Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What's New at the Library?

By Leslie Colin Tribble

It's time once again, for the latest review of new books in the Children's Library of the Park County Library in Cody, Wyoming. I don't know what winter has been like in your neck of the woods, but out here in the sagebrush, it's been downright polar, despite what the calendar says. So grab a steamy cup of tea and gather around for a look at a few new picture books.



Quiet by Tomie dePaola

Quiet is a wonderful book about a grandfather and his grandchildren taking a moment to be still and quiet. Tomie carefully sets the tone of a busy world as the group watches birds, dragonflies, the family dog and a frog engage in their busy animal lives. It's grandfather who suggests the group sit down on a bench for a rest and to be quiet. The final page states, "To be quiet and still is a special thing." This is a wonderful book to address the need for a break from the frantic pace of modern life. Adults and children need moments to retreat from everything that makes our lives busy - technology, calendars, cars, and even work. We need to remember it's when we are quiet that we can see and truly think. That's a lasting gift we can give children.



Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda

I enjoyed this book, because yes, it has a cute bunny, but also because it the interactive nature of the text. I'm not a real fan of books that ask the reader to do something, but in this title it made a lot of sense and seemed fun. Bunny is hungry but can't quite reach the apples so he asks the reader to shake, blow, and tilt the book to help him get the apples and take them home. There's a bright red ribbon in the book that is also a prop to help the bunny reach the apples and cross a chasm. Ingenious! The illustrations are simple and in shades of gold, brown and black with some red for a splash of color. Young children will enjoy interacting with Hungry Bunny.



The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Following on the apple theme is this engaging book with its cumulative text. The book starts with an apple pie baked by Papa (I appreciate that Mama didn't have to bake this pie), and works backwards from the roots, rain, clouds, sky and sun that make the pie possible. This cumulative text quietly reinforces the inter-relatedness of the natural world. With another nod to Hungry Bunny, this book is also in shades of brown, black and gold with only the apples providing color. The illustrations are deceptively complex, so there's plenty to look for on each page. There are also three wordless spreads which work to move to story along. Hungry Bunny and The Apple Pie that Papa Baked would be fun books to read together.



Where is My Balloon? by Ariel Bernstein; illustrated by Scott Magoon

Owl and Monkey are very happy. Owl has a wonderful red balloon and Monkey has a sock with a perfectly shaped hole. What happens when Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon is hysterical. I adored the expressions on the faces of these characters who are oh so human. Every child can relate to both Owl and Monkey when it comes to breaking someone else's toy. The text is very simple, but overflowing with great adjectives. The illustrations contain little background putting Owl and Monkey right in the center of the action. This keeps the reader focused on the interaction between our two characters. What a fun read, with a bonus that everyone can tell their own Owl and Monkey story afterward.



Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Adam Schaefer

From a tiny acorn comes a wonderful forest. This is another cumulative text, starting with because of an acorn, a tree grows. The story pulls in other facets of the forest from flowers, to seeds, to chipmunks, to hawks, and back to acorns emphasizing the web of life within the forest. There is backmatter about ecosystems and a small section on what can you do to help forests. I think this book would make a great first look at conservation for very young children. Start them young!

14 comments:

  1. I'm excited to see this new books. Now to my TBR pile. I am especially interested in the cumulative text ones, Leslie. Love your library posts.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I love having a "professional" reason to immerse myself in kid books. :)

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  2. Love learning about new books! Nice overviews. :) Washington state has been in the same NOT spring but snowy/icy season too long. It snowed yesterday and I heard of one school district south of us being closed. Definitely time for a hot cup of tea and some good books. :)

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    1. Angie, hang in there. Spring must be on it's way. Enjoy some great books! Thanks for reading.

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  3. Great bunch of books. Thanks for sharing your list.

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  4. Leslie: While these titles are familiar, I have read BECAUSE OF AN ACORN only. Your summary of each book entices me. Looks like I have some must reading to do.

    Spring is coming!
    Suzy

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    1. We can only hope about spring finally showing up! Enjoy the books Suzy!

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  5. Thank you, Leslie, for sharing these amazing mentor texts! Took some time to drink the tea and watch the clouds :) Stay warm!

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  6. Looks like lots of good ones are coming through your doors! Thanks for the update!

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  7. You're welcome Jilanne! Thanks for reading.

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  8. I appreciate all these titles new to me, Leslie!
    They sound like the kind of picture books to Read Aloud & then at the end,
    kids will want us to read them, again.

    Scott Magoon is always a hoot.

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  9. thank you for introduction of books. Interesting.
    have a great day

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