Reviews by Elizabeth: (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

Author: Mark Sperring

This book is a poem accompanied by bright, dazzling pictures that tells about the shapes that a child would encounter in the course of a day. The book ends with the mother of the child explaining that the shape of her heart is filled with all of their time together and her love for her child.

Author: Jan Thornhill

This book follows, Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler from the Arctic Circle to Panama during migration season. The reader learns about the extensive distance and all the things that can happen along the way. Beautifully illustrated, this book is full of detailed information, but NOT in an overwhelming way.

Author: Janet Schulman

This is a nice counting book about decorating the tree. I like that menorah candles represent the number 9. This shows how multifaceted our society is and that we are all celebrating together and enjoying the lights of the season.


Author: Mary Vander Sanden

A vibrant book about how the library is not "all quiet all the time", especially at story time. The refrain is, ""When she's happy and content, her voice gets louder by 100%!" As a librarian who can relate (!) I adored the message in this book. Congrats to the author who works at the library in Kaukauna!

Title: Bully
Author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

In  a soft and simple way, this book shows that a bully has to be confronted to change their behavior (and sometimes even be aware of it). It also shows that a bully has most likely been bullied. So simple yet perfectly told.

Author: Patricia MacLachlan

This gorgeous celebration of snowflakes is brought to you by the winning combination of Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg. What is extra special is that Random House made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund with each of these books sold. In the book, there is a quick mention of the local library (which of course this librarian loved!).

Author: Orianne Lallemand

In this comical readaloud, wolf tries on different colors until he realizes that he is good the way he is.

Author: Mo Willems

Adorable! This book is about "pretend" and says that yes, even grownups pretend! If Elephant learns to pretend from Piggie (aka Frog)then what will he pretend to be? :)

Author: Eric Kimmel

This great book shows the obstacles that Marc Chagall overcame to become an artist. This is a kid's book about Marc figuring out that he was gifted. This quote, from Marc, was inspiring: "We all need art to show us what is truly important in the world. We need art to show us the small, secret things that we never take time to see. We need art to show us how to live, how to be alive in the world."

Title: Dog Heaven
Author: Graham Salisbury

Calvin has a challenge to write an essay for his teacher, Mr. Purdy. He also gets attached to a dog at the Humane Society. Will he be allowed to keep it? How does the journey with the dog help with the essay?