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Play With Your Food

January 26, 2015

Play With Your Food

By David G. Derrick, Jr.

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In Derrick’s newest book, he takes us to the Permian period, 299-250 million years ago, and gives us a different and quite hilarious version of survival of the fittest. The story begins with a gliding lizard trying to avoid being eaten by many predators. When he is finally caught by Dimetrodon, our lizard friend bargains that it is much better to play with your food than to eat it! Read on as the fun ensues while gliding lizard suggests many different games to convince Dimetrodon to play instead of eat him.

The artwork in this story is vivid, detailed and absolutely delightful. Be sure to look carefully as you read along – most of the pages have other interesting animals in the background, making the illustrations even more fun. I hope you and your little one enjoy this book as much as I did. Happy Reading!

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Surprise

December 19, 2014

 

 Surprise

By Mies Van Hout

Surprise

 

 

In her newest picture book, author/illustrator Van Hout has created a lovely story of parenthood from yearning to letting go that is beautifully told and illustrated through single words that follow mother bird’s journey. The pictures are vibrantly colored and exquisitely detailed. Combined with single word text throughout the book, they allow your child’s storytelling skills to develop as he or she describes each stage of bird’s wonderful journey to you. This is a perfect book for ages 3 and up. Happy reading!

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Bree Finds a Friend

November 25, 2014

Bree Finds a Friend CoverBree Finds a Friend

By Mike Huber

 

 

 

Friends were playing together during recess, but Bree was all alone. She pretends to plant blueberries while digging in the dirt.  Her discovery of a worm brings another student over to investigate. Will they become friends? Read this adorable picture book with your little one to find out. Both the sweet story and the charming illustrations make this a great read aloud for preschools as well as home settings. Happy reading!

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It Is Night

October 29, 2014

It Is Night CoverIt Is Night

By Phyllis Rowland

 

It is time for bear, rooster, rabbit, duck, cat and other friends to go to sleep. Where should they go to rest? This adorable read answers the question for each friend, suggesting to each a wonderfully perfect place to rest. The illustrations are super sweet and soft, yet beautifully colored to capture your little one’s attention. This is a lovely book to read at bedtime, naptime, or any time. Happy reading!

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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

August 26, 2014

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

By Todd Parr

 In Todd Parr’s newest book, he assures his readers that it’s okay to make mistakes. “It’s okay to not know the answer. Asking questions helps you learn”, is just one of many positive encouragements given. In his wonderfully humorous way, Parr tells us that it is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to be different.

His illustrations are boldly colored and absolutely adorable. Parr even tells us how the art was made and stresses that mistakes were made that shaped the finished product. (The finished product is a fun, beautiful and creative read. I love it!)

This is a fantastic book to share with your child. It would also be a great group read for a preschool or kindergarten class. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. Happy reading!

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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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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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March 25, 2014

 

Jane Brocket’s Clever Concepts

Cold, Crunchy, Colorful

Using Our Senses

Brocket’s newest nonfiction treasure explores the five senses with your preschooler.  The vibrant and tantalizing pictures really stand out and help each sense truly come to life.

The book gives a simple definition of each sense, along with several vividly engaging examples. I can almost feel the cactus spikes,  smell the delicate yellow daffodils, and hear taxi cabs honking.

This is a fabulous book to explore with your child. Check it out– you’ll be glad you did!

 

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Daisy Gets Lost

February 4, 2014

Daisy Gets Lost

by Chris Raschka

This is a follow up book to Chris Raschka’s Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy. The nearly wordless picture book begins with Daisy and her friend enjoying a game of fetch with Daisy’s blue ball. Unfortunately, Daisy becomes distracted by a squirrel in the woods and ends up lost.  Not to worry, though -the story ends happily with hugs as Daisy and her friend are reunited.

You and your child will have great fun following along as the story unfolds through the illustrations. I love picture books without words- they give young readers the opportunity to tell the story as they follow the pictures.  In this case, the emotions of Daisy and her friend are easy to see as the story unfolds, and make for great storytelling opportunities. Both Raschka’s color choices and the adorable characters make these watercolor illustrations absolutely enchanting. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.  Happy reading!

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How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?

January 17, 2014

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?

By Jane Yolen

In the newest addition to her ‘How Do Dinosaurs’ collection, Yolen’s delightful read asks (and demonstrates) how dinosaurs behave when they are angry. Not to worry, though, the dinosaurs then show examples of how to handle anger in more appropriate ways. The book ends sweetly, with Dinosaur not mad any more, sharing a hug with Mom.

The engaging illustrations are big, bold and beautiful as always. Illustrator Mark Teague does a fantastic job of depicting dinosaur temper tantrums.

This and Yolen’s other Dinosaur books are not only great fun, but also help children understand appropriate ways for handling their emotions. This easy picture book is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Kids will want to read it again and again.  Happy reading!

If you enjoy How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? be sure to check out these  great books and more!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

 

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

 

How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?

 

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends?

 

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