Tuesday, August 25, 2015

July Round-Up

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Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Patricia Mullins
Simon & Schuster, 1987
Hattie the hen is quite a bit more observant than the other animals on the farm. As she sees more and more of a stalking fox she tries to alert her friends who all pish-posh her warnings. The color and texture are important elements of the mixed media illustrations. Facial expressions and body language help to propel the plot forward. The repetitive text builds the suspense of the story making this a great choice for a preschool storytime focused on narrative skills.

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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Jean Jullien
Candlewick, 2014
Hoot Owl is hungry and ready for a midnight snack! He uses many disguises, but his attempts at capturing a tasty lunch are failures. What’s a master of disguise to do?
The bold black outlines and saturated colors of the illustrations make it easy to share with a preschool storytime crowd. The humorous narrative, all from Hoot Owl’s perspective, is fast paced. Kids will enjoy Hoot Owl’s repeated refrain, “I am Hoot Owl. I am hungry. And here I come!", as well as the pizza-fueled ending.

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Illustrated by Ann James
Kane Miller, 2014
The rhyming text of this lively story is wonderful to chant or sing for a toddler storytime. The text includes great action words to keep a young audience engaged and the delightfully mud-splashed illustrations pop against the white background. This fun story, which can be sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”, fits nicely for a dinosaur or opposites themed storytime.

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Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2011
Little white rabbit hopped along through grass and trees, past silent rocks and fluttering butterflies. While he hopped he imagined what it might be like to be grass and trees, rocks and butterflies. The simple and quiet text pairs beautifully with the glowing pastel palette. Use this book for a toddler storytime and have the kids pretend along with little white rabbit. Follow up with a rabbit song/rhyme. My current fav is Sleeping Bunnies.