Monthly Archives: November 2010

Chimps Don’t Wear Glasses

This is my favorite Laura Numeroff book because it is more zany than the rest.  It’s short, cleverly rhymed and poses a question at the end for the pondering of little listeners or readers.  No, chimps don’t wear glasses and … Continue reading

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Ben’s Trumpet

Rachel Isadora’s book is everything a book about music should be.  It has soulful pictures that echo the words which evoke the music inherent in the prose.  I have heard the recorded version of Ben’s Trumpet and it is very … Continue reading

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Baby Dance

If you want an interactive board book for your little one, this is a great fit.  It rhymes, it has movement and it’s got cute pictures.  You can talk about action words with the very young, or just act it … Continue reading

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Two Bad Ants

Chris Van Allsburg’s art is intricate and evocative using a limited palette and fine drawings to highlight the escapades of two bad ants who vacate the group in order to whet their own appetites.  This modern fable has a moral: … Continue reading

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Barnyard Song

  What started out as a fun farm animal rhyme quickly reeled me in with its surprise twist. Rhonda Gowler Greene’s animals get sick!  Yes, a bee buzzes in with sneezes and suddenly the tunes around the farmyard change as every … Continue reading

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Mississippi Bridge

Mildred D. Taylor’s book Mississippi Bridge is that rare sort that delves into social strife in the 1960s by pure characterization.  This heart-rending story of inequality is narrated by Jeremy Simms, a white boy, who feels more in sync with … Continue reading

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Everything on a Waffle

Delightful. Here is another book with voice, but I think you could pick out any sentence and use it to teach conventions.  For example, “‘Oh, Miss Perfidy,’ I whispered to her as I was jostled aside by doctors and nurses … Continue reading

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What Jamie Saw

If you like serious books with characters who have real problems, here you go.  What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman is realistic fiction at its most real.  The father figure in Jamie’s life throws his baby sister, and Jamie saw … Continue reading

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