Posts Tagged ‘Children’s easy book’

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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The Great Day

June 24, 2014

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By Taro Gomi

The boy is awake first, then the alarm, then the dog, but everyone else is asleep. He’s the first to eat and dress and brush his teeth. Follow his great day as he’s the first to do many things, both good and bad. Though he’s the first to get into a fight, he’s also the first to make up with his friend. Because his day is so busy, he’s also the first to go home and get tired.

Originally published in Japan in 1984, this is the first time The Great Day has been printed in America. Using simple language and vibrant illustrations, Taro Gomi captures the action and excitement found in young children.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.  (Schimelpfenig)

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It’s an Orange Aardvark!

June 18, 2014

Michael’s Hall’s latest book, It’s an Orange Aardvark, is another charming and witty book that can be added to his collection of stories.  We greet five carpenter ants that have taken up residence in a tree stump.  Rumble, Rumble, outside noises alert them.  A curious member of the group decides to create a peephole in the stump.  What could it be?  It is obvious to one of the ants that  is a fearsome beast, an aardvark who eats carpenter ants.  As they peer out they see orange and the frightened ant assures everyone it is an orange aardvark.  Each page of this delightful book presents a new peephole with a new color and the imagination of our frightened ant only becomes sillier and sillier.

Michael Hall’s illustrations only enhance this funny story and all the peepholes throughout the book just add to the excitement of discovering the next color.  This book can be enjoyed by anyone!

Beverly (Davis)

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One Busy Day

June 10, 2014

3-5yearsOne Busy Day

By Lola M. Schaefer

Illustrated by Jessica Meserve

Mia wanted to do something- anything- with her big brother, Spencer. But he was always too busy. He would rather sleep in, or climb a tree, or play soccer- anything but play with his little sister. So Mia decides to play by herself. She paints a beautiful picture and dances like a twirly, whirly ballerina. By the time she’s exploring a deep dark pillow fort, suddenly Spencer is curious about all the fun things Mia is doing alone.

One Busy Day is a wonderful story about siblings and how play can become an imaginative adventure. With one, it’s fun, but with two it’s even better. Together, they can battle giant dragons to defend the castle or climb incredible mountains. A great book to share with the whole family.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)


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June 6, 2014

mooHalf the fun of reading out loud with your little one, and a great pre-reading exercise, is letting them “read” the pictures in a book to you.  Let them look at the illustrations and tell you what is happening based on contextual clues.  There are few books better suited to this than Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka.

This is a relatively straightforward story about a joyriding cow who gets her hooves on the farmer’s shiny red convertible.  The catch is that the only text in the story is the word “moo.”  There is a “Moo!” of excitement when the cow first sees the car.  There is a “MOOOO!” of glee as she speeds down a hill with the wind in her hair.  And there is my favorite, a long string of “Moo moo! Moo moo-moo moo! Moo moo, moo, mooooo!…” as the cow explains her trouble-making to a police officer.

The size and shape of the text on each spread give a clue about the emotion behind each “moo,” and along with the illustrations will allow any young “reader” to tell you how the thieving cow is feeling at that particular moment.

For more practice gleaning emotion and meaning from an *almost* wordless picture book, check out Banana!  by Ed Vere.


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My Octopus Arms

May 30, 2014

my-octopus-arms[1]My Octopus Arms

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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How to Cheer Up Dad

May 29, 2014

how to cheer up dadHow to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler

Little Jumbo’s dad is having a very bad day, and Little Jumbo is not sure why.  It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the mess Little Jumbo made at breakfast, or his refusal to take a bath, or his objection to getting dressed after the bath.  Dad must need a time out.

Luckily, Little Jumbo knows just how to cheer up Dad with a few favorite things.  Whether they are Dad’s favorite things or Little Jumbo’s favorite things is debatable, but the end result is a sweet day of father and son time.

Koehler manages to express an amazing amount of emotion just through the set of an elephant’s trunk, and any parent will recognize the mania of a child’s enthusiasm for running away naked, the stubbornness and defiance right before a time out, and the glee of eating an ice cream cone.  This would make a precious Father’s Day gift for book-loving dads, or just a great read-aloud. Talk with your little one about how the illustrations tell a slightly different story from the text.

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May 28, 2014

by Jenny Offill

What if you wanted a pet and your mother gave you a few rules.  “You can have any pet you want as long as it doesn’t need to walked or bathed or fed.”  What would you do?  Well I went to the library and after much research I found a perfect pet, a sloth.  Right off I knew the tree in our backyard would be the perfect place for Sparky! my sloth.  But I soon discovered there are a few problems when owning a sloth.  They sleep 16 out of 24 hours in a day so playing games with Sparky is quite challenging.  I win every game and Sparky is never enthusiastic.  It can take 2 – 3 days to even see Sparky open his eyes since he likes to wake up while I am asleep.  My friend came to see Sparky and felt sorry for me since all he did was sleep.  That was it, I decided to challenge Sparky and have a “Trained Sloth Extravaganza” with a multitude of tricks.  I put glitter on Sparky and even though we practiced and I kept yelling out commands; he just sat and looked at me.  Oh well, all in all he is a different pet but he is still my Sparky!

I loved this book.  First of all his name says it all and her dedication to Sparky just had me laugh out loud.  A silly, creative and fun book that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Beverly  (Davis)

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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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It’s an Orange Aardvark!

April 30, 2014

aardvarkIt’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall

Carpenter ants, complete with colorful hard hats, are “wrrr-” ing away inside a stump, making a hole for a window, when one of them worries that the hole will allow an aardvark’s long tongue to poke in and eat them.

Once the hole is complete, one of them sees something orange!  Could it possibly be an orange aardvark?

Another hole reveals blue!  Is it an orange aardvark wearing blue pajamas??  With each hole and color discovered, the aardvark grows more menacing.

So is there really an aardvark, or are all those colors something more beautiful and not so scary?  Well…the answer is not so clear.

Enjoy this colorful picture book with die cut holes and clean, bold illustrations and see what you think:  Is there really an aardvark?

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