Picture Books At The Library 142

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A Busy Creature chomps and chews his way from A-Z. Funny!

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When Tough Tug sails to Alaska for the first time, he finds out what being a tug really means. Cute!

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When five elephants discover a new fruit at the top of a very tall tree, the race is on to see who can claim it first. Clever!

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Five little beavers are hard at work until, one by one, their friends whisk them away to play. Fun!

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A duckling enjoys a rainy day with his animal friends.

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A young girl ponders the colors of her world. Lovely and lyrical!

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Bernie heads out to make a duck delivery, but one of the ducks eats the directions, and now he can’t find his customer. Hilarious with a twist ending!

Picture Books At The Library 141

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

 

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A little girl tries several ways to get rid of the hiccups.

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Brothers Charlie and Mouse enjoy a special visit from Grumpy.

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With her shadow’s encouragement, a young dancer psychs herself up for an audition.

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Harbet cannot keep up with the latest hat trends–as soon as he gets a new hat, it’s already old. Love Emily Gravett’s books! Especially love the unexpected ending in this one!

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A boy and his toy dragon search for the most comfortable bed during a dreamy nighttime adventure.

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Little Choo wants to be just like his father Papa Pufferbelly, but pulling a line of freight cars up a steep mountain might be a little too much for the small engine.

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Two young Aboriginal cousins hear the story of the Windigo told by an uncle elder, and track the creature into the forest.

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Nora notices a very large octopus on top of her apartment building, which proves to be a very good neighbor. Fun story and super illustrations!

Picture Books At The Library 140

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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On one quiet afternoon, a child and a special friend’s unexpected adventure brings joy and excitement and sights never imagined.

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A clever pup ends up in a cozy home and she’ll do anything to stay there.

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While the other pandas try to rush her from one activity to another, Flo enjoys relaxing and really seeing the world around her.

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When his owners bring a baby home, Bobo the dog competes for attention.

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Truly’s magical, sparkling curls have the power to transport her to exciting new places.

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A sleepy bunny says good night to the world around him. Beautiful art!

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Simon tries to convince the big cats that he is a cat too. So fun!

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As five little mice race down the road, they face noisy twists and messy surprises at every turn. Pretty darn adorable!

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Words have escaped from the dictionary and have spun out of control.

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A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain. Sweet!

Picture Books At The Library 139

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

There’s a lot of blue in the covers this week!

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Petra believes she is a mountain, but discovers she might be something else entirely.

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A guidebook for every big brother or big sister dinosaur on how to help teach the new baby everything.

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When a beloved tree gets sick, the human and animal communities work together to give it a new life.

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Clever middle child, Cliffy, decides to stay in his cozy, flannel pajamas all day.

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When an oil slick threatens to harm the penguins, some well-meaning humans knit them sweaters to keep them safe and warm

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A child yearns for a horse. Lovely!

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Elmore is lonely and decides to come up with a way to make friends with the other animals. Adorable in both story and pictures!

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Claudia is disappointed when winter comes and there are no more butterflies around that she can paint. Love the art!

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Two siblings make a snowbear then go sledding. Cute art!

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Rabbit works hard to rescue her friend Possum who’s stuck up a tree. Cute story!

Picture Books At The Library 138

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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One by one, five little ducklings tumble off the bridge into the river below.

A tiny chick’s peep sets off a chain reaction that sends the other jungle animals running in fear. Fun!

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A girl and a boy introduce readers to Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Beautiful art!

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All you need to make Every Color Soup is a pot, a spoon, a helper, and vegetables of many colors. Always a fan of Jorey Hurley’s spare text and graphic art!

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In a game of hide and seek, ten bunnies try to find their friend Fox.

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Determined to prove that he is terrifying, Little Tiger sets out on tiptoe, creeping through the forest to find someone to scare.

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A sister and brother work together to fight crime.

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Samson is the biggest star of Fleabag’s Circus, but it’s not enough–he wants to be the biggest star anywhere.

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While his owner is away, a teddy bear has a wild party with all of his stuffed animal friends from the neighborhood. Clever!

 

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There’s a duck on Alligator’s lawn, and he’s not happy about it. And just whose duck is it? Great art and fun story!

 

 

My View Book Review: Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far by Regan Macaulay

Title: Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far

Author: Regan Macaulay

Illustrator: Javier Duarte

Publisher/Year: Mirror Publishing/2017

From Back Cover: A good Samaritan takes her to a local animal shelter that cares for “special species” like Tamara. There, she learns about the plight of rescue turtles just like her.


When Tamara, a baby Red-eared Slider turtle, was chosen from the pet store and taken home by a little boy and his mom, she thought it was the start of a good life. And it was good, for a while, until the boy lost interest in her and forgot to clean her tank, and sometimes even to feed her. Not knowing the right thing to do, the boy’s mother released Tamara into a nearby creek. But the Painted turtles who lived there told her she didn’t belong, so Tamara set off to find a place where she did belong–a place where she could thrive.

I love reading animal stories, and if I can learn a little something in the process, all the better. Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far is engaging, with an interesting story and delightful illustrations, and it’s also educational. Readers, young and old, will learn how to properly care for a Red-eared Slider turtle. I learned that owning a Red-eared Slider requires a lot of commitment. They require a tank with room to grow, clean water, and lamps to bask under, among other things. I also learned that Red-eared Sliders should not be released into just any old creek or pond. Doing so will disrupt the ecosystem and displace native species.

Growing up, we had several pets in our home: cats, hamsters, fish, a parakeet. We never had a turtle, but I think I would have liked one. Having pets is a terrific way for kids to learn responsibility. And caring for animals helps children develop compassion for other living things. That said, if you’re going to get a pet, it makes sense to learn all that you can about the animal’s needs first. Make sure that you and your child are ready before you bring home that dog, snake, iguana, rabbit, guinea pig, gerbil, etc.

And if you have a child at home who’d really like to have a turtle for a pet, Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far is a great first guidebook on turtle care.

Happy Book Birthday to PEA SOUP DISASTER by Elaine Kaye

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HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • TITLE: Pea Soup Disaster (A Gregory Green Adventure) (Volume 1)
  • AUTHOR: Elaine Kaye
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Daniel Aiers aka Danyelayers
  • PUBLISHER: Createspace
  • RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2018
  • FORMAT: Paperback (I.S.B.N. 1981144471)

 

  • SUMMARY: Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.

     

    The Pea Soup Disaster tackles the subject of bullying in a lighthearted way and teaches that the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter. At the end of the story is a special feature called “Sammy’s Secret,” which reveals how Sammy got to Gregory’s school.

  • AUTHOR’S SITE: elainekaye.blogspot.com

Picture Books At The Library 137

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A celebration of girls expressed through positive affirmations.

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Sophie struggles to put together a puzzle and believes she can’t do it because she isn’t smart.

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The littlest Viking must deal with an even littler Viking, his new baby sister.

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Two cats demonstrate how to take care of a garden. Cute!

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 When cheated by his dishonest ministers, the young emperor of China enlists the help of his loyal tailors to outsmart them.

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A bear family sets out to show baby bear that there are no monsters.

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Duck and Cat have their very first sleepover in the barn. Cute! Awesome art! Love Duck and Cat! 

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A hungry mouse goes in search of breakfast. Fun!

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Little Pip Pip is afraid of the water. Will he ever learn to swim?

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A dinosaur has trouble fitting into his duck family.

Picture Books At The Library 136

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A celebration of the bonds of love that connect us all.

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Life is a creature of many shapes. She accompanies us every day–from the day we are born until the day we die.

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Fiona has an accident at school and is afraid her whole class will laugh at her.

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All sorts of things happen at night while a young child sleeps.

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A little girl discovers all of the treasures in her grandmother’s purse.

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Can Klondike wait until his sister’s birthday party to eat a cupcake?

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Two sisters enjoy a winter’s day in different ways. Nice art!

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An elephant meets a tank, but is he friend or foe? Sweet!

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A toy dinosaur gets left behind in a doctor’s waiting room.

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Edie is very good at getting her family up in the morning, decorating the house, jazzing up the dog, and styling grandpa’s hair. Sometimes she needs to be reminded not to be quite so helpful.

Picture Books At The Library 135

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Peep waits very impatiently for her first snow. Beautiful art!

As Fergus packs his bags to go on vacation with his parents, he remembers that he loaned his bucket and shovel, goggles, and kite to his friends. Love the art in this one too!

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The author and illustrator argue about how the story should be illustrated.

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A little girl dreams of being a cowgirl.

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A finicky cat asks every animal it comes across what they eat.

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A group of kids wait for conditions to be just right for skating on the frozen beaver flood.

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Delve into the undergrowth to discover the story of a food chain in the jungle.

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A friendship forms between a little girl and the winged horse she receives as a gift.

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Little Owl and Mommy have fun imagining what might hatch from the new egg.

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A boy provides instructions as he searches high and low for an elephant. Clever!

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A boy rescues a whale tangled in a fishing net even though his father told him not to. Heartwarming story!