Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sleeping Cinderella & Other Princess Mix-Ups by Stephanie Clarkson

Illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White are tired of their stories and decide to switch places. They discover changing stories didn't make them happy, but they have the power to change their stories.

Thoughts: What a fun book. Pair with The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway. The illustrations are fabulous especially the princesses' clothes. I love that they're not totally Disney. I look forward to sharing this with older kids perhaps at a princess party.

Themes: Folktales, Elementary

(Orchard Books, 2015)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Smick! by Doreen Cronin

Illustrated by Juana Medina

A dog named Smick, a stick, and a chick. Good story, that.

Thoughts: What a lovely book. The text is brief and the illustrations are just right. I love the bold black lines and the addition of some real items (the stick, what made chick). Smick! will be a great addition to my dogs storytime. Pair with City Dog, County Frog by Mo Willems.

Themes: Dogs, Friendship

(Viking, 2015)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Square Cat ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

Companion to Square Cat

Eula is back! This time she has friends who arent other cats and a new hobby. It's an alphabetical adventure.

Thoughts: Love Eula and so happy she has a new book. This ABC book is something different. It goes through the alphabet, but it's more than a listing of letters. It's a story. 

Themes: Cats, Alphabet, Vegetables

(Aladdin, 2014)

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

This is the story of a bear and how he came to eat your sandwich.

Thoughts: Fun story! Surprise narrator (Dogs by Emily Gravett) and a bear in the city (Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson and Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki). I also like that the bear is black. So many of the good bear books have brown bears and we don't have brown bears in my neck of the woods. I love the illustrations--bright, detailed with a impressionistic feel. 

Themes: Bears, Food

(Knopf, 2015)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Farmer's Away! Baa! Neigh! by Anne Vittur Kennedy

The farmer's in the field and the animals are having all sorts of fun.

Thoughts: Love the concept behind this book--animal sounds only, no words. This was a fun book to share in storytime and would pair well with Moo! by David LaRochelle. The illustrations are detailed and interesting.

Themes: Animal Sounds, Farm

(Candlewick, 2014)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Flannel Friday: Treasure Chests

I made these treasure chests to go along with my pirate storytime. I used an image from clker as a template and puff paint for the details. I added numbers to the lids to aid the kids in number recognition. Underneath the chests, I placed different colored felt circles. The goal of this set is for the kids to help the pirate duck find her lost treasure. (Hint: it's purple!) I made my pirate duck stick puppet with a free clipart image from Teachers Pay Teachers.

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The Monkey Goes Bananas by C. P. Bloom

Illustrated by Peter Raymundo

Two islands, one monkey, a bunch of bananas, and a shark. Do you see where this story is going?

Thoughts: What fun! Nice to have a monkey book where an alligator or crocodile isn't the villain. Almost wordless, it really lets the illustrations do the talking. Was great to share in storytime.

Themes: Monkeys, Sharks, Almost Wordless

(Abrams, 2014)