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.