Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Loula and the Sister Recipe

This summer we'll feature some blogs written by the library's summer interns. Here's one from last summer's intern, Ms. Elisa!
Loula is tired of being the only girl among her brothers, she wants a sister! Loula and the Sister Recipe by Anne Villeneuve tells the story of Loula’s journey to make herself one! Her parents inform her that there are certain “ingredients” necessary to make a sister: a papa, a mama, butterflies, a full moon, a candlelit supper, kisses, hugs, and chocolate! Loula sets off to gather her ingredients with Gilbert, the family chauffeur. They buy chocolate at best chocolatier in town, catch butterflies, and make cheese tartines for dinner! She gives kisses and hugs to her cat, because she’ll never hug her brothers! The moon is full and they’re missing just two ingredients, a mama and a papa! By the time she gets them, however, a hungry dog comes and eats all the cheese tartines! Loula is ecstatic, her sister is here! Her sister it seems, is actually a Mister but Loula is not deterred. She takes care of her new pet and loves him as her sister. A cute story for children, and a laugh for adults, Loula supplies a healthy dose of determination and sass in this adorable tale of finding friendship. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This Is Sadie

This summer we'll feature some blogs written by the library's summer interns. Here's one from last summer's intern, Ms. Elisa!
This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary is about a little girl with a big imagination. Before she even has breakfast, Sadie sails across the sea in an enormous boat! She puts on her favorite dress and spends a perfect day with her friends, real and fictional. She lives under the sea, becomes a boy raised by wolves, has adventures in Wonderland, and is the hero in a world of fairy tales! Afterwards, she climbs her favorite tree and has a chat with the birds. She has wings, just like the birds, they are just very hard to see. Her wings take her everywhere, but they always bring her home at the end of the day. Sadie fills her days with games of make believe but her favorite things are stories because you don’t need boxes or cushions to create them. Sadie’s story is filled with beautiful illustrations that will inspire any child’s imagination. You can have anything, from a boat to your very own wings, all you need is a little imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 27, 2016

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat

This summer we'll feature some blogs written by the library's summer interns. Here's one from last summer's intern, Ms. Elisa!
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood is the story of a tricky cat who wants to meet the Tooth Fairy. He plants the tooth of a comb under his pillow but is sorely disappointed when the Tooth Fairy is not fooled. The Tooth Fairy, however, has left Cat a job: If he can help her with her duties, she will gladly meet him! There’s a catch though: Cat has to dress up as the Tooth Fairy and be partners with Mouse. Cat and Mouse are not pleased to be working together, but soon they are grateful for their differences. Mouse can climb in Gopher’s hole to get his tooth, and Cat can climb up the tree to give Squirrel his coin! They discover the importance of teamwork when the last tooth belongs to a bear. Mouse bravely takes up the task but (oh no!) his dress is stuck under the bear! Cat heroically tickles the bear and frees Mouse! The deliveries are done and it’s time to take off their costumes but Mouse has a surprise… He’s actually the Tooth Fairy! Cats aren’t the only ones who can play tricks! This silly story of looking past differences and helping one another is sure to make any child or adult laugh, but the lesson of the story remains: don’t try to trick a fairy! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 24, 2016

One Word from Sophia

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail. Sophia’s birthday is coming soon, and she really wants a giraffe. A real giraffe. Sophia really, really wants a real giraffe. But to get one, she’ll have to convince the four grown-ups in her house: Mother, Father, Uncle Conrad, and Grand-Mamá. Sophia carefully crafts a plea to each adult: with Mother (a judge), she makes a legal argument. To Father (a businessman), she presents the financial benefits of giraffe ownership. To convince Uncle Conrad (a politician), she shows him the highly favorable poll results for giraffes. With strict Grand-Mamá, she tries a good old-fashioned buttering-up job. Poor Sophie’s attempts to convince her elders of the advantages of giraffe ownership all flop--her pleas are just too verbose, effusive, loquacious, and failed to get to the point. In short, Sophia is using too many words. Our would-be giraffe-keeper is not a quitter, though, so it’s back to the drawing board to find just the perfect word that will win her a real giraffe. Will Sophia’s giant quadrupedal dreams come true this birthday? You'll have to read to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stanley the Mailman

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Stanley the Mailman by William Bee. Stanley is a hamster, and he is also the mailman of his animal neighborhood. Stanley works hard at his job. He gets up before dawn to sort all the mail, then rides his scooter from house to house making deliveries. It seems like everyone has gotten mail today! Some neighbors receive big packages from far-off stores, or presents from loved ones. Some get piles of love letters! At least one neighbor gets mail they’d rather they didn’t, but that’s not Stanley’s fault. There’s one last package left at the end of the day- for Stanley! Young readers who love bright pictures, gentle animal stories, and reading about jobs people do will love this book, and can also look for Stanley’s many other adventures as a farmer, builder, cook, and mechanic. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bob the Artist

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Bob has extremely skinny legs. He is an otherwise handsome bird, but those legs, holy moly, they are soooooo skinny! When Bob walks by the owl always says “Oooh! Look at that funny stick walk!” The other birds cry “OH! How puny your legs are!” whenever they see Bob and his stick-like legs strolling down the street. Of course, this makes Bob feel pretty darn bad about himself. I mean, can we blame him? How do you think you would feel if everyone teased you and made fun of your skinny legs? Luckily Bob discovers art, and is incredibly inspired. Like, crazy inspired. And that inspiration turns into an idea. And that idea becomes a way to show the world that he is more than a simple pair of chop sticks walking down the road. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars is an adorably illustrated book about how a bird can show the world his true worth with only his imagination and a little bit of paint. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Tower of Giraffes

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups by Anna Wright is a gorgeous book filled with animals, illustrated in inked collage. This book will teach your thoughtful little one more about collective nouns. From a parcel of penguins to a scurry of squirrels, you’ll never be at a loss to describe a group of animals again! This book is a wonderful way to teach new vocabulary while enjoying the beautiful aesthetic she’s created. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 20, 2016

Miles of Smiles

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
When I wake up, yawning as I stretch my back, I look out my window and smile at my neighbor as he waters his front yard. Later, as he carefully shaves before going into work, he smiles at his wife as she comes in to brush her teeth. She carries that smile with her all morning until she decides to pass it to a little girl trying to help her mom push a shopping cart at the grocery story. Later that day, that little girl smiles at her sister, who laughs out loud and smiles in the direction of some kids riding by on their bikes. Those kids go on to smile at other people, who smile at other people, who keep smiling until that single smile has been passed all over town. Miles of Smiles by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Luciano Lozano, is a beautiful book about how all it may take to make the world a better place is a single smile pointed in the right direction. As infectious as a cold, but much more fun, a smile can travel from person to person, brightening up everyone’s day in a matter of minutes. This book seeks to answer the question “How far can a smile travel?” with an enjoyable read that is sure to brighten up the day of every reader. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 17, 2016

Flying Frogs and Walking Fish

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Animals move in different and interesting ways. There are some interesting and different types of animals too. Some marine animals like the frogfish uses jet propulsion, which is forcing water from his gills to surge forward. A vampire squid forces water through a tube on his body to glide backwards, while a pacific sea nettle pulses through the sea by contracting and pushing water from its bell. Other animals use different kinds of ways to maneuver. Some jump, pound, or spring into motion like the springbok who bounds straight up. Or the ring-tailed lemur who vaults from tree to tree. The agama, a leaping lizard, can leap several times its own body length. Many different kinds of animals can walk, leap, climb, and swim. Or they can glide, fly, and propel. They come equipped with legs, fins, wings, or even tentacles, and more which help them get to different places in surprising ways. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Carnivores

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds. All Lion, Wolf, and Shark really want is to fit in. They just want friends, but the zebras, bunnies, and little fish can be so mean. The ugly looks they get, just because they eat a few gazelle here and there. It’s lonely being a carnivore! What if they try vegetarianism? Can Lion and crew subsist on seaweed and salad? Can they leave their carnivorous ways behind? This is a hilarious story that reminds us to be ourselves! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bear Is Not Tired

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Bear Is Not Tired by Ciara Gavin. Bear and the ducks live happily together. Because they are such a happy family, Bear often forget that he isn't actually a duck. When winter weather starts chilling the air, Bear knows that soon it will be time for him to go to sleep, but he doesn't want to go to sleep. He doesn't want to miss out on all the fun the ducks will be having without him, so he decides to stay awake! His plan doesn't work too well. Even though the ducks try to help him stay awake, Bear often falls asleep at very inconvenient times. Not until Mama Duck assures him that he won't miss a thing, does Bear decide to give in and go to sleep. The ducks go about their daily business, including Bear whenever they can. One spring morning, Bear wake up! True to her word, Mama Duck has made a photo album to share with Bear when he woke up. Bear hadn’t missed a thing. His family made sure to include him, and he had the pictures to prove it! With illustrations that are soft, and full of expression, this is a perfect book for snuggling up with before taking a nice, long nap. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Airport Book

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
The airport is an interesting place. People are coming and going from all over the world, often dressed or looking much different from what we’re used to. While they may look strange to us, we probably look strange to them. There are so many cool things to see, from the planes constantly taking off and landing, to the strange, mysterious pieces of luggage people push as they hurry to their flight. People hug, some cry as they say their goodbyes, and you can’t help to watch, soaking in this tiny snapshot of their life. Although while at the airport you spend most of your time either in line or waiting to be in line, if you enjoy people watching you will never truly be bored. The Airport Book, written and illustrated by Lisa Brown, is a book written for fans of people watching. Although the plot follows a single family as they travel to visit relatives, the observant reader will spot a multitude of stories hidden in plain sight behind the main characters. Who is the man with the huge cowboy hat going to visit? What is inside the small man’s strangely shaped package that is marked “fragile?” Did the husband truly remember his airline tickets, even after being repeatedly reminded by his wife? Just as watching people at the airport affords us only a tiny glimpse into the lives of others, the book provides us with many, many hidden stories that are as interesting as they are brief, and is sure to be interesting for readers of every age, especially those who are about to go on a trip! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 13, 2016

Olive the Alien

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Olive the Alien by Katie Saunders. Archie has a new baby sister named Olive. She is pink and frilly and looks a little like a marshmallow. Archie doesn't understand his new sister and her behavior is confusing. He loves her but she speaks a language like boo ba de foo goo that sounds strange to him. She cries a lot and is loud. Maybe she is an alien from outer space! She does strange things and her meals were always messy. Whenever Mommy takes them out people always made funny faces at her. Archie begins to think she has strange powers that make normal people act strange around her. Mommy says Olive is not an alien from outer space and that she is just a baby. But Archie is not convinced. Finally Archie’s cousin William comes over with his baby brother. He acts a lot like Olive. William explains that that is how babies act and what babies always do. They speak the same strange language. They put everything in their mouth and cry loudly. Finally Archie tells Olive he is sorry. “You're not and alien, you're just a baby.” Until Olive makes a very terrible smell! It smells out of this world! Maybe he wasn’t wrong after all! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 10, 2016

Game Changer

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy. In 1944 there was a secret basketball game played. Why was it a secret? Because in North Carolina, 19 years before Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, segregation was the norm. In fact this game, featuring white and black players, was illegal at the time. But courageous coach John McLendon and this group of players were willing to defy the law to break down prejudice and racism. This is a story of bravery and strength. It is a great introduction to a difficult portion of American history, told through the lens of basketball, the American-invented sport. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Garden

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
In My Garden by Kevin Henkes a little girl and her mother work in the garden. As they are working the little girl starts to imagine what it would be like if she had her very own garden. In her garden things would be quite different. Inside this little girl's imagination we see a very unusual garden where flowers keep blooming and never die. We see flowers that change color and grow right back when pulled. In her garden the rabbits would be chocolate and seashells would grow. She could plant jelly beans and grow a jelly bean tree. She would also grow tomatoes the size of beach balls and invisible carrots because she doesn't like carrots. Her garden sounds absolutely amazing! When she is done dreaming about her garden she plants a seashell. After all, you never know what might happen... See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Imagine a World

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
At first glance children are walking a low tightrope down a cobblestone walkway, but upon closer inspection they seem to be balancing precariously a hundred feet above a Venetian city.  Two swimmers are diving below the surface of the sea, but when the reader looks again the blurry surface of the water becomes a swirl of clouds and it appears as if those two swimmers may actually be flying through the air. Imagine a World, written and illustrated by Rob Gonsalves, is a book that forces the reader to consider the impossible with incredible drawings that play with perspective in a variety of interesting ways. The way Gonslaves uses drawing techniques that exploit our conceptions of perspective and space to “trick” the eye into thinking that one of two things may be happening simultaneously is nothing short of amazing. A row of buildings before a solitary guitar player becomes a crowd of cheering fans, changing what was a somewhat solemn scene into something exciting. But if you “shift” the way to look at the drawing it quickly changes back to a simple scene of a lonely guitarist. This book will challenge the way the reader views each picture in a way that would possibly make M.C. Escher jealous. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Frog on a Log?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
What do you do when a bossy cat tells you to sit on a log? Well, if you’re a frog who doesn’t want to sit on a splintery log, you start asking why you can’t sit on something a little more comfortable. In Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray and Jim Field, the frog would rather sit on a mat, or a sofa, or a chair. Mats, sofas, and chairs are for cats, gophers, and hares. Frogs sit on logs, parrots sit on carrots, storks sit on forks, and lions sit on irons. When the frog points out that some of these things sound very comfortable, the cat declares “It’s not about being comfortable, it’s about doing the right thing.” This fun book is filled with countless animals and their respective seats. The illustrations are bold and whimsical, and the story begs the readers to come up with even more things that even more animals must sit on. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 6, 2016

Beastly Babies

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Beastly Babies by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Babies can be messy and whine a lot. They wail and fuss and can be naughty. Sometimes they are smooth, and sometimes they are hairy. From whales to quails or dromedary (that’s an Arabian one humped camel) they are one or many! There are tiger babies that creep, pounce, and fail when they aim for mama’s tail. A jumbo sized elephant mom might drowse and doze, but her babies ram and slap which ruins her noontime nap. Baby rhinos will grow large and they practice how to ram. Momma mouse and bird gather grass and leaves to weave, and shred leaves to make a bed or nest. Then their little ones called kits, chicks, or pups wiggle around and mess it up. Puppies slobber, gorillas can’t sit still, while baby piglets wallow, and baby ducklings do not follow. They are making mischief and having fun. But beastly babies grow up by and by. And when they are all grown, they have beastly babies of their own. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 3, 2016

My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I Am Not)

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
My Teacher Is a Monster written and illustrated by Peter Brown. “Bobby has a problem. You see, his teacher is a monster.” It’s a really BIG problem for young Bobby, who thinks his very strict teacher is a big green monster. Remember the funny ideas we all had as kids about our teachers and how weird it could be meeting them outside of school? Well, Bobby and the monstrous Ms. Kirby have just such a chance encounter, which begins with awkward conversation on a park bench and ends with watching an epic paper airplane flight together from Bobby’s favorite spot in the park! You’ll enjoy watching the “transformation” happen as their interaction moves through a windy Saturday morning, with each of them coming to see the other in a whole new way. See this book listed in our catalog
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