Tuesday, May 09, 2006

So many books, so little time

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Just a few days ago we received a package from Great Aunt Maureen containing a treasure trove of books from Politics and Prose and a very cool pint-sized bag to lug the veritable library back and forth from ama and papa's house to Lori's and back home again. She will NOT be parted from them.

So if you are looking for some interesting reads check out the following titles:

"What Would You Rather Be?" by William Steig, illustrated by Harry Bliss. This is a sweetly drawn little book that Annabel loves because she gets to CHOOSE as we go along. For the record, Annabel would like to be the stone, the man (not the knee or elbow), the dog, the snake, the elephant and the BOY hockey player (not the girl hockey player).

"Widget" by Lyn Rossiter McFarland, illustrated by Jim McFarland. There are absolutely NO questions (or fidgeting) when we're reading this one about a homeless dog that takes up residence with a house full of cats. Always a good sign when they can't take their eyes off the page.

"Shoes" by Elizabeth Winthrop, illustrated by William Joyce. Annabel is as interested in footwear as the next toddler, and this vintage-esqe (c. 1986) volume is charming. It's cleverly rhymed and beautifully illustrated. The topper is it's making Annabel think about trying on something other than her well-loved "purple murples."

"Jennie's Hat" by Ezra Jack Keats. If you've got any residual fear of avian life as a result of Hitchcock's "The Birds," you may want to steer clear of this book. For the rest of us, however, it's a delightful little tale of a not-so-gracious girl who is helped realize a dream by some of the feathered friends she feeds at the park. And the pictures are more ART than illustration.


cloudscome said...

I love Widget. I love bookbags too, and kids who love bookbags...

Danielle said...

Thanks for the tips. I am always looking for good books for my four year old. We have tons of books, some good. But I checked this book out from the library and it is GREAT! I purchase a copy of our own. It is our favorite! It is called "The Lion and The Little Red Bird".
By Elisa Kleven
It is touching and poetic and the illustrations are magical.