Posts Tagged ‘animals’

The Magic Bojabi Tree

April 8, 2014

The Magic Bojabi TreeThe Magic Bojabi Tree

By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Piet Grobler

All of the animals of Africa are hot and hungry. They want the beautiful fruit from mysterious tree, but it is guarded by the biggest python they have ever seen. The python tells them they can eat the fruit if they name the tree, and the king of the beasts is the only one who knows the name. Sending zebra and monkey and elephant for the name ends in disaster as they forget the name on the way back. They try a bunch of silly words, but the python won’t budge. By the time turtle takes his turn, the king of the beasts is angry at being woken so many times. Still, turtle gets the name and makes up a rhyme to help him remember.

The Magic Bojabi Tree is an old African story that has many different versions. It’s a fun read for little ones that like catchy rhymes. I recommend reading the turtle’s song together so everyone can sing it during the story. With quirky, colorful paintings The Magic Bojabi Tree is sure to inspire giggles.

Recommended for ages 4-7

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Bone By Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons

March 28, 2014

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By Sarah Levine and T.S Spookytooth

What kind of animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? Or what if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones?

Beginning with an introduction to the human skeleton, this book then compares our bones to the bones of various animals by posing questions like the ones above and then revealing the answers! Did you know that a bat’s wings are made up of finger bones much like the ones in our hands? Young scientists will enjoy this creative and interesting way of learning about the skeletal system and how it functions.

Recommended for children aged 5 and up.

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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March 26, 2014


By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This little bull is a in a bad mood. Someone is mean to him, so he turns that around and takes it out on his friends when they want to play. He calls them names, getting bigger and bigger as his attitude gets worse. Eventually, someone takes him down to size by telling him he’s acting like a big bully. It’s all he needs to realize that he’s being too mean.

This book is simple, but effective. Through just a few words, the idea of bullying comes across loud and clear. This is a good book to share with your little one to help them understand that being kind to friends is important. Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the winner of many awards and nominations for her other books, including her Caldecott Honor book Green.

Recommended for ages 3-7

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Recommended App of the Week

March 22, 2014

Lazoo ZOOLazoo ZOO!
(Lazoo Worldwide)

It’s snack time at the zoo, and everybody’s hungry. Of course this is no ordinary zoo, it’s Lazoo Zoo, filled with giraffes whose spots magically change depending on what they’re fed, an ape who sprouts new hairstyles when he’s overfed and a finicky lion who tells you what he feels like eating. Just like at the real zoo, have fun feeding the animals using the handy dandy food dispenser. And if you don’t see the food you want in the dispenser, simply draw something new or look for hidden foods.

Lazoo ZOO screenshot


  • 11 animals to feed: lion, ape, chameleon, giraffe, hippo, whale, crocodile, crab, boat, bird, penguins
  • Dozens of foods to feed the animals
  • 8 super foods: birthday cake, soap, umbrella, candy cane, popcorn, peas, saxophone, pinata
  • Create your own foods
  • Surprise animations
  • Photo booth: snap a pic with your favorite animal friend (try to catch them smiling!)

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Free. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Download from the App Store.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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March 6, 2014


By Meg Kearney

Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Trouper is a good dog, but he’s missing a leg. It wasn’t a problem when he was part of a big pack, running on the streets. He and his pack get rounded up, however, and taken to a place with many cages. People come by to look at them, slowly taking away all of his pack. They take away Hunter and Tugger, Digger and Dice, Big Bear, and then Sweet Girl. All of the dogs go home with new people, all except Trouper. It makes him sad to be alone, until one day a boy comes to his cage and calls him a ‘good boy’. The boy takes him home, not minding that Trouper only has one leg.

Trouper is based on a true rescue story. Written in verse, Trouper talks of kindness and the love of a boy and his dog. The beautiful watercolor paintings are lifelike, bringing to life the story of how some animals get a second chance even when they’re not perfect. Trouper is Meg Kearney’s rescue dog in real life. He lives happily with her family in New Hampshire.

Recommended for ages 4-8

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts

February 27, 2014

500x500_3933684_file[1]Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot/Pete Oswald

Did you know that hippos can’t swim? Apparently, their bodies are too dense to float, so they just walk underwater instead and use their feet to push off in order to move themselves around! That fact leads to dozens more about all sorts of other animals, from squirrels to fireflies to big blue whales. Each topic leads right into the next one, and you’ll discover all sorts of interesting information about animals, like how many naps an ant takes each day, how many times per second a hummingbird can flap its wings, and how jellyfish scare away predators!

This wonderfully illustrated non-fiction book is definitely a great way to jump-start your young one’s interest in animals and science, and parents will find it entertaining as well. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out its companion book Chickens Don’t Fly and Other Fun Facts as well!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard)

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A Hundred Horses

February 5, 2014

A Hundred Horses

By:  Sarah Lean

Eleven-year-old Nell Green has to spend her long holiday on a farm with her Aunt Liv and her two younger cousins because her mother is too busy to take time off.  Nell soon settles into life on the farm and meets their kind neighbor, Rita, who recently lost her husband.  Rita feels that she must sell her farm animals, including a herd of 99 horses.  Nell also meets a wild girl named Angel who steals Nell’s case filled with parts from a magical merry-go-round that used to belong to her father before he left the family.  Nell had snuck the merry-go-round into her case when her mother wasn’t looking.  When Nell tries to retrieve her bag from Angel, she finds out that Angel has a reputation for lying and stealing.  Nell’s search for Angel thrusts her into an adventure which includes missing animals, a midnight horse ride, and a legend about the hundredth horse.  Only Rita knows Angel’s true nature and why she keeps showing up at the farm.  The author keeps readers guessing about Angel’s identity and the meaning of the hundredth horse until the end of the story.


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What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas

January 29, 2014

fatcatWhat Will Fat Cat Sit On By Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas’ books are known for the simple pictures and great sense of humor. Her books are perfect read alouds for preschoolers and younger elementary aged children. They can also make effective early readers.   In this title, panic erupts when Fat Cat needs a place to sit. Is he going to sit on Dog? What about on Pig? The animals come up with all kinds of silly suggestions until, finally, mouse finds a good solution for all.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

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How to Hide a Lion

January 28, 2014


How to Hide a Lion 

by Helen Stephens

One hot day, a lion strolled into town to buy a hat…

…and hilarity ensues! A charming story about a friendly lion, a little girl named Iris, and Iris’ numerous attempts to keep her new friend hidden from those who might not be so understanding when it comes to lions! The illustrations have a wonderful nostalgic feel to them, but are bright and colorful, and the ending is a sweet and funny surprise. Will things turn around for the poor lion? A simple, heartwarming story about friendship and second chances, it’s a great one to cuddle up with before bedtime. How would you hide a lion?

Lara (Haggard Library)

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A Moose That Says Mooooooo

January 16, 2014

A Moose That Says Moooooooooo

By Jennifer Hamburg

Pictures by Sue Truesdell

A picture book in rhyme, A Moose That Says Moooooooooo takes place in an imaginary zoo where the animals have all gone silly! An ox is cooking eggs as if in a diner, the pigs are doing a tap-dancing routine while the groundhogs are protesting and fish are coloring with crayons. It’s complete madness!  But isn’t that what a great imagination should be, silliness and madness?

What an imagination does Jennifer Hamburg have and the illustrations provided by Sue Truesdell only helped emphasize the ridiculousness of this outrageous zoo. I laughed out loud many times and had to read the story over and over again. I would love to use this book in story time perhaps one with a silly or imagination theme.

For ages 3+

Reviewed by Maggie (Parr Library)

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