Friday, September 28, 2012

SOMETHING SPECIAL by Nicola Moon, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     2 - 6
AR Quiz No. 21397 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

In Miss Brown's class, Friday is Special Day. Each child brings in something that is special to them.  Charlie is trying to find something to take and is frustrated because his mother is too busy caring for his new baby sister, Sally, to help him.  He misses one Friday and as the next one approaches, he still hasn't decided what to take.

Always busy, his mother is trying to bake cookies while Sally is napping, so she's no help. To top it off, Sally starts fussing in her crib and Mom tells Charlie to go play with the baby so she can get the cookies out of the oven!  Already unhappy with Sally, Charlie grumbles all the way to the bedroom.  When he gets there he grabs one of Sally's little toys and half-heartedly gives it a shake.  Sally stops crying!! As Charlie reaches out to touch Sally's tiny hand, she grabs onto his finger. Charlie thinks, "That feels kind of nice!"  Just then, Sally gives Charlie a BIG smile and right then and there Charlie knows what he will take to school on Special Day.

Something Special is great to read to new brothers and sisters who are feeling like they have been replaced and are no longer important to Mom and Dad. It opens the door for discussion about the care a new baby needs, how that makes the older child feel, and that Mom and Dad have enough love for all of their children.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Something Special can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/99y5bjf and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.



Monday, September 17, 2012

T-REX AND THE MOTHER'S DAY HUG by Lois G. Grambling, illustrated by Jack E. Davis

Lexile     AD480          Pages     28          Ages     5 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 121645 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Mother's Day is coming and all of T-Rex's friends have bought a gift for their mother but T-Rex wants to do something special for his momma, not buy something for her.  When Mother's Day arrives, T-Rex tells Momma, "Happy Mother's Day!  I want to DO something for you - what would you like me to do?"

Momma tells him that she would really like a BIG Mother's Day hug, and that's what would make her happy.  But T-Rex doesn't think a hug is big enough to show Momma how much he loves her and decides to fancy up her car for her . . . . BIG disaster!

Momma hides her dismay and when T-Rex gives her a big hug and tells her he loves her she tells him she loves him too and that his hug has made her very happy.

T-Rex and the Mother's Day Hug has big, colorful, and funny illustrations that will have your little one laughing in delight.  The story is amusing and also shows children that often it's the little things you do that mean the most.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

T-Rex and the Mother's Day Hug can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/8spwq6c  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SOPHIE'S TROPHY by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 108096 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


Sophie Toad's big brother Vince (the Prince) is the best looking toad in the bog. He models and has many trophies for his good looks while Sophie, who is not nearly as good looking, has none. She sits on her log, singing the blues, and then goes to bed and dreams she is a model. In her dream, Sophie is the most wanted model in the world and she works and works and works until she is just too tired to even smile. She wakens and realizes that she doesn't want to be a model after all.

In the meantime the singing group, The Toadettes, have heard Sophie's beautiful voice and ask her to join the group and she agrees. Finally, it's time for The Toadettes to perform in a contest at the fair, but all of them except Sophie have eaten bad flies and are ill and can't perform. So Sophie performs solo and wins the first prize trophy! Her brother is very proud of Sophie and makes a special space on his mantel for her trophy. Sophie has finally found her niche!

Sophie's Trophy is written in both English and Spanish, with the languages blended into a seamless, rhythmic story. Told in rhyme, it helps teach children that not everyone is good at everything, but everyone is good at something, and also that "the grass is always greener" - sometimes what they wish for is harder than it looks and isn't really the thing for them at all!  The Spanish words sprinkled through the story introduces a new language, with some of the words being everyday - hermano (brother) - and some not used so often - pestanas (eyelashes.) There is a glossary in the front of the book with  meanings and pronunciation to help with the Spanish words.

The big, bold, colorful illustrations are relatively simple yet fun. Sophie's Trophy would be a valuable addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Sophie's Trophy can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/9mxntzk
and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.