Monday, October 3, 2016

From Story Time: The Letter C


The Story of Fish and Snail
By Deborah Freeman
Viking, 2013.  Picture Book.

Fish and Snail are the best of friends, living in a book at the library.  Snail (the cautious one) waits every day for Snail (the adventurous one) to return to their book with stories of his explorations.  But when Fish wants Snail to come on adventures with him, they have a fight and Fish leaves their book!  Will Snail be brave enough to take a leap into the unknown to find his friend?  Captivating illustrations add to this story of friendship, imagination, and self-discovery.


Written by Sue Fliess
Illustrated by Sarah Beise
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016.  Picture Book.

Have a car lover at your house?  This book is a must read!  Brightly-colored, smiling animals drive every car imaginable.  Fliess' rhythmic, rhyming text is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss:  "Beach cars, town cars, tops-go-down cars.  Zip through tunnels.  Make no stops.  Climb up over mountaintops." A fantastic read aloud for the littlest of listeners.


By Eric Carle
Philomel Books, 1969.  Picture Book.

Another Carle classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is a staple for library story times across the country.  As we follow our little crunching and munching friend, we get to see exactly what he eats before wrapping up his plump little caterpillar body in a snug cocoon.  Eventually he nibbles his way back out...  Bet you can't guess how this one ends!


The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!
By Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children, 2012.  Picture Book.

Mo Willems does it again.  Duckling (politely) asks for and receives a cookie, which completely sends poor Pigeon over the edge.  Pigeon asks for things all the time, but never gets them!  "It's NOT fair.  Ducklings get everything!"  But Duckling has plans for that cookie that are a big surprise for Pigeon.  Fans of Willems and his pigeon will not be disappointed!


Written by Mar Pavón
Illustrated by Mónica Carretero
Cuento de Luz, 2012.  Picture Book.
Cocorina, "la gallina famosa a nivel mundial" (the most famous chicken in the world) loves taking her little babies to school every day, but some of the other chicks aren't very nice.  She teaches her chickies how to have a positive attitude and ignore the mean chicks' comments.  Big-eyed critters, bright illustrations, and rhyming text make this a fun Spanish read aloud!


Written by Sarah Weeks
Illustrated by David Diaz
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.  Picture Book.

A little boy is snug in bed, but those pesky nighttime noises (clocks ticking, water dripping) keep him wide awake.  As he begins to count sheep, they surprisingly appear in his room...and only the first one is white!  Counting and colors take center stage in this fun bilingual read aloud.  All text is written in both Spanish (with pronunciation guides on each page) and English ("Siete ovejas turquesas/Seven turqoise sheep"), making this a great introduction for kids learning either language as a second language.

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