Archive for November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

On this Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year, may we embrace the ideals of compassion, tolerance, and kindness, and be thankful for the love of family and friends.

Wishing everyone a day of warmth and happiness!

bountiful thanksgving

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A Winning Team

November 16, 2017

wolf

Author, Mac Barnett, and illustrator, Jon Klassen, have teamed up once again to create another winner. The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse is a tongue in cheek or a-duck-and-a-mouse-in-a-wolf’s-belly tale. Everything about this book is perfect – the pacing, the dialogue, the humor, and the delightfully funny illustrations done in muted tones and mixed media. The story is simply told. A mouse is gobbled up by a wolf and meets a duck who lives inside the wolf’s belly. The mouse sees life is good for the duck and wants to stay. The two celebrate with a dance and give the wolf a woeful stomach ache. Things go well for the duck and the mouse until a hunter tries to shoot the wolf. The duck and the mouse fight to defend their home and save the wolf who is thankful not to have perished at the hands of the hunter. He grants the two a favor. What did they ask? To find out the rest of the story, you’ll have to read this hilarious book!

Four Words = A Clever Book

November 9, 2017

I’ve always enjoyed Emily Gravett’s books. I recently came across one I hadn’t seen before and fell in love with its creativity.

orange pear apple

Orange Pear Apple Bear is an excellent read-aloud for the very young. Emily Gravett repeats the title’s four words throughout the book until the last page where she adds the perfect illustration and word to end her story. Orange, pear, apple, bear are arranged in varying order and in different scenarios. The clever simplicity of this book will keep readers engaged as each page turn reveals illustrations done in pencil and pastel watercolors in an imaginative setup of bear, fruit, and words. Gravett’s genius in art and wordplay make this a fun story to read over and over.

Check this out and the many other books from award-winning author/illustrator Emily Gravett.

See You Around

November 2, 2017

A ball. A wheel. A pie. These are a small sampling of circles that are all around you. Today happens to be “Look for Circles Day.” Have some fun with your youngsters. Whether you’re young or old, keep the circular ball rolling and read, sing and count together today.

Books with circles:

hole

The Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet

round

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan (Check out the series.)

circle square

So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban

spots

 600 Black Spots by David A. Carter

city

City Shapes is written by Diana Murray and illustrated by Bryan Collier

Songs about circles:

Circle Song – Jack Hartmann

Circle Songs for Early Learners 

The Circle Song with Didipop Music

If you’re counting, did you remember to count all of the circles in this post? Don’t be surprised if by the end of the day you find yourself going in circles. Have fun!


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