Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

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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The Seeds of Friendship

January 19, 2016

The seeds of friendshipThe Seeds of Friendship

By: Michael Foreman

This touching picture book tells the story of a boy named Adam who moved to a strange new city. When he looks out of his bedroom window all he sees is gray. Adam misses the faraway place he used to live. He especially misses the colorful forest and the animals he used to see. Adam’s favorite place at his new school is the green garden. When his teacher gives him some seeds to take home, it plants an idea in his mind. Adam plants the seeds of friendship.

Enjoy!

Reviewed by: Renee (Parr 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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The Doldrums

December 10, 2015

The Doldrums

By Nicholas Gannon

11-year-old Archer Helmsley is a dreamer who longs for adventure.  Unfortunately, his overprotective mother has confined him to his house and his school.  Not for a week or a month but forever…or at least as long she can protect him from the adventurous tendencies passed down to him by his grandparents, famous explorers who disappeared in Antarctica. It doesn’t help that his family lives in his grandparents’ house surrounded by pictures and memorabilia from their numerous journeys around the world. Consequently, Archer’s resolve to escape is intensified. He soon concocts a plan, along with some new-found friends, to stow away on a ship to Antarctica to find his grandparents who he is convinced are still alive.  But… the best of plans don’t always turn out as expected.  Accidents can turn into adventures too!  After all, anything can be an adventure when you’re with friends!

This is the perfect book for kids in grades 4-6 who enjoy whimsical tales of friendship, mystery and adventure with characters who could have leaped out of a Roald Dahl novel. Delightful full-color as well as black and white illustrations complement the story without distracting the reader and give this imaginative novel a “classic” quality.

Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

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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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The Sea Tiger

November 25, 2015

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by Victoria Turnbull

The Sea Tiger is Oscar’s best friend, Oscar’s only friend.

They do everything together — explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even swim to the surface to look at the stars.

But Oscar is shy, so it’s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find a new friend.

If nothing else, you should check this one out for the illustrations alone–absolutely stunning, and detailed in such a gentle, soothing sort of way.

But it’s also a beautiful story about two friends, and that fear shy people (like me!) can sometimes feel when faced with people or experiences they’re not familiar with. The Sea Tiger takes the lead and encourages his friend to give others a chance, and that leads to all new adventures!

Well worth a read for shy children and adults alike!

The Sea Tiger

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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Marilyn’s Monster

October 30, 2015

monsterMarilyn’s Monster

By Michelle Knudsen

Illustrated by Matt Phelan

The monsters just start showing up one day. They come at random times, sometimes while kids are sleeping, sometimes on the playground or the park, and sometimes in the middle of class! After a while, most of the kids Marilyn knows already have monsters. She tries to wait patiently for her monster. When he doesn’t come, she starts to get antsy. Everyone tells her that you don’t go searching for your monster, that it’s just NOT what you do, but Marilyn thinks maybe it’s time to take things into her own hands.

Marilyn’s quest to find her own special monster is a subdued way of showing that sometimes people get what they want without any effort, and sometimes you have to search for what you want most, no matter what other people say. The soft pencil and watercolor illustrations are fun and whimsical, giving the impression that having a monster best friend would be the best thing in the world! You too will want your own monster by the end.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Connect the Stars

October 29, 2015

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Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Middle-school can be tough, and Audrey Alcott and Aaron Archer both feel like misfits at their schools.  They both have special gifts too…Audrey knows when people lie, and Aaron has an encyclopedic memory.

When Audrey and Aaron meet at a six-week wilderness survival camp, they are paired on the same team with two other campers and must undergo challenges designed by the camp founder and former football player, Jared Eastbrook.

I loved that this book addressed bullying, and developing friendships within a great story about the West Texas wilderness and survival.  Don’t pass this one up by assuming it might be another “problem” novel about middle school.  Even though the characters are a bit older than the typical juvenile novel, I think it would be a great book to read together as a family or in a classroom.

I hope you like Connect the Stars as much as I did!

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Fuzzy Mud

October 20, 2015

Fuzzy mudFuzzy Mud

By: Louis Sachar

I have been a huge fan of Louis Sachar since I read the novel, Holes, years ago. He is a masterful storyteller and he has written another very entertaining story. Fifth grader Tamaya and seventh grader Marshall always walk to and from school together. However, Marshall is threatened by the school bully, Chad, so he decides to cut through the off-limits woods to avoid the bully. When Marshall follows the pair into the woods, Tamaya tries to defend her friend by shoving some “fuzzy mud” into Chad’s face. The two escape the bully, but later that day Tamaya notices an odd rash on her hand from the mud. The next day Chad is missing and Tamaya’s rash has gotten much worse. The children have unexpectedly stumbled across a huge problem that might affect the future of the entire world. Fuzzy Mud is part adventure tale, part thriller, and part mystery. I enjoyed the story so much that I finished it in one sitting.

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Pepper & Poe

September 29, 2015

Pepper & Poe

 Frann Preston-Gannon

 

This book is so cute! The story is about Pepper, a family cat who enjoys his life very much until one fateful Wednesday, when he is presented with a new kitten named Poe.  Pepper is NOT thrilled with the new addition to the family, as the fabulously expressive artwork shows.

The adorable illustrations speak volumes as the story unfolds. I loved seeing Pepper’s expressions throughout the book, especially on the final pages.  This is a great read for families thinking about getting a 2nd pet (or expecting a 2nd child perhaps?) or for anyone who loves animals.  I hope you enjoy this book and these  cute kitties as much as I did.  Happy reading!

 

 

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