Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How About A Kiss For Me? - By Todd Tarpley

Do you kiss a pig? A cactus? A flea? A mop? NOOO! A sweet and humorous book about showing love, that is just right for little ones!  The warm and friendly illustrations are adorable.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Year Full Of Holidays - By Susan Middleton Elya

This is a delightful book for teaching young children about holidays, seasons, and the months of the year! There's barbecue for Labor Day, turkey for Thanksgiving, colored confetti for New Year's, and so much more!  The soft, family oriented illustrations are adorable.  As is common with most secular holiday books, the text does make reference to Santa Claus, Halloween, and the Easter bunny.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Joseph Had A Little Overcoat - By Simms Taback

A Jewish man has an overcoat that he treasures . . . but, it is, unfortunately, getting quite old.  As the days go by, Joseph turns his overcoat into many smaller things, with the remaining good material - a jacket, a vest, a scarf . . . When there is absolutely nothing left of the overcoat, Joseph finds that, even then, he can do something with it!  The pictures reveal much about Jewish culture and tradition.  These Caldecott Award winning illustrations are a colorful collage of drawings and photos, with unique cut-outs showing what garment Joseph has made next.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Are You There, Baby Bear? - By Catherine Walters

Sweet and cuddly little Alfie Bear is going to have a new baby brother or sister!  But why is it taking so long for the new sibling to arrive? Did it get lost? Alfie searches the woods, meeting various animals, only to discover that his own special sibling surprise is at HOME! The illustrations for this book are just precious!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shiver Me Letters - A Pirate ABC - By June Sobel

This a delightful alphabet book for any little boy who loves pirates! Hidden alphabet letters may be found in each colorful page! The adorable text and illustrations are definitely a winning combination! So cute!

Friday, May 18, 2012

The LOUD Book - By Deborah Underwood

An adorable book for any preschool lesson on hearing, listening, or the five senses! To make the text more interactive, you could even ask your child, "What would a _____________ sound like?", after every page. This is a very creative narrative, complete with fun animal illustrations.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thank You For Me! By Marion Dane Bauer

A great book for teaching young children to be THANKFUL to God for the way we are made! Eyes, ears, mouth, nose . . . Every part of us is just right! This would be an excellent resource for an early study on the five senses or the human body! The cartoon style illustrations are made using pencils and watercolor.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blackberry Booties - By Tricia Gardella

Mikki Jo decides that a pair of baby booties would be just the right gift for her new cousin Samuel. She may not be able to shear, spin, or knit, herself, but she can trade blackberries with ladies who can! In the end, she even discovers a special way to give her gift a "Mikki Jo" touch! A very sweet story about working hard to give to those we love.  The soft illustrations are done in watercolor.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Super Snow Day - Seek and Find - By Michael Garland

Aunt Jeanne turns Tommy's "snow day" into a real winter adventure! On each page, readers have an opportunity to look for hidden six-pointed snowflakes, animal footprints, notes from Aunt Jeanne, titles with the word "snow" in them, symbols for winter sports, and lots more! This is a highly creative book with fun, colorful illustrations.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk? By Phillis Gershator

Following the same pattern as nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep", this story teaches children about different farm animals, the sounds they make, and some of the products we receive from them.  Very educational for preschoolers.  The soft, colorful illustrations are the perfect size for sharing with a class.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Cajun Cornbread Boy – By Dianne de Las Casas

Dianne de Las Casas adds an alligator, a bayou, and some cayenne pepper to her “spiced up” version of the beloved “Gingerbread Boy” story! Children will find this book very humorous, whether or not they are already familiar with the original.  A helpful glossary, containing French vocabulary, may be found at the end of the story, as well as a recipe for “Southern Cornbread”!  The illustrations are large but not very eye-catching. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Most Perfect Spot - By Diane Goode

A little boy wants to take his mother to the most perfect spot for a picnic.  They try one location after another, but are met with disaster after disaster - ducks, mud, rain . . . They eventually head for home, where they discover the most perfect spot of all! Really adorable illustrations compliment this sweet story.