Saturday, April 15, 2017

From Story Time: All Around the World!

Read in Book Babies

Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross
Andersen Press USA, 2014.  Picture Book.

It's Boa's birthday, and he's so excited for his friends to bring him presents.  However, when Orangutan, Monkey, Jaguar, and Sloth bring their presents, he is so disappointed.  How can he play the piano without fingers?  Or wear sunglasses without a nose and ears?  And when Dung Beetle arrives with her present, Boa has had enough.  But Dung Beetle's present holds a surprise that may just make it the best gift ever!  Pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations complement this hilarious story of keeping an open mind about presents that stink.

Read in Toddler Time

By Dan Yaccarino
HarperCollins, 2016.  Picture Book.

Stories have existed since the earliest civilizations.  They were painted on the walls of caves, written on sheets of papyrus, created into tapestries, and bound into books.  They can be printed, acted out, or read.  The simple text of this feel-good book beautifully celebrates the power of story in all of its many forms and modes of transmission.

Read in Preschool Time

By Gerald McDermott
Henry Holt and Company, 1972.  Picture Book.

Anansi the Spider has six sons, each with their own special talent.  One day when Anansi is in danger, each of his sons are able to help him using their unique, special abilities.  Anansi is grateful, but doesn't know which son to reward.  In the end, this traditional African folktale gives a fun explanation of how the sun was placed in the sky.  The beautiful, bright, and bold illustrations garnered a Caldecott Honor for the book in 1973.

Read in Cuentos

Written by Cédric Ramadier
Illustrated by Vincent Bourgeau
Lóguez Ediciones, 2016.  Board Book.

Es hora de acostarse. Pero esta vez, es el libro quien quiere que le cuenten un cuento antes de dormir. Muy lentamente, sus ojos se van volviendo más y más pesados, y después se cierran cuando le damos un besito y se queda dormido...(Publisher)

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