Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Is Coming

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnson, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. A girl with her sketch book walks through the woods throughout the seasons of fall to winter. She quietly observes many of the forest animals as they begin to prepare for winter. In September, fall is on its way, but winter is coming and you can feel it. She is quiet, quiet as a red fox comes near. He sniffs a red apple. Wrinkled or not it is food. From her perch on an old wooden plank placed high in a tree, the girl can see many of the animals as they forage for food. Skunks waddle by. They smell not really bad but real. It is October and she sees woodpeckers hammering their holes and plugging them with acorns. Animals do not waste. November is here and chipmunks are chattering and busy eating seeds from pinecones. Deer come near nibbling, looking for food. Winter is coming. Canadian geese honk overhead and a flock of turkeys jostle by. She is quiet, quiet and then the snow is dusting her. It is late November and winter is here. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Being Thankful

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Sometimes it’s a challenge to remember to be thankful. In Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer, Little Critter is letting his wants get the better of him. Why can’t he have cool new sneakers, or a fancy new scooter? Why do other kids get to have big ice cream sundaes and trips to the movie theater when he only gets an ice cream cone and a dvd at home? Mom and Dad try to help him remember to be thankful for all the things he does have, but Little Critter is really having a hard time. One day, he goes a bit too far and takes his frustration out on his little sister. Mom and Dad think it’s time for him to visit his grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa live on a farm. While being their helper, Little Critter realizes how thankful each animal is for a place to live and the food they are fed. Just in case he forgets again, Grandpa gives Little Critter a “thankful rock” to keep in his pocket and bring out whenever he needs a reminder. Any fans of Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter will enjoy this latest installment, and anyone in need of a gentle reminder to be thankful will have a fun time being reminded. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tiptop Cat

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
In Tiptop Cat by C. Roger Mader a handsome black-and-white cat arrives in his new apartment home as a birthday gift to a young girl. The cat explores and is pleased to find that from his high-up balcony, he can reach the rooftops and be “on top of the world.” It’s a fitting home for a such a regal, confident feline. Then one scary day, the cat makes a serious mistake, and takes a very bad fall! He’s not hurt (though his careful owner takes him to the vet to make sure) but the proud animal becomes a scaredy-cat, too nervous to seek adventure any more. What will it take for the Tiptop Cat find his courage again, and re-take his rightful place on the top of the world? Cat-loving kids will adore the detailed, highly realistic pastel paintings and the cat’s wonderful expressions. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Backhoe Joe

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander, illustrated by Craig Cameron. Nolan is out playing when he finds a stray backhoe. He names the backhoe Joe and takes him home. Joe isn’t trained—he digs up the garden, revs at the mailman, and treads on the neighbor’s grass—so Nolan works hard to show him how to behave. One day, after finding a great place for Joe to dig, Nolan sees a “Lost Backhoe” sign. The picture on the sign is definitely of Joe. Nolan decides that he needs to return Joe to his owner, even though he isn’t sure he’ll ever see him again. Cameron’s illustrations are vibrant and perfect for the story. Alexander’s depiction of Joe as a backhoe makes this lost “pet” story appealing to any child who has dreamed of having their very own construction vehicle and the twist on the last page will make older readers smile too. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby Bear

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson is a beautiful book about a little bear who's wandered away from home. Feeling lost and alone, he seeks direction from other animals in the forest. The Mountain Lion suggests he retrace his steps, but Baby Bear wasn't really paying attention. The Squirrels say when they're lost they just hug a tree and think of home, but then any tree is their home really. Baby Bear thinks hugging a tree seems silly, but he tries it anyway. It doesn't work. Ram says when he's lost he climbs higher to see further, and that singing a song helps. Owl hears Baby Bear singing and tells him not to give up. Baby Bear's journey is long and arduous, but he keeps going with the help of his forest friends, until he's finally home. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 7, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Who’s the most rascally rat to sail the seas? Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee. Pi-Rat and his fearsome crew, gray cat and orange squirrel, are enjoying a carefree pirate’s life. There are absolutely no rules on Pi-Rat’s mighty ship. They aren’t afraid of anything, not even crocodiles, hungry sharks, or even the dark. One day while searching for buried treasure on the beach Pi-Rat spots a scary sight in his telescope. There it was, the most gruesome beast, “A Pirate Queen.” They are surely doomed! Just when Pi-Rat's crew is taken, the bathtub plug was pulled. Standing at the tub with a warm towel was the terrible beast: it be momster! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Moonlight Ocean

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Moonlight Ocean by Elizabeth Golding. Have you ever wondered what happens in the ocean after dark? As you open this book prepare to discover what lurks in the ocean. A different sea creature is discovered on each page. There are interesting facts about each specific sea creature including a “Did you know” section. At the bottom of each page there are pictures of other creatures that would also live near that animal. Use the magic flashlight on every page to reveal the hidden creatures in the ocean’s depths! Each spread appears to be dark, but point the flashlight and watch brilliant aquatic life illustrations magically illuminate. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bear Sees Colors

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a simple book about colors. Bear and Mouse are just walking along chatting when Bear sees the color blue. He sees blue flowers, blueberries and a blue pail. The author encourages the reader to find the blue things on the page. Then Bear and Mouse and their friend rabbit spy the color red and again the reader is encouraged to find the red things on the page.The story continues with the colors yellow, green, and brown. This is a cute story about colors and friendship. At the end of the story the animals all get together and have a big picnic with lots of food, lots of colors, and lots of friends. See this book listed in our catalog
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