Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Cockatoo, Too

January 26, 2016

cockatooCockatoo, Too

By Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Every struggle with the difference between two, too, and to? I know I have! In this delightful and colorful book, a cockatoo explores all the different forms of the word. The text is simple, but helps the reader better understand how two cockatoos are different than cockatoos, too! By the time the tutus and the toucans show up, you’ll be giggling as you try to say these short tongue twisters!

As the two cockatoos in tutus and the two cockatoos in tutus, too start to can-can with the toucans, you’ll agree with the tiny bird at the end of the book. It’s all “too, too much!” A fun book that introduces the reader to word play, as well as  helps introduce the idea of two, too, and to!

Recommended for ages 3-6

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach

January 21, 2016

nonibeachNoni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester

I’m ready for a warm sunny day, and a trip to the beach.  How about you?  If you need some inspiration, check out Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. In this charming story, Noni and her friends, Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, go on an adventure to the beach.  Slightly silly, and full of rhyming words, this book will be perfect for your favorite preschooler.

And if this book puts you in the mood for more books about the beach, try our Beach theme bag, which includes nine books, a puppet, and a felt rhyme about sandcastles.  Search the catalog for keywords: Beach theme, or search theme bag for a list of all of our themes.

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Can You Whoo, Too?

January 14, 2016

can-you-whoo-too-Can You Whoo, Too?

by Harriet Ziefert and Sophie Fatus

In farmyards, jungles, and oceans, almost every animal has something to say. Why do whales sing? What does a rooster want us to know? This book is a unique combination of language arts, science, and noisy fun.

On one level, this is just a great book about making all kinds of animal noises, and who doesn’t love that? It’s fun and engaging and the illustrations are bright and colorful. But the really cool thing about this book is that for each animal there’s a sidebar with all kinds of interesting information about the animal and the way it communicates, as well as questions to think about and things to try.

Educational entertainment that should work equally well for both toddlers and preschoolers.

Happy reading!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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Chi’s Sweet Home

January 7, 2016

Chi’s Sweet Home

By: Konami Kanata

Chi is an adorable grey and white kitten whose easily distractible nature gets her into a world of trouble.  While on a walk with her mother and sibling, she wanders off and winds up horribly lost.  After spending the night scared and alone, the hungry and exhausted kitten collapses in a park.  Just when all seems lost, a young boy named Yohei Yamada and his mother stumble upon her and take her home to nurse her back to health.  With a little food and water, Chi is back to her old playful self and the Yamada family quickly in love but there is only one problem…. In the Yamada’s apartment complex, pets are NOT allowed!!

With the final volume being released in English this past December, this 12 volume graphic novel series is a delight to read.  Each book is full of the playful antics that cat-owners will find so familiar and will have all readers laughing out loud.  The pictures are very kawaii (cute) and the story is a heart-warming tale about the meaning of family and friendship.  The plot starts a little slowly as Chi settles in to her new home with the Yamadas but then, as Chi starts to explore the world around her, it’s non-stop mischief and adventures!  The only problem I had with the series is the “baby voice” that Chi speaks in which could make it hard for early readers to understand what she is saying.  Because of this, I would recommend the series for late elementary school age or older.Chi comic bag attackReviewed by: Meredith (Harrington)

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Such a Little Mouse

December 22, 2015

mouseSuch a Little Mouse

By Alice Schertle

Illustrated by Stephanie Yue

Share little mouse’s adventures through the year as he explores his world during spring, summer, fall, and winter. He meets new creatures with every outing, making new friends as he looks for food. Every day he brings a little something home. Sometimes it’s nuts or seeds, sometimes a nice bit of watercress. Each piece goes way down deep in his burrow so he’s ready for winter. And with each new season comes a page of repeated words that you and your little one can say together. “One, Two, Three! Such a little mouse. Off he goes into the wide world.”

This cute book teaches readers a lot about the world. As you follow little mouse’s adventures, you’ll see what happens to an area during different seasons, and what kind of animals are active during each part of the years. It also teaches how animals store food for the winter (though they probably don’t have the great reading material this little mouse has at home).

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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The Snow Rabbit

December 15, 2015

51ulJQet78L._SX372_BO1,204,203,200_The Snow Rabbit by Camille Garoche

Two sisters look longingly through their window at the snowy sky. One goes out and sculpts a little rabbit, but when she brings it back inside to her wheelchair-bound sister, it begins to melt. So they take it outside and into the forest where enchanted things begin to happen.

This beautiful, wordless, quietly magical book is a follow-up to Garoche’s gorgeous Fox’s Garden and features more of her stunning paper cut illustrations. Full of warmth and compassion, despite the cold, snowy scenery, this story is perfect for the winter season, and opens the door for conversations about imagination, vulnerability, kindness, and love.

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Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

 

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Strictly No Elephants

December 12, 2015

strictlynoelephantsStrictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

A little boy is excited to meet others at Pet Club Day to show off his unusual pet, a tiny elephant.  Sadly, he arrives and a sign is posted stating, “Strictly No Elephants.”  As he goes back home, he meets a girl who also was excluded because of her pet skunk, and eventually, many children come together in a new place where “All Are Welcome.”

The story is not a heavy handed moral lesson, but it is about tolerance.  It’s also a story about what it takes to be great friend. The illustrations feature diverse children and diverse pets!  Share it with your favorite friend today!

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Five Nice Mice Build a House

December 9, 2015

Five Nice Mice Build a House

In this Japanese translation the neighborhood has become scary and crowded for five little mice. Too many cats! Too many people! Join Nibble, Teeny, Bon Bon, Whisk and Abby as they set out to find a new home. When they stumble upon the treasures in the city dump they feel their worries are over. Look at all the great items to build their own house! Starting with an old clock they add a chair for a roof. But there is so much more to do. It will be a wonderful house, a wonderful house,/ Our very own, perfectly wonderful…mouse house. The industrious mice work innovatively and  cooperatively to build the perfect house complete with a teacup shower, a bicycle wheel Ferris wheel, a pantry and makeshift beds for all. Unfortunately the twine around their perfect little house traps a cat. What will the five nice mice do? Five NICE mice will gnaw and chew and set the cat free of course.

 

Tashiro’s detailed, color-rich illustrations provide the perfect compliment to her charming story. Children will be captivated by the ingenius reuse of old materials and the infectious spirit of these can-do mice. Readers may be inspired to make their own little house.

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Snowy Bear

November 27, 2015

Snowy Bear

By Tony Mitton

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little bear all alone in the cold snowy woods, trying to find a warm place to rest.

As I read along, I found the cadence reminiscent of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, and I loved reading it aloud. Alison Brown’s illustrations captivated me as I followed Snowy Bear’s journey through the woods as he tries to find a home. Sadly, it seems that no one has a place for poor Snowy Bear. Finally, he sees a little farmhouse. Could this be a place he can rest?  Will he find a friend there? Check out this sweet book to find out. Happy Reading!

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Pussycat, Pussycat

November 26, 2015

Mies Van HoutOpening this new book by Mies Van Hout, Pussycat, Pussycat brings us back to some of our favorite nursery rhymes.  Along with enjoying these rhymes the whimsical and colorful illustrations drawn on a white background make each page full of life.  This book gives  family members an opportunity to spend special time with their children as they enjoy the rhyming words and share of their favority nursery rhymes.  An added bonus is a CD with all the songs performed by a mother and her daughter.  A lightly strumming guitar and sweet clear voices make you want to join in.

Nursery rhymes are wonderful to share with our young children.  They are a great early literacy tool as well since they are listening to rhyming words that enhance their vocabulary skills.  Enjoy this book with your children.

Reviewed by:  Bev (MMD)

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