Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog

August 6, 2014

Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog

Stephanie Greene

I am always on the lookout for fiction series to recommend to children transitioning out of easy readers and into chapter books.  The Princess Posey series fits that bill perfectly.  The third installment in this charming series is called Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog.  Posey’s family doesn’t have a pet, but she has to write about either a pet of her own or a pet that she hopes to have one day for Miss Lee’s classroom assignment.  So Posey is excited when a new neighbor moves in with a dog.  But Posey has a problem:  “She is secretly a little afraid of dogs.”  The dog next door is huge and has a very loud bark.  Posey decides she must face her fears after talking to her wise grandfather.  There is the perfect amount of tension as Posey meets the dog and she ends up helping the poor animal out of a predicament.  The story has a nice resolution and I enjoyed it very much.

The text of this early chapter book is generously sprinkled with lively black-and-white illustrations.  The short paragraphs and the age-appropriate story line should grab the attention of newly independent readers.

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Oliver’s Tree

July 23, 2014

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By Kit Chase

Oliver the elephant and his friends Lulu and Charlie love to play outside. When they play a game of hide and seek, his smaller friends climb into trees to hide. Oliver can see them and he tries and tries to reach them, but he’s not made for climbing.

Oliver’s friends try to find him a good tree for climbing. They find a low tree for him, but it’s too small. The one with bigger branches is too tall. Oliver gets frustrated and decides to take a nap on an old stump and his friends come up with the perfect plan. This is a fun and sweet story about friendship and kindness, full of adorable illustrations.

Recommended for Ages 3-5

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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1 to 20, Animals Aplenty

July 9, 2014

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by Katie Viggers

Inside the front cover of Katie Viggers’ 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty a baboon declares “Let’s count.” From there, a menagerie of animals represents numbers one through twenty, with a silly start at “1 fox in a pair of socks.” Viggers’ whimsical illustrations contain just enough detail to give you reason to linger over each and every page. Rhyming descriptions will elicit laughs. Definitely worth a look. If you enjoy it, try Viggers’ other book, Almost an Animal Alphabet.

1 fox in a pair of socks

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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Half a Chance

July 8, 2014

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By Cynthia Lord

12-year-old Lucy loves photography and longs to have her talents noticed by her father, a famous nature photographer.  When the opportunity to enter a photography contest for young people arises, Lucy eagerly grabs it. Unfortunately, as Lucy discovers, there is one problem….her father is the contest judge which will probably make her ineligible.  However, with her father away for the summer on assignment shooting photographs in Arizona, Lucy decides to take this opportunity anyway and chronicle her summer at the lake in New Hampshire where they have recently moved.   Along with her new friend Nate, the boy from the cottage next door, Lucy captures photos of the family of loons on the lake, as well as, Nate’s family and their adventures kayaking and hiking the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors.  As Lucy comes to know Nate and his family, her camera unexpectedly reveals truths that his family doesn’t want to see – his beloved grandmother’s slow decline into Alzheimer’s.

The sweetness and honesty of Lucy’s captured moments on film emphasizes the importance of savoring every moment and enjoying it in the present – a lesson no one is ever too young to learn.

Recommended for grades 4 through 6.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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If You Were a Panda Bear

June 20, 2014

If You Were a Panda Bear

Wendell and Florence Minor


What kind of bear enjoys catching fish? Which one eats bamboo? This beautiful picture book’s rhyming text will introduce your little one to many kinds of bears, from panda bear to spectacled bear. The illustrations in this charming read are vivid and captivating, and should keep your young reader happily engaged.

The ending is an absolute delight, but I won’t spoil it for you.  Check out this lovely book and find out for yourself.  Happy reading!



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My Octopus Arms

May 30, 2014

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by Keith Baker

What could you do if you had eight arms? Allow Octopus to demonstrate!

In this adorable book by Keith Baker, Octopus shows Little Crab just how many things can be done with a pair (or four) or arms—and, as it turns out, all those things that Octopus can do with eight arms you can do as well with only two! Rhyming text and beautiful, bright, fun illustrations will make this a joy to read (and act out) again and again.

–Lara (Haggard Library)

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New Board Books

May 15, 2014

There are so many good board books for babies!  These are the small books with the hard, cardboard pages and they are perfect for little hands.  There are a few new ones that are standouts.

Try the Creature books by Andrew Zuckerman.  I particularly liked Creature Colors.  The color appears in text with a photo image of an animal of that color.  For example, a page has the word “blue” (in blue font) and a gorgeous image of a blue parrot, so the reader can say the word and prompt the child to fill in the word for the animal…the interactivity is built right in!


New Leo Lionni board books are also appealing, with torn paper illustrations and titles such as When? and Who?


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The Short Giraffe

May 9, 2014

The Short Giraffeshort

By Neil Flory

Illustrated by Mark Cleary

The giraffes want to take a photo together. They all gather together, wanting to look their best, but monkey notices there’s one giraffe that’s not tall enough for the picture. Geri, the shortest giraffe who ever lived, doesn’t want to ruin the photo, but his friends are determined to make it work. They put him on stilts and fill him with helium, put springs on his feet and encourage him to climb a tree. Nothing works! Someone much smaller than even the short giraffe makes a suggestion that everyone can agree on.

The Short Giraffe is a quick but fun read about friendship and problem-solving. The illustrations are simple, but humorous with big smiles all around. This is a fun read for your little one, emphasizing that being different doesn’t mean you get left out.

Recommended for ages 2-5.

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Cheese Belongs to You!

April 29, 2014

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By Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz

THIS IS RAT LAW: Cheese belongs to you.

Unless… a big rat wants it. Or a bigger rat. Or a big, quick, strong, scary, hairy dirty rat wants it! In that case, the cheese belongs to them. Unless…

Quirky, fun, sketchy illustrations make this an entertaining read, and you don’t run across many rat books that are this much fun!

Follow along with this humorous, cumulative story as you find out the many exceptions to rat law, as well as who actually gets to eat the cheese in the end!


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Tiptoe Joe

April 23, 2014

Tiptoe Joe

By Ginger Foglesong Gibson


In this beautifully illustrated and interactive book, Tiptoe Joe invites his friends to come along on a secret and special adventure.

The illustrations are warm and inviting. The animals’ expressions are sweet, friendly and absolutely adorable, and the details of their clothing are such fun. Each animal has on a colorful item of clothing. (I love Tiptoe Joe’s red sneakers!)

The repetitive rhyming text and wonderfully fun use of onomatopoeia makes this book a great choice to read aloud to your little one.  It would also perfect for a classroom read.

My favorite part of all though is the wonderful surprise waiting at the end of the book.  I’m not telling – you’ll have to discover it on your own. Give this one a try.  You’ll be glad you did. Happy reading!

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