Thursday, December 18, 2014

WHO WILL GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT? by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by David Biedrzycki

Lexile     AD150          Pages     32          Ages     5 - 9
AR Quiz No. 105965 EN Fiction
 IL: LG - BL: 1.0 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Santa's job is a big one. One that he can't possibly do alone. He has a sleigh but nothing to pull it. And he needs a team; the job is too big for just one helper.

He tries different animals for his sled team, with varying degrees of failure. The tigers are too rough, the mice too small, the rhinos too big. The dolphins take Santa for a swim, the kangaroos hop everything right out of the sleigh, and the monkeys are just too darn ornery! Finally, finally, Santa tries reindeer and they are just right for the job.

Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki have a winner with Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?!  The fast moving story and fun, colorful illustrations will delight all, young and old, plus you get a lesson in teamwork and in finding the right thing or person to get the job done.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WHEN EDGAR MET CECIL by Kevin Luthardt

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 6
AR Quiz No. 159573 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


Life is good!  Edgar and Quincy are best friends and love to do everything together.  One day Edgar's mom and dad tell him they are moving.  Edgar is crushed - he simply can't leave Quincy!  But Edgar has no choice and too soon the day comes when he has to leave Quincy and everything familiar.

Edgar's new home is strange.  His new school is different and the kids are weird.  And the weirdest kid keeps staring at him!  Edgar feels uncomfortable and keeps to himself.  He misses Quincy something awful!

One day as Edgar quietly plays by himself, the weird kid starts toward him.  Edgar is afraid, but the kid, Cecil, introduces himself and asks if he can help Edgar with what he's building.  Cecil and Edgar play until recess is over and every day after.  Edgar has a new friend!  New friend - new adventures. Life is good!

When Edgar Met Cecil is a great book for children faced with a move to a new place.  It lets them know ahead of time to expect things to be different and it also lets them know that there are new friends to be made, hopefully making the move easier.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

When Edgar Met Cecil can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL: A True Story About Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea by Seno Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Aileen Darragh

Lexile     620          Pages     32          Ages     6 - 12
No AR information available at this time

Fernando lives in Granados, a small town in Guatemala.  There are 200 students in his tiny school  and two classes are seated two students per desk in a each room.  The walls don't even reach clear to the ceiling so you can hear all of the noise from the other classrooms.  This makes concentrating and learning very hard. Granados was in dire need of a new school but the money just wasn't there.

Another problem in Granados was trash - there was too much of it and nowhere to put it.  Plastic bottles and bags, papers, and other trash was everywhere you looked.

One crazy idea later, along with the teamwork of a teacher, a student body, and an entire town, the new school becomes a reality and the trash is a memory.

The Soda Bottle School is a true story. It's a great way to introduce your child to recycling as well as teaching the value of teamwork and thinking outside the box to make your dreams come true.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

The Soda Bottle School can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin

Pages     32          Ages     3 - 6
No Lexile or AR information available at this time

It's Saturday!  Ruthie is very excited and looking forward to a fun, don't-have-to-go-anywhere day with Mom and Dad.  She has made BIG plans - blueberry pancakes, planting flowers, cartoons, and baking cookies.  However, the best laid plans of mice and men (and foxes) often go awry and such is the case with Ruthie's Saturday.

First, Gramma's basement floods and Dad is off to help.  Then, a remembered party and forgotten gift purchase have Mom and Ruthie rushing to the store.  And on top of everything else, Ruthie's favorite dress that she wants to wear to the party isn't clean!  Ruthie is ANGRY.  Her perfect Saturday isn't turning out well at all!

Suddenly, Ruthie and Mom hear a loud HISSSSSS.  Oh no!  The car has a flat tire. 

But wait!  Is that really bad news??  Gee, with a flat tire, they can't go to the party.  And if they can't go to the party . . . . . COOKIE BAKING!  CARTOONS!  YAY!  Ruthie gets a do-over and her Saturday won't be so bad after all!

We've seen Ruthie before in Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie and in Laura Rankin's new book, Ruthie is cuter than ever!  She let's children know that things don't always go as planned.  Also, bad luck might, at times, not actually be so bad and you have to look for the silver lining.  What seems like bad luck (flat tire) turns into a good thing for Ruthie!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, June 30, 2014

HARRY AND THE MONSTER by Sue Mongredien, illustrated by Nick East

Pages     28          Ages     3 - 7
No Lexile or AR information available at this time.

One night, Harry has a bad dream - a scary dream about a big purple and green monster. The next night Harry doesn't want to go to bed because he's afraid the monster will return. His mother suggests he imagine a pair of pink pants on the monster's head, telling him it will make him laugh and the monster won't be scary any longer. Harry gives it a try, but in the dream, putting pink pants on his head only makes the monster angry, scaring Harry even more. Night after night, the monster comes back and despite the suggestions from Mom and Dad, Harry is afraid to go to sleep. Then one night, Dad suggests Harry confront the monster with an Angry Mom. This is just the trick to make the monster not so scary. The monster's reaction to being yelled at by an angry mom is sure to make children laugh. In the end, Harry feels sorry for the monster and they become quite good friends, playing the rest of the night.

Harry and the Monster is a cute and fun way to help children learn to confront their fears and would make a great addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Harry and the Monster can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Monday, June 16, 2014

BELLA'S RULES by Elissa Haden Guest, illustrated by Abigail Halpin

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 5
AR Quiz No. 160538 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP
Bella knows the family rules by heart but she prefers her own rules - candy for breakfast, no baths, and no bedtime, ever.  On the night Sammy comes to babysit, things get really out of hand and Bella's parents have a long talk with her.  Then Granny comes for a visit and brings Bella a puppy!
Puppy has his own rules too, and Bella isn't very happy with them.  In the process of teaching Puppy manners and how to follow the rules - no jumping on the counter, no chewing on Teddy, going outdoors to do business - Bella learns why we have rules that need to be followed.

Bella's Rules is a good lesson given in a fun story with sweet watercolor illustrations that would be a great addition to your child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

 Bella's Rules can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Lexile     AD730          Pages     40          Ages     5 - 7
AR Quiz No. 159597 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Duncan wants to color. But when he opens his crayon box, the crayons aren't there! Instead, he finds a stack of letters tied together with a string and addressed to him. They are from the different crayons, each with an issue they'd like to discuss. Gray is overworked, while Pink is overlooked. Orange and Yellow both believe they are the true color of the sun. Beige is feeling unimportant, Blue is feeling short and Green is being driven over the edge by Orange and Yellow arguing! 

Poor Duncan just wants to color!

How does Duncan resolve the problem? How does he get the crayons back on track? Well, no pun intended here, (wink, wink) - he THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX! : )

Does a whale HAVE to be gray? No!
Can there be an occasional pink dinosaur? Absolutely!


I really like the message Dewalt's book sends about creativity. Too often we put things into boxes and leave them there, day after day, week after week. Structure and rules are good, don't get me wrong, but creativity is just as important when faced with a problem to solve. I also like how the story shows that different people have different points of view, moods aren't always good, and that you have to speak up about something that bothers you for anything to be done about it.

You really can't go wrong adding The Day the Crayons Quit to your child's collection.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

The Day the Crayons Quit can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

YOU'RE WEARING THAT TO SCHOOL?! by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 162204 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

The first day of school is approaching and Penelope is so excited! Her friend Tiny, not so much.  "Starting school is tricky," he says.  Penelope asks what he means and he responds, "Like clothes!  What will you wear the first day?"  She says she will wear her sparkle rainbow outfit - a turquoise tutu, a pink feather boa, and colorful, striped stockings.  Tiny is appalled and "helps" her find an "acceptable" outfit.  He doesn't like her idea of bringing a picnic for lunch or her choice for show-and-tell.  He pretty much makes Penelope - NOT Penelope.
In the end Penelope chooses to be herself (YAY Penelope!)  She wears her sparkle outfit, packs a picnic lunch and brings her favorite stuffed animal for show-and-tell.  And you know what? Her new friends like her just the way she is.

This is one of those books that I am conflicted about.  On one hand, the lesson about being yourself is a good one.  On the other hand, Penelope's friend Tiny criticizes everything about her - what she wears, what she eats and even what she wants to bring for show-and-tell.  That's not my idea of being a friend.  While Tiny's criticism is made with good intentions - he just wants Penelope to fit in - he comes off as judgmental when he should be supportive. You could, I suppose, start a discussion with your child about what being a good friend means to them.

I applaud Penelope for her decision to be herself and her new friends for liking her just the way she is.  Here's hoping Tiny learned something too!


Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

You're Wearing That to School?! can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HERO MOM by Melinda Hardin, Illustrated by Bryan Langdo



Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     24          Ages     4 - 8
No AR information available at this time.

For years children have had Hero Dads - fathers serving in the military.  In this day and age we are seeing more and more Hero Moms!



"My mom can't transform
  into a machine, but she
  can make airplanes fly,
  trucks run, and tanks roll."






"My mom doesn't lead
  a band of superheroes
  - she leads a battalion."





Langdo's colorful water color illustrations and Hardin's simple prose celebrates the mothers who make the supreme sacrifice of leaving their children to serve our country. Hero Mom will instill a sense of pride in military children and help them explain to their peers what their mothers do. It will also help non-military children understand why some of their friends' moms are away for long periods of time.

I would recommend Hero Mom for any child's library, but especially for children of military moms.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Hero Mom can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, May 19, 2014

NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO by Anna Dewdney

Pages     40          Ages 3 - 5
There is no Lexile or AR information for this book at this time.


Nelly is so proud of her daddy! He can do anything. Together, they build Nelly a playhouse, Daddy showing her how to do the simple things, while he takes care of the big stuff, like sawing. Then they go shopping for the supplies to add the finishing touches and Nelly gets a little lost. Being the hero he is, Daddy Gnu finds her before she can even really become frightened. They return home and paint "brick walls" and flowers and vines on the playhouse. Daddy makes dinner and afterward, they read books and Daddy tucks Nelly in for the night. Nelly and Daddy are quite a team! 

Near the end of the book is my favorite line: 
"Every night and every day, Daddy makes it all OK."

Being a Daddy's Girl, this book really spoke to me. Like Nelly, I loved doing things with Dad. I helped him fix things around the house and by the time I was 12 I helped him rebuild the engine on one of our cars (at that point I was still pretty much a parts washer.) All of these things helped me in life - from doing my own car repairs to buying a house in need of a lot of TLC and making it liveable.
Every little Daddy's Girl will love  Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney, author of the popular Llama Llama books.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Monday, May 5, 2014

MY BODY BELONGS TO ME by Jill Starishevsky, illustrated by Sara Muller

Pages     32          Ages     3 - 5
No Lexile or AR information available at this time

Today we have a book that discusses a subject I wish we NEVER had to address - sexual abuse of children. This is a tough topic to bring up with our children, but they need to know what can happen, what is inappropriate, and exactly what to do if it does happen. Most importantly, it lets children know that what happened was not their fault.

Jill Starishevsky's simple rhyming verse and Sara Muller's friendly watercolor illustrations offer parents a sensitive, gentle path to discussion of the subject. Also included are suggestions for the parent or storyteller, and also a list of "where to find help" contacts should the need arise.

I hope you never, ever need the contacts, but I think My Body Belongs to Me should be read to and discussed with every child.

Miss Laurie

My Body Belongs to Me can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Monday, April 28, 2014

TOOLS RULE! by Aaron Meshon

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     40          Ages     3 - 6
AR Quiz No. 168067 EN Fiction

 IL: LG - BL: 1.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

It's supposed to be a busy day of building for the team of tools but many of them can't be found.  Why?  Because they are strewn about the yard, willy-nilly.

T Square calls all of the tools together and suggests building a tool shed. They all pull together and at the end of the day they have a nice new shed with a place for each of them to rest when they aren't being used.

Tools Rule! teaches organization (I LOVE organizing things!) and caring for belongings and the value of teamwork.  Also, it identifies the different tools and shows what they are used for. As an added bonus, Meshon includes several puns that parents will enjoy.

Aaron Meshon has packed a lot of lessons into one cool book!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Tools Rule! can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, April 21, 2014

FOUND by Salina Yoon

Pages     32          Ages     3 - 6
There is no Lexile or AR information at this time

One day while walking in the forest Bear discovers a lost toy bunny.  He worries that the bunny is lonely and that whoever lost it will be sad.  He posts flyers all over the forest, looking for the bunny's owner.  As he searches, Bear becomes quite attached to the bunny, wishing he could keep it for his very own.  When he finds the owner, Bear is in for a big surprise!

What happens when Bear finds the bunny's owner?

Found is a great story about how doing the right thing isn't always easy but has its reward in the end. The prose is easy for little ones to understand, and the fun illustrations are bright and colorful. I would recommend it for any well-rounded collection.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Found can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, April 7, 2014

NOT YOUR TYPICAL DRAGON by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers

Lexile     AD460          Pages     40          Ages     4 - 6
AR Quiz No. 157358 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


Crispin Blaze has a very important day coming up. It will be his 7th birthday, the day when dragons can finally breathe fire! But when it is time for Crispin to light his birthday candles . . . . .

What comes out? Pick up a copy of Not Your Typical Dragon and find out!

This is a great book for children who feel that they are a little bit different and don't fit in.  It is funny and lets kids know that friendships can be found even if you're not like everyone else. It also teaches  that diversity is an important part of life, as in the end Crispin's difference is what saves the day. I also like how, despite the fact that Crispin can't breathe fire like his father and his grandfather and his great grandfather before him, his family loves him and stands up for him when he is ridiculed.

Not Your Typical Dragon is an all-around great book for any child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie


Not Your Typical Dragon can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THE RELATIVES CAME by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

This is my 100th post! Woooohoooo!


Lexile     AD940          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 5537 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 4.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


When I was young my great aunt and uncle had a small, ten acre farm with a big two story farmhouse. They had chickens and vegetables, a falling-down barn and a small farm stand.  Every year my mom, dad, sister and I would go to the farm, along with a whole battalion of aunts, uncles and cousins. We would pick, gather eggs, play horseshoes and cards. We would jump off the chicken house (one year I almost broke my arm) and play hide and seek in the corn. We would eat and laugh and sleep in piles.  My memories of the farm are among my most cherished.  

Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came make all of those memories come flooding in. It is an amazing celebration of family that you won't want to miss!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie 

 The Relatives Came can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.



 With much love this is
 in memory of  my
Great Aunt Annie and Uncle Dave
of
Logansport, Indiana.
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

THE POCKET MOMMY by Rachel Eugster, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 6
No AR information available at this time.

Samuel is in kindergarten.  It's hard for him when Mommy leaves him at the door each day, and he tells her he wishes she was tiny so he could keep her in his pocket.  She pretends to slip a tiny pocket mommy into his shirt pocket and leaves.

At Circle Time Samuel is surprised to find that his pocket feels heavy and somthing is wiggling around in there.  He takes a quick peek and is astounded when he finds a REAL pocket mommy!

Having a mommy around to help is great stuff - at first.  But as the day progresses and the pocket mommy sticks her nose into everything and causes trouble, Samuel finds that sometimes it's more fun and satisfying to manage on his own.

Pocket Mommy will help little ones suffering from separation anxiety to realize that they can take that first step toward independence, and that it just might be more fun than always having Mommy do things for them. They will also get a kick out of the predicaments the pocket mommy gets herself into and that Samuel has to rescue her from.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Pocket Mommy can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, March 17, 2014

NOTHING SCARES US by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Neal Layton

Lexile     AD30          Pages     24          Ages 5 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 46098 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 2.2 - AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RP


Lucy and Lenny are best friends. Together they conquer pirates and aliens and all manner of scary things.  "We are the Fearless Two," they declare.

But there is one thing Lucy is afraid of - scary shows on the television. Lenny has no idea of Lucy's fear and has her watch "The Creature" with him.  Lucy is terrified but manages to hide it from Lenny, not wanting him to stop being her friend because of her fear. He asks her to come back the next day and watch the next episode and Lucy reluctantly agrees.

When she arrives at Lenny's the next day he runs straight to the TV. Lucy sits down with him but keeps her eyes closed.  All of a sudden she hears a scream - she opens her eyes and there on the TV is the Creature but she doesn't see Lenny anywhere!

Where is Lenny? Does Lucy find him? And just what made him disappear in the first place?

Check out Nothing Scares Us and find the answers to these burning questions and also learn the fate of the friendship between Lucy and Lenny.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Nothing Scares Us can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


















Friday, February 28, 2014

MOUSETRONAUT by Astronaut Mark Kelly, illustrated by C.F. Payne

Lexile     670          Pages     32          Ages     5-7
 AR Quiz No. 154908 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 5.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Final preparations are being made for the space shuttle mission and NASA is sending some mousey guests on this flight.  The mice are working hard at their training, hoping to be one of the ones chosen for this important mission.  The smallest mouse, Meteor, is training hardest of all and to the surprise of all the other mice he is chosen!  During take-off the bigger mice are afraid and when they reach outer space where there is no gravity they don't like that either.  But Meteor is unafraid and has all kinds of fun floating around the spacecraft.  During the flight the astronauts are very busy, taking spacewalks and doing experiments.  Meteor is disappointed because there is nothing he can do to help. But then, "Oh no!" The key for the control panel has fallen into a crack between two computers and none of the astronauts can reach it.  Meteor thinks, "Finally! Something I can do to be helpful!"  He squeezes into the crack and pulls with all of his mousey strength, the key comes loose and he takes it out to the astronauts.  Meteor has saved the mission!  When the flight returns to Earth, Meteor is declared a hero and given a brand new space suit and the official title of Mousetronaut!

The story of Meteor is partially true - he is based on a small mouse that accompanied Mark Kelly and his crew on their first mission on the space shuttle Endeavour.  While the real Meteor remained in the cage for the entire flight, he stirred Kelly's imagination and the outcome was this book.

Mousetronaut is a fun way to introduce space travel to young children. It also demonstrates how important team work can be and lets children know that being small can be just as important as being big - there is a niche in life for one and all.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Mousetronaut can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here
http://tinyurl.com/cq4ur5r and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS of MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce, illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

Lexile     Ad650          Pages     56          Ages     5 - 7
  AR Quiz No. 152402 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

"Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.

"His life was a book of his own writing,
one orderly page after another."

Morris would record his hopes and dreams,  his experiences and his milestones.  One day a storm blows in, turning things topsy-turvy.  Everything Morris knows is all mixed up, even the words of his book. Without his familiar surroundings, and the anchoring words of his past, Morris is lost.

A stroke of luck leads Morris to a fantastical world where books can fly, and where they truly come to life. Once he enters, he knows he has found his new home.

So begins the amazing story of Morris Lessmore and his life-long love affair with books.

A blend of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a 2014 Young Hoosier Award nominee and also the inspiration for an Academy Award winning short film, will speak to anyone who loves the written word, young and old alike.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie
 
 The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, February 3, 2014

FRAIDYZOO by Thyra Heder

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     48          Ages 4 - 8

Little T's family wants to go to the zoo.  When she says she is afraid to go to the zoo they ask, "Why?"  But Little T can't remember. So begins the adventure of Little T's family and their quest to discover why she is afraid of the zoo.

This is the cutest book! At first glance, it's a book about being afraid of going to the zoo. After you've read a few pages, you discover Fraidyzoo is a wonderfully imaginative ABC book!  It will get your little one's thinking cap buzzing (and sometimes yours too!) as it displays some of the letters, but sometimes just gives hints about what animal is being portrayed by Little T's family with their creative animal costumes made from everyday things around the house.  The story teaches not only letters, but also alphabetical order and letter sounds as well as creativity.  The twist at the end of the story will give all readers a good laugh.

Fraidyzoo is a must for any child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Fraidyzoo can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

THREE HENS AND A PEACOCK by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole

Lexile     AD590          Pages     32          Ages     5 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 148103 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 3.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RP


The Tucker's farm was quiet; the hens laid, the cows gave milk, and now and then a car would stop at the little farm stand out front. Then one day, the peacock showed up.

He had no idea what to do on a farm so he wandered down to the road and strutted his stuff, like peacocks do.  All of a sudden a LOT of cars were stopping! And when they stopped to see the peacock, they were buying milk and eggs and produce too! Yay!

The hens, however, were not happy.  They did all the work laying the eggs while the peacock got all the attention!  The peacock heard them complaining and he felt sad, thinking he wasn't being helpful around the farm.

The old hound dog suggested that the hens and the peacock try switching jobs for a day. What a great idea! The hens get all gussied up in their best finery and the peacock readies himself to lay eggs.

Does the switch work?

Read Three Hens and a Peacock and find out!

I like this book because it lets children know that no one is good at everything but everyone is good at something.  I love Henry Cole's illustrations! The picture of the hens in their finery made me laugh right out loud. : )

You can't go wrong with Three Hens and a Peacock.  It's fun and funny and has a good message too.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Three Hens and a Peacock can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

BUGS IN MY HAIR! by David Shannon


 Lexile     AD520          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 161423 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RP

Lice . . . . . ew.  Just . . . . . EW!  But they are a fact of life and aren't shy about making the rounds at work, at school, at home.  A child's first reaction upon learning he or she has lice is often shame, thinking that they are dirty or must have done something wrong to have been infested.

David Shannon's approach is both informative and whimsical.  He helps children understand that they aren't alone and they shouldn't be ashamed.  He explains the process for ridding a person of lice, letting them know that it could be a lengthy proposition, and one that may need to be repeated.  He talks about where they possibly could have picked them up. 

And he does all this while making them smile, and that's a good thing.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Bugs in my Hair! can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.