Friday, October 14, 2016

From Story Time: The Letter E


I Am Yoga
Written by Susan Verde
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015.  Picture Book.

A young girl feels small in our big world, and things around her seem to move too fast.  But she realizes that she can still her body, quiet her mind, and slow her breath.  Her imagination takes flight as she practices a series of different yoga poses.  Spare text and delicate watercolor illustrations provide a beautiful introduction to yoga basics and dealing with common childhood stress.


By Mike Curato
Henry Holt and Company, 2016.  Picture Book.

Elliot and Mouse take a trip to the big city for a day at the boardwalk.  Mouse loves the boardwalk, but for Elliot, the rides are too fast, the fun house is too frightening, and a seagull flies away with his ice cream.  Mouse and Elliot take a little break, and then find games and rides they can both enjoy.  They discover that the best days are days spent with friends!  Another fun addition to the Little Elliot adventures.


By Edward Gibbs
Templar Books, 2011.  Picture Book.

What do you spy in this book?  Special peek-a-boo cutouts let your little one spy clues to help guess what creature is being described -- a blue whale, an elephant, an orangutan, and more!  This book is a great introduction to the concepts of colors and animals.


By Mo Willems
Hyperion, 2007.  57 pages.

Poor Elephant has a bird on his head, and before he knows it, he has two birds on his head!  "They are in love!" says Piggie, and yes, we soon have hatching eggs that have taken up residence in that nest on Elephant's head.  Piggie is a smart one though, and quickly finds the perfect solution to Elephant's conundrum...with unexpected results!  Willems' Elephant and Piggie books are runaway favorites for good reason; add this one to the list!


By Caralyn and Mark Buehner
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997.  Picture Book.

Marvin the Ape sneaks out of his home at the zoo during feeding time and heads out on a marvelous adventure in the city.  He stops at a restaurant to eat, at the park to swing in the trees, and at the museum to peruse the art.  But no one can find Marvin!  Not even at the toy store, on the ferry, or at the baseball game.  Marvin decides that he loves his new life, and the large zoo hippo might have the same idea!  Bright, highly detailed illustrations invite unhurried exploration of this charming story.

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