Posts Tagged ‘animals’

If You Plant a Seed

April 23, 2015

If You Plant a Seed

By Kadir Nelson

 This gorgeously illustrated book has few words, but says a lot.  A beautiful lesson about the benefits of sharing over selfishness is told through both the words and the illustrations.

This book provides a great opportunity for you to discuss the events in the pictures and have your little one explain to you what is happening when the bunny and mouse choose to/not to share. This is a good choice for a preschool group read too.  Happy reading!

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Wolfie the Bunny

April 22, 2015

wolfie the bunnyWolfie the Bunny
by Ame Dyckman
illustrated by Zachariah OHora

When the Bunny family finds a baby wolf on their doorstep and decides to take him in, big sister Dot is not pleased. In fact, she’s convinced Wolfie is going to eat them all up! It’s only commonsense that bunnies and wolves don’t mix, but Mama and Papa love Wolfie like one of their own and think he’s good at everything. Will Dot ever find a way to love Wolfie as her brother?

Readers will love tough and spunky bunny Dot, and the well-meaning carrot-eating Wolfie. Dyckman has written a funny and sweet story about sibling relationships, and OHora’s illustrations are the perfect complement. A great book to read aloud.

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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Hey Duck and Just a Duck!

April 16, 2015

I couldn’t resist writing about these two books written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen,  Hey Duck and Just a Duck! The  illustrations are large and  beautiful and so realistic you just want to reach out and touch each fuzzy animal.  Speaking of animals we meet duck and cat.  Duck is an extremely friendly fellow and he is sure he has found a new friend, another duck.  He keeps asking the duck why is tail is so long?  Why doesn’t he like to swim in water?  Why doesn’t he quack?  You might be able to guess that his new friend is a cat.  Cat gets quite annoyed at this pesky duck but eventually responds to duck, “My sense of ME has gone AMUCK!” and begins to quack just like duck.  They form a bond through this adventure and their friendship is sealed.


Just a Duck? the sequel begins with duck deciding to become a cat.  Even though both cat and duck realize he looks nothing like a cat, duck is sure he can grow into a cat. Duck tries to walk like a cat, meow like a cat and act like a cat so you can imagine how silly this  duck is portrayed.  With considerable regret, duck has to come to the realization that he is just a duck!.

I enjoyed reading both of these books and the interactions between the duck and cat were both hilarious and enjoyable to read about.  These are great books for for our youngsters to enjoy with their parents or in a group setting.  These two books just bring a smile to your face.

Beverly (Davis)

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App Time Session 13: Hello, Baby Animals and Lazoo Squiggles

April 11, 2015


baby animalsThis week in App Time we looked at Hello, Baby Animals developed by Shortstack. It is available through iTunes for $2.99.

I love that the interaction in this app is simple and relates directly to  the text. Kids can learn the baby animal names for different animals. I even learned how to pronounce foal (a baby horse) correctly. Hint: it rhymes with rock’n’roll! You can turn narration on or off. If you choose to turn narration on, you have the choice to hear an adult’s voice or child’s voice. I like having the child’s voice as the narrator. It might inspire your kid to read along! I thought it was so cool, how the words appear as they are read. This is a different form of highlighted narration, which boosts word recognition and raises print awareness.

Our activity app was Lazoo Squiggles by Lazoo. It is available through iTunes for free.lazoo squiggles

 Haggard Library has had this app on our App Time iPads and the iPads available near the Children’s Info desk. I’ve seen lots of kids enjoying this doodle app and decided to highlight this app for a demonstration. Doodling is so much fun, but it’s also a great way to build fine motor skills. Even kids who can’t hold a crayon yet can get ready to write simply by making some squiggles. Foster human relationships by asking your child questions as they build a scene. It can be as simple as “Where did the car go?” or you can challenge them to think “Why did the flowers grow when it rained?” These questions will help build narrative skills.

App Time is funded by the Texas State Archives and Library Commission (TSLAC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS). Come to Haggard Fridays at 11am and join us for App Time. See you there!

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My Favorite Dogs

April 1, 2015

Dachshund by Jinny Johnson

This is one of eight titles in My Favorite Dogs series, which is new to the library.  I’m partial to the Dachshund, and this one features the most adorable face you’ve ever seen!  Many children in the library ask for the “dog books,” and I’ll be looking forward to showing them this new series.


Harrington Library is looking forward to summer and a series of “Readers and Waggers” programs for young readers.  This fun program allows children a chance to read with a Heart of Texas therapy dog (and handler). Free tickets are available on a first come first served basis thirty minutes before the program.  Be watching for the dates in our summer event calendar coming in May!

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A Lullaby for Little One

March 31, 2015

lullA Lullaby for Little One

By Dawn Casey

Illustrated by Charles Fuge

This sweet story of a big daddy bunny and his baby bunny follows the pair all over their meadow as they play with friends. They hop and frolic and chase each other, playing hide and seek and peek-a-boo. At the end of the day, baby bunny gets a case of a sniffles when he gets tired. They say goodbye to their friends and big daddy bunny sings his little one a sweet lullaby.

Full of colorful, joyful illustrations, this story is a great bedtime treat for your little one. The rhyming text is soothing and predictable, allowing younger readers to become involved with guessing what could come next.

Recommended for ages 2-4.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Barry (Dog Diaries)

March 17, 2015

BarryDog Diaries – Barry

By: Kate Klimo

This is the third book in the Dog Diaries series. Each book in the series features a dog from history and the stories are told from the dog’s point of view. This one tells the story of Barry, a rescue dog from the St. Bernard Hospice in the Swiss Alps. The story is filled with adventure as Barry recues travelers that are buried in snow from avalanches. Barry is even injured by one of the people that he tries to rescue. This is a very touching story about a dog that is a gentle giant.

There is an appendix at the end of the book that contains the history of St. Bernard, information about owning a St. Bernard, and photos of the St. Bernard Hospice. There are six titles in the Dog Diaries series (Ginger, Buddy, Barry, Togo, Dash, and Sweetie) and the Plano Library System carries all of them.

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Hissy Fitz

March 11, 2015

Hissy Fitz CoverHissy Fitz

By Patrick Jennings

Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin

If ever there was a cat to rival Grumpy Cat, it’s Hissy Fitz.  Hissy is aptly named as his first reaction to almost anyone and anything is an angry HSSSSSSSSSS! – usually because he’s being disturbed from a much loved nap. Hissy’s name is also a particularly clever play on the term “hissy fit” which is a slang term for a temper tantrum. (Fitz is the last name of his family).

Hissy feels justified in his bad temper as he’s living with a very noisy and boisterous family and has become sleep deprived.  His girl human is eight-year-old Georgie who loves to pet him (which he loves) but also likes to talk, talk, talk while he’s trying to go to sleep (which he doesn’t love).  Then there’s the father who is a carpenter and pounds loudly in his workshop all day.  Finally, there are the 3-year-old twins, Zeb – “the untamed one”- who loves to constantly chase and torment Hissy, and Abe, the kind-hearted one, who actually seems to understand Hissy’s need for peace and quiet but still earns a HSSSSSSSSSS! every once in a while.

Whether indoors or outdoors, Hissy is continually denied his opportunities for a nap until he finally comes to the conclusion that “Humans are the noisiest creatures alive. I’m not sure that there is any escape.”

Beginning chapter book readers will giggle as they appreciate life from Hissy’s point of view complete with his cranky but clever commentary.  Short chapters and snappy dialogue with amusing pencil illustrations that bring the story to life complement the plot and make this a perfect beginning chapter book for anyone –  cat lover (or not)!

Recommended for Grades 2 – 3.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)



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Nancy Knows

February 27, 2015

nancyNancy Knows

By Cybele Young

Nancy the elephant can remember all sorts of things, but she knows she’s forgetting something important! As she tries to remember, we can see all of the things she’s thinking about filling up her line art. To try and determine what she’s forgotten, she remembers things that she knows. All sorts of paper sculptures fill the elephant as she thinks about things that are similar, like the same shape or color, things that face one way, then another, things in neat rows and things that are a jumbled mess. Nancy helps the reader lean about many opposites in her quest to remember what she’s forgotten. When she finally stops thinking and lets her mind rest, the answer finally comes to her!

Nancy Knows is a precious book with lots of little details to offer. You and your little one will find yourselves examining each picture to see what all you can find in Nancy’s thoughts. Challenge your child to think of other opposites that Nancy has forgotten, like hot and cold, or high and low.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Invisible to the Eye: Animals in Disguise

February 12, 2015

invisibleInvisible to the Eye: Animals in Disguise

By: Kendra Muntz

Many animals use camouflaging to change their outer appearance and survive in their various habitats. Camouflaging or changes in coloration can make animals blend into their environments more easily. For example, mountain goats have yellow-brown fur that blends in with rocks and mountains. In the winter, the mountain goats fur changes to white in order to blend into the snow.

This informational book goes through different habitats to demonstrate how animals use camouflage: desert, forest, polar, grassland, ocean, and mountain. Accompanying photos allow readers to see how camouflage works.

Can you spot all the animals?

Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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