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Little Dog Lost: The true story of a brave dog named Baltic

little dog lost coverLittle Dog Lost: The true story of a brave dog named Baltic by Monica Carnesi
Recommended for: PreK – 2

This is the true story of a dog that was stranded on an iceberg in Poland. The author heard the story of Baltic on National Public Radio (NPR) and knew it had to be shared with children and families. No one knows for sure how this little dog ended up stranded on an iceberg, headed down the Vistula River in Poland toward the Baltic Sea. Firemen tried to help, but with no success. The last best hope was the crew of a research boat…but even that looked bleak. On a final try, a seaman rescues the dog! This book arouses lots of empathy with minimal words and icy pictures. This is a great animal story to share with young children.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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And Then It’s Spring

and then it's spring coverAnd Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Recommended for: PreK – Gr 2

A boy and his dog are joined by a rabbit and turtle as they romp through weeks of planting, playing in puddles and outdoor exploring, hoping for signs of Spring’s green and warm return.  There is a lot to see and talk about as the little troupe wait and watch the natural world unfold.  The soft pencil illustrations add a warm and comfortable feeling to this gentle, seasonal picture book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Recommended for: PreK – 2nd grade

Annabelle finds a stash of magic yarn, and begins to turn her dreary town into a colorful and warm place, one knitted garment at a time.  What will happen when the evil archduke wants to take the yarn from her?  The black, grey and pastel illustrations by Jon Klassen add a lot of humor and heart to this story, which has a bit of mystery and a lot of wonder woven into it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Scranimals

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky
Recommended for All Ages

Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis have surpassed earlier levels of rhyme, wordplay and humorous illustration.  On a journey to Scranimal Island, which is not found on the map, we meet many animal combinations with flowers, vegetables and other animals like the Porcupineapple, Bananaconda and a clutch of Spinachickens.  Families will be memorizing these poems and laughing at them in the bathtub, on walks and long car rides.  This book  is a great gift for a child and will be a favorite on the bookshelf for years to come.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 timeless rhymes from 50 celebrated cartoonists
Recommended for: Grades K and up

All of your favorite nursery rhyme characters come to life like never before in this fun and creative book.  Each story is one to 3 pages long, and it is amazing to see how the artists turn short little rhymes into more intricate stories.  This is truly an “all ages” book, with appeal for young children all the way up to adults.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee
Recommended for: K and up

Mr. Putney has some unusual pets.  Who wakes him up in the morning?  His alarmadillo.  What pet annoys him by making too much noise?  His clangaroo.  The illustrations in this picture book for all ages are hysterical; Mr. Putney’s expressionless mustached face contrasts with the oddball animals and purely bizarre situations.  Kids will love figuring out how the book works and using the visual clues before the page turns to guess what the next animal will be.  Highly recommended for a fun and interactive storytime with older readers.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Nini Lost and Found

Nini Lost and Found by Anita Lobel
Recommended for: PreK-K

One day the back door is left open, and Nini, a well-loved house cat, wanders outside. Nini enjoys exploring the wondrous world outdoors until night falls, and threatening creatures emerge. However, Nini is brave and makes her way safely back home again, into the loving arms of her family.
This gentle adventure is gorgeously illustrated with lush and colorful full-page spreads. This is a wonderful book for sharing 1 on 1 or reading to a group.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

Ling & Ting: Not exactly the same! by Grace Lin
Recommended for: Grades K-2

Twin sisters Ling and Ting may look alike, but they are very different! In this easy reader chapter book, the sisters’ unique and complimentary personalities are revealed as they make dumplings together, get haircuts, and visit the library. Colorful illustrations are featured throughout the book. I loved reading about these smart and fun Chinese sisters, and hope more Ling and Ting books are in the works.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Zen Shorts

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
Recommended for: Grades K-3

Beautifully illustrated, Zen Shorts is filled with gentle stories and life lessons for both children and adults. The book is organized around three children, Michael, Addy, and Karl, who meet their new neighbor, Stillwater, a panda. As their friendship with Stillwater evolves, he tells them classic stories from Zen Buddhist literature. I freely admit that my own life has been impacted by some of these stories. Not for children only! A 2006 Caldecott Honor book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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Tess’s Tree

Tess’s Tree by Jess M. Braillier
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 3

Jess Braillier has created a very special book to help young children deal with loss. This sweet and gentle story is about a young girl’s feelings and memories of her favorite tree after it breaks in a storm and must come down. It also encourages adults to share their feelings with children. Tess’s Tree opens the opportunity for children to express love, grief and fears when someone or something is taken from their world of innocence.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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