In this twist on the “new baby in the house” story, Won Ton the black cat is introduced to a golden puppy that does not belong in his house. The author’s note at the beginning of the book informs the reader that the story is told using senryu, which is a form of Japanese poetry similar to haiku. Both senryu and haiku have three lines which contain a total of seventeen syllables. They capture a snapshot in time. Haiku focuses on nature, and senryu focuses on human nature—in this book the nature of Won Ton and Chopstick.
Miss Bell goes to pet store buys a cute kitten that has stripes, a tail and a smile so like a tiger, that she names him—what else?—“Tiger.” But Tiger soon grows out of kitten-hood; as a matter of fact, he is soon as big as a tiger, and even roars, moves and plays like a tiger! Although it’s obvious to others that this is no ordinary cat, bespectacled Miss Bell still sees Tiger as her beloved baby pet. “Cats are Cats,” she says.” Miss Bell knows that cats love to watch fish, so she returns to the pet store to buy Tiger some of the little critters.
This unique graphic novel invites its readers to read it four times--there are three color-coded rows, one each for Bird, Cat, and Dog. Read each row across to learn each animal's specific story, then read top to bottom to get the entire story, for all three characters are inter-connected. The book is entirely wordless, so young children can tell the story themselves, and older students can analyze the story and the pictures. The bright illustrations have lots of details to pore over.
In “Here Comes Santa Cat”, we meet a cat dressed up in a Santa suit that is having a conversation with an unseen narrator. After viewing Cat’s “current year to date” pie chart showing a ratio of his naughty to nice behavior, we learn why he wants to be Santa—he wants a present. Maybe if Cat does some nice things, Santa will give him a present after all. Cat’s attempts at niceness go terribly awry over and over, until finally he does it right. And Cat meets Santa after all. The ink and colored pencil illustrations show Cat with a multitude of emotions, and the u
Another of my favorite seasonal picture books is this companion book to Baby Bear Sees Blue. In an autumn landscape, a curious bear cub asks Mama Bear questions about the sounds of animals around them, and then counts the animals as they make their preparations for the winter.
A wide-eyed spotted snake from the zoo wanders into “the wrong pit,” and wends its way among the instruments of an orchestra: brass, winds, strings, percussion. It is impressed by all the sights and sounds—and hiding places: charmed by the oboe, cozy in the tuba. The snake’s fascination is not returned by the musicians, however, and the zookeeper is summoned. Time to hide! As the musicians warm up their instruments, the snake likens the sounds to those of other animals in the zoo.
This simple board book stars a sad looking fish and a pink sea creature who tells him not to be worried, not to be sad, not to be scared and not to be mad. It turns out all the fish needed was a little smooch, and he becomes a smiley fish again. This basic book is perfect for babies and toddlers, and teaches that smiles can be found with just a little encouragement.
“Storywoods” blog creator Rebecca Dudley uses her expert photography and multi-media diorama art in this beautiful wordless picture book story featuring Hank, a sweet little animal of the woods. While on a walk, Hank finds an egg on the ground beneath a bird’s nest. When he fails in his valiant attempts to return the egg to the nest before nightfall, Hank cares for the egg and keeps it warm until he can try again the next day. This time, he has some help, and makes new friends as a result.
In this clever, Christmassy take on a beloved fairytale, Papa, Mama and Baby are polar bears; when they are out walking, waiting for their Christmas pudding to cool, a certain special visitor comes to call, hungry and tired after finishing most of his holiday rounds. Santa Claus thinks the pudding has been left for him, and thereby hangs the rest of the tale! Santa, the bears, and their cozy house and surroundings are charmingly detailed in soft watercolors by mother-daughter duo Jane and Brooke Dyer.
In this book, translated from the French, a duckling is determined to be first at everything in his day, from going outside, to fishing, to bathing, to lunch. Until he hears humans at lunchtime discussing the lunchtime menu: duck. He slinks away slyly, meowing all the way. He has learned that being first is maybe not always the best option! I love Di Giacomo's illustrations--bright and vibrant colors. Highly recommended for preschool through grade 2.
Meet the most adorable sloths in Costa Rica's Sloth Sanctuary! The photographs are stunning and the humorously presented information about sloths will keep the reader’s attention.Meet the cutest baby sloths and some of their older companions.Learn about all their goofy personalities and silly antics.Also learn how the sanctuary he
Binky is no ordinary cat; unbeknownst to his owners, he is a certified space cat, and their home is a space station! After several adventures featuring space travel (going outdoors), battles with aliens (bugs), a daring rescue of Binky’s beloved toy mouse, Ted, and a challenge from a superior officer (foster cat Gracie), Binky has been promoted to lieutenant by F.U.R.S.T.
Around the Neighborhood: a Counting Lullaby is an adaptation of "Over in the Meadow", the classic folk song that was first written down in 1870. A mother and her baby baby set off for a walk around the neighborhood, and see numerous animals that a child might normally see in their neighborhood, such as cats, crows, bees, or ladybugs. The illustrations were produced digitally, and are easy to recognize, with bright colors galore.
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate it, the Fox Cities Book Festival, nature, too, with a sweet and simple poem by versatile author Marion Dane Bauer. Its lines provide the text for this beautiful picture book, with intimate portraits of various wild baby animals and animal families by renowned nature photographer Stan Tekiela (one of the featured authors at this year’s Fox Cities Book Festival). Tekiela captures on camera many young critters, from slow turtle hatchlings to a frisky cougar kitten; from a soft rabbit kit to prickly porcupettes; from little possums hit
"HEY! I'm a chicken. Yes, it's true. Tell me! Tell me! What are you?"
And so begins Are you a Cow? by Sandra Boynton, a fun call and response board book for the very youngest toddlers to enjoy. Children will love answering the silly questions posed by the silly chicken with one of their favorite words (no). And the book ends with the best message of all, that you are you. This book deservedly received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, and receives high praise from this librarian. For ages 1-3.