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My Lucky Day
by Keiko Kasza
A hungry fox is sure that it's his lucky day when a delectable-looking pig knocks on his door by mistake. Mr. Fox grabs his squealing guest and starts to prepare a feast, but the pig asks him to wait, pointing out, "I'm filthy. Shouldn't you wash me first?" The fox prepares a lovely bath and the pig compliments him on being "a terrific scrubber." But then, the pig continues, shouldn't he be fattened up a bit? And shouldn't he be massaged so that he won't be tough? Mr. Fox grudgingly complies with these requests and soon finds himself so exhausted that "He couldn't lift a finger, let alone a roasting pan." The pig heads home, clean, well fed, relaxed, and ready to plan his next call on an unsuspecting predator. (Excerpt: School Library Journal)
Mother, Mother I Want Another
by Maria Polushin Robbins
When Mother Mouse puts her child to bed, she kisses him good night. But he starts to cry, declaring, "I want another, Mother." She assumes he wants another mother, and the story continues from there as she enlists various animals to be his other mother (even as she looks rather stricken at the prospect). A cumulative, satisfyingly repetitive story, this also offers young children a chance to get the joke well before the adult does. (Excerpt: School Library Journal)
The Show-And-Tell Lion
by Barbara Abercrombie
Matthew has nothing to share for show-and-tell, so he informs his class that a lion is living at his house. Everyone believes him, and this initial lie spawns many others, as the boy must answer questions about his pet's daily activities and invent fresh excuses as to why no one can come to see it. Eventually Matthew confesses the situation to his mother, who tells him he must be honest with his classmates. (Excerpt: School Library Journal)
The Three Snow Bears
by Jan Brett
Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. Thatâ€™s because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear's bed. Jan traveled to the far North to meet the Inuit people and see the amazing land where they live. Dramatic illustrations capture the shimmering ice,
snow and deep blue seas of the Arctic, and when Jan adds a raven-haired Inuit girl and her appealing huskies, an endearing family of polar bears, and playful Arctic animals in the borders, the result is one of her most beautiful picture books. (Amazon Summary)
by Piers Harper
A young polar bear leaves his cozy arctic den on the first day of spring to meet the world. His mother warns him to stay close, but exploring is so much fun that he soon becomes lost. A girl who is fishing feeds him and takes him home in her dogsled. Full-spread illustrations contain lots of white accentuated mostly with blues, greens, purples, and browns. (Excerpt: School Library Journal)
Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World
by Juliana Hatkoff et.al and Dr. Gerald R.
When Knut was born, the first polar bear cub at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years, he was no bigger than a
snowball and unable to care for himself. His mother, a rescued East German circus bear, didn't know how to take care of Knut and rejected him. Knut would have died if it weren't for Thomas Dorflein, a zookeeper who nurtured Knut, feeding him, sleeping with him, and giving him the love and attention Knut needed to thrive. But Thomas wasn't the only one who adopted Knut. The adorable little polar bear captured the world's attention, and now Knut is loved around the globe.(Amazon Summary)
by Gail Gibbons
This charmingly illustrated book is full of facts about this Arctic animal: where it lives, what it eats, how it gets its food, when it mates, how it rears its young, and the dangers it faces. Temperatures are given in Fahrenheit and Celsius, weight in pounds and kilograms, height in feet and meters. Although lots of information is imparted, some readers may be left with questions. For example, the text states that a polar bear "is able to catch a seal about every five days." (Excerpt: School Library Journal)
The Thanksgiving Bowl
by Virginia L. Kroll.
Grandma hosts Thanksgiving each year. In the front hall sits the yellow "Thanksgiving Bowl". As each member of a family arrives she writes an "I'm thankful for" note and places it in the bowl. Grandma reads the notes during dessert and family members guess who wrote each note. The Thanksgiving, the bowl is accidentally left outside, where it rolls off on month by month series of adventures and then returns to where its journey began. -- Summary by Mrs. Chauncey (Holiday, Sequence of events.)
Grandma's Feather Bed by Christopher Canyon. Hooray for feather beds! Huge and soft, the perfect place to play ... and before you know it ... sleep. One of John Denver’s most popular songs brings back favorite childhood memories. This is the fourth in Dawn Publications' highly acclaimed John Denver & Kids picture book series, adapted and illustrated by award-winning artist Christopher Canyon. The hardback edition comes with a CD of John Denver singing this children's classic. -- Amazon Editorial Review (Music & Literacy)
Gentle Giant Octopus
by Karen Wallace
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Brief text and watercolor paintings describe how a female giant octopus moves, protects herself, and lays her eggs. The illustrations have a sense of drama; in one picture, the octopus fills the whole page, her long tentacles flying behind her in the blue-green ocean. At one point, a crab attacks and an eel rips off a tentacle with its daggerlike teeth. Each page has just a few sentences in large print, but they provide a basic introduction to the animal and many interesting facts. Although this book is classified as nonfiction, the information is related as a story. -- School Library Journal excerpt (Non-Fiction, Informational Text)
Welcome to the World of Octopuses
by Diane Swanson.
With no bones and no nose, octopuses use their eight long arms for touching, smelling and even tasting! While some are as small as a paper clip, others can grow to the length of three doors. These intelligent animals enjoy living by themselves and eating a lot of seafood -- crabs, scallops and fish. Filled with amazing facts and color photographs, this book provides a fascinating look at the undersea world. Each book in the Welcome to the World of Series introduces children to wildlife through color photographs, lively description and amazing facts.-- Amazon excerpt (Non-Fiction, Informational Text)
An Octopus is Amazing
by Patricia Lauber.
An assortment of facts are presented in this charming introduction to the truly amazing octopus. Lauber's chatty, fact-filled text makes the book a good read-aloud, and Keller's amusing and colorful drawings enhance it by depicting exactly what is described on each page--a perfect match of text and illustration..... -- School Library Journal excerpt (Non-Fiction, Informational Text)
by Michelle Knudsen
Miss Merriweather, head librarian and decorum-keeper, first meets Lion when he saunters past his stone counterparts and into the stacks. Scowling circulation assistant Mr. McBee seems intent on having the enormous cat ejected, but his boss declares that as long as he breaks no rules, he is welcome. The beast does misbehave though, roaring loud displeasure when storytime ends. At Miss Merriweather's reprimand, the contrite-looking lion promises to reform. In fact, he becomes something of a fixture in the building, dusting with his tail, licking envelopes, and serving as a stepstool for small patrons. Everyone appreciates him-except Mr. McBee. When Lion lets out another tremendous "RAAAHHHRRR!," the man bursts into Miss Merriweather's office to snitch-and there he finds her in distress, having fallen from a stool and broken her arm. Lion, Ã la Lassie, has saved the day, but he is so chagrined by his own rule-breaking behavior that he doesn't return to the library. People miss him. Even Mr. McBee. A feel-good ending and a reminder that "Sometimes, there is a good reason to break the rules" bring the story to its most-satisfactory conclusion. (School Library Journal Review)
(Unit: Reading ~ Story Elements)
Little Panda by Joanne Ryder. K Ryder introduces readers to Hua Mei via photographs taken inside the panda den, and then shows how her days unfold during her first year of life at the San Diego Zoo. The large sans-serif text is infused with adjectives and exclamations, giving a storylike quality to the primary narrative: "Look at her! She is sitting and standing now, eager to take her first steps." Smaller, italicized text gives a factual account of her biological development such as, "Pandas are born blind.-It can take up to four months before a panda will take its first steps." Full-color photographs capture the adorable youngster and her mother engaging in typical panda antics.-- School Library Journal excerpt (Non-Fiction, Informational Text)
Panda Goes to School
by Jaye Morrow
Panda is getting ready for his first day of shcool. He begins to worry that Mama won't be able to get along without him. Will she be lonely when he is at school? Who will help her to make lunch? Mama reassures Panda that he need not worry. When Panda gets to school, his fears overwhelm him. With the help of a kind teacher and a wise mother, Panda makes it through the day. -- Mrs. C.
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family, Independence)