Archive for November, 2006

holiday books

If you need a good holiday themed picture book, come to the library!  The children’s department at the Hamilton branch has pulled out all of our holiday picture books and put them in a special display next to the children’s service desk, making it easy for you to choose some great stories to read to your kids (or have them read to you!)  Come and check out the holiday books! 

–Miss Tracey

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news article

A study was recently conducted by two psychologists, who found out what we as parents and libarians already knew.  Reading picture books to kids really does help them learn!  The study worked with 18- to 30-month-old toddlers, but I think we can safely extend what they learned to apply to older kids, as well.  Read the CBS news article for yourself and find out what you knew before the psychologists did.

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poetry Friday

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

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Cheerful yet soothing rhymes take kids to dreamland, as they jump on the Goodnight Train.  The Goodnight Train leaves at sunset and rolls through the darkness, the kids aboard the train tucked in with their jammies on and their teddies in arms.   The train finally pulls into home, lulling kids with a “hush-a, hush-a, hush-a, hush-a-sleeeeeeeeep” and everyone aboard heads off to dreamland.

The illustrations are sweetly cartoony, and done in soft blues and muted colors to help convince kids that it’s time for sleeping.  There is much to look at here, with funny signs and lots of animals getting ready for bed in unexpected ways.

A fun book for train lovers, and a great book for bedtime, as well.

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book review

The Queen’s Feet by Sarah Ellis

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Queen Daisy has trouble with her feet–they just won’t behave!  They want to jump into ponds, crash up and down stairs in heavy boots, dance the hornpipe, and even kick visiting royalty in the ankle.  Even though Queen Daisy apologizes, her people tell her that “something must be done about those feet, once and for all”.  So Queen Daisy calls for help, especially from the “footmen” in the kingdom, and a compromise is reached.  

The cartoonish illustrations are colorful and simple, with large pictures on white backgrounds.  They keep the focus of the book on the feet, as Queen Daisy is pictured from the ankles down throughout most of the book.

This is a fun story for those who can’t keep their feet still!

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poetry Friday

Yummy!  Eating Through the Day selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

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A delicious group of humerous poems about all kinds of food, this anthology will take kids from breakfast to bedtime snack, with all kinds of food in between.    Distinguished poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has selected short poems ranging from “Ketchup” and “Jell-o Cups” to “Peas” and “Macaroni and Cheese”.   While the actual words may be over the head of most young readers, the sound of the poems coming off the tongue will mesmerize them, and they will love the extremely bright illustrations, done in vivid, contrasting colors and showing food and kitchenware with faces.   Kids and their adults should savor this delectable meal of a book together.

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book review

Aggie and Ben: Three Stories by Lori Ries

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Ben is a kid and Aggie is his dog, and together they make for a great picture book.  In the first story, we find out how Ben came to choose a dog for a pet.  He considers many animals, but also considers the actual consequences of owning each animal (a snake might make mommy scream).  In the second story, we find Aggie and Ben getting to know each other, as Ben finds they can share many characteristics, but says no to drinking out of the toilet.  The third story shows the developing friendship between Aggie and Ben as they settle in for the night and help each other get to sleep. 

The illustrations are a huge part of the story, and are the perfect match to the text.  Simple but with a very modern feel, the pen and ink drawings add another dimension to the storytelling, and are delightfully funny, as well.

This is an easy reader, and would be perfect for those kids who are beginning to read on their own, but still need simple text, and is also one of the few readers that is also a great read aloud for any age. 

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