Posts Tagged ‘animals’

The Best Sweater

April 26, 2016

sweaterThe Best Sweater

by Lynne Garner

illustrated by Sarah Gill

Spindle the mouse gets a handmade sweater from his grandmother and decides that it is the BEST sweater ever. It fits so perfectly that he wears it everywhere, even when it’s not cold (he ties it around his waist, just in case). Like all sweaters, especially those given lots of love, it gets a little tear. Mama fixes it, but soon there’s another problem! It won’t fit over his ears! After being snipped and sewed and fixed over and over, the best sweater finally finds new life as another surprise from Grandma.

This is a sweet story about family, growing up, and learning that things will always be changing. Soft watercolor and pastel drawings fill the pages with color, making this a beautiful book to share with your little one. It might just give you an idea of how to to ease the transition from a well-loved blanket or toy.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig

April 23, 2016

Deborah Hopkinson

When I discovered this new book in the library, Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig,  I couldn’t wait to read it. Beatrix Potter is a well-known and loved children’s book author and one of my favorites.  I’m sure we have all read some of her delightful tales and are quite aware of her love for animals.  Even as a small child, Beatrix and her brother enjoyed many different kind of pets.  She had frogs, salamanders, lizards, hedgehogs and newts just to name a few of her unusual pets and she loved to paint them.  So her request to paint her neighbor’s guinea pig was of no surprise to anyone.  Beatrix picked the prettiest guinea pig, Queen Elizabeth.   Beatrix was pleased with the guinea pig’s portrait but was summoned to a dinner party.  Little did she know that Queen Elizabeth was quite hungry and decided to munch on glue, string and paper while Beatrix was at dinner.  Devastated might be the word to use when Beatrix found Queen Elizabeth the next morning.  She had expired due to her previous evening’s meal.  Would Miss Nina Paget, her neighbor,  forgive her when Queen Elizabeth was brought back home?  A distressed Beatrix asked for forgiveness and also gave her the beautiful picture she had painted of Queen Elizabeth.

This noted author, Deborah Hopkinson has written a humorous and charming book about Beatrix that I’m sure you will enjoy.  The author has also added pictures and a small biography of Beatrix Potter in the back of the book along with a note to all readers:  “What would you have done in Miss Nina Paget’s shoes.  You many have been wise and kept the picture since Beatrix Potter became so famous that many of her pictures sold for thousands of pounds.”

On another note, the illustrations by Charlotte Voake capture your imagination and add to the charm of this delightful book.


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Dash by Kirby Larson

April 22, 2016

DashjacketX6W1G7TADash by Kirby Larson

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, because I love learning about other time periods and other perspectives of life.

Dash is set during World War II. The story revolves around Mitsi, who is separated from her dog, Dash, when her family is sent to a Japanese internment camp.  Based on the story of a real life person, the story touched my heart.  Larson’s writing pulls you into a young girl’s emotional perspective.  Fortunately, Mitsi and Dash are reunited, but unfortunately the internment camps were a reality that impacted so many people in America in a negative way.

I have read a couple of Kirby Larson books for teens and kids, and I’m glad I tried this one. On page 200 of the book, one of the adult characters who has created a tumbleweed garden at the camp, says, “…if you look with your heart, you can find beauty anywhere.” This book would be great for young readers and adults who are willing to discuss the past and look to the future!

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

April 19, 2016


A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

by Lucy Ruth Cummins

The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or is the culprit a little…closer to home?

With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks—what do you think happened to the hungry lion’s friends?

I picked this one up when it first came in, mainly because of the title. I wanted to find out why the assortment of animals was dwindling! I had an idea, and at first it seemed like my idea was correct, but then came a twist! But is it the only twist? As Jon Klassen (author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat) has said about it: “So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time.” Exactly! But dark in the funniest possible way. If you’re a fan of Klassen’s you’ll probably enjoy this book just as much.
Happy reading!
Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard)

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Go Home Flash

April 7, 2016

Go Home FlashGo Home Flash

By: Ruth Paul

“Playful puppy Flash doesn’t want to stay home—he wants to go on adventures with his favorite people!  Even to places he shouldn’t be… But his owners know it’s because he misses them while they’re away, and they miss him too!” (from cover)

All Flash wants is to be with his family but everyone is just so busy!  This is the second book featuring this scruffy little mutt with a penchant for mischief.  The story is a fun and easy read great for early readers or children who are just getting familiar with words.  There are plenty of rhyming words and repetition to help build early literacy skills.  The pictures are bright and playful with small action sequences and big full-page illustrations.  If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out the first Flash book or one of Ruth Paul’s other animal tales!

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Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

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A Friend for Bo

March 25, 2016

by Elisabeth Zuniga

Bo the bunny was lonely and decided to look for a playmate.  After searching for quite a while he found a large white oval shape hidden in the grasses.  Bo was thrilled and decided his new friend should be called Rollie.  Rollie was an unusual friend, but never seemed to mind when playing dresss-up, reading stories, going on picnics or any new adventure.  Bo was concerned that Rollie never smiled so Bo helped him out.  An adventure in sailing proved to be a disaster when Rollie rolled onto the cookies and smashed them.  How was Bo to know that his new friend rolled around.  Also he would never share his bed with Bo so poor bunny had to sleep on the floor.  What was a bunny to do?  Suddenly Bo heard a cracking noise and his new friend turned into a total surprise.  Rollie was now a different kind of friend but someone who would always be a special friend for Bo.

A Friend for Bo is a great book that will introduce your children to what friendship is all about.  You will enjoy the illustrations just as much as you will enjoy reading the story with your children.



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Emma Dodd’s Love You Books

February 23, 2016

The Love You Books

Emma Dodd excels at sweet, simple books for babies and toddlers. Her ‘Love You’ series focuses on the relationship between parents and children. The gentle, rhyming text is great for bedtime and the smaller size of these books makes them a good choice for little hands. You’ll find reflective foil on the pages, making snow look like glitter and water shine. While I refer to the animals in this book as ‘mothers’, they are not identified as so. They can be a mother or father, making these adorable stories even more loving and flexible to suit the reader.


A mother polar bear assures her baby that she will always be there, through playtime and scary times. Even when baby polar bear feels lost or alone, mama will always be there.


More and More

A young monkey learns that his parents love him more and more each day. Whether he’s messy or sweet, cranky or kind, his parents will always love him.



Mother owl observes her child’s happiness in this nighttime story. She promises to safeguard his contentment when she can, because she is happiest when she can share that joy with her baby.



A koala mom is struggling to find what she loves best about her baby, but there are so many things to love! She decides that there’s no need to pick one thing, because she loves everything about her.


When I Grow Up

Baby bear shares all his hopes about what he will be like when he grows up. He wants to be big and strong, clever and funny, kind and loving, just like his parents.



Little elephant explores a world of opposites, learning that no matter whether he’s dirty or clean, happy or sad, that his family will always love him as he is.


When You Were Born

Many different animal parents express how their world’s changed the day their babies were born.



A mother wolf shares with her baby how he fulfilled a wish for her. In turn, she wishes to teach him everything she knows and see him learn how incredible the world can be.


All of these books are recommended for ages 2-5.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book

February 16, 2016

9781101932421Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book

by Britta Teckentrup

This beautifully illustrated picture book follows an owl in his tree over the course of a year, as he watches the changes in weather and in his tree’s foliage as the seasons come and go. As the weather warms up, he sees bears, squirrels, foxes, birds, and bees as more and more animals join him in his tree. But what happens when the weather starts to get cooler again?

There’s lots to see and talk about on every page, and the peek-through holes make for a fun view into the life of this very busy tree!


And if you like this one, give some other books by Britta Teckentrup a try, like Where’s the Pair? or Get Out of My Bath!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)


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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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