Posts Tagged ‘animals’

A Mountain of Friends

September 16, 2014

by Kerstin Schoene

If a book can be called adorable I would have to vote for this one, A Mountain of Friends.  Kerstin Schoene both author and illustrator has created a heart-warming book about friendship, sharing and kindness.  A young penguin is sad because even though he is a bird he is faced with an insurmountable problem, he can’t fly.  You can’t help but smile as the animals work together to make this penguin happy.  The animal’s personalities are reflected in the illustrations as you feel the love and warmth they have for their friend, penguin.  Your child will enjoy some of the unique pages in this book as the penguin is able to reach the top of his world.  A must read for ages Pre – K through seond grade.

Beverly (Davis)

 

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Chu’s First Day of School

September 11, 2014

Chu's firstChu is back in Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex.  In the first book featuring the lovable panda bear, readers got a surprise when they found out about Chu’s explosive sneezes.

In this second title, Chu is nervous about going to school.  When he gets there and all the animals take turns introducing themselves and sharing something they love to do, there’s a surprise in store for his fellow classmates, as Chu can’t help but demonstrate what he loves to do.  The expressions on his classmates’ faces tell Chu everything is going to be all right.

The concerns of Chu will resonate with young children, and readers will find humor in the facial expressions throughout the book and of course, in Chu!

For more books, check out our Starting School list.

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Puddle Pug

September 10, 2014

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By Kim Norman

Illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi

Percy the pug loves all kinds of puddles. In his search to find the perfect puddle for splashing, he makes a map of all the swamp puddles, the stomp puddles, and even the ready-for-a-romp puddles. He tries froggy puddles, and foggy puddles, and deeper-than-a-doggy puddles. When he finds just the perfect puddle, it’s already occupied by mama pig and her little piglets!

Percy tries everything to get in mama’s good graces, but it takes a big storm and one smart doggy to earn a chance to stay in the best puddle of all. This is an adorable story with fun illustrations. Percy’s expression are simply perfect as he enjoys all the different kinds of puddles. With rhyming text, it’s a great read-aloud story for your little ones.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire

September 3, 2014

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By Denys Cazet

Minnie and Moo, stars of the beginning reader series of the same name, star in the second early chapter book title in this series for early elementary age children.

While the farmer and his wife are on vacation, their BFF cows, Minnie and Moo, decide to host a talent show to raise money to buy the farmer a new tractor.  The “First Annual Hoot, Holler and Moo Talent Festival” attracts “talented” animals both domestic and wild from near and far who want their chance to be in the spotlight.  Meanwhile there are animals that are clearly up to no good as they skulk around the stage stirring up trouble and attempting to side-track Minnie and Moo’s good intentions for their own purposes.  Slapstick humor abounds as the coyotes organize a port-a-potty race, the money box becomes a target for some of the greedier animals, and Elvis the singing rooster tries to claim the spotlight as his own. Silly rhymes, songs and crazy antics accompanied by Cazet’s expressive black and white sketches make this zany farm story a sure hit for early chapter book readers.

Recommended for children ages 6 – 8.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

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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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