his big bear bottom. His friends searched everywhere for Bear, until they ran into a fox who tried to bite their bottoms! Bear’s bottom was stuck in the tree which he pulled and carried with him to save his friends. Fox, seeing a terrifying shadow coming over the hill, ran away. The animals all cheered for bear’s big bottom and they went back to continue the party. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie, by Joel Stewart, we meet a little boy named Dexter. As he’s riding along on his scooter one day, he scoots himself right into a big blue beastie! The big blue beastie says “I’m big and I’m bored. I should probably eat you up.” Dexter Bexley has to do some pretty quick thinking to keep from being eaten up! Dexter has the two of them scooting around, then scooting around while delivering flowers. They even become detectives and solve some pretty tough mysteries. After each adventure, the beastie grows bored again and is ready to eat Dexter up. Maybe feeding the big blue beastie the biggest, gooiest, tastiest yogurt feast of all time will keep him from wanting to eat Dexter up. No, it just wasn’t quite enough. When Dexter finally runs out of ideas, he sits down and tells the beastie that it may be time for the beastie to eat him up. Find out if the big blue beastie is ready to eat Dexter up, or if he’s no longer bored because he’s found a new friend... See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Birdie's Big Girl Hair

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Birdies Big Girl Hair by Sujean Rim. Birdie woke up and started her day with stretches before she brushed her teeth and hair. Her hair was extra tangley with fuzz balls where it should be silky and smooth. Birdie smelled breakfast. Strawberry pancakes were her favorite. But, when Mommy saw her hair, she suggested a trip to the salon. Birdie looked at all kinds of hairstyles. She wanted to find just the right picture to bring with her. She imagined herself in classy chignons, feathery flips, and blunt bobs with bangs. Finally Birdie found a picture of Mommy from her old yearbook and decided that was the style for her. Birdie got the full treatment at the salon. She felt shiny and so full of bounce! Birdie couldn’t wait to show her friends at the park. Birdie's hair didn’t look so good after playing at the park... But Mommy said, “It looks like YOU!" See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dog in Boots

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Dog in Bootsby Greg Gormley. Dog just finished reading all about a cat who wore a pair of magnificent boots. Dog heads to the local shoe store and emerges with some splendid footwear. But Dog soon discovers that his fancy shoes are not splendid for digging. He tries flippers, high heels, even skis, but can't find anything that is just right. Dog returns to the shoe store to see if they have anything that would be good for digging, swimming, scratching, running, and was nice and furry too. The shopkeeper quickly points out that Dog already had the perfect shoes for him: they are called PAWS! Dog is pleased with his practical paws and heads out to do all his favorite things. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 21, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
We’ve all heard stories about the animals on Old MacDonald’s farm but this book, E-I-E-I-O by Judy Sierra, tells us how Old MacDonald got his farm. Old MacDonald really didn’t like mowing his lawn. He bought a goat to eat the grass, but the goat did not do a very good job. Old MacDonald decided to ask the smartest hen in history to help him solve his problem. The Little Red Hen, or LRH in this book, showed up with some pretty crazy ideas. When they laid paper, cardboard, and dirt all over the lawn, the neighbors weren’t too happy with the muddy mess.When they tossed food scraps into the yard, the neighbors liked that even less. And when they spread horse poop all over the place, the neighbors had just about had enough! Old MacDonald and LRH bought seeds and planted them in raised beds all around the yard. In no time at all, Old MacDonald had a pretty impressive farm and a produce stand where all of his neighbors could happily shop for fresh veggies. Old MacDonald goes from “Mow, mow, mow, mow, mow” to “E, I, E, I, O” with fun rhyming text and beautiful full page illustrations by Matthew Myers. This book is great for lap time reading or reading to big groups! See this book listed in our catalog
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