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App Time: Blue Hat, Green Hat and Peekaboo Barn

August 1, 2015

unnamedThis week in App Time, we started off with Loud Crow Interactive’s book app, Blue Hat, Green Hat, by Sandra Boynton, available from iTunes for $3.99.

Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic. You can choose to have the book read to you, or read the book yourself, and even if you choose to read it yourself, you have the option of clicking on the text to highlight and have it narrated to you. Each page has some interactive elements, and towards the end of the book there’s a page where you can change all the turkey’s clothes, and the text on the page will change to match what the turkey is actually wearing! Plus, the story is silly and kids will have a great chance to practice colors and articles of clothing in a fun way.

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unnamedFor our activity app this week, we used Night & Day Studio’s Peekaboo Barn, available from iTunes for $1.99. There is also a free lite version! We reviewed Peekaboo Barn before here.

App Time will be on hiatus for a few weeks while we prepare for fall, but we’ll be back the week of August 24th! App Time will now be offered at both Haggard and Davis Libraries—look for our new brochure soon for more details!

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Stick and Stone

July 28, 2015

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are lonely and alone until they become the best of friends, then they make a perfect 10! Read along and watch their friendship grow through simple rhyming text and beautifully illustrated adventures.

Tom Lichtenheld’s absolutely adorable artwork brings life to each of the characters. This charming story tells how friendship grows and how friends help each other.  The book makes for great discussion with your little reader(s).  Even though Stick and Stone don’t look the same they are friends; friends that help each other and play together, and stay together.  This is a great book with a great message.  Happy reading!

 

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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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Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection

July 17, 2015

Changes : a child's first poetry collectionChanges: A Child’s First Poetry Collection

By: Charlotte Zolotow

 

This wonderful collection of 28 seasonally organized poems was published to mark what would have been Charlotte Zolotow’s 100th birthday. These poems, originally published in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s have been republished with new illustrations. This collection is intended as a child’s first poetry collection, but will be enjoyed by all ages. The poems celebrate small moments that occur as months pass and subtle seasonal changes take place. I especially enjoyed part of the poem entitled Sleepless Nights: “I remember that night, / with the snow / white, white, white, / and my mother’s arms around me / warm and tight.” The bright and colorful palate of the illustrations will put a smile on the faces of everyone who reads this collection.

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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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