2011 Reviews by Library: Seymour

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Author: Laurie Keller

This is a cheerful and cute picture book that reminds the reader about using manners and being considerate.

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Author: Philip Stead

This book is sweet and nostalgic--the illustrations reminded me of books that I read when I was a child. The story is super, too. Kids can relate to having friends come by and visit when they are sick. The simple story culminates with a sleepover--lovely! Imagine having zoo animals over for a sleepover!

Behind the book: the illustrator is Erin Stead and she is married to Philip who is the author of the book. What a great collaboration. Also, this is Erin's very first book. Wow, what a great start for her to win the Caldecott. Congratulations!

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Author: Demi

This lovely story shows that even when it is hard to tell the truth that is the right thing to do. In this book, Ping finds out that honesty is rewarded.

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Author: Valeri Gorbachev

Simply a delight and perfect as a read aloud. Turtle is on the search for something "Red, red, red". As each page turns we try to discover what that something is. When we find out we make a sigh at the breathtaking picture (I will not spoil what it is!) because it is indeed red, red, red and wonderful to behold.

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Author: Kevin Luthardt

Rabbit is trying really hard to make friends with Turtle. At first it seems that they don't have much in common, but then they discover that they are both weird! Funny, fun read aloud!

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Author: Bender & Bender

This book is sliced into horizontal thirds. Each time you turn three pieces you have a new frog and a new rhyme. Perfect for poetry month! If you want to take it to a new level, mix and match which pages you turn. Fun, interactive, clever!

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Author: Nancy Carlson

This sweet book teaches the lesson that when you are kind to a bully you just might make yourself a friend! Very well done. And can apply to all of us (adult or child)!

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Author: John Grisham

This was good! Theo and his parents are very likable characters. Seeing the world through Theo's eyes--a boy who is already practically a lawyer--was a lot of fun. Grisham, as usual, is great at having the plot continue to move forward. He injects modern devices such as texting into the book. I think young people would like the book. I hope this is a beginning of a series. I would be glad to recommend this book to kids--you learn a lot about the legal system.

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Author: Jonathan London

When Froggy and his family vacation in Hawaii funny things happen!

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Author: Alissa Imre Geis

In this sweet book, Neil dreams of a castle but when he wakes up it takes several attempts before he can make that castle.

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Author: Pam Munoz Ryan

I love this rhyming book about the power of make believe! This book invites us to pretend, too.

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Author: Ken Rivard

Guy finds that telling a tall tale is fun! His story just keeps getting sillier and sillier!

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Author: Caroline Jayne Church

Hattie welcomes three babies in this quick story.

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Author: John Himmelman

This is a fun to read aloud and scream at the top of your lungs your SOS, "Chickens to the Rescue!" In they come and save the situation. Very funny!

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Author: Lester Laminack

Peacock and the hens trade places one day and the hilarity ensues! A good story about knowing what you are good at and appreciating others for what THEY are good at.

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Author: Deborah Diesen

This is such a great picture book about turning around an attitude!! I LOVE IT!! Great rhyming and vocabulary, a natural flow and not forced.

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Author: Deborah Diesen

The follow up to The Pout-Pout Fish is a winner, too!  Fish finds that the dark is not so scary when a friend lends a hand.

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Author: Lydia Monks

What if a spider decided it wanted to be your family pet? What if your family decided that would be great? And would there be a happy ending? Check out this delightful book to find out!

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Author: Eric Kimmel

This is a great story about Anansi who plays a trick on the animals to get food for free. Finally, rabbit tempts him with a watermelon and teaches Anansi a lesson.

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Author: Chief Jake Swamp

A beautiful book that describes about giving thanks for everything around us. This book shows that all cultures are grateful for the same things (even though we may call them different words).

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Author: Tony Mitton

The animals on Noah's Ark have cabin fever so Noah plans a talent show. See how much fun they have in this book!

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Author: Doreen Cronin

The animals read in the newspaper about the talent show at the fair. They begin to rehearse but when they get their chance how will it go? Read this book to find out!

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Author: Sarah Thomson

This beautiful book celebrates the places that are and that can be!

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Author: Sarah Thomson

This book celebrates how you can make your own story any day!

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Author: Sara Thomson

This poetic book talks about the beauty of night time!

 

*Saving for Summer, 2012 with the "Night" theme

The Vegetables Go to Bed
Author: Christopher King

This book is great! It talks about the vegetables going to sleep (& still growing)!

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Author: Katherine Ayres

Enjoy this lovely rhyming book about how vegetables grow.

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Author: Ona Gritz

A gem of a story that rhymes and tells about the joys of spending time with grandparents. The bonus is that it is an alphabet book!

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Author: Nancy Carlson

Arnie may not have any grandparents to invite for grandparents' day but read this book to see how it turns out to be a happy ending anyway! Sweet!

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Author: Don Freeman

Author & Illustrator Don Freeman, beloved for Corduroy, had sketches ready for this book but never completed it. The sketches were made in 1963. With help, Roy Freeman, Don's son, finishes the book in 2010  and that is what we have here. It is wonderful!

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Title: Delicious
Author: Helen Cooper

What happens when fish soup and mushroom soup and beet soup just won't do? Read this fun book to find out.

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Author: Anne Hunter

Possum wants to throw a party under the harvest moon but the animals all turn down his invite--they are too busy getting ready for winter. What happens when the animals take a break from their work and gaze at the moon? Read this lovely fall book to find out!