Sunday, August 30, 2015

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and illustrator Judy Love

From GoodReads - Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.

Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.


Author's site - http://www.juliedanneberg.com/

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Teacher Sleeps in School by Leatie Weiss

From GoodReads - Join the children in Mrs. Marsh's class as they search for clues to prove their teacher sleeps in school, and enjoy their surprise when a mystery bus trip ends in front of a nice white house with a blue door - a house much like the ones they live in themselves.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Maine!

Typically I do not re post - however I had an opportunity to visit the location and setting  for a number of Robert McCloskey books so here you go . . . enjoy!
Bucks Harbor Market August 2015

Bucks Harbor August 2015

Bucks Harbor August 2015


Bucks Harbor Market August 2015


One Morning in Maine - Today is a special day for Sal because she gets to go to Buck's Harbour with her dad. But when she wakes up to brush her teeth with her baby sister, she discovers something shocking.... Her tooth is loose!

And that's just the start of a huge day!



Time of Wonder - "Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day..." So begins McCloskey's classic story of one summer on a Maine island. The spell of rain, the gulls and a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurrican, and, in the end, the peace of the island as the family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.

Blueberries for Sal - What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter.  Meanwhile Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?

With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers' hearts since its first publication in 1948.

"The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside."
-School Library Journal, starred review.
 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy, Selina Young (illustrator)

We take the dogs down the wiggly track, The wiggly track, the wiggly track. One dog's white and the other dog's black On a summery Saturday morning.In Margaret Mahy's lively read-aloud romp, lots of things don't go quite as planned on one summery Saturday morning. But the children, dogs, cat, and even the geese seem to enjoy themselves, as will any adult and child who share this lighthearted picture book, cheerfully illustrated with Selina Young's boisterous illustrations.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Swimming

Three children's books that Tackle the Fear of Swimming

http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2009/06/3-kids-books-that-tackle-the-fears-of-swimming.html

Sergio Makes a Splash  by Edel Rodriguez


Swim, Little Wombat, Swim!  by Charles Fuge










Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London (Author), Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator)


Saturday, June 20, 2015

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

Wendell Minor is an extraordinarily talented fine artist who has received more than two hundred awards for his work. Authors refer to him as a "quiet genius" who creates with simplicity and elegance, a "master" at capturing the essence of the written word in vivid imagery, of creating brilliant paintings that evoke the true spirit of story and place. He has illustrated hundreds of covers for many of the most popular books of the past few decades.
Now, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates's classic verse, Minor gives readers his first picture book-beautiful visual accompaniment for an American standard. Traversing the entire nation, from the Empire State Building to the Grand Tetons, from the Alaskan coast to the Florida Everglades; encompassing multiple eras, from Pilgrims to wagon trains, from the Wright brothers to NASA, Minor takes us on a journey across land and time-literally from sea to shining sea.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Swimming Lessons by Betsy Jay

Although she has found many excuses for refusing to take swimming lessons, Jane finally faces the inevitable and jumps into the water for a very good reason.