Archive for March, 2008

The Three Snow Bears

Brett, Jan. The Three Snow Bears. New York:  Putnam & Sons, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-399-24792-7.  What would three snow bears look like? Polar bears, of course. Jan Brett has created three lovable polar bears complete with their own Goldilocks, an adorable Inuit girl named Aloo-ki. A retelling of the classic tale, this story is set in the […]

Midsummer Night

Rogers, Gregory.  Midsummer Knight. New Milford, Connecticut:  Roaring Brook Press, 2007.  ISBN:  978-1-56943-183-6.  This tale of adventure for Bear continues where The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, and The Bard (2004) left off.   Bear is peacefully floating down the Thames when his hunger leads him to an enchanted land in need of a hero.  A wordless […]

Starring Miss Darlene

Schwartz, Amy.  Starring Miss Darlene.  New Milford, Connecticut:  Roaring Brook Press, 2007.  ISBN: 978-1-59643-230-7.    Budding actress Darlene the hippo takes a theater class and despite a few hilarious mishaps manages to steal the show. Drama queen Darlene makes the most of each role she is offered: a flood, a professor, and Sleeping Beauty and unintentionally […]

Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor?

Hornsey, Chris.  Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor? Illustrated by Gwyn Perkins.  New York:  Walker & Company, 2007.  ISBN:  978-0-8027-9617-2. Murphy is a fun-loving dog who has questions for his family.  These questions will be familiar to anyone who has a pet who considers himself a member of the family.  Why can’t I sleep […]

Being Brave

Donahue, Jill Lynn.  Being Brave.  Illustrated by Stacey Previn.  Minneapolis, MN:  Picture Window Books, 2008.  ISBN:  978-1-4048-3780-5. While many children think of bravery as something heroic, this thoughtful book explains to children that they have many opportunities to face their fears and be brave.  Whether they are trying a new food, standing up to peer […]

You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

Bell-Rehwoldt, Sheri.  You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?Illustrated by David Slonim.  San Francisco:  Chronicle Books, 2007. The answer to the title of this book for children ages 3 to 6 is “No Way.”  But fortunately our tooth fairy is a spunky and determined little gal with cool gadgets like the Tooth-o-Finder and a jet […]

The Good, The Bad, The Slimy

Latta, Sara L.  The Good, The Bad, The Slimy:  The Secret Life of Microbes.  Photographs by Dennis Kunkel, Ph.D. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2006. Grades 5 and up. Zoom into the microscopic world with this fascinating book by Sara Latta.  Combined with amazing photography by Dennis Kunkel, this book explores the world of microbes.  The  world of […]

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Jonell, Lynne.  Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat.  Illustrated by Jonathan Bean.  New York:  Henry Holt and Company, 2007. ISBN:  978-0-8050-8150-3. Lynne Jonell,  the author of several picture books, has written a book for middle grade readers titled Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. Our hero Emmy must overcome magical potions, an evil nanny, and distant […]

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