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All About Art!

July 15, 2016

tullet 1If you’re familiar with Herve Tullet’s  books, you’ll know he’s all about free expression and interactivity in art.  Art Workshops for Children applies that philosophy to group art projects and provides lots of ideas based on Tullet’s own art sessions, done around the world and in live art sessions.  According to Tullet, “art is a means and not an end.  My workshops are based around getting children to…create freely.”

You’ll find these are workshops that may be done with many, or only a few, children.  Each workshop description includes information on getting ready, conducting the workshop and suggestions for variations.  Most of the projects require only paint and paper.  Colorful photos serve as the background for the white blocks of text, so the book design is as appealing as the art projects.

One of the projects, The Magic Dice, asks children to draw a monster based on the roll of a dice.  Throw a number 4, and that’s how many eyes children draw.  Throw a two and that’s how many mouths children draw.  Tullet suggests having the children swap papers after each throw of the dice.

With plenty of variations and encouragement to simply enjoy and embrace the process of art, hopefully this book will inspire you and your children to get messy and make some art!tullet 2

 

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Cecil’s Pride

June 23, 2016

cecilWhen Cecil the lion was killed in 2015, the news made international headlines.  In Cecil’s Pride: The True Story of a Lion King, young readers learn more about Cecil and his extraordinary life before his death.

When Cecil was challenged by another male lion, and forced to abandon his territory, Cecil unexpectedly paired up with another male lion.  Male lions are fiercely protective of their prides and typically do not pair up, so this was highly unusual.  Cecil and Jericho, however, were stronger together. When Cecil was tragically killed by hunters, Cecil’s pride (especially the cubs) were in danger.  Amazingly, Jericho spared the cubs and adopted them into his own pride.

Young animal lovers (and budding conservationists) will pore over the quality photographs and enjoy the narrative of this unlikely friendship.  The author team is a father and his two daughters, and they’ve produced many photo biographies of true animal friendships.  Check out this one or another one by the Hatkoff’s.

cecil and jericho

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Welcome Spring!

April 21, 2016

Wabracadabra it's spring coverith fun vocabulary and richly-colored illustrations, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! is an absolute delight to read aloud, and perfect for preschoolers.

Stylized, colored text focuses attention on the magical words that herald a change, and gate-fold pages add an element of surprise.

A little green shoot comes into focus. Alakazam!  [Open the fold out page]  Now it’s a crocus!  Buds on trees become leaves; sticks and strings become a nest; and cocoons become colorful butterflies.  The rhyme is spot-on and the repetition leads to the invitation to look at every bright new thing! Abracadabra! Now it’s spring.

Enjoy this book’s energetic, joyful ode to the magical changes that the spring season brings.

it's spring page

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The Wheels on the Bus: Indian Style!

March 15, 2016

tuk tukThe Wheels on the Tuk Tuk takes the familiar song “The Wheels on the Bus,” and sets it in India.  Instead of a bus, there’s a tuk tuk.  The “rupees on the tuk tuk go ching ching ching,” and the riders say “namaste-ji.”  Along the journey through the colorful Indian streets, the tuk tuk stops for a cow; the driver sips chai; the riders eat poppa-doms; and the elephant’s trunk sprays…with the ride finally ending in a colorful Diwali fireworks display: “Diwali fireworks go pop pop pop!”

With colorful full-page spreads illustrating the busy roads that the tuk tuk travels, this twist on the classic song is not only a fun book to sing, but an enjoyable cultural experience.   An authors’ note describes riding in a real tuk tuk, and provides a glossary for some of the key words and their meaning in Indian culture.

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Grace’s Letter to Lincoln

March 2, 2016

grace's letter to lincolnGrace’s Letter to Lincoln

This is a wonderful historical fiction story for all ages.  It tells the story of Grace Bedell’s letter she wrote to then-candidate Abraham Lincoln.  She encouraged him to grow whiskers and wished him success in winning the election.

Not only is it a great story, but at the end of the book are copies of the actual letters in both Grace’s and Mr. Lincoln’s handwriting.

This book is a treat to young and old alike.

Read this to your child. Have your child read it to you; or just read it for yourself.

grace's letterFIVE STARS!!

-Doug F. (Haggard Library)

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Snowy Sunday

February 12, 2016

snowy sundayjpgIt’s a Snowy Sunday at Bonnie Bumble’s farm and all the animals are shivering. It’s good that Bonnie knows how to knit! She gets to work knitting boots, shawls, beak-warmers, and horn-warmers but “still everyone looked shivery and cold.” So Bonnie knits a hat for the sun, who “beamed and beamed and warmed up the farm.”
This appealing picture book, with animal sounds and a simple text and pattern, is perfect to share with your young preschooler.  Read more books featuring Bonnie Bumble and days of the week, in One Windy Wednesday or Soggy Saturday.

Other recommended preschool books with a knitting theme:
penguin in lovePenguin in Love by Salina Yoon
Knitty Kitty by David Elliottknitty kitty

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Process Art

January 20, 2016

art start collageThere’s a new program at Haggard called Art Start!  Each week, children engage in a simple art activity such as ice cube painting, sand art, leaf rubbings, or paper cutting.  The focus of the program is on process art as opposed to product art.  This is a chance for your little one to experience the process of making art, playing with textures and materials to create their own unique masterpiece.

For each session, we encourage parents to allow their child to create, explore and play by making their own choices using the materials provided.

For ages 3-6, the program is offered each Friday at 11:00am at Haggard library.  Group size is limited to 40 so arrive early to get a ticket.

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Movin’ & Groovin’ Music (and Books!)

December 16, 2015

dance partyAt our Dance Party program, geared for ages 2-6, we enjoy a variety of music that encourages body movement, call and response, singing and playing with sounds, and generally just movin’ and groovin’ to the beat!  Music helps children develop listening skills and it exposes them to rhythmn and rhyme.  It also plays a part in helping prepare children for reading.  Below is the playlist for the most recent dance party at Haggard Library.  Search for these titles on our catalog using keyword search, and it will find the CD that includes the song.  Check some out and have your own dance party!

“Can’t Wait to Celebrate” by Jim Gill (fun action song)

“Matilda the Gorilla” by Jon Lewis (act like a gorilla in this call and response song)

“Habanera La La La” by Jim Gill (get ready to say “la”!)

“I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner  (great to use with an egg shaker)

“Can You Shake It?” by Laura Freeman

“Hush Now Baby” by Jon Lewis (a calming song)

“Song in my Tummy” by Laurie Berkner

“L-l-lemons” by Jennifer Gasoi (great for practicing letter sounds)

Great books to accompany the music:

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler

Chicken, Chicken, Duck! By Nadia Krilanovich

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Thanksgiving Closing

November 24, 2015

thanksgivingThe Plano Libraries will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  Please note that all libraries will close early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 25.  Bookdrops will also be closed, but no items will have a due date during the closing timeframe.  Stay home, enjoy food, family and friends…and READ!

May I recommend these titles that we enjoyed during storytime this week?

run turkey runRun, Turkey Run by Diane Mayr

Turkey is on the run from the farmer, but will he be successful in escaping him?  Run, turkey, run!

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz (don’t let the title fool you into thinking it’s a Halloween book!)

ugly pumpkinHe’s an odd shape and size and he’s never picked for Halloween.  When October turns into November, will he figure out where he fits?

lady pieI Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

This lady loves her food and she eats so much, she floats!

 

 

 

 

 

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How Big? So Big!!

October 13, 2015

how bigHow Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

For a pre-Halloween treat, try this picture book featuring enormous, gigantic, jumbo, immense, stupendous pumpkins. What would YOU do with a monster pumpkin?  Would you carve the top off and float it as a boat?  Could it be a jack-0-lantern as big as a lighthouse or as tall as an oil rig?

Author/illustrator Wendell Minor’s full-page spreads highlight the large size of these orange pumpkins in settings around the United States…from the U.S. Capitol to Yosemite National Park.

This book is not only a fun way to learn synonyms for “large,” but it provides a mini tour of monuments around the U.S.A.  Back pages feature brief facts describing the location of each of the giant pumpkins featured on the preceding pages.

Be on the lookout:  “Giant Pumpkins Could Be Anywhere!”

pumpkin book

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