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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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Kid Picks

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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Poor Doreen, A Fishy Tale

November 7, 2014

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By Sally Lloyd-Jones & Alexandra Boiger

Miss Doreen Randolph-Potts is an amply roundy fish. On her way to visit a cousin who’s just had 157 babies she encounters a fisherman (Oh dear!). She sees a dragon fly on the way and thinks, “Goody! How lucky, a snack for my journey!” but poor Doreen gets caught by the fisherman! The fisherman jerks his pole and reels her in. Instead of being scared, Doreen thinks she’s become the fastest swimmer in the world. Through a series of fortunate events, silly Doreen makes it back into the water without ever losing her cheerful attitude.

Poor Doreen comes to life with beautiful watercolor pictures and fun text that bends and changes sizes for emphasis. Even though poor Doreen goes through some scary things (like being picked up by a heron!), she stays joyful and friendly through her whole journey. She even makes pleasant conversation with the heron that’s trying to eat her!  Everyone will enjoy this fishy tale.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Mama Built a Little Nest

November 6, 2014

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By: Jennifer Ward

This is a perfect science picture book to share with children at bedtime. From the first page with a wren’s nest built on a cactus, to the last page where a bed is a nest for a young child, the story describes nests of all sorts. Birds are creative architects that use a variety of materials such a spider webs, sticks, or spit to build their nests. The illustrator, Steve Jenkins, uses colorful, cut-paper collages to show the detail in each of the bird’s nests. The author, Jennifer Ward uses a four-line rhyming verse on the left page to describe each nest such as “Mama built a little nest./She gathered twigs that float/and placed them on the water/to create a cozy boat.” On the right page the author includes additional information about each bird. An excellent book for the youngest bird watchers.

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Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

November 4, 2014

Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

I love the cover of this book!  The reader knows right away that the story will be humorous, judging by the expression on the little boy’s face.

The boy is looking for Lion, and Lion says he’s looking for lunch.  The boy makes some helpful suggestions, to which the Lion declines.  But readers are in for a twist, and in  the end they will get a good laugh.  The illustrations by Larry Day are on white background spreads,  making the body language and expressions of the characters really stand out.

I highly recommend this new book, which will spark your child’s imagination, make them laugh, and create lots of opportunities for talking together.

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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!

October 30, 2014

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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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