Upside Down Babies

December 17, 2014 by

by Jeanne Willis

“Once when the world tipped upside down, the earth went blue and the sky went brown.  All the baby animals tumbled out of bed and ended up with very funny moms instead.”  These are the first two sentence in this clever and beautifully illustrated book, “Upside Down Babies.”  We would all be a bit shocked to see a pig falling into a parrot’s nest.  But just imagine how that parrot mom would feel.   How about a polar bear landing in the desert next to her new mom, a camel.   A cheetah faster than lightning ends up with a sloth, can anything be slower.  This cheery book brings humor to each page as each mom is faced with unthinkable challenges gazing on their new babies.  Of course, the world does turn around but the ending may surprise you as a few babies and moms actually are happier with their new arrivals.

This book is great for our toddlers as well as preschool children.  Any adult would enjoy sharing this book with a group of children as well as a fun read one on one.

Davis – (Bev)

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

December 16, 2014 by

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are on a mission to dig a hole in search of something spectacular.  As they try to figure out the best strategy, the reader (and the knowing dog) see the big gems that the pair are missing.  When they fall asleep and free-fall through the deeper hole, they end up falling from above, back to where they were before…or is it?  With sepia-toned illustrations, spare text and the reader in the know, children will enjoy the surprise ending.

This story reminded of that child-like belief that you can dig a hole to China, and the illustrations brought to mind that classic, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

December 15, 2014 by

Looking for different uses of one item encourages creativity and inventiveness, one of the skills that helps children to learn. You’ll be surprised by how many different things a toilet paper roll can be. Encourage your child to use their imagination.

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Kid Picks

December 14, 2014 by

annika riz 1babymouse puppy love 2too cool for this school 3pearl the cloud fairy 4whatever after 5lightning thief 6

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Recommended App of the Week

December 13, 2014 by

toca natureToca Nature by Toca Boca

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Price: $2.99

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Kids use their imagination to create their own world in nature. They can then explore their world by observing wildlife and feeding animals. The slow, peaceful pace of navigation and a relaxing soundtrack encourage kids to slow down and enjoy their surroundings. This quiet and easy-going approach is a refreshing characteristic that sets this app apart from apps that can be loud, busy, and overwhelming for young children. This app encourages kids to play and create a narrative based on the worlds they have made. Play is an important role in early literacy for young children.

A Common Sense Media review does note that, “The tap and drag navigation is very sensitive and can sometimes be a bit awkward; kids, especially younger ones, might need help, or just a bit of practice.”

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Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

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Cats? In a Book?

December 12, 2014 by

There are cats

Have you read all the Eric Hill Spot books multiple times and need something new? Here’s just the thing! Check out one of Viviane Schwarz’s three lift-the-flap, interactive stories featuring cats. The first, There Are Cats in This Book, introduces Andre, Moonpie and Tiny. Each is distinct. Tiny is small and red. Moonpie is given a blue, slender figure. Andre is a large yellow cat. The action begins on the cover of the book as the cats peek over the partial jacket. Once the book is open readers are in for chaotic fun with characters who speak directly to their audience…

 

Hello. Who are you ?… Are you nice ?… You look nice.”

 

and invite them to play along…

 

TURN/ THE/ PAGE! / You did it! You saved us. Phew!/

Can you dry us, too? / Just blow on the page

There are no cats 

In There Are No Cats in This Book the three felines decide a vacation is in order. The cats want to escape the book to see the world. The same winning elements are at play in this follow-up book: flaps, bright colors and the dialogue between characters and audience. Readers will be glad the crazy cats safely return to their book pages so they can return in another episode.

Is there a dog

Peeking over the half jacket again, Moonpie, Andre and Tiny ask, Is There a Dog in This Book? Indeed there is! A purple dog. As readers help the cats find the dog they also help the cats learn to love the dog. Readers will be moving furniture, peeking in closets and petting animals to assist the frenetic threesome and their new pal.

 

Whew! Readers who made it through all that craziness in one sitting need a break. Time to pet the cats and dogs.

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Picnic

December 11, 2014 by

Picnic by John Burningham

John Burningham’s books are some of my favorites.  Simply written and simply illustrated, they are perfect for young children.

Picnic is a quiet story about a boy and girl who go out one day and meet their animal friends.  Along the way they have a small adventure, as they are chased by Bull and the wind blows Sheep’s hat away.  In the end, they all go home to bed. Children will love reading along and answering the questions in the text like, “Can you find Sheep’s hat?”

Reading with children every day is essential to their early literacy development, and talking about the story as you read is equally important.  This particular book makes life easy for the parent because the story already includes interactive questions.

I hope you’ll share Picnic with your children, and that John Burningham’s books become some of your favorites too!

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Planet Kindergarten

December 10, 2014 by

planetPlanet Kindergarten

By Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Illustrated by Shane Prigmore

3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The boy in this book is training to explore Planet Kindergarten on his very first mission. He checks his plans for the next day, gets his supplies with his mom, gets two thumbs up from the doctor, and prepares for lift off! It’s difficult to explore a strange new world on his own, but he doesn’t want his parents to worry, so he stands tall. His crew mates are all strange creatures. Though he’s dealing with many unusual crew members, the boy manages to make a new friend.

Planet Kindergarten is an outrageous space-themed adventure with lots of fun characters. If your child is a fan of space, or zany books, they’ll love reading this adventure. The illustrations are extremely colorful and fun, giving hints about the normal day behind the space mission. There’s even a few Star Trek references for the grown ups! You might consider reading it to prepare your little one for his or her own trip to kindergarten!

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

December 8, 2014 by

In order to get your preschooler excited about books, you should read books about things they love. If they love to play sports then read stories about sports.

 

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Kid Picks

December 7, 2014 by

dragon puncherneptune projectflower girllegoserpents shadow fish wish

 

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