By Steve Voake
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things, wasps are building their nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hung. But it's not always so easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures….
Become an insect detective and find out just what the insects around you are up to!
Groundhog Phil's Message
By Barbara Birenbaum
Story Within a Story® Story- Life of Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, history and traditions of Groundhog Day. Story within a Story-Lives of other groundhogs of PA, WI, NJ, NC, GA and FL that also predict weather and their traditions. Includes Indian folklore of Punxsutawney, Old World to New World history of forecasting Feb 2nd. Locator map, dictionary, sheet music w/lyrics
The Giving Tree
By Shel Silverstein
"Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave.
This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Sel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
ZATHURA: A Space Adventure
By Chris Van Allsburg
On the last page of the Caldecott Medal-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running home with a game tucked under his arm. Now, after twenty years, Chris Van Allsburg is ready to reveal what happens when Danny and his brother roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura and Walter and Danny Budwing are in for the ride of their lives.
Only the mind and hand of Chris Van Allsburg could create such a fantastic world where shifts in time and space and perspective take the reader on an extraordinary journey.
The Kissing Hand
By Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school--he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he'll love school--with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that's been in the family for years--the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son's hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm--smack dab in the middle: "Chester felt his mother's kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart." Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother's kiss. Chester is so pleased with his Kissing Hand that he--in a genuinely touching moment--gives his mom a Kissing Hand, too, to comfort her when he is away. Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand, published by the Child Welfare League of America, is just the right book for any child taking that fledgling plunge into preschool--or for any youngster who is temporarily separated from home or loved ones. The rough but endearing raccoon illustrations are as satisfying and soothing for anxious children as the simple story. (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson
By Treat Williams
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
"Ready for takeoff!"
Ellie and her brother, Gill, are in for a special treat. Their dad is taking them to the air show! And even better--he's taking them on his plane!
The air show is filled with every imaginable model of aircraft, from a World War II B-17 to a huge Boeing 787. And, of course--stunt planes. Big sky loops, huge nosedives, even barrel rolls--every stunt is amazing!
Ready, set, ZOOOOOM!
Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off
By Pat Stemper Vojta
Illustrated by Olga Levitskiy
Mr. Groundhog tries to give his Groundhog Day duties away. He is tired of everyone getting mad at him when they see his shadow. He does not want to be blamed for six more weeks of winter anymore. He asks his friends to take on the responsibilities, but they are not interested. Instead, one by one, his friends who him how he is perfectly suited to the role. As the day progresses, Mr. Groundhog finds a way to enjoy his special day.
To create the illustrations for Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off, the drawings are made in full scale and then are transferred to watercolor board. Watercolors, and at times acrylic paints, are built up in layers. This is followed with colored pencils, which are used to finesse the details and add texture to the painting.
By Gail Gibbons
Every February 2, people all across America wonder about the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Will he see his shadow on that day or won't he? Will spring come early or late? Here is information about Groundhog Day and its origins, as well as facts about the animal at the center of this delightful annual event.
Froggie Went A-Courtin'
By Iza Trapani
Froggie went a-courtin', and he did ride.
A dapper young frog, dressed in his best, sets out to find the perfect bride. But as in all great romances, this young suitor encounters a few bumps along the way. Children will cheer as the determined young hero overcomes disappointment to discover that his heart's desire, his perfect match, has been waiting all along in his own backyard.
Iza Trapani keeps her audience smiling and singing as they move through the pages of this delightful retelling of a 400-year-old Scottish folksong.