Monthly Archives: April 2012

Where’s Walrus?

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This wordless picture book is tons of fun for kids and adults alike!

When a mischievous walrus escapes from the zoo, he goes on all kinds of adventures while trying to blend in and hide from the zookeeper.

He hides in the park….

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…the stage

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…and even a construction site!

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Wherever he goes, children will have a great time telling his story along the way.  This is a perfect example of when a wordless picture book works.  The color-block illustrations and silly antics make for a great read.  

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For more info, check out the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dZSGen9cG0

Enjoy!

Emily

Me…Jane

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By Patrick McDonnell

                                       “Here is the story of a little girl named Jane who dreamed of a life

helping animals and grew up to help change the world.”

Me…Jane is a story about a little girlchimpanzees, and dreams!!! The beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of childhood Jane Goodall, who dreams of one day playing and living with chimpanzees.

Jane’s dream is just that – a drea– until the book’s final page! The story shows that with hard work and determination, any dream, no matter how CRAZY, can become a reality! 

The realistic watercolor drawings come to life fully by the end of the book, when Jane Goodall herself writes a letter to the reader! After finishing the book in school or at home, young children are sure to want to learn more about the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees. 

I would encourage this book to be read at home to young children, as it is more personal and less factual than its companion book, The Watcher by Jeanette Winter. Children are encouraged to follow their dreams, and are taught the importance in helping others, whether human or animal.

Just read this review of the book published by Amazon:

“In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of “a life living with and helping all animals,” until one day she finds that her dream has come true.”

Finally, even though the video may not involve English words (a testament to the book’s worldwide popularity!) check out this trailer for Me…Jane that includes many of the enthralling illustrations from the book!

Happy Reading!

George

The Hello, Goodbye Window

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The Hello, Goodbye Window is a MAGICAL Gateway that can be found in the kitchen of Nanna and Poppy’s house!

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From the outside looking in, the window may look like a regular window to most. But through the Hello, Goodbye Window, passersby are welcomed into the home of Nanna and Poppy. One can say hello, wave goodbye, and feel welcomed whether excited or shy. When there’s no one to see, the landscape of nature is as pretty as can be. The Hello, Goodbye Window is the perfect lens through which you can explore nature at any time of the day!

The Hello, Goodbye Window is a fun family read, especially amongst grandchildren and their grandparents. Young readers will certainly enjoy the warm, vibrant, watercolor illustrations. Since the this book is written for young readers, many can read children should find comfort and elation at the chance to read to you! So snuggle close near the kitchen table, grab this text, and experience the fun through your Hello, Goodbye Window!

-Erin

Pecan Pie Baby

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“I’m so sick of that DING-DANG BABY!”

Pecan Pie Baby, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Sophie Blackall is a beautiful picture book about a girl named Gia, a soon-to-be BIG SISTER.

All everyone talks about is the anticipation of the arrival of her new baby sibling…

Everyone EXCEPT Gia, that is.

“Some days I sat on my stoop thinking about all the years it had been just me and Mama

Craving nothing but attention from her mother, Gia feels alone and resentful…

UNTIL

Pecan Pie!

She and her unborn sibling bond over their mutual love of pecan pie.

This book is perfect for consoling a soon-to-be big sister or brother.

The illustrations give the characters personality –with distinct hairstyles, outfits, and smiles 🙂

“Mama knows just how to soothe Gia’s worries and show her that the future will be sweet

 

 

read away!

-Alex

The Dunderheads Behind Bars

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Your favorite band of misfits is back with a whole new adventure.

Will their unusual, motley skills save the day once again, or will they end up in the slammer?

School’s out for the summer and they’re finally free of their horrible teacher Miss Breakbone….or so they thought!

Their favorite actress is shooting a film nearby and who should show up as an extra but their formidable former teacher!

When a burglary strikes the set, things get even worse and ANOTHER Breakbone enters the scene. Miss Breakbone steers her ogre of a brother Inspector Breakbone towards those meddling, good-for-nothing Dunderheads.

 When Spider ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, the inspector has all the evidence he needs to lock him up.

Can the group combines their talents to catch the real criminal before they join their friend behind bars?

Find out in this delightfully quirky sequel to Paul Fleischman’s The Dunderheads.

Happy Reading!

-Laney

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

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What happens when Sylvester finds a MAGIC

pebble?

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This classic Caldecott Award winner is a must read for all children’s literature lovers.

The story has its sad moments…..

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and its goofy moments……

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but the loving moments are what makes it unforgettable!

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Enjoy comparing these illustrations

to more recent Caldecott Award winners.

The difference is astounding,

but the one thing they all have in common

                                                                                                                                                        is how the stories are everlasting.  

-Madeline

THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!?

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The Pigeon's latest adventure is HOT off the press!!

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The Pigeon is back on bookshelves......
except this time with The Duckling!
 
When The Duckling gets the cookie,  
The Pigeon does not understand why he does not get one too!
When you read the book,
will YOU be able to tell why???
 
With the familiar character back in action, Mo Willems brings
refreshing humor, 
delightful illustrations, 
and moral lessons 
back into the hands of thousands of children. 

 

If you want more Pigeon….visit his website:

 http://www.pigeonpresents.com/

-Madeline

You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum

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With eighteen famous sculptures and paintings, a combination of photographs, black and white sketches, and colorful accents, the illustrations certainly speak for themselves!

Weitzmman and Glasser’s graphic novel,

You Can’t Take a Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum,

is a piece of art within itself.

A young girl and her grandmother explore the Metropolitan Muse

um while her yellow balloon sails away and embarks on a tour of the city.

Each page is divided into frames in which either the balloon or the grandmother and girl are present. The contrast between the chaotic journey of the balloon and the placid walk through the museum is magical.

One could spend hours lingering on the detailed illustrations, between the personality of the city people, and the photographs of paintings at the Met.

Where will the yellow balloon sail off to, next?

 

 

 

happy reading! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”- Dr. Seuss

Alex

If You Give A Moose A Muffin

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A childhood favorite is Laura Numeroff’s tale of a demanding moose and his silly requests: If You Give A Moose A Muffin. The way that the moose connects memories to different objects catches adults off guard and keeps kids laughing. Would you think of sock puppets just a few moments after feeling the chilly air outside? Would you remember being a ghost for Halloween while trying to put on a puppet show? I certainly would not and love hearing the crazy train of thought of the moose. Kids enjoy the familiar format of this book as Numeroff has many books within this series and continues to add to them (see http://lauranumeroff.com/books/index.htm for a list). Teachers can use these books in upper grades as this series is printed in different languages as well (http://lauranumeroff.com/bio/different_languages.htm). 

This book is bound to bring a smile to your face. Kids will think he is just a funny moose while adults will realize he is a funny moose…who acts just like all the silly little kids they know. Kids keep you on your toes and guessing at any moment and so does the moose. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a present, library checkout, or addition to their list of favorites.

Happy Reading!

Ali

and then it’s spring

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and then it’s spring expresses the anticipation that comes with waiting for the long, brown winter to pass and for spring to arrive!

 

After a gloomy, brown winter day, a boy and his loyal dog decide to plant a garden in hopes that spring will come early.

They plant a small seed, water it, and wait…

and wait…

and wait…

and then its spring!

The writing is so simple and yet evocatively poetic. The text reads as if it is truly from a child’s perspective with lines such as“please don’t step here. there are seeds and they are trying” but adults will still resonate with the story’s general themes.

The illustrations capture all the emotions of the boy, his dog, and the other animals waiting for their world to come to life. While the story progresses from winter to spring the color palate and landscape slowly become brighter. Every time you read this book you discover new details and layers to both the illustrations and the text.

The small details that Erin Stead adds in her illustrations like the rabbit and turtle wadding through puddles and the birds eating out of their milk carton bird feeder add a whimsical element to the story.

This beautifully simple story helps teach children the virtue of patience and the importance of the cyclical nature of life. I would use this book in a classroom if we were planting a community or class garden or learning about seeds and germination.

This book is timely, as spring has just sprung Nashville!

Happy reading and happy spring!

Monica