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Chicken Lily

May 26, 2016

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By Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden

For Chicken Lily, it’s not easy to task risks. She won’t take off her training wheels, or raise her wing in class. She might not be brave, but she’s good at so many other things. Being a careful colorer, and a patient puzzler couldn’t help her with the school’s poetry contest. She would have to get up on a stage and read a poem aloud in front of the whole school! Nothing could be more terrifying than that!

Chicken Lily proves that being scared is something anyone can face with a little support from friends. It’s okay to be scared sometimes. This is a great lesson to share with your little ones, whether they have a current fear, or whether they’re just a little nervous about something. Just like Chicken Lily, they too can face that microphone and take a step over their fears, even if it’s just for one day.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day

May 25, 2016

by Ashley N. Sorenson

If you’re looking for a book to help your child with their counting skills, you will love this new book.  The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day.  Not only will this book keep your children’s attention, but your child can trace the numbers, blow on the numbers, count them and unfreeze them.  They will also learn about the different seasons, talk about colors and patterns.  What a great book to enjoy one on one with your little one or in a small group setting.  The clever illustrations just add to the qualtiy of this interactive and entertaining book.

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My New Mom and Me

May 13, 2016

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by Renata Galindo

While it might not be a conversation you think about often, children should understand adoption. They might encounter adopted children in their school, or happen to be one themselves. My New Mom and Me is a gentle way to introduce your child to this concept.

Told from the prospective of the child, it brings up many of the concerns adopted children may feel, including the fact that they don’t look like their adoptive parent. While things aren’t always perfect between the new cat mother and her adopted puppy, they show how much love and patience can come out of the new living arrangements. Though they might not start off as a family, they learn how to become one.

Recommended for ages 3-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Polar Bear’s Underwear

May 12, 2016

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By tupera tupera

“Poor Polar Bear! He can’t find his underwear!” (from book)

Polar Bear has misplaced his underwear and he can’t remember what they looked like! His friend Mouse decides to help him locate his absent undies by examining a series of colorful options… but unfortunately they all belong to other animal friends. It seems like Polar Bear may never see his gone garment again until…

well, you’ll just have to read to find out!

This is an adorable guessing game book with cut-out pages so you can see the underwear without seeing who they belong to until you turn the page. The animals and their underthings are made from cut paper of a dazzling array of colors and textures in a collage-style reminiscent of Lois Ehlert’s works.  Each pair of underwear is a clue to who their owner is so you have to stop and think to figure it out before you turn the page!polar bear & mouse

This book is part of the 2×2 Reading List selected annually by the Texas Library Association for young readers age 2 through 2nd grade.  Each book is paired with a list of fun and educational activities for children and parents to do together!  All of the 2×2 books at the Plano Public Libraries include this activity list on their inside cover.   If they are all checked out, we have a set of books as part of our Junior Reference collection that you can read in the library any time!

Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

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The Best Sweater

April 26, 2016

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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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Welcome Spring!

April 21, 2016

Wabracadabra it's spring coverith fun vocabulary and richly-colored illustrations, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! is an absolute delight to read aloud, and perfect for preschoolers.

Stylized, colored text focuses attention on the magical words that herald a change, and gate-fold pages add an element of surprise.

A little green shoot comes into focus. Alakazam!  [Open the fold out page]  Now it’s a crocus!  Buds on trees become leaves; sticks and strings become a nest; and cocoons become colorful butterflies.  The rhyme is spot-on and the repetition leads to the invitation to look at every bright new thing! Abracadabra! Now it’s spring.

Enjoy this book’s energetic, joyful ode to the magical changes that the spring season brings.

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

April 19, 2016

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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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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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Loud Lula

March 23, 2016

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Loud Lula

By Katy S. Duffield

Illustrated by Mike Boldt

Lula was born during the biggest, loudest tornado the county had ever seen. When Lula let out her first cry, that tornado “sounded like nothing more than a chicken feather hitting the henhouse floor”. As Lula gets older, it’s obvious that she’s always going to have a voice that can carry for miles. She starts school and has to learn how an ‘inside voice’ is better to use, but she just can’t get the hang of it!

All throughout the book, Lula’s words JUMP right off the page. Sometimes they’re knocking people over with how loud they are. This whole book has a warm country twang that makes it a blast to read. Lula uses fun idioms like “turn over my tickle box” that will have everyone giggling. Use this fun book to have a conversation with your child about the difference between an inside and outside voice. Another useful teaching tool is music. Turn it way up and sing with your outside voice, then down to sing with the inside voice, it can help your child understand the difference when you later ask for that quieter tone.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Builder Mouse

March 9, 2016

buildermouseBuilder Mouse: A story of friendship, creativity, and the fine art of compromise

By: Sofia Eldarova

Edgar the mouse loves to build tall things with food leftovers. This is problematic when his best friend, Toby, also like leftovers, but for eating, not building. Each masterpiece that Edgar creates becomes a meal for Toby. Eventually Edgar decides to leave his home to find a place where his talents for building are appreciated. He tries out the subway, a restaurant, and a museum, but all the mice in those places also find his masterpieces tasty. He decides to return home to his best friend, Toby, and discovers that his best friend has gotten him a surprise to help him with his building.

I enjoyed this sweet friendship story mostly because of the subtle story and lovely illustrations. Share this book with the little builder in your life. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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