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Is your child learning to tell time, count or understand rhyme? If so, Hickory Dickory Dock, written and illustrated by Keith Baker, is the book to read! While based on the familiar nursery rhyme titled, “Hickory Dickory Dock,” Baker creates his own version of the nursery rhyme with one busy mouse and lots of crazy animals. Be sure to read Hickory Dickory Dock to have fun counting, singing, rhyming, and of course to see what keeps the teeny tiny mouse busy every hour!
Toddlers and younger elementary school students will enjoy this colorful and easy to read book.
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Once your little one starts growing, nothing is more exciting than turning another year older. Then once your little one is a year older, what is more exciting than growing a half year older and celebrating being 2 and a half or 3 and a half? Growing up can lead to excitement, questions, and maybe even a little nervousness. If your little one is growing older, asking questions, or feeling a little nervous, he or she will easily be able to relate to Pomelo, the growing, pink little elephant in this story. Pomelo realizes that he has started growing. He is bigger than his dandelion plant, strawberries, and even a teeny tiny potato! Woo hoo – he is very excited that he is taller and maybe even stronger. But then, he starts asking questions such as, “Will I grow equally all over?”. Growing up is making him a little nervous! Be sure to read Pomelo Begins to Grow to find out what Pomelo thinks of growing up in the end!
In addition to the fun, relatable storyline written by Badescu, Benjamin Chaud does some beautiful illustrations with bright drawings. It is truly a great book for your growing toddlers.
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Jake is a delightful character who is not interested in a varied diet, quite
the opposite. He turns down everything except peanut butter. As a true peanut butter lover I fell in love with this book! This story is engaging as you follow his parents’ frustration. Then they hatch an ingenious plan to solve Jake’s finicky eating habits. The rhyming storyline will keep young children listening and wondering what Jake will eat next. Adults will be
entertained by the phenomenal pictures in this book. The layers of humor in the pictures are a definite highlight in Jake Goes Peanuts.
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The importance of family order has been proven. Who we become has its
origins in our birth order. This sweet, funny and oh so telling story will
ring true for the reader. As we follow Gladys, Hilda and Rose we will
relate to them as they live their days together. One favorite page for me
is when the two younger sisters are in bed and they watch big sister in her
own room staying up late at night, laughing and being important. Of course,
the younger sisters become tired of bossy big sister Gladys. The plan they
make is beyond anything you would expect and the silliness of it makes this
a fun story to share with your family.
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This tale about a dragon, Ultimon, is a wonderful book for elementary-aged children who are interested in dragons or astronomy. GrandPré’s beautiful illustrations full of muted purples, greens, and blues steal the show in this bedtime book. Ultimon is so sad to be the last dragon on earth, but he is called into the sky and becomes the constellation Draco the Dragon, which can be found close to the North Star.
The entirety of the story flows with a rhythm meant to lull the reader to appreciate the stargazing suggested at the close. Burleigh writes, “Walk out, reader,/In the blackest night—/Gaze up where the stars/Are crisp and bright./Next to the polestar/That guides with its beams—/See! A dragon/Constellation gleams.”
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In his first book, author-illustrator K.G. Campbell’s main character, Lester, is faced with a compelling and relatable problem. Little red-headed Lester likes neatness and order, but when his family takes in his elderly Cousin Clara, his sense of style is overrun with ugly sweaters. Lester’s parents insist on him wearing Clara’s knitted creations to school, causing him humiliation reminiscent of Ralphie’s bunny suit in A Christmas Story. Campbell writes, “The next morning there was another sweater. This one covered bits it shouldn’t and didn’t cover bits it should. It was an irksome pink and dotted with oddly placed upside-down pockets. It was GHASTLY.”
Cousin Clara’s sweaters keep meeting mysterious and unfortunate accidents until she finally meets some more appreciative clients. Elementary-aged children and their parents will enjoy this book about having to be polite in the face of some “unique” gifts. The illustrations only add to the delight; however, this book is not recommended for anyone with coulrophobia (fear of clowns).
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Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes
Woodrow G. Washingtail’s parents dreamed that he would be president from day one. He grew up tall, strong, and smart. He got good grades all the way through college, and then he went back to his home town to start a family. Woodrow ran his own business and helped out in the community. He was a good family mouse, and everyone liked him. They told him to run for town council, then senator, and then governor. After he finished his terms, he began to campaign to be president. He debated and campaigned, and eventually he became the nominee for the Bull Mouse political party. Woodrow becomes President, and after the Inauguration Ball he says that he must go to bed. Woodrow must get up the next day because there are many promises to keep.
Woodrow for President is a good book to help introduce young people to how the US government works, and how elections work. The story of Woodrow is told in a rhyming, lighthearted way. This would be a good book to pull out and read to your class or your child right around Election Day. Other good reads would be the House Mouse, Senate Mouse and Woodrow, the White House Mouse by the same authors, which talk about more aspects of government.
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Bella likes to write poems. Bean likes to do everything else. Bella and Bean are two different mice with two very different personalities, but they are still best friends. Bean wants to walk down to the pond, but Bella does not have time to do that. She needs to write. Bean says that she is grumpy. Bella finally writes her poems and even writes one about Bean. She shows Bean that any group of words can make a beautiful poem. The illustrations are fun and the illustrator makes sure to use lots of letters and words in the pictures. This would be perfect for a future poet or writer.
Rebecca Kai Dotlich is very much like her character Bella. She is a poet and an author and she loves to think about words.
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