Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!

October 30, 2014 by

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By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

All of the other dinosaurs in kindergarten are playing so nicely together. Aptosaurus colors, Pteranodon inspects, Velociraptor glitters, but Tyrannosaurus wrecks all their hard work! He’s not very good at playing with any of the other dinosaurs, knocking over their blocks and making a mess of craft time. It’s not a surprise that none of the other dinosaurs want to play with him, but it leave Tyrannosaurus feeling lonely and sad. Can he learn to fix instead of wreck and clean up instead of make a mess?

Like many other books for this pre-school age, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! can help children understand that it’s better to be nice when playing with others. With vivid pictures and an adorable, bright orange Tyrannosaurus, it’s easy to have fun with this book. Some of the dinosaur names are challenging, but there’s a guide in the front of the book to help you out!

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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It Is Night

October 29, 2014 by

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By Phyllis Rowland

 

It is time for bear, rooster, rabbit, duck, cat and other friends to go to sleep. Where should they go to rest? This adorable read answers the question for each friend, suggesting to each a wonderfully perfect place to rest. The illustrations are super sweet and soft, yet beautifully colored to capture your little one’s attention. This is a lovely book to read at bedtime, naptime, or any time. Happy reading!

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Thank You, Octopus

October 29, 2014 by

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by Darren Farrell

It’s time for bed–luckily, Octopus is here to help! First he’ll make his buddy a nice warm bath…of egg salad! Then he’ll dry him off…with a tuba! And then he’ll help put his pjs on…the Statue of Liberty!

HEY, NO THANK YOU, OCTOPUS!

Things just get wackier from there—but Octopus just might be in for a surprise himself!

Cute, sweet and funny, this is one of my definite favorites to come out recently.

Make sure to look at the illustrations closely and you’ll find lots of clues about what’s to come!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

 

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

October 27, 2014 by

Rhyming is one way children learn to hear the smaller parts of words. You may help them learn to rhyme by reading them Mother Goose rhymes or stories told in rhyme. Another fun thing to do is play an I Spy rhyming game.  For example… “I spy something that rhymes with blue and that something is a….shoe!”

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Kid Picks: October Afternoon Edition

October 26, 2014 by

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KidPicksII10.26.14(7)Diary of a wimpy kid hard luck

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Kid Picks

October 26, 2014 by

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Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

October 24, 2014 by

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Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

The Bear books by Wilson and Chapman are favorites, and this new title by the team is a great concept book.

Bear and Mouse are taking a walk, meeting friends, and along the way they discover colors. The text rhymes and there is a repetitive questioning refrain that you can ask children to chime in on.  The colors that are introduced are true, and there is no mistaking what color the child sees.

I hope you and your child will enjoy reading this book and talking about the colors you find here and everywhere.

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

October 23, 2014 by

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker dreams of being a cowboy, but he needs a horse. He receives sage advice about choosing the right horse, by checking its teeth and hooves. I laughed out loud, and I think you will too, when you see the picture of Leroy meeting Maybelline for the first time. Each character in this story is larger than life and made me chuckle.  You’ll love the illustrations by Chris Van Dusen!

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up is the first title in a new series for early chapter readers called Tales from Deckawoo Drive.  If you have read the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, you might remember Leroy Ninker.  Mercy Watson books are for beginning readers and the Leroy Ninker books are a step up from those.

This book is a new favorite!  I’m looking forward to sharing it with friends.

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Wednesday

October 22, 2014 by

wednesdayAn educational and clever book for young readers written by Anne Bertier called Wednesday.   We meet Little Round and Big Square who get together every Wednesday to play their favorite game, turning into different objects.  They change into butterflies, flowers and mushrooms until Big Square begins to show off.   The nerve of Big Square to turn himself into objects that I cannot create  thought Little Round.  He became quite angry.  Big Square and Little Round decided to work together and create an array of shapes they both could enjoy until they both become hungry.  You’ll never guess what their new favorite shape was,  an ice cream cone, yum, yum.

With simple primary colors and different shapes this book can be enjoyed by young children everywhere.  You will enjoy watching all the unique shapes that Big Square and Little Round create as well as guessing what shapes they are using.  This book also gives a parent or caregiver an opportunity to discuss friendship, anger and jealousy with your child.  The beginning steps in learning to accept the differences in each other as well as finding a solution to your problem.

Bev (Davis)

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This Orq. (He cave boy.)

October 21, 2014 by

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This Orq. (He Cave Boy.)  by David Elliott, illustrated by Lori Nichols

Meet Orq.  He cave boy.  Meet Woma.  He woolly mammoth.  Orq *love* Woma.  But when Orq decides to keep Woma as a new pet, his mother has a few complaints, not the least of which is the (literally) mammoth-sized dung heaps Woma leaves inside cave-sweet-cave.  What’s a cave boy to do?

But never fear.  Like many impractical pets, Woma proves her worth when she gets Orq out of a spot of danger involving a hungry sabertooth tiger.  Orq’s mother invites Woma back into the family and they all live happily ever after…almost.

Pair this book with any of a number of picture books about impractical or strange pets, and get your little one laughing.  See below for a list of great titles to get you started.

 

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Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay
Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey

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