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Library Lion

Library Lion
by Michelle Knudsen (Author), Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

Library Rules (and exceptions)

Miss Merriweather is the head librarian. She is very strict about library rules. No running and no loud noises. One day a lion decides to visit the library. Everyone is nervous, not sure what to do about a lion in the library. And the lion is very good inside. He is quiet and doesn’t make loud noises, he helps around and cozies up with the kid at story hour. And then when Miss Merriweather has an accident, the lion comes to the rescue. But in the process he breaks the rules!

 

This is a beautiful book about warm friendships and companionship. The warm acrylic color illustrations fit right in with the mood. The expressive characters of the librarian , the library patrons and the lion make this book very memorable. The happy ending will make you rejoice! And don’t forget the moral of the story that sometimes there is a good reason to break a rule!

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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett (Author), Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

A Magic Box of Yarn

When it snows, everything in the town starts to look white and black. One winter day, little Annabelle finds a mysterious box. When she opens it she finds yarn inside of it.. lots of colorful yarn. So she decides to knit herself a nice colorful sweater.. and when she sees that others like it, she knits some for them as well. After all that knitting, she still has yarn left over. So she keeps on knitting.. for her dog, for her neighbors,for her classmates and for all the people in town. And still Annabelle has “extra yarn”! So Annabelle decides to knit some for the animals in the forest too!

Has she run out of yarn? Not quite yet.. so Annabelle decides to stretch her imagination and make sweaters for things that don’t need them.. like houses and mailboxes This little box of yarn is quite a miracle. One day, a greedy archduke hears about it, and decides to buy it from her. But Annabelle won’t sell her little box of yarn. So the archduke decides to steal it ..

This is a great read for kids of any age. It has a moral to the story which says that its ok to be different. The subtle humor in this book will appeal to the little ones too. The illustrations are done beautifully. The contrast colors of the yarn with the white of the snow works very well in this story.  Overall a well executed story.

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Mustache!

Mustache!

by Mac Barnett(Author), Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)

A silly funny story

King Duncan is very self absorbed! He loves his good looks. Matter of fact, he takes a mirror with him everywhere. There are banners and billboards showing off himself all over. But his kingdom is doomed. Neglected and in need of much attention, the kingdom is in tatters. But King Duncan only cares about looking good!

When a little girl complains, everyone hopes that the king will finally do something about it. But all he comes up with is a big banner of himself! And then something really funny happens overnight.. a Mustache appears on the banner of the Kings face. And then some more appear.. all over town! Someone is being very mischievous. The king is furious, but what is he to do?

A super silly book, Mustache is a great read aloud for kids. The pictures are bright colorful cartoonish and funny. Much like the story, the illustrations shout “naughty!” Vive la Mustache!

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House Held up by Trees

House Held up by Trees
by Ted Kooser (Author), Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

 Nature and Nurture

A new house finds itself a new family. The father loves the house and takes good care of it. But he is very particular about the grass lawn around the house. He likes the lawn to be perfectly trimmed with no weeds or bushes around it. So he meticulously mows and trims it whenever its time. The children love the woods nearby. The tall trees and bushes make for perfect hiding and playing place for them.

Soon the kids are all grown up and move to the city. The father joins them and puts the house for sale. But sadly, there are no takers. And there is no one anymore taking care of the “perfect” lawn. Years pass by, the house and the lawn is neglected. So the trees take over…

This is a beautiful book. Klassen’s signature illustrations of muted but warm colors amplifies the text and brings the book to life. The illustrations show the changing times and the life of the house as it goes through seasons and years of change. The images in this book stayed with me for a long time. The idea of the house finding its place in nature after being neglected and abandoned gives the story a beautiful wonderous ending.

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The Lion’s Share

The Lion’s Share
by Matthew McElligott (Author, Illustrator)

 A tale of Halving Cake and Eating it Too

Lion, the king of the jungle, invites his close friends the beetle, the frog, the macaw, the warthog, the tortoise, the gorilla, the hippo, the elephant and the new invitee on the list, the ant to dinner. The ant was pretty anxious since it was his first time and was keen on making a good impression on the king of the jungle.

So well mannered and on time, the ant arrives at the dinner table. But when dinner is served, she is shocked at her ill-mannered, late arriving, messy and greedy fellow dinner guests. When she looks at the king, he says nothing at all! Finally the dessert arrives, a large cake. The king, the gracious host, passes it to the elephant and says “help yourself!” And then the fun begins… A half becomes a fourth and a fourth becomes a eighth. But when the ant gets her share (1/128th!!), she is not sure how to “share” it with the lion.

 The Lion’s Share is a brilliant learning book about halving and doubling. Kindergartners and early math readers will love the story of how a cake can be halved. When the ant offers to bake “a” cake for the kind, her fellow guests “double” up to make more and more cakes..

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Sophie’s Masterpiece

Sophie’s Masterpiece

by Eileen Spinelli(Author), Jane Dyer (Illustrator)

A beautiful touching story

Sophie is a spider, an unusual spider. She was very talented. She doesn’t just spin a web, she weaves beautifully. Her artwork was the talk of the town. Everyone says she will one day create a masterpiece. But soon Sophie is grown up and has to leave her house. She find a nice boarding house and settles in. But no one really appreciates her artistic skills. They see her as a mere spider and turn her away. Finally she finds a home in a basket of yarn and settles down.

Time flies and Sophie is old and tired. One day the lady of the house finds her but treats her kindly. The lady is expecting a baby. Sophie wants to return her kindness by making something for the baby. But Sophie is no longer strong. Will she be able to finish in time? Will this be “the” masterpiece?

This is a warm and touching story.Its a kind and loving story. It is a story of finding your way and finding inspiration. The illustrations are in gentle watercolors but they are beautiful. The artist has done a superb job in capturing the beautiful designs of Sophie’s work. This is truly a book for all ages, each time you read it you will find tears in your eyes..

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What do you do with a Tail like this?

What do you do with a Tail like this?

by Steve Jenkins(Author), Robin Page (Illustrator)

A Guess who? Book

This is a great book for kids who like to know more about animals around us. Many animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouth and feet in a most unusual manner. This book highlights some of these interesting fact. For example, what would you do with a nose like this? shows noses of 5 different animals. Guess which belongs to which and then turn the page to see the answers. The author goes one step further and shows how they use their noses.

A very original way of introducing some fun facts about animals and how they use their senses!

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A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird

by Phillip C.Stead (Author)

Companionship at its best!

Vernon, the frog, finds a new friend, Bird. He says hello but Bird says nothing. He introduces Bird to his friends. But Bird says nothing. So Vernon feels that Bird is sad and lonely and longs for his home. But where is his home? So Vernon goes on a long journey with Bird to find a home for Bird.

A beautiful touching story about companionship. Vernon searches high and low for a home for his lost friend. They find many types and kinds of homes for Bird, but with no luck! Each time, Bird says nothing at all. Will Vernon ever find a home for Bird? Stead is a great storyteller, one of the best. His stories are simple but delightful. Much like his other books, the illustrations complement the stories and create the right mood. Highly recommended for kids of all ages!

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Mossy

Mossy
by Jan Brett (Author, Illustrator)

Gorgeous Illustrations!

We are big fans of Jan Brett’s colorful picture books. Mossy is her latest and doesn’t disappoint.

A little turtle, Mossy, made Lilypad Pond her home. She loves the deep shades of the pond and beautiful variety of greens that grow around. One day Mossy realizes that small moss has begun to grow on her shell. Slowly the moss grows into a full blown mini-garden complete with variety of flora. A local naturalist discovers Mossy and takes her away to her museum. People come to see her everyday, but Mossy is sad. She doesn’t feel at home here. She would rather go back to Lilypad Pond.

Sweet and simple, this story tells an important message. To respect nature and all its creations. The book is trademark Brett, with all the colorful detailed illustrations. You will find a variety of moss, wildflowers, ferns, orchids, feathers, crystals, butterflies, shells, stones, insects and turtles inside the book page borders.

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