Thursday, March 27, 2014

Whimsy's Heavy Things

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Everyone has stress in their life, or been down from time to time, even kids. Whimsy’s Heavy Things by Julie Kraulis is about just that. This book is not for everyone, not for a group, but it is a great way to show little ones how to understand the stress and sadness in their lives. Whimsy feels weighted down, and is pictured with black balls surrounding her. The reader can tell she is sad. Whimsy comes up with many ways to deal with her heavy things. She tries to sweep them under a rug, hang them in a tree, fly them in the sky,  and even float them in the sea. Every time her heavy things just came back. Finally, Whimsy decides to try to deal with one heavy thing at a time. She is able to break up her heavy things one by one, with the help of her friends, and the beauty of nature. Whimsy begins to feel lighter and lighter with each heavy thing she breaks into bits. Paired with soft, gentle artwork, this is a sweet story about changing the things that weigh us down into things that lift us up. Share this with a little one who might feel weighed down too. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail by James Horvath is an amazing picture book about a team of working dogs who are destroying an old building to build a new one. The dogs - Roxy, Buddy, Max, Spot, and Spike, with their foreman Duke - will use cranes, bulldozers, dump trucks, and cement mixers to do perfect construction work. There is so much work to do! The only question is whether all of it will be done on time? Will all their work be finished as planned, so the dogs can take well-deserved rest before moving on to a new work adventure? Horvath has one cute black cat hiding somewhere in all the pictures. Your child will enjoy looking for the cat on each page. His book is full of humor due the rhyming text and funny pictures that show our heroes in action. Horvath’s book carries some nice lessons for young readers, such as the importance of teamwork, adherence to agreement, not giving up because of difficulties, and others, that increase the educational value of this book. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby. Are you tired of waiting for spring? So is Brownie Groundhog. But on February 2, Brownie sees her shadow, meaning there will be six more weeks of winter. As Brownie steps outside of her den, she is spotted by a scrawny fox who tries to eat her for breakfast. But hold on, Fox! Brownie declares that it is past breakfast time, so the fox will just have to wait for lunch to eat her. The fox hates waiting just as much as Brownie. The two set off for the pond, where Brownie manages to avoid becoming lunch by tricking the fox into ice skating with her to the point of exhaustion. She ties him to a tree with her scarf and begins to head home, but the fox’s cries draw her back. They’ve had such fun at the pond, so she offers him some of her snack, as long as he promises to keep his teeth to himself. As they snack, a robin stops to eat their crumbs—the first sign of spring! Brownie and the fox plan to spend the next day together, waiting for spring and skating. The book is perfectly illustrated by Carmen Segovia. The bright colors of the fox and Brownie’s scarf pop against the white and grey winter landscape. This is a great book to read while waiting for spring! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Which is Round? Which is Bigger?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Which Is Round? Which is Bigger? by Mineko Mamada. In this eye-opening picture book, six seemingly easy questions lead to surprising answers. The first spread offers two items to compare, asking “Which one is round?” showing a picture of a red apple on one page and a armadillo on the other. Turn the page to find the apple eaten down to its core and the armadillo curled into a ball. “Which one is round? What do you think?” Another spread pictures 3 monkeys holding an apple, watermelon, and banana. “Which is red?” When you turn the page the fruit is cut in half, showing a red center in the watermelon. “Which is red?” Some of the other comparisons include which is faster, higher, bigger, and longer. This is a great book for opening up discussions with young children! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sometimes I Forget You're A Robot

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Finally a picture book for children from exploding dog artist Sam Brown! Sometimes I Forget You're A Robot is the story of one boy's dream to meet a real robot. Every time he sees a jet fly by, or a shooting star, he imagines it's a robot coming to earth. And one day it is! SO COOL! His very own robot in his very own backyard! There's so much they could do together! Like fly to the moon! Except the robot doesn't fly... That's okay! They could go to the bottom of the ocean instead! Except the robot doesn't swim... It just kind of goes "BEEP BEEP BEEP" a lot. But there are some things the robot can do, like be a best friend forever. This is a sweet, accessible story, sure to appeal to kids and caregivers alike. See this book listed in our catalog 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mommy's Little Monster

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Mommy’s Little Monster by Dawn McNiff. A little troll watches his mother as she prepares to leave for a party just for grown-ups. Mommy paints her claws, slimes her scales, and curls her bristles. She puts on her clodhoppers and pondweed cloak to go to the party. Tiny Troll knows she's "the prettiest mommy ever." When Mrs. Hag arrives to babysit, his tantrums set in. Mrs. Hag knows just what will make the crying go away: two mugs of mudmilk and his favorite storybook. When Mom returns home, she leans over the bed to kiss her little monster good night, and give him a bag of rotten worms. The little monster decides that grown-up parties aren’t so bad after all as he drifts off to sleep. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 3, 2014

Secret Seahorse

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Secret Seahorse by Stella Blacktone, illustrated by Clare Beaton. Through rhyming text and felt images, readers will be sent on an under water journey of discovery of what lies beneath the surface. Each page offers a new under water scene filled with creatures and color. Readers can count fish, search for the seahorse, or flip to the back to learn about the creatures being introduced. Children can be entertained for hours by this book, as it offers many extended ways of reading. Children can independently search for under water creatures, or sit with a caregiver who can read the book to them. This would be a perfect “trip” or “on the road” book for preschoolers and, as mentioned earlier, it offers information that details coral reefs and the creatures that live in them. These details may be entertaining to an older brother or sister and could offer a "read together" opportunity for younger and older siblings. See this book listed in our catalog
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