Friday, November 11, 2016

From Story Time: The Letter "I"


By Peter Brown
Little, Brown and Company, 2010.  Picture Book.

Lucy the Bear is playing outside when she finds the cutest human child she's ever seen.  And apparently little bears love to make cute children their pets!  Lucy's mother warns her that children make terrible pets, and Lucy soon discovers that being responsible for a pet is really hard work.  Brown's witty illustrations (of Creepy Carrots fame) complement this hilarious reversal of an all-too-common childhood dilemma.


By Tony Ross
Andersen Press USA, 2016.  Picture Book.

Poor little princess is being accused of causing all the problems going on in the palace -- mud on the floor, smashed radishes in the garden, a missing chocolate cake, footprints on the clean laundry, and more.  The princess knows she didn't do it!  But no one will believe her...until she meets up with the little prince who offers her a suspicious piece of chocolate cake.  The repeated refrain "I didn't do it!" provides plenty of opportunity for read aloud call and response in this story that will likely resonate with little siblings who always feel blamed when things go wrong.


By Edward Gibbs
Templar Books, 2013.  Picture Book.

This is another fun installment in Gibbs' I Spy series, this time with some fuzzy, cuddly animals.  As in his other books, special peek-a-boo cutouts let your little one spy clues to help guess what animal is being described -- a canary, an turtle, a cat, and more.  This book is a great introduction to the concepts of colors, textures, and animals.


By Yuyi Morales
Roaring Brook Press, 2008.  Picture Book.

Señor Calavera is so excited for Grandma Beetle's birthday party and wants to be right on time!  But on his way, Zelmiro the Ghost reminds him that he should bring Grandma Beetle presents.  Señor Calavera finds a present (written first in Spanish, then in English) for each letter of the alphabet.  But the only present Grandma Beetle really needs is Señor Calavera's special gift for the letter Z!  Done in Morales' typical lively and bright illustrative style, this trickster tale is a fantastic introduction to the Spanish alphabet.


Written by Rita Rosa Ruesga
Illustrated by Euliser Polanco
Scholastic, 2013.  Picture Book.

Eran diez los mariachis. Ahora solo quedan nueve. Ay, caramba, ¿qué pasó? ¡La guitarra se rompió! Cuenta hacia atrás con esta simpática banda de diez mariachis. (Publisher)

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