Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

It’s Not Yours, It’s Mine!

April 22, 2014

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By Susanna Moores

We’ve all had that special toy that we didn’t want to share. Blieka the bunny has a ball. It’s big and round and red and wonderful, and it’s all HERS. To keep others from getting it, she takes it with her everywhere. They have tea parties together, and go to the movies together, and take baths together. Her friends asked to play with it, but Blieka always said, “It’s not yours, it’s mine!” But when her favorite ball gets a hole, Blieka needs help to fix it.

While Blieka still struggles to share her ball, she learns that something wonderful can happen when you share with your friends. A warm story with fun, simple illustrations, it’s a great read to help make sharing a little bit easier.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Momo and Snap are NOT friends!

April 10, 2014

Momo and Snap are NOT friendsMomo and Snap Are Not Friends!

By Airlie Anderson

Momo and Snap Are Not Friends is a story about two different animals that happen to cross paths, and when they do they engage in a competition of sorts. They battle it out to see which one of them is more ferocious. Through several rounds, Momo the monkey and Snap the alligator go head to head testing their strength and their growls. But that’s not all, they also compete to see who is better at juggling, drawing, swimming, fishing and running. It’s a grueling competition that gets interrupted by a pack of hungry lions. But only Snap sees them coming. Thinking on his feet, Snap does the only thing he can think of. He runs in the opposite direction, but not before scooping up little Momo. And thus begins a  warm friendship.

I love everything about Momo and Snap are NOT friends, it’s such a great story with two adorable characters. What I love the most about this picture book is the style in which it is written. There are no words, the entire story unfolds through pictures and sounds that Momo and Snap make. It’s a fun read, especially when read aloud!

Recommended for ages 3-8.

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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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Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis

April 1, 2014



by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Tony Ross

This is a hysterical story about Hippo’s unsightly “spotamus”.The story is told in rhyme using a lot of silly words.

 Hippo discovers a big, red “spotamus” on her “bottomus” and doesn’t know what it wrong and what to do.  All of the animals at the watering hole pointed and laughed.  Hippo was so embarrassed.  Then the Weasel decided that she had a “diseasel” and needed treatment.  Each of the animals had their own idea about what Hippo had and how to treat it. Weasel had thought she had the measles.  The treatment for Hippo was to get sun and heat on the “spotamus”.  This did not work and the spot was still there. All of the animals had their chance to treat Hippo’s “diseasel”.  Fox thought the “diseasel” was “hippopox”.  Beaver thought it was jungle fever.  Lion thinks it is “hippolumps”.  Shrew is sure the “diseasel” is “potomumps”.  The Rhino says it is definitely “hippoflu”. Hippo tries all the treatments but nothing works.  Hippo was getting grumpier and grumpier.  Finally, Croc the doc gives Hippo a “shotamus”.  Sadly this doesn’t work either.  Then, a little boy runs by and sees the “spotamus”.  He looks really closely and realizes the “spotamus” is his bubble gum. The little boy pulls it off and at last Hippo is cured.

Hippospotamus is a fun, fun, fun book to read.  Preschoolers thoroughly enjoyed the rhyming and laughed enthusiastically at the silly words.

Reviewed by: Ricki (Schimelpfenig)

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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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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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The Bear’s Song

February 26, 2014


The Bear’s Song

The Bear’s Song

by Benjamin Chaud

For children who love to pore over visual details, this book will be a treat.  Little Bear would rather not hibernate, and lured by a buzzing noise he goes off on quite an adventure.  Of course Papa Bear must find him, and he realizes that singing Bear’s Song might help.  Readers will laugh as the story unfolds.

Chaud is from France, so you will notice a European flair to the illustrations.  The endpapers are an added treat.

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Charlotte with Gerard

February 20, 2014

Charlotte hangs out with Gerard the Giraffe at Parr Library.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.

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I’m Not a Pig in Underpants

February 17, 2014

Elwood H. SmithI had no idea when this title caught my eye that I would want to write about it.
I’m Not a Pig in Underpants is a clever and quirky book.  If a child could read the name on this book a smile or possible a giggle may ensue.  What young child doesn’t giggle when you say the word “underpants”.  Throughout the book the author keeps us guessing and as he says “things are not always what they seem to be.”  The comical illustrations will keep you smiling and when you reach the end of the book be ready for a surprise.  You will just have to pick this one up and give it a read.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

A good book for a small group in order to enjoy the illustrations but also fun to read one on one.

Bev W. (Davis)


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