Friday, October 26, 2012

VAMPIRINA BALLERINA by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     40          Ages     3 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 153451 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Vampirina is a little girl vampire who wants to be a ballerina.  She has obstacles to overcome - first, being a vampire, she needs a class that meets at night!  Also, she is nervous about meeting new people, and there is the challenge of her classmates being afraid of her because she is different.  Ballet is hard work but in the end, through practice and perseverance, Vampirina performs beautifully at her recital and is proud that she accomplished her goal.

I like so many things about this book that it's difficult to know where to begin!  First, I guess, is that although she is a vampire, Vampirina is just adorable with her big eyes and glittery hair bow and cape. She knows what she wants and doesn't let anything stand in her way. Even when difficult Vampirina perseveres, knowing that "it doesn't matter if you take one giant leap or many tiny steps, as long as you are moving toward your goal."  There is other good advice, including "Once class begins, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth closed," and "A mistake here or there is not a reflection on your talent."  I also liked that the story stressed respect for both the other students and the teacher, and it shows Vampirina's support group in Mommy and Daddy vampire, the Frankenstein chauffeur, and even the family pets!

Full of good, practical advice accompanied by charmingly fun illustrations, Vampirina Ballerina is a great addition to any book shelf.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Vampirina Ballerina can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here  http://tinyurl.com/98z88v3  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Friday, October 19, 2012

THIS LITTLE PIGGY'S BOOK OF MANNERS by Kathryn Madeline Allen, illustrated by Nancy Wolff

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages 3 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 74246 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

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"This Little Piggy said 'Please,' and 'Thank you,'   
This Little Piggy did not.
This Little Piggy closed his mouth while he ate . . ."
"This Little Piggy forgot."

This book is a great introduction to manners, covering most of the good manners we try to instill in our children. I like that it shows both the good and bad manners, giving a chance to compare the consequences of each.

The illustrations are bright and imaginative, making This Little Piggy's Book of Manners a fun way to learn the mannerly way to behave.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

This Little Piggy's Book of Manners can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/9kszmd7 and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.









Monday, October 15, 2012

MISS MINGO and the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Jamie Harper

Lexile     AD660          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 108712 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

You know that elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about?  Well, in Miss Mingo (the flamingo)'s class he's joined by a hippo, an alligator, a giraffe and many other fascinating creatures!

On the first day of school, to break the ice Miss Mingo has everyone in the class share something special about themselves.  She starts things off by telling how what she eats is what makes her pink and that she always eats . . . . . upside down! 

So begins the tale of 3,000 teeth (alligator,) an 18 inch tongue (giraffe,) and other fun animal facts.  At the end of the day everyone has made friends with one another and Miss Mingo is excited about the wonderful year she will have with her fabulous class.

In Miss Mingo and the First Day of School, Jamie Harper weaves the perfect mixture of fact and fiction into a fabulous and fun story filled with delightful, humorous illustrations that will show children how being unique is a good thing and that diversity makes life interesting.  Miss Mingo can be applied not only to the first day of school, but to any happening that is scary and new and help your child be less stressed about it.  

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/9qeym9k  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.