Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

The Sock Thief

August 25, 2015

sockThe Sock Thief

By Ana Crespo

Illustrated by Nana Gonzalez

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Felipe is a sock thief. Once a week, he gets up very early and picks mangoes from his family’s tree, then he goes the long way to school. He doesn’t have any socks of his own, since his only pair of shoes are worn out flip-flops, so he takes socks from windowsills and laundry lines. But for every pair of socks he takes, he leaves behind a ripe mango. What does he do with so many socks? It turns out that it’s not as much of a secret as Felipe thinks.

A fun story about ingenuity and kindness in a small town, The Sock Thief will charm soccer fans and creatives alike. There are introductory words in Portuguese scattered throughout the text, as well as a glossary in the back to help the reader learn a few more words. The bright and cheery pictures will draw in any reader as you get closer to learning about Felipe’s secret use for the socks.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

 

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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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Stick and Stone

July 28, 2015

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are lonely and alone until they become the best of friends, then they make a perfect 10! Read along and watch their friendship grow through simple rhyming text and beautifully illustrated adventures.

Tom Lichtenheld’s absolutely adorable artwork brings life to each of the characters. This charming story tells how friendship grows and how friends help each other.  The book makes for great discussion with your little reader(s).  Even though Stick and Stone don’t look the same they are friends; friends that help each other and play together, and stay together.  This is a great book with a great message.  Happy reading!

 

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Last Stop on Market Street

July 2, 2015

last stop on market streetLast Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Pena; illustrations by Christian Robinson

This simple story follows CJ and his Nana as they ride the bus across town after church. CJ has many questions to be answered – Why don’t they have a car? How come that man is blind? Why is this area of the city so dirty? Luckily, his Nana is there to point out the beauty in each situation.

Christian Robinson’s illustrations are colorful and bold –  a perfect complement to Matt de la Pena’s strong visual language. I loved the use of similes and metaphors spotted throughout the beginning. Encourage your child to describe some of their routines or draw the world around them.

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

 

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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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New Shoes

May 7, 2015

index (1)New Shoes

by Susan Lynn Meyer

illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Ella Mae always got hand-me-down shoes from family. She looked into the shop windows of the local shoe shop with longing, wishing she could have her very own pair of new shoes. As she got close to the next year of school, the traditional hand-me-down phase of shoes got her a pair that just don’t fit. For the first time, she went to the shoe store and pick out a new pair of shoes. Instead of getting to try on the new shoes like the white girl in the shop ahead of her, Ella Mae had to trace around her feet on a piece of paper so the shop owner could guess at her size. Embarrassed, Ella Mae doesn’t even enjoy her new shoes. In response, Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte decide to make a shoe store all their own where ANYONE can try on their shoes before they buy them.

Set in the 1960s when segregation was still going strong in the south, New Shoes is a great way to learn about the history of our country. Ella Mae and Charlotte’s creative and determined approach to overcoming discrimination is inspiring for any reader.

Recommended for grades 1-3.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Hug Me

April 28, 2015

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By Simona Ciraolo

Hug Me is the story of Felipe, a young cactus who came from a family that kept everything neat and tidy and believed one should NEVER trespass into another’s personal space. The problem was, Felipe wanted a hug. He was taught to keep still, that he was for looking and not touching. He stretched himself up like the rest of his family, wishing that someone, anyone, would come by and wrap their arms around him.

One day, Felipe got in trouble, so he decided to leave. Felipe thought that maybe he was better off by himself, until he heard someone else who was feeling lonely too. Cactus or not, Felipe knew just what to do! With a big hug, Felipe makes his first real friend.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig library

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Fish in a Tree

April 17, 2015

Fish in a treeFish in a Tree

By: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Sixth-grader Ally Nickerson has passed through seven schools in seven years and has hidden a deep, dark secret at each one. She can’t read and to cover up the shame she feels, she acts out and winds up in the principal’s office at each school. However, at Ally’s current school a long-term substitute, Mr. Daniels, sees through Ally’s charade. He tells Ally that he suspects she has dyslexia and provides tools to help Ally overcome her learning disability. Ally is also dealing with a father who is deployed in the Middle East and she struggles to make friends at her new school. The supporting cast of quirky characters who are dealing with their own problems round out the story and add interest beyond the focus on dyslexia. This is a touching story that pays tribute to teachers that go the extra mile for their students. Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder may enjoy this title.

Fish in a Tree is Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s second middle-grade novel. Her first novel, One for the Murphys was published in 2012. Hunt is an expert at exploring themes of family and friendship. I hope she continues to write middle-grade books because I plan to read everything she writes.

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Hey Duck and Just a Duck!

April 16, 2015

I couldn’t resist writing about these two books written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen,  Hey Duck and Just a Duck! The  illustrations are large and  beautiful and so realistic you just want to reach out and touch each fuzzy animal.  Speaking of animals we meet duck and cat.  Duck is an extremely friendly fellow and he is sure he has found a new friend, another duck.  He keeps asking the duck why is tail is so long?  Why doesn’t he like to swim in water?  Why doesn’t he quack?  You might be able to guess that his new friend is a cat.  Cat gets quite annoyed at this pesky duck but eventually responds to duck, “My sense of ME has gone AMUCK!” and begins to quack just like duck.  They form a bond through this adventure and their friendship is sealed.

 

Just a Duck? the sequel begins with duck deciding to become a cat.  Even though both cat and duck realize he looks nothing like a cat, duck is sure he can grow into a cat. Duck tries to walk like a cat, meow like a cat and act like a cat so you can imagine how silly this  duck is portrayed.  With considerable regret, duck has to come to the realization that he is just a duck!.

I enjoyed reading both of these books and the interactions between the duck and cat were both hilarious and enjoyable to read about.  These are great books for for our youngsters to enjoy with their parents or in a group setting.  These two books just bring a smile to your face.

Beverly (Davis)

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