Winter Is Coming

November 11, 2014 by

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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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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

November 10, 2014 by

Keep books everywhere; in the diaper bag, in the toy box, in the car, in the children’s rooms, all over the house. Babies and toddlers who grow up with books around them become more motivated to learn to read.

 

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Kid Picks

November 9, 2014 by

11.9.14KidPicks2Addison the April Fool's Day fairy

11.9.14KidPicks3Squid

11.9.14KidPicks4Fantastic feet up close

11.9.14KidPicks5Animals of the night

11.9.14KidPicks6Athlete vs. mathlete

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Recommended App of the Week

November 8, 2014 by

wheels on the busWheels on the Bus

by Duck Duck Moose, Inc.

Price: $1.99

Recommended for ages 2-6 years old

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Have fun with the popular tune, “The Wheels on the Bus”, with your child. In addition to English, users can listen and sing along with the song in four other languages: Spanish, French, German, and Italian. You can even record your own voice!  Interact with the different verses by spinning the wheels fast or slow, opening and closing the door, swishing the windshield wipers back and forth, and other actions.

 

 

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Poor Doreen, A Fishy Tale

November 7, 2014 by

doreenPoor Doreen, A Fishy Tale

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 by

Mama built a little nestMama Built a Little Nest

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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Meet the Parents

November 5, 2014 by

Meet the ParentsMeet the Parents

by Peter Bently

Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Parents nag; parent fuss; parents also like to boss.  But have you thought, just for a minute, that parents are also good for many things that you may not have thought of before?  Parents can come in very handy as a pet horse to ride or a “donkey” to carry your stuff.  How about a hunter of lost toys, a “whirler and twirler” for games, a cuddler, a storyteller or a problem sorter outer?  They can be a place to warm your hands on a cold day, a foundation for a sand castle, even a place for “disposing of food you don’t want to eat”.   Parents are good for many things but “you’d better watch out because parents love…TICKLES!!”

This lively rhyming picture book with illustrations from a child’s-eye-view depicts wide-eyed children with their families in humorous scenes of parenting in action.   Heart-warming yet giggle inducing….this is a picture book to be loved and shared in every family.

Recommended for children ages 4 through 8.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

November 4, 2014 by

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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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

November 3, 2014 by

Encourage literacy in your child’s daily routines by making shopping lists together. Talk about the names of the letters and words as you write them. While shopping, help children to ‘read’ labels. Give them coupons and ask them to help you find the items.

 

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Kid Picks

November 2, 2014 by

11.2.14KidPicks1Ramona forever

The house of Hades11.2.14KidPicks2

11.2.14KidPicks3Talented tails up close

The vampire mystery11.2.14KidPicks4

11.2.14KidPicks5The year of the baby

 

*It was a really good book

The amazing mystery show11.2.14KidPicks7

 

*great

 

 

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