Thursday, March 13, 2014

Catching up on Library checkouts

Wow, February went by quickly. I visited PA with the boys for six days, then brought my mom down to visit with us for 10 days before she flew back to Fort Myers, FL. We have been busy and still checking out books at the library, so I have some catching up to do on our library books if I want to keep a good record of what we are reading We have been there three times since the last time I posted!

Two Travelers
By Christopher Manson
ISBN: 0-8050-1214-1

When the emperor Charlemagne sends his servant Isaac with greetings of peace to the caliph of Baghdad, the caliph in return presents him with "an entire elephant" named Abulabaz, whom Isaac must then escort to France. It's an uneasy match, for elephant and man are truly strangers to each other, and the two set out on their journey with mutual distrust. But as they cross stormy seas and rugged mountains, the two travelers begin to rely on one another, and by trip's end Isaac and Abulabaz are the best of friends. What will happen when they have to part?

Based on a historical account of Charlemagne's court and illustrated with handsome, detailed watercolors, Christopher Manson's tale is an exciting evocation of the eight century, and the poignant story of two travelers' journey to friendship.

Weeds Find a Way
By Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Illustrated by Caroly Fisher
ISBN: 9-781442-412606

Love them or loathe them, weeds are here to stay, finding their way into cracks and crevices, fields and flower beds, and maybe--just maybe--into your heart, too.

Planes Fly!
By George Ella Lyon
Illustrated by Mick Wiggins
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5025-7
 Planes fly! and so will you.
Welcome aboard--- Your flight leaves in...
one page.

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo
By John Lithgow
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
ISBN: 978-1-4424-6743-9
Oh, children! Remember! Whatever you may do, never play music right next to the zoo.
They'll burst from their cages, each beast and each bird, desperate to play all the music they've heard.

While a little boy and his family listen to an outdoor concert, chaos ensues: The nearby zoo animals decide to join in on the fun! John Lithgow's lyrical text leads to harmonious hilarity in this story that introduces musical instruments in a low-key way. Lively illustrations by Leeza Hernandez showing the exuberant animals and the disgruntled conductor and musicians brighten this tale even more. A CD of John Lithgow performing "Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo" is included.

What's Your Favorite Animal
By Eric Carle and Friends
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9641-5
Everybody has a favorite animal. Some like little white dogs or big black cats or hoppy brown bunnies best. Others prefer squishy snails or tall giraffes or yellow spotted leopards. 
In this book, fourteen beloved children's book artists draw their favorite animals and explain why they love them. Readers will undoubtedly be inspired to create favorite animal drawings and stories of their own!

Tap the Magic Tree
By Christie Matheson
ISBN: 978-0-06-227445-8

There is magic in every tree.
The tall, silent one
in the woods.
The small, bumpy one
in the park.
Even the bare brown tree
in your backyard.

As the seasons change, 
trees change, too.
They sprout leaves.
The leaves change color.
Sometimes flowers bloom.
Sometimes apples grow.
Trees shelter birds and 
feed squirrels and bees.

There is magic in every tree.
And in this book,
you become the magician.
Tap, clap, wiggle, jiggle, 
and then…
turn the page.

Baby Penguins Everywhere!
By Melissa Guion
ISBN: 978-0-399-25535-9

Time spent alone can be nice, peaceful. But it can also become lonely.
What happens when alone time disappears--when babies arrive and what was quiet becomes chaos?
If those babies are penguins, you can be sure that mischief and an abundance of cuteness are on tap.
Melissa Guion's brilliant ode to family life is full of waiting smiles and the knowledge that however tiring it may be, parenthood is always worth the effort.

Mud Is Cake
By Pam Munoz Ryan
Illustrated by David McPhail
ISBN: 078680501-3

Mud is cake if you pretend and don't really take a bite. 
And juice is tea with a fairy queen if you act it out just right.

In this fanciful book, Pam Munoz Ryan's whimsical rhyming verse is paired with vibrant, classic paintings by acclaimed illustrator David McPhail. Together, they celebrate the joyful innocence and magical treasure of children's play.

What Does the Fox Say?
By Ylvis
Illustrated by Svein Nyhus
ISBN: 978-4814-2223-9

Dog goes woof.
Cat goes meow.
Bird goes tweet and 
mouse goes squeak….
But what does the fox say?

Steam Train, Dream Train
By Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Through the darkness, clickety0clack…
coming closer, down the track…

The #1 New York Times bestselling team that brought you Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another entertaining book for bedtime!
The dream train pulls into the station. One by one the train cars are loaded- polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises load the auto rack with race cars, kangaroos fill the hooper car with balls. Sweet (and silly) dreams are guaranteed for every train enthusiast!

Press Here
By Herve-Tullet
ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5

Press here.
That's right.
Just press the yellow dot.
and turn the page.
The single touch of a finger sparks a whimsical dance of color and motion in this joyful celebration of the power of imagination.

Festivals of the World IRELAND
By: Patricia McKay
Picture research by: Susan Jane Manuel
ISBN: 0-8368-2004-5

Celebrating Easter
By Shelly Nielsen
Illustrated by: Marie-Claude Monchaux
ISBN: 1-56239-069-4

The Rainbow Fish
By Marcus Pfister
ISBN: 1-55858-009-3

The Rainbow Fish is an international bestseller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foilstamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child-appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions, that gives the book its lasting value.

Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster's Cave
By Marcus Pfister
ISBN: 0-7358-1536-4

The glittering hero of the award-winning international best-sellers, The Rainbow Fish, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!, and Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale, returns. This time, in order to find healing algae for the ailing bumpy-backed fish, Rainbow Fish rashly volunteers to brave the dreaded Sea Monsters' Cave--the most dangerous place in the ocean. Warned by his friends about the dreadful denizens of the sep--the rock monsters, the five-eyed glove fish, and the horrible creature with a thousand arms, Rainbow Fish, accompanied by the little blue fish, musters all his courage and sets out on the perilous quest.

Rainbow Fish Finds His Way
By Marcus Pfister
ISBN: 0-7358-2085-6

Marcus Pfister's award-winning Rainbow Fish is back--in a brand new adventure! This time, Rainbow Fish tests lost in an undersea storm and has to find his way back home. Luckily, with the help of some new friends, it isn't long before Rainbow Fish is reunited with his glittering school of fish.

Little Lost Tiger
By Jonathan London
Illustrated by Ilya Spirin
ISBN: 978-0-7614-6130-2
A mother Siberian tiger and her cub step silently into the forest, floating like mist in the moonlight.
The mother nudges her cub beneath a fallen tree as she goes in search of food.
Suddenly, there's a roar louder than any tiger's.
The cub squeals for his mother.
Will he find her in the flame-lit wilderness?