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Goose Goes to School

July 29, 2015

by Laura Wall

In her follow up book to Goose, Goose Goes to School reminds me of a nursery rhyme we all might recall, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.  I’m sure we can all remember how Mary’s little lamb was forbidden to go to school with Mary.  That sneaky little lamb did follow her to school which brings us to this new book, Goose Goes to School.  Even though Sophie’s mother forbids goose from going to school with her, Sophie hears unusual sounds while walking to school with her mother.  She keeps seeing little reminders of goose throughout the day and is sure she has spotted him several times.  Who should suddenly appear in her classroom while the teacher isn’t looking?  Who makes the children laugh and play?

Goose Goes to School is about friendship as well as a beloved pet.  You can reminisce about “Mary and Her Little Lamb” as well as enjoy reading about a goose that loves being with his special friend.  The illustrations are bright and colorful and just makes turning each page delightful.  This book can be enjoyed by your little ones as well as in a group situation.

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Kid Picks

July 26, 2015

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Daredevil Duck

July 24, 2015

Daredevil-Duck-cover-925x1024Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder

Meet Daredevil Duck
He is afraid of everything. But that doesn’t stop him from DREAMING of being brave.
Then one day he is given the biggest challenge of all . . .
Can Daredevil Duck prove that he is the bravest duck in the whole wide world?

This is the story of an ordinary duck (with a few little fears), who longs to be something extraordinary, and how, over the course of this adorable lift-the-flap book, he just might get his wish (with some help and a little effort along the way). This is a great way to explore the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something that makes you feel a little afraid, and how sometimes that can open up a whole new world to you! With bold bright illustrations, lots of humor, and pictures hidden behind various flaps, it’s an interactive experience that’s a whole lot of fun–even if you’re already the bravest duck in the whole world!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

 

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The Sky Is Falling!

July 23, 2015

If you enjoyed Mark Teague’s The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf you’ll crack up over this new twist on another old favorite. Of course the ruckus all begins when a falling acorn hits Chicken Little on the head and she starts squawking, “The sky is falling!”

She then proceeds to lead all the chickens in dancing and flapping around the barnyard in fluttery excitement . Despite Squirrel’s, Rabbit’s and Cat’s attempts to reason with Chicken Little she and the other chickens continue to break-dance, moonwalk, mambo and twist together in the yard.

It looks like so much fun the other animals join. Meanwhile, Fox has been slyly observing from behind a tree envisioning a lovely chicken dinner. He tries to entice the whole gang to his den to “hide” from the impending doom. Nope. According to Chicken Little everyone dances when the sky is falling. Fox gets teased that he can’t dance. To prove them wrong he starts to show off, dancing and prancing, until…an apple falls on his head. Now who looks “dumb?”

Teague’s The Sky Is Falling! will especially delight listeners and readers who are familiar with classic versions of Chicken Little or Henny Penny.

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Kid Picks

July 18, 2015

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

July 16, 2015

calpurniaI do love Calpurnia Tate!  She is a bright and inquisitive young woman living in a small Texas town in 1899.  At a time when girls are expected to be interested in needlework, Calpurnia’s interests lie in the natural world, much to the consternation of her mother. 

In this second book about the character, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, Callie Vee’s interest in the natural sciences, encouraged by the influence of her grandfather, continues as the pair dissect various creatures. The relationship between Callie and her grandfather, however, takes a back seat to the story of Callie and her younger brother, Travis. The majority of the book tells of the various escapades and adventures resulting from Travis’s unlikely animal adoptions and Callie helping to care for (and hide) the creatures. The author leaves the book open-ended enough that I suspect (and hope!) there will be another about this strong female character.

calpurnia 1You may also wish to read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, the book that introduces the character, although this title can stand alone. 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy.

 

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Small Elephant’s Bathtime

July 15, 2015

eleSmall Elephant’s Bathtime

By Tatyana Feeney

Small elephant doesn’t want to take a bath. He loves water, just not when it’s in a tub. Mommy elephant does everything she can to make bathtime more appealing. She blows bubbles and adds toys, but small elephant keeps saying no, No, NO! Finally, mommy elephant is down to her very last try: daddy elephant!

A book of giggles and families, Small Elephant is sure to delight your little reader. The simple text and limited color scheme lets the reader focus on the words. Whether your little one loves bathtime, or would rather be ANYWHERE else, they will enjoy small elephant’s story. Like elephant, they might find that they never want to leave the bathtub once they get into it!

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Little Engineers

July 14, 2015

Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo and Jim Datz

This new board book is a fun introduction to tools and building for the younger set.  Each page asks, “Whose tools are those?” The opposite page features friendly-looking tools, each labeled, which then flips open to reveal the answer.  The vocabulary in this one is rich!  Most of us aren’t using “mason”, or “linesman pliers” vocabulary in our everyday lives, so your child will hear something new.  And, the human characters are diverse, which is always a bonus.

If you and your children enjoy building, join us at 3pm on July 20 at Harrington Library for “What Will You Build?”

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Kid Picks

July 12, 2015

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Bee Dance

July 10, 2015

beedanceBee Dance

By: Rick Chrustowski

This beautifully illustrated book is a fun way to share information about bees with younger children. The story begins with a single honeybee that goes off to find flowers and drink nectar. After a discovery of a field of prairie flowers, the bee races back to the hive to share the news. The book then describes how honeybees “waggle” dance and buzz to share information with the fellow bees. After all the bees go to the field of flowers, they each take bits of nectar to bring back to the hive at the end of the day. Share this book with friends and family and see if you can perfect the bee dance.

Recommended for ages 3 and up.

For more fascinating information about the bee dance, check out this video:

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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