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Before, After

November 26, 2014

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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

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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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Kid Picks – Afternoon Edition

November 23, 2014

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November 23, 2014

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Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree

November 21, 2014

 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

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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Kid Picks: Afternoon Edition

November 16, 2014

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November 16, 2014

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Once Upon an Alphabet

November 13, 2014

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by Oliver Jeffers

If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters.” -from the first page of the book

Oliver Jeffers does it again!! This delightful and humorous alphabet book contains a short story, about 2-3 pages long, for each letter of the alphabet. Ferdinand who walks his frog, Jemima who made her front door out of jelly, and an Owl and an Octopus who solve problems for a few of the other characters in the book. The stories are similar to phonics stories by emphasizing a certain letter. Jeffers includes words that make this book a great way to increase kids’ vocabulary.

This is perfect for fans of Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith.

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Winter Is Coming

November 11, 2014

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Winter Is Coming

by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Over the months of September, October, and November, as fall turns to winter, a young girl spends time outdoors quietly watching the changing of the seasons. Alone with nature and outfitted with a sketchbook, pencils, and binoculars, she observes the world around her, drawing pictures of the animals and writing about what she sees—deer, a fox, bears, skunks, woodpeckers, rabbits, a lynx, chipmunks, geese, and turkeys. As the months pass, the leaves change color and fall from the trees. Finally, snow falls, signaling winter’s arrival. Beautiful paintings illustrate the gentle text that pays homage to the natural world and the changing of the seasons. A great book for nature lovers, and perfect for reading on chilly fall days.

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Recommend for ages 4 to 8.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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