Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Pepper and Poe

August 14, 2015

Frann Preston – Gannon

Pepper has his very own cat bowl, a very comfy bed and toys he loves to play with.  There is also a dog that inhabits his space but he doesn’t bother Pepper and Pepper likes it that way.  Yes, life was perfect until one day a small kitten, Poe was brought into his life.  Did his owner really think this was a good idea?  What were they thinking?  Poe loved Pepper right from the start and wanted to be in his space every minute of every day.  Poe even got into all of treasured belongings and even though Pepper tried to hide that new little creature found him every time.  Each day seem to get worse and worse until Poe got himself into a mishap and looked to Pepper for guidance.  You will enjoy the outcome of this humorous story as you see who they blame it on and how Pepper learns to adapt to this new friend in his once perfect life.

Great illustrations and a simple easy book to enjoy with your little ones.  Pepper and Poe is an educational tool as well that parents can enjoy as they teach their little ones  about friendship, sharing and especially if there once perfect life is going to be shared by a new sister or brother.

Great book for toddlers and preschoolers.

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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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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 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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The Monkey and the Bee

June 26, 2015




The Monkey and the Bee

By C.P. Bloom

I LOVE this book!  Wordless and nearly wordless picture books are favorites of mine, as they provide opportunities for the reader to discuss the pictures, demonstrate reading with expression, and have tons of fun. In Bloom’s book, a simple story of a monkey, a banana and a bee is told.  It is fantastic fun to watch their adventure unfold through illustrator Peter Raymundo’s marvelous artwork. Will the monkey share his banana? Will the monkey and the bee learn to get along? What will happen to the lion? Yes, there is also a lion! Want to know more?  Check out this awesome book and join the fun.  Did I mention that I LOVE this book?! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

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June 10, 2015

trapped coverTrapped!  A Whale’s Rescue by Robert Burleigh and illustrations by Wendell Minor

As a humpback whale “spyhops, lobtails, flashes her flukes,” and feeds on krill, she encounters danger in the form of unseen nets.  Soon, the threads of the nets are entangled on her body and she begins to struggle.  She is TRAPPED.  Rescue divers come, but are they too late?

With rich vocabulary and many full-page spreads, the reader has a sense of the majesty and grand size of the whale.  There is tension as the reader hopes for a successful rescue.  Wendell Minor’s gouache illustrations are realistic and depict the beautiful, jewel-tone colors of the ocean.  This is the best kind of non-fiction picture book, with the final pages giving more information on the true story behind the book, whale rescue, and humpback whales, and where to look for more resources.

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In the final double-page spread with no text, the whale splashes back to the depths of the ocean by the light of the moon.  A truly beautiful picture book about a trapped (and saved) whale.

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Turtle Island

June 2, 2015

turtleTurtle Island

By Kevin Sherry

The ocean is a very big place, as Kevin Sherry taught us in his other picture books I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean. The giant turtle in Turtle Island is lonely. Even though he is VERY big, he doesn’t have any friends. A big storm changes that one day and he meets four animals who all have special talents. Together, they make turtle their new home (and the first Turtle Island). Turtle is so happy to have friends that he forgets Bear, Cat, Owl, and Frog all have homes and families. He must say a teary goodbye to his new friends, but not for long! Soon his friends return with a special surprise!

With fun, bright colors and friendly characters, Turtle Island is a fun read to share together. It has simple text, but so much to look at in the tiny towns on turtle’s back. Try using the pictures to tell your own story with your child to encourage their imaginations.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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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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