By Maripat Perkins
Illustrated by Molly Idle
Yeehaw! Get your cowboy boots on, because Rodeo Red is one fast ropin’, hound dog lovin’ gal. She and her dog Rusty have been closer than two buttons on a new shirt for as long as she can remember. One day Sideswiping Jim shows up and Red knows he’s going to be a heap of trouble. The Sheriff and Deputy (aka, Mom and Dad) tell her she’s got to get along with her new little brother, but Slim crosses the line when he steals Rusty! Red tries to sneak into his camp to get back her favorite dog, but runs into all kinds of trouble! Can Red come up with a plan to help free Rusty from Swideswiping Jim?
Cowboy themed from top to bottom, this fun family story shows just what it’s like to deal with a new sibling. There can be a lot of crying, and sometimes some jealousy, but Red’s ingenuity brings peace in the end. The cowboy slang of the narrative is sometimes at odds with the pictures, which show a regular family with a little girl who simply LOVES the wild west (and her dog). It’ll be sure to bring giggles from any reader.
Recommended for ages 5-8.
By Tony Mitton
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little bear all alone in the cold snowy woods, trying to find a warm place to rest.
As I read along, I found the cadence reminiscent of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, and I loved reading it aloud. Alison Brown’s illustrations captivated me as I followed Snowy Bear’s journey through the woods as he tries to find a home. Sadly, it seems that no one has a place for poor Snowy Bear. Finally, he sees a little farmhouse. Could this be a place he can rest? Will he find a friend there? Check out this sweet book to find out. Happy Reading!
Opening this new book by Mies Van Hout, Pussycat, Pussycat brings us back to some of our favorite nursery rhymes. Along with enjoying these rhymes the whimsical and colorful illustrations drawn on a white background make each page full of life. This book gives family members an opportunity to spend special time with their children as they enjoy the rhyming words and share of their favority nursery rhymes. An added bonus is a CD with all the songs performed by a mother and her daughter. A lightly strumming guitar and sweet clear voices make you want to join in.
Nursery rhymes are wonderful to share with our young children. They are a great early literacy tool as well since they are listening to rhyming words that enhance their vocabulary skills. Enjoy this book with your children.
Reviewed by: Bev (MMD)
by Victoria Turnbull
The Sea Tiger is Oscar’s best friend, Oscar’s only friend.
They do everything together — explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even swim to the surface to look at the stars.
But Oscar is shy, so it’s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find a new friend.
If nothing else, you should check this one out for the illustrations alone–absolutely stunning, and detailed in such a gentle, soothing sort of way.
But it’s also a beautiful story about two friends, and that fear shy people (like me!) can sometimes feel when faced with people or experiences they’re not familiar with. The Sea Tiger takes the lead and encourages his friend to give others a chance, and that leads to all new adventures!
Well worth a read for shy children and adults alike!
Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)
The Plano Libraries will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Please note that all libraries will close early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 25. Bookdrops will also be closed, but no items will have a due date during the closing timeframe. Stay home, enjoy food, family and friends…and READ!
May I recommend these titles that we enjoyed during storytime this week?
Run, Turkey Run by Diane Mayr
Turkey is on the run from the farmer, but will he be successful in escaping him? Run, turkey, run!
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz (don’t let the title fool you into thinking it’s a Halloween book!)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
This lady loves her food and she eats so much, she floats!
After you read a story together with your child a few times, let your child tell or “read” it back to you. This helps them understand how stories work and helps their comprehension when they read.
Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps
by Sophy Henn
Uh oh. Pom Pom Panda wakes up on the wrong side of the bed! He immediately has the grumps. And it seems that the day just keeps getting worse and worse. No blankey, soggy cereal, bad hair day?!? Ugh! His bad day escalates at playtime at school where he does NOT want to play with anybody. But after finally going off on his friends, he starts to feel a little different.
This is a great book to start a conversation about bad moods. Sometimes they can start for no reason at all and just be reinforced by every little thing that goes wrong in your day. Sometimes… you just have THE GRUMPS! It’s a great term, and this book shows that it’s ok to get the grumps every once in a while. Eventually, they fade away and you are able to happily play with your friends again. It’s also important to understand that other people can get the grumps too, and you might have to give them some time and space to figure things out.
Plus, Pom Pom is adorable. The illustrations in this book really pop, and the expressions are easy to read. Love it!
By: Melanie Crowder
This is an interconnected story of two sets of sisters, told in alternating chapters. Luna and Willow are human sisters who live in a village that sits in a swamp. The swamp used to be a flowing river filled with sprites and fairies until a log jam created a dam. Now the swamp contains a sickness and anyone who drinks the water will sicken and die in exactly three weeks. When Willow accidentally swallows some of the swamp water, Luna is willing to do anything to save her sister. Luna breaks every one of her mother’s rules in her brave journey to save her beloved sister. Meanwhile, water sprite sisters, Perdita and Pelagia, are preparing to leave the world they live in on the night of the nearer moon. Perdita misses the window of time when the doors to the new world opened. Now she is stuck in the dam searching for a way to be reunited with her twin, Pelagia. The stories of both sets of sisters are closely intertwined. This fantasy story is told in beautiful, poetic language and is a pleasure to read.