Saturday, March 11, 2017

From Story Time: The Letter "U"

Read in Book Babies

Written by John Hutton
Co-Authored and Illustrated by Sandra Gross
Blue Manatee Press, 2014.  Board Book.

Sleepy Bee wakes up to a brand new, beautiful day.  She's off to explore and gather pollen from flowers on the yummiest plants, stopping at the blossoms of strawberries, apples, pumpkins, and more, until her tummy is full.  Then it's time to snuggle down for the night in her cozy hive.  Simple, rhyming text and bright, full page concept pictures (strawberry, apple, pumpkin, etc.) provide an excellent opportunity for babies to hear rhythms and to see colors and shapes.

Read in Book Babies

Written by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Sterling Children's Books, 2016.  Picture Book.

Little mice head to their teeny tiny school for another day of learning.  Today's lesson?  Recognizing dangerous cats!  Their mouse teacher shows them lots of pictures of things that are NOT cats.  But when she points to her next's a REAL cat!  Or is it?  This story has a double surprise ending!

Read in Toddler Time

By Jared Chapman
Abrams Appleseed, 2015.  Picture Book.

Everyone wears underwear--even vegetables!  Wait a minute...  Well, the vegetables in this book wear underwear, and they're delightful.  Broccoli, carrots, corn on the cob, all in their colorful briefs.  Hysterical pictures and bold text proclaim the virtues of our favorite fancy underthings!

Read in Preschool Time

By Paula Bowles
Tiger Tales, 2013.  Picture Book.

Martin the dragon is sad.  His little wings just aren't strong enough to take him up, up into the sky.  He studies all the things he sees flying and floating through the air, like bees, leaves, and clouds.  He tries to be just like them..."but what goes up, must come down."  With the help of good friends, lots of practice, and a little imagination, maybe, just maybe, what goes up...keeps going up!

Read in Preschool Time

Written by David Martin
Illustrated by David Walker
Candlewick Press, 2015.  Picture Book.

Peep and Ducky are the best of friends, but a rainy day has put a damper on their plans. Luckily lots of imagination leads into indoor fort building and outdoor umbrella-boat-captaining.  Darling animals, colorful illustrations, and rhyming text create an enjoyable read aloud experience for preschoolers.

Read in Monday Cuentos

Written by Susan Blackaby
Illustrated by Carmen Segovia
Translated by Macarena Salas

El segundo día de febrero, una marmota que se llama Pancha se despierta y aparta la montaña de nieve que bloquea la puerta de su casa. Su sombra se alarga por el helado campo. 'Lo que me temía -dijo Pancha-seis semanas más de invierno. Pero el invierno es lo que menos le preocupa en estos momentos. Un zorro hambriento le sigue el rastro de muy cerca y no está dispuesto a esperar a la primavera para comérsela. Cuando la espabilada Pancha encuentra la manera de burlar al zorro, se da cuenta que una amistad nueva y poco frecuente (además de los primeros indicios de la primavera) llega cuando menos se lo espera.  (Publisher)

Read in Friday Cuentos

By Stephanie Blake
Lectorum Publications, 2006.  Picture Book.

Había una vez un conejito que se tenía por un superconejo. Cuando su mamá le decía: 'Levántate, conejito!', él respondía: '!Soy Superconejo!  (Publisher)

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