Friday, February 27, 2015

Wolfie the Bunny

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Melissa, one of our fabulous library "subs!"
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrations by Zachariah OHora. Becoming a big brother or sister is tough, especially if you’re a bunny and your baby brother is a wolf! I mean, wouldn’t he eat you up?!? Bunny Dot voices her concerns to her parents on a regular basis, even her friends do, but her parents ignore her and continue to dote on her little wolf brother, Wolfie. One day, her growing brother’s appetite consumes all of their carrots. Dot doesn’t want Wolfie to eat her up, so she must buy more carrots to fill his belly! Mama bunny dresses Wolfie in his bunny suit (it’s cold outside!), and with urgency Dot escorts her brother to the market. While there, the duo encounters a hungry bear. Ironically, the bear wants to have Wolfie for dinner! This is the perfect opportunity for Dot to run, but she doesn’t. She steps up and defends her brother. The bear isn’t bothered: after all, a bunny is no match for a bear. Dot persists “I’ll eat you up… I’ll start at your toes!” Bear is frightened by Dot’s big personality and runs off. From this experience, Dot realizes having a little brother isn’t so bad. Wolfie may act like your typical little brother, he may even be a Wolf, but that doesn’t mean she loves him any less. This book is an enjoyable read and a great one to use as a platform for discussing siblings and family to your children. (Or, just check it out because it’s a hilariously fun story!) See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Fox in the Library

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Fox in the Library by Lorenz Pauli is a story about a fox and a little mouse. Fox follows Mouse into the library. Fox wants to have Mouse for dinner but Mouse explains that the library isn't a forest and you can only borrow things here. Mouse tries to distract Fox by giving him books to read that will give him new ideas. This works because now Fox is thinking about chickens instead of mice. Mouse explains all about the library to Fox: how to borrow books, how to remember to keep them nice and clean, and how to check them out. Fox leaves and returns a few days later with Chicken. Chicken doesn't look too happy. He is trying to convince Fox that chicken bones are bad for foxes. Then a fox-hunting-chicken-eating farmer comes into the library and Chicken and Fox work together to come up with a plan that will be good for them both. Fox agrees to dig Chicken out of his coop if Chicken will teach him to read and that's just what they did. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Well, your sandwich is gone. What happened to it? Glad you asked! A bear ate it! After falling asleep in a truck full of berries, the bear found himself in an unknown forest, your city. He enjoyed the still-scratchy bark and the squishy mud, and then he saw your sandwich sitting all alone on a bench. He made sure no one could see him and then… he ate your sandwich! The bear, missing his own forest, made his way home. Full of berries and your sandwich, he went to sleep. Yep, that is definitely what happened to your sandwich, I’m sorry to say… If you like clever twists and beautiful illustrations, try reading this one aloud with your child. You’ll get a kick out of the bear’s many facial expressions and the ending will leave everyone laughing. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Snow

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In First Snow by Peter McCarty, we meet a cautious little dog named Pedro. His cousins are so excited that during Pedro’s first visit it has snowed all night long! Pedro isn’t very excited. In fact, he’s never seen snow and “It looks cold. It tastes cold. It is cold.” are his only responses when he’s asked to get dressed to play in the snow, to taste a falling snowflake, or to make a snow angel. When it comes time to go for a sled ride, Pedro is reluctant, but after a rip-roaring ride down the hill, he finds that he loves snow! Pedro, his cousins, and all of the neighborhood kids spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying a snowball fight... and Pedro did not feel cold at all! This story is full of firsts and giving the unknown a try. It’s great for those who need gentle urges to try new things. The illustrations are delightfully soft and engaging. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 23, 2015

Moon Plane

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
As an airplane soars among clouds, a little boy watches from a grassy field far below. He imagines flying that plane past cars, boats, and trains while they watch him far above them. In his mind he flies the plane up above the city, up through the clouds, and eventually reaches the moon. He has fun hopping around on the moon, but he can’t spend too much time there because he has to rush to get home in time for bed! In Moon Plane, written and illustrated Peter McCarty, the story is told through simple imagery that leaves much to the imagination. It feels like a fuzzy dream which makes for a very special reading experience to share with your child. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hooray for Hat!

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
In Hooray for Hat by Brian Won, Elephant wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. When his doorbell rings, he bellows "GO AWAY! I'M GRUMPY!" But what he sees on his doorstep is a present! And when he unwraps the present, he sees it is a most amazing hat. Five hats actually, stacked up on top of each other, kind of like a super hat. Elephant is no longer grumpy. He is overjoyed. So much so, that he decides to show his friend Zebra. But when he gets to Zebra's, he finds out Zebra is also having a grumpy day. So Elephant shares part of his hat with Zebra, which cheers him up. "HOORAY FOR HAT!" they exclaim. They wander to the abodes of their other animal friends, sharing the super hat along the way, proving once and for all, as if we had any doubt, that the right accessory can really make all the difference. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 2, 2015

Please, Mr. Panda

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
In Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony, Mr. Panda has some colorful (and no doubt delicious) doughnuts to give away. "Would you like a doughnut?" he asks the penguin. "Give me the pink one," says the penguin. "No, you cannot have a doughnut. I have changed by mind." Mr. Panda offers, and then takes back the offer of, doughnuts to the skunk, the ostrich, and the whale. But when the lemur sweetly asks "May I have a doughnut? Please, Mr. Panda?" Mr. Panda gives him ALL the doughnuts. He was just waiting for that magic word! Please! To the polite lemur go the doughnut spoils! If your little one is a fan of animals, or doughnuts (and if you're a fan of dry humour), or if anyone needs a refresher on manners, be sure to check this story out soon. See this book listed in our catalog
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