Posted tagged ‘Animals’

Knock, Knock

June 7, 2018

A friend is what the heart needs all the time. ~Henry Van Dyke

May I Come In?  written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Jennie Poh is an engaging picture book about a thunderstorm and friendship that will delight young readers.

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When a fierce thunderstorm frightens Raccoon, he looks for safety with Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck. What bad luck! No one has room for poor Raccoon. A shimmery light in the distance catches Raccoon’s eye, and he makes his way through the storm to Rabbit’s door. When the door is opened, Raccoon sees ten little rabbits hopping and bopping about. He knows there will be no room. What good luck! Rabbit invites him in and offers him a cozy chair and warmth. As the storm rages on, there’s another knock at Rabbit’s door. Who do you think is there? Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck are looking for comfort from the scary storm. Of course, Rabbit welcomes all her friends just as it should be. Readers will enjoy Jennie Poh’s colorful illustrations and Marsha Diane Arnold’s cleverly worded text that shows how a good friend and neighbor can make room for everyone and chase storm jitters away.

 

 

 

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Goodnight Everyone

November 30, 2017

We’ve all had those nights when our kids just don’t want to go to sleep. Well, Chris Haughton knows how to solve that. He’s the author/illustrator of many award-winning books, including my favorite, Shhh! We Have a Plan.

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In his book, Goodnight Everyone, the forest animals are sleepy – the mice, the hares, the deer, and Great Big Bear. However, Little Bear is wide awake. He wants to play, but all of his friends are too tired. Soon Little Bear gives a huge yawn and decides it’s time to go to sleep like everyone else. The story is simply told, but the techniques used by Chris Haughton are what make this book so likable. The color palette is vibrant and reminiscent of the evening sky after the sun sets. The cut pages will delight readers as they see the animals get bigger with each page turn. As the size of the animals grows, so do their yawns and their sleeping sounds. The endpapers are another treat to behold. The beginning of the book depicts the southern night sky and its constellations and the placement of the planets, moon, earth, and sun. The end of the book depicts the northern night sky and the placement of the planets, moon, earth, and sun and the constellations where Little Bear and Great Bear are easy to pick out. This charming book is sure to get your wide-awake youngster yawning and ready for some zzz’s.

 

 

 

 

Problems, Problems

April 27, 2017

Tuesday was World Penguin Day. Who can resist penguins? They’re cute, and they waddle. I hope you didn’t forget your inner child and you waddled like one on Tuesday.

Did you know that sometimes penguins have problems? Read on.

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Penguin Problems written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith, Random House Books for Young Readers.

Penguin is having a bad day. Nothing is right. It’s too early. It’s too cold. There’s too much snow. It’s too bright. It’s one problem after another. Then a walrus comes along with some inspirational words about appreciating what you have. It takes Penguin a while to realize there is a point to the walrus’s words, and Penguin begins to see the world around him as a better place. But then again, there are always Penguin problems. Lane Smith’s delightful illustrations combined with Jory John’s text make this book a laugh-out-loud success for both children and adults.

Waddle to your local library or bookstore and pick up Penguin Problems and some of my other penguin favorites.

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Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, Walker & Company

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 Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups written and illustrated by Tadgh Bentley, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

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 Grumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

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 And Tango Makes Three written by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

 

A Very Satisfying Picture Book

January 5, 2017

I’m always hungry for a deliciously dazzling picture book. Well, I found it, and every reader should gobble it up.

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, has received lots of impressive book chatter.

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With so many cute animals starring in it, this book is hard to resist. It’s filled with twists, turns, and surprises. You’ll adore the illustrations. The double-page spread done in black will leave you in the dark and keep you guessing what is about to happen. I’d like to tell you more, but that would spoil the fun. Get this book! It’s worth sinking your teeth into.

Have You Seen A Cat?

October 20, 2016

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Have you seen a cat? If you haven’t, then it’s time you take a look at Brendan Wenzel’s latest picture book, THEY ALL SAW A CAT. It’s a simply told tale about a cat walking through the world and the creatures who see it. What makes this picture book unique are the illustrations. Each creature sees the cat from its own distinctive perspective. The mouse sees a cat with sharp teeth and claws. The bee sees a cat from many different lenses. The bird sees a cat from high above. And so it goes with the other animals. Brendan Wenzel uses a wide variety of media to create his illustrations. His artistic approach and his double-page spreads will surprise and dazzle readers. And how does the cat see himself? You’ll have to get this book and find out!

This picture book, along with many other admirable books, has been nominated for the 2016 Cybils Awards (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards).

 

Busy, Busy, Busy!

October 6, 2016

We’ve all had busy weeks, and it can be very exhausting. If you’re like me, you may even lose track of the days. I have just the book for you and your little ones to help you keep those days in order.

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Busy Builders, Busy Week! written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Leo Timmers will keep everyone on their toes. There’s an important job that must be completed by the end of the week. The work crew has something to do each day to make sure things get done on time. Leo Timmers’ delightfully silly illustrations show the animal crew hard at work. Reidy’s fast-paced rhyming text keeps readers turning pages as they follow the day-to-day jobs. When Saturday arrives, there’s a fun ending for both animals and readers. This book is not only amusing, but it’s also a great way to introduce and teach the days of the week. Youngsters won’t want to miss this one!

 

 

My Holiday Favorites

December 10, 2015

For years, I’ve collected holiday books that intrigue and entertain me. The words within each book, the touch and smell of the pages, and the emotional high they deliver are the many things that help make my holiday experience magical. During the year, I keep those special books in my office library. During the holiday season, I display them in all the nooks and crannies of our home. My hope is that a family member or a visitor will pick one up and feel the same emotions I do when they read them.

Here are three of my picture book favorites.

Santa’s Favorite Story written by Hisako Aoki and illustrated by Ivan Gantschev. Soft watercolor illustrations help Santa tell the forest animals about the first Christmas and its true meaning – the gift of love.

An Ellis Island Christmas written by Maxinne Rhea Leighton and illustrated by Dennis Nolan. The Petrowski family has left Poland to travel to America to join their father. They arrive at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve and must go through the entry process before being reunited with their father. To young Krysia, the sights, sounds, and food are a new and, sometimes, frightening experience. A feeling of joy embraces Krysia when Papa arrives to take them to their new home. The illustrations, done in subdued colors, do an admirable job in depicting the immigrant experience of coming to America.

We Were There: A Nativity Story written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Wendell Minor. Bunting’s lyrical text and repetition provide readers with a look at some of the unusual creatures that might have traveled to see the Christ Child on that special night. Combined with Minor’s amazing paintings done in gouache and watercolors, author and illustrator have created a simple but memorable Nativity story that will captivate readers and keep them guessing where the creatures are headed.

 


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