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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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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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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.

Forever

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.

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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.

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Happy

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.

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Everything

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.

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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.

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Always

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.

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When You Were Born

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

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Wish

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.

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

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play

February 10, 2016

clotheslinecluessportsClothesline Clues to Sports People Play

By: Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

Illustrated by: Andy Robert Davies

This is a fun follow-up to the book Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by the same authors and illustrator. It also seems fitting to have a sports themed book with the upcoming summer Olympics. The book is set up with a rhyme about a type of sport with corresponding items on a clothesline. Readers get to guess the sport and find out if they are right on the next page. Additionally, readers can look for a mischievous squirrel that appears on multiple pages throughout.

One thing that is appreciated in this book (as with the previous one) is that men, women, and diverse skin tones are all portrayed playing the different sports. Finally, the story concludes with a question for readers: “what sport would you like to try out today?” This participatory picture book is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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Freedom in Congo Square

February 3, 2016

congoFreedom in Congo Square

By Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

New Orleans has a history of music and dance dating all the way back to colonial times. These two Coretta Scott King honorees set out to tell the story of Congo Square, a place that served as a refuge for enslaved and free African Americans alike. During this time, there was a law stating that Sunday must be a day of rest, so for half a day a week the slaves of New Orleans gathered in Congo Square. This was where they could sing and dance and forget their oppression for a little while.

Freedom in Congo Square tells of people’s capacity to find hope and joy even under the most difficult circumstances. Through bright, vivid paintings and simple language, this story can start a conversation on a much deeper subject. Consider pairing this with other books like Ellen’s Broom and I, Too, am America as a story time for Black History Month.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig 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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