Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Berenstain Bears on the Job

Through rhymes and pictues the Berenstain Bears take a look at many jobs and options for making a living.  As always an enjoyable read for the younger set.

Who Grew My Soup?

Phineas Quinn refuses to eat his soup until he knows who grew the ingredients in his soup.  He takes a magical journey visiting farms across the United States and learning where his food comes from.  He also takes quite a different view of vegetables by the end.  Written in wonderful rhymes by Tom Darbyshire and fantastic illustrations by C. F. Payne this book is sure to please as much as the Campbell's Soup that Phineas enjoys.

Campbell's Soup Company was generous enough to provide a copy of the book to all of the participants at the National Ag in the Classroom conference in Loveland, Colorado.  Many thanks go out to the company for their support of education.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Clifford and the Big Parade by Norman Bridwell

Clifford, the Big Red Dog attends the celebration of his town's 100th birthday. There are contest, people dressed up like one hundred years ago, food, and even a parade!  Clifford is in the middle of it all and saves the day for the town at the very end.

Published in 1998 but Clifford never gets old.

Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Brenda Clark

Franklin has a problem, he is scared of small, dark places, like his shell.  Even though he tries he just can not crawl inside like a turtle should do, so he drags his shell around behind him.

Franklin finally decides to go out looking for a way to overcome his fear.  He finds there are many animals afraid of what they are expected to be. 

A nice read that would be helpful for a child that has a specific fear.

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

Enjoy the excellent artwork as you explore the sights and sounds of what is going on in the tall, tall grass.  The rhyming pattern makes for a fun read and the simple words are great for the child wanting to learn to read themselves.

The Puppy Who Wanted A Boy by Jane Thayer, Illustrated by Lisa McCue

This 1958 classic tale follows a puppy as he searches for a boy. None of the other dogs he meets are willing to give him their boy so he must keep looking until he finds his own.

A short tale from the perspective of a puppy searching for a forever person.  It is also a Reading Rainbow selection.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Can't You Sleep Little Bear

Illustrated by Barbara Firth and written by Martin Waddell this wonderful bedtime story is filled with quiet illustrations and tells the tale of  Little Bear who is having trouble going to sleep because of all of the dark.

Big Bear keeps getting to the best part of his book that he is reading but always stops to take care of Little Bear. 

A great book to read to a child that needs to go to sleep theirself.

Puss In Boots

Johan Patience illustrates this classic tale in a pop-up book format.  This is a favorite tale of trickery organized by a slick cat that wants a life of ease and gets it. :)

Little Wings Duck - childrens book

Written by Paul Flemming and illustrated by John Blackmon this is a quick little tale of a ducklings adventures on a pond.

The best thing about it is the book opens by opening the ducks wings which velcro together. It is also a "hard" book, suitable for toddlers to drag around.

It was a favorite of Reed's when he was little because he did not have to be careful with it. :)