Before, After

November 26, 2014 by

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By: Anne-Margot Ramstein & Matthias Arégui

Each time you open a page in this wordless book, there is a set of corresponding images side by side. The images are drawn simply with clean lines. Each set of images implies a “before” and “after” like the title describes. One example of a set of images is a slingshot on one page and a broken window on its facing page. There is also a subtle narrative throughout the book, such as the changing seasons shown with trees.

This book may function as a gentle game, encouraging readers to make associations between the images shown in each set of pages and the book in its entirety. Since it is wordless, it creates the opportunity for dialogue.

Look at this book together as a family and discuss: what do you see before and after?

Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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Bree Finds a Friend

November 25, 2014 by

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By Mike Huber

 

 

 

Friends were playing together during recess, but Bree was all alone. She pretends to plant blueberries while digging in the dirt.  Her discovery of a worm brings another student over to investigate. Will they become friends? Read this adorable picture book with your little one to find out. Both the sweet story and the charming illustrations make this a great read aloud for preschools as well as home settings. Happy reading!

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

November 24, 2014 by

Be interactive. Engage your child so they will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child’s questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child’s responses.

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Kid Picks – Afternoon Edition

November 23, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

November 23, 2014 by

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Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree

November 21, 2014 by

 Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop

This is the third adventure for Red Knit Cap Girl who lives in an enchanted forest with White Bunny and other animal friends. One hot day Red Knit Cap Girl is reading under a shady tree when squirrel insists she that follow him to see something exciting. Squirrel has found a tree with an enormous hollow in it.

 

That’s what I wanted to show you all,” Squirrel says. “it’s called a nook.”

 

“What is it for? says Bear.

 

After listening to the rustling leaves for a moment Red Knit Cap Girl has an idea. She puts her book inside the nook where it will stay safe and dry. Then one by one, in a chain of events reminiscent of Stone Soup, the little circle of friends creates a special place for all to enjoy – a library! This is a delightful tale of friendship and sharing.

 

Stoop’s beautiful illustrations are worked in acrylic, ink and pencil on plywood. The simple lines of her characters perfectly convey curiosity, delight and friendship.

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Lulu’s Mysterious Mission

November 20, 2014 by

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

If you are looking for a laugh, look no more!  This third book about Lulu had me laughing out loud.  I had not read any of the books about Lulu, so there is good news for those who haven’t read the other two titles; it really made no difference to start with the third!  On a side note, the third book is illustrated by Kevin Cornell, rather than Lane Smith, who illustrated the first two.

Lulu’s parents have gone on vacation, but Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky is no ordinary babysitter.  Lulu does her best to get rid of her, until Triple S reveals her secret code name, and promises to train Lulu as a spy.  Of course, Lulu hopes her parents will take many more vacations in the future.

I highly recommend Viorst’s chapter book.  It has lots of white space, great illustrations by Cornell, and humor which will motivate any reader.

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Baby Sign Language – Car

November 19, 2014 by

Babies develop motor skills before they develop the ability to speak. Teaching your baby sign language opens the door to communication, leading to more fun and less frustration!

Please join us for Babes in Arms – rhymes, books, music, and sign language for children aged 0-9 months.

Davis Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Haggard Library: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

We will be on hiatus December 8th – January 12th.

See you at storytime!

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Zeraffa Giraffa

November 18, 2014 by

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By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Jane Ray

Zeraffa the giraffe was caught in Africa. No taller than the tallest hunter, she was just a baby. When she was presented to the Pasha, he was delighted. He decided that she would be the perfect gift for his friend, the king of France. Zeraffa was given to a boy named Atir, who would care for her on the long journey. They first took a small boat up the Nile River, then a bigger boat across the Mediterranean Sea, and then Atir and Zeraffa walked the great distance to the beautiful city of Paris!

Through the whole journey, Zeraffa keeps growing, and growing, and growing! By the time they reach the King, she’s taller than any animal the French have ever seen. They loved her right away! Soon, French ladies were styling their wigs to be as tall as they could and they decorated their homes with the pattern on Zeraffa’s fur. The French people made cookies in the shape of giraffes and trimmed their bushes to look like her. But the one who loved her most of all was the King’s granddaughter.

Zeraffa Giraffa is a beautiful book about a giraffe’s great journey. The soft illustrations will capture the reader’s imagination and transport them to a time long ago when no one had ever seen a giraffe in Paris.

Recommended for ages: 6-10

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

November 17, 2014 by

Give your child choices, when possible. “Would you like an apple or banana for snack?”, “Which book would you like to read tonight before bed?” This will build your child’s confidence that he can make good choices.

 

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