Friday, April 29, 2011
Photo Friday: You Look Good Today!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
April: Community Service
Let your totz gather those early dandelion flowers for a neighbor.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
April: Around the Block with Sesame Street
Monday, April 25, 2011
Bunny Eats Lunch: Michael Dahl
This cover of Bunny Eats Lunch is so appealing that this book practically hopped of the library shelf into my hands! It's a very simple story about a bunny who is very talented at chewing. I really like the design of this book, and the art.
Bunny has big chompers and he shows off his lunch skills by chomping carrots, mashed potatoes, and celery. When he decides to eat them all in quick succession…
BIG, BIG YUM!
A fun, sturdy board book that’s perfect for a springtime or snacktime giggle! Also keep an eye out for Pony Brushes His Teeth and Pig Takes A Bath!
by Michael Dahl
illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Friday, April 22, 2011
Photo Friday: Totoro!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
April Older Sibling Pick: Rain Brings Frogs
True to the subtitle of this book, Nate--the upbeat hero of the story--is a ray of sunshine, offering a lighthearted dose of much-needed hope. The first spread reads:
When Mom says, I HATE RAIN.
Nate says, RAIN BRINGS FROGS!
Lately, I have considered the maxim that "little pitchers have big ears," and I've wondered how the tragedy and turmoil in the world is affecting young children. There's a lot of angst out there, and this book is a timely reminder that there is good after bad. Totz haven't lived long enough to know that and may need this idea reinforced.
One of my favorite spreads in this books is the one with an illustration of what appears to be the finale of a swim team race. A dejected Casey clutches a 2nd place ribbon, while Nate's waving a 5th place ribbon:
When Casey says, I LOST.
Nate says, I FINISHED!
Rain Brings Frogs reinforces many such instances of "looking on the bright side," yet it's not saccharine. I'm a fan of Maryann Cocca-Leffler's and a friend. When I received this book from her publisher, I was delighted to see that it was already in a 2nd reprinting! You go, Maryann!
Rain Brings Frogs
Author-illustrator: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Monday, April 18, 2011
Little Duck Says Quack! by Judy Dunn
In the Phoebe Dunn Collection from Random House is Little Duck Says Quack! The world-renowned photographer's images have been paired with text written by her daughter, Judy Dunn.
Who isn't captivated by the birth of a duckling, emerging from an egg, drying until his down is fluffy puffy? The imagery of Henry the duck sitting on the family dog's back is precious. The reader watches as Henry grows into a full size duck.
Some may note the 1976 language is dated as Henry doesn't find true companionship until he finds another white duck to befriend. Those animals not like him, the chicken, rabbit, and goat don't care to be his friend. Maybe talk about this subtle message to counter it.
Totz will enjoy pressing the button to hear the duck quack, over and over. You might celebrate spring with this quacking board book.
Little Duck Says Quack!
by Judy Dunn
illustrated by Phoebe Dunn
Random House, 20
Friday, April 15, 2011
Poetry Friday: Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross Buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
If ye have no daughters,
Give them to your sons.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Lorie Ann's Illustrations!
I heart creating art, don't you?
Monday, April 11, 2011
Busy Bunnies: John Schindel
Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! This is an attractive board book with photographs of black ones, white ones, brown ones, gray ones, and spotted ones. Bunnies with long, floppy ears and bunnies with big fuzzy feet. What are these busy bunnies up to?
I especially enjoyed the two cuddled black bunnies with the text:
Totz will enjoy this close-up look at this adorable, fuzzy, furry bunnies in a natural grassland environment. Photographs were a brilliant choice as illustrations for this one. Steven Holt is a widely published photographer specializing in wildlife subjects. John Schindel has written many similar "busy" books.
A perfect springtime book for totz and younger!
photography by Steven Holt
Tricycle Press, 2008
Friday, April 8, 2011
Poetry Friday: Lucy Locket
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Tragedy of First Position
Monday, April 4, 2011
Home for a Bunny: Margaret Wise Brown
Golden Classics are now in board book formats! How lovely is that? I found such solace rereading this work by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. But of course! Here are images and rhythms I held dear as child. And now they are preserved in a sturdy format for your own totz.
As the animals celebrate spring, bunny is looking for a home, "a home of his own." He inquires about staying with the robins, a frog, and a groundhog. None of their dwellings fits the bunny, until he finds a white rabbit who welcomes him to her home. Margaret's beautiful language will mesmerize your totz' ears.
Gustaf's illustrations are precise and light and full of charm. Golden Books has given the board book cover a padded thickness for easy gripping.
Step back in time and bring this treasure into your home!
Home for a Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
Golden Baby, Golden Books, 2011