Monthly Archives: February 2011

George Shrinks

Everyday chores become adventures when George shrinks in this entertaining picture book by William Joyce.  The illustrations have many details to talk about and any one of them would be a great starter for a descriptive paragraph.  A more creative … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

Simple text, simple illustrations and a clever story make this book by Ellen Stoll Walsh a winner.  It’s playtime for two mice on a homemade teeter-totter, but other animals keep joining them, either tipping them or balancing.  Re-enact this story … Continue reading

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Morning Has Broken

Cat Stevens made it popular, but Eleanor Farjeon wrote Morning Has Broken. There’s something so engaging about singing lyrics to a song while turning pages of a picture book. Sing a cappella or try it with the video below, which … Continue reading

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He Came with the Couch

Beware of what comes with a new couch.  In David Slonim’s He Came with the Couch, Sophie’s family learns to live with the statued stranger on the couch who seems more like an extra pillow than a living being.  But … Continue reading

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Duke Ellington

A history of jazz and the genius of Duke Ellington who painted colours with music is told through Brian Pinkney’s vivid art and Andrea Pinkney’s equally vivid text.   A biography that feels more like a story, Duke Ellington:  The … Continue reading

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How Much is a Million?

We know how to write 1,ooo,ooo, but do we really know what it takes to picture a million goldfish?  This classic book illuminates large numbers in practical ways.  Thanks to David M. Schwartz I can prove to my kindergartener that … Continue reading

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The Carnival of the Animals

Introduce children to poetry, classical music and art all at once with Camille Saint-Saën’s The Carnival of the Animals with new verses by Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Mary GrandPré.  The rhymes are fun to read aloud, … Continue reading

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How Will We Get to the Beach?

This guessing game story by Brigitte Luciani and illustrated by Eve Tharlet was first published in Switzerland.  Deceptively simple, Roxanne heads to the beach with five items, but every mode of transportation requires her to leave an item behind. Use … Continue reading

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