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Red: a crayon’s story

March 24, 2015

 

Enjoy another clever and educational book by Michael Hall.  What happens when you are considered to be a red crayon?  You even have a label on you that says  you are RED.  But whenever you are asked to create something that is red guess what color appears, BLUE!  Your crayon friends, parents and grandparents are all trying to understand you but even through encouragement they get a bit frustrated with you, the red crayon.  This labelled crayon that says RED never gives up and tries and tries to do what is expected of him.  Will he ever realize his true self, his true color?  Not let his label portray who his really is!

Michael Hall does a fabulous job with Red: a crayon’s story.  He develops such creativity within this book as he conveys an important lesson about life that many people young and old struggle with today.  The book gives parents and adults dealing with children the opportunity to discuss the importance of developing a sense of self and the effects of peer pressure.  The illustrations are fun, large and comical as each crayon is named according to their relationship with red crayon.  You will just have to pick up and read this book to appreciate the full impact of this delightful book.

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What Ship is Not a Ship?

February 24, 2015

by Harriet Ziefert

A new book in our library called What Ship is Not a Ship is a fun guessing game for you and your child.  We all take for granted certain words and their definitions.  What if you asked the question, what is a bear?  I assumed it was a large heavy animal with thick fur and sharp claws.  But what bear is not a bear?  What hat is not a hat and what pie is not a pie?  These are just a few of the questions throughout this book that make you think in a different way.  Why not challenge your child and find new vocabulary words as well as a new way to think outside the box.  I must admit I did not know the answer to what bear is not a bear?  When I turned the page a beautifully illustrated picture of a woolly bear was looking at me. The illustrations are large and colorful which adds to the enjoyment of the book as well as the answer to the question.  Some of the questions are fairly easy but a few of them will make you pause and think!

I enjoyed this book from the moment I picked it up.  It is great book for children ages 3 and up and can be enjoyed one on one or in a group situation.

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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

January 23, 2015

 

You can’t help but notice the cover of this whimsical book, In My Heart: A Book of Feelings.  Die-cuts of hearts which decrease in size as you turn each page gives this book a unique appearance.  Each page is filled with a heart and expresses a young girl’s feelings.  The colorful illustrations just add to the charm of this book as the portrayal of each emotion is clearly visible.  Sometimes her heart feels like a balloon, as heavy as an elephant, tall as a plant or hidden away where no one can see.  Feelings can be communicated in so many different ways and so pick up this book with your young child and enjoy the many feelings we all try to understand.

This book can be enjoyed in a group situation as well as one on one with your special little one.

Beverly  (Davis)

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Upside Down Babies

December 17, 2014

by Jeanne Willis

“Once when the world tipped upside down, the earth went blue and the sky went brown.  All the baby animals tumbled out of bed and ended up with very funny moms instead.”  These are the first two sentence in this clever and beautifully illustrated book, “Upside Down Babies.”  We would all be a bit shocked to see a pig falling into a parrot’s nest.  But just imagine how that parrot mom would feel.   How about a polar bear landing in the desert next to her new mom, a camel.   A cheetah faster than lightning ends up with a sloth, can anything be slower.  This cheery book brings humor to each page as each mom is faced with unthinkable challenges gazing on their new babies.  Of course, the world does turn around but the ending may surprise you as a few babies and moms actually are happier with their new arrivals.

This book is great for our toddlers as well as preschool children.  Any adult would enjoy sharing this book with a group of children as well as a fun read one on one.

Davis – (Bev)

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I Wanna Go Home

November 14, 2014

Karen Kaufman Orloff

When I read this new book, I Wanna Go Home, I had a flash back to a familiar song called Camp Grenada.  If you are not familiar with the song it is about a young boy who is sent to summer camp and sends home humorous messages about his miserable life at camp.  “I Wanna Go Home” is very similar since Boy Scout Alex and two of his siblings are sent to his grandparents retirement community for two weeks while his parents are on vacation.  Reluctantly he goes and when he contacts his parents about his adventures you just have to smile.  He is amazed to discover his grandfather doesn’t have real teeth and when he takes them out they look like jellyfish.  He didn’t know that grandma and grandpa still had to go to school; square dancing school.  They don’t even have a TV set, what will he do.  Through all his escapades not only does he learn to enjoy his grandparents but he wants to stay an extra week.

This was a fun book to read all by myself!  I think any parent or grandparent would enjoy sharing this with their children or grandchildren especially ages 5 – 9.

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Wednesday

October 22, 2014

wednesdayAn educational and clever book for young readers written by Anne Bertier called Wednesday.   We meet Little Round and Big Square who get together every Wednesday to play their favorite game, turning into different objects.  They change into butterflies, flowers and mushrooms until Big Square begins to show off.   The nerve of Big Square to turn himself into objects that I cannot create  thought Little Round.  He became quite angry.  Big Square and Little Round decided to work together and create an array of shapes they both could enjoy until they both become hungry.  You’ll never guess what their new favorite shape was,  an ice cream cone, yum, yum.

With simple primary colors and different shapes this book can be enjoyed by young children everywhere.  You will enjoy watching all the unique shapes that Big Square and Little Round create as well as guessing what shapes they are using.  This book also gives a parent or caregiver an opportunity to discuss friendship, anger and jealousy with your child.  The beginning steps in learning to accept the differences in each other as well as finding a solution to your problem.

Bev (Davis)

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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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I Spy series by Edward Gibbs

August 19, 2014

Instead of just picking one of his I Spy books to review I thought I would brag about all of this series.  These books, just in case you haven’t seen them are great.  The titles are I Spy with my Little Eye, I Spy Under the Sea, I Spy on the Farm, and I Spy Pets.  You will enjoy beautiful illustrations that are colorful and large that will capture a young child’s attention.  The content is simple but with the use of color, animals sounds and letters of the alphabet they present an early literacy tool for every parent or caregiver.  The addition of peep holes throughout the book just add to the excitement as a child eagerly awaits to see the hidden surprise waiting for them.   The books in this series are large enough to be enjoyed by a large groups of children as well as a special bonding time with your child.  Of course when I discovered these books I couldn’t wait to read them to a groups of toddlers or a younger audience as well.

The first book I discovered in this series caught my eye immediately.  I shared it with a group of toddlers and I received many requests for this title as well as others in this series.  If you want some books that your child will eagerly want to hear over and over again this series maybe just what you are looking for.

 

 

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A Mountain of Friends

July 29, 2014

If a book can be described as adorable then I would have to vote for, A Mountain of Friends.  The cover of the book will make you smile and when you finish reading the story you just feel good.  The moral of the story is about perseverance and caring.  A young penguin is sad as he is faced with an insurmountable problem, he cannot fly and will never soar about the clouds.  His friends gather to give him the thrill of his life and this sad little penguin is now on top of the world.

This easy book is great for one on one time with someone special as well as in a group setting.

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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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