Friday, February 17, 2017

From Story Time: The Letter "S"

Read in Book Babies

Written by Alison Jackson
Illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Dutton Children's Books, 2002.  Picture Book.

An admirer tries every method he can think of to send a valentine to his sweetheart named Valentine.  He writes letters, sends homing pigeons, smoke signals, and Morse code, rents a train car, and buys a plane--but his efforts are thwarted at every turn!  But all the while, sweet Valentine is preparing a special valentine of her own to give.  The rhyming text fits perfectly to the tune of "Clementine" which makes for a silly Valentine's Day song!

Read in Toddler Time

Written by Colleen AF Venable
Illustrated by Ruth Chan
Greenwillow Books, 2016.  Picture Book. 

Gigantic letters falling from the sky tell us that Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world!  But what could it be?  All of Mervin's animal friends make their guesses, but frustration builds because sloth's movements are SO SLOW.  Only one special friend is patient enough to stick around and discover what Mervin's languidly moving arms are about to do, but his perseverance is rewarded -- with a hug from his best friend!

Read in Preschool Time

By Stephen Shaskan
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.  Picture Book.

Now that Max's room is clean, he's ready for some adventure!  His imagination takes off, and away he goes--around the hot lava, away with his jet pack, into the sea with the sharks, and finally back to reality where he finds his arms-crossed mother ready to slow down the enthusiastic explorer.  It must have been a great adventure because it's time for Max to clean his room again!  Brightly colored digital illustrations recount the classics of childhood imagination (didn't you pretend to fly or jump over hot lava too?).  A fun read aloud that encourages creative play.

Read in Preschool Time

By Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children, 2010.  Picture Book.

Elephant and Piggie are about to play a rousing game of catch when snake decides he would like to play too.  There's just one problem...snake doesn't have any arms!  And no arms in a game of catch results in a lot of ball bonks on the head for poor Snake.  But Piggie thinks and concentrates until she comes up with an idea, which turns out to be the perfect solution so that the three friends can all play catch--together!

Read in Monday Cuentos

Written by Carles Cano
Illustrated by Fran Bravo 
Everest, 2006.  Picture Book.

Un día, un dragón muy tragón, harto de tanto engordar, decide ponerse a dieta, y como único plato se come una aceituna. Aunque la ración es pequeña, el dragón comienza a sentirse mal y llama al doctor Cremallera... De la mano de Carles Cano y apoyado por el color y la alegría de las ilustraciones de Fran Bravo, conoceremos la mejor manera de adelgazar con una aceituna. Pero, ¡cuidado!, es una dieta sólo apta para dragones… y leones, y águilas… (Publisher)

Read in Friday Cuentos

Written by Giles Andreae
Illustrated by Emma Dodd
Lectorum, 2015.  Picture Book.

La relación tan especial que existe entre un niño y su mamá queda vivamente reflejada en este álbum con expectaculares ilustraciones llenas de ternura. Para que madres e hijos disfruten juntos del mágico momento de leer un cuento.  (Publisher)

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