Byron Barton has written many of my favorite titles for young children, and this book is no exception. The illustrations are bright and bold, and the story both straightforward and surprising. Tom is riding his bicycle to work. The reader/listener is introduced to Tom and to the different parts of Tom’s bike. As Tom bikes to work he describes some of the people and things he bikes past. Younger listeners will enjoy the pictures and trying to name the objects while older listeners might be able to guess what Tom’s job is even before he arrives.
He settles on a branch and turns his head all the way around. Where is his mother? When he doesn’t see her he begins to listen very carefully. The reader/listener is invited to listen along and together Night Owl and his reader/listener explore the sounds of the night. Some sounds are too short, some too long, some too high and some too low. Then the sky itself beings to make noises, and Night Owl flies bravely home through the raindrops. At home he listens again and before long he hears, “The nicest sound of all.”
This steam punk adventure takes place primarily in Londinium, a dangerous alternative London ruled over by the Lady and filled with all things mechanical. Periodically, the Lady longs for a son who is completely flesh and blood with no clockwork pieces. When this happens she sends someone to cross over into the other London to bring one back for her.
“Every time a human walks out of a room, something with more feet walks in.” While this might not be comforting to most people, it is a fact of life in this fantastical Victorian world, created by the award-winning author Richard Peck, where human events are often mirrored in, or perhaps mirror, what happens in the mouse kingdom.
When the sirens sounded, Kenta ran to high ground and found his family, but his beloved soccer ball bounced and rolled away. When the water died down, Kenta and his family began rebuilding their lives. They searched for objects the ocean had snatched away. They found some, but they did not find the soccer ball.
In this book about sharing, Blieka loves her new, red ball and doesn’t want anyone else to use it. Soon this fear takes over her days and she cannot go anywhere without bringing her toy. One day the ball deflates. Blieka’s friends help her re-inflate it and she begins to understand the importance of sharing. It is still hard to do, but her persistence is rewarded when others begin to share their toys as well.
In this fanciful tale, tiny scraps of paper in various shapes and colors become animals. Each animal claims the shapes belong to them. The chicken, “saw them lying around!” The fish “cut the paper into pieces.” Each animal has a good reason for believing the paper belongs to them, but just then the wind blows the paper over to you. It just might be that the shapes of paper really belong to you. What will you make out of them?
Born with two fingers on his right hand and none on his left, his mother named him Muthini, which means suffering. He lives with his Grandmother and eight of his cousins. There are cruel taunts from the villagers and never enough food, but his Grandmother, his Nyanya, loves him very much. Still, nine is too many when food is scarce and Muthini is the youngest. So, one day, his Grandmother takes him to a school to see if there is a place for him there.
Milk is good for me. I know this and I try to drink it once in awhile, but I can’t say that I really enjoy it.The only time I find milk indispensable is when I am eating breakfast cereal. Once, being out of milk, I tried water. In case you were wondering, water is not a good substitute for milk on cereal.
A frog peacefully resting on a rock exhales, “AAHH!” His rest is interrupted by a boy with a jar who captures him gleefully exclaiming, “Ah Ha!” An excited puppy paws the jar, and the frog flies out yelling, “AAHH!” Creating expressive dialogue by rearranging only two letters, this story cleverly conveys the emotions of a frog and the creatures he encounters as he hops out of the frying pan and into the fire time and time again.
Home alone during a fierce thunderstorm; Emily hears a loud thud on the roof of her top-floor Manhattan apartment. Bravely investigating, she finds a badly wounded Pegasus and learns not only that Olympus is real, but that something terrible has been happening there. Enlisting the help of surly schoolmate Joel, Emily tries desperately to keep Pegasus a secret and still get him the help he needs to heal.
Just in time for summer, Cheesie Mack and his best friend Georgie are back. If you haven’t read Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything, you should, but it doesn’t have to stop you from reading this book because Cheesie fills you in on all the important details right at the beginning.