Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June Round-Up

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Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
The chickens on Farmer Greenstalk’s farm aren’t your everyday chickens. They’re helpful chickens! When the Greenstalk’s get into a bind, it’s “Chickens to the rescue!” Readers will learn the days of the week in this silly story. Kids will love to chime in with the frequent exclamation, “Chickens to the rescue!” If your kids like this book, try Pigs to the Rescue and Cows to the Rescue, which follow the same format and plot structure. 

Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
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The Brave Cowboy is getting his cows all bedded down for the night by singing them a soothing lullaby. But each time he’s about to say goodnight, he gets scared by sinister looking shadows. Shadows that look like hairy spiders, slithering snakes, and lumbering bears. As with many of Thomas’ other books, this story ends with a humorous twist that will have readers of all ages giggling. The interactive nature of this book makes it a great fit for storytime. Make up your own tune for the lullaby of the title or try this fun tune also featured in the booktrailer.

The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
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On the night before Tim’s birthday he finds a strange and secret message full of cryptic shapes. The message tells him to follow the directions in the letter to find his birthday present. Each of the successive pages features a line of the message that takes Tim closer to his present. Carle uses his signature illustration style along with layered pages to create an intriguing mystery. The final page shows a map of the route Tim takes. I like to read this book forward and then have the kids help me reverse the trip so that Tim gets back home.

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Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Julie Larios, Illustrated by Julie Paschkis
This book is an illustrated collection of fourteen poems. Each poems features an animal of a different color from a red donkey to a turquoise lizard, a pink kitty to an orange giraffe. The non-rhyming poems use just enough words to bring each of these unique animals to life. Some poems are humorous, some thoughtful, some quiet, some joyful. Paschkis’ vivid and intricate illustrations are playful and bright. Use an individual poem for a single color storytime for younger kids or several poems for a broader color themed storytime. Ask elementary school aged kids to write a poem based on a color and an animal. For instance, a red horse or a purple spider.