Reviews and Blog Posts: picture books

Otter and odder

by James Howe

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Will love conquer all? An otter looks at a fish one day, and realizes he is in love. But he knows that he shouldn't be in love with his food source! The other animals will talk...It is unnatural! A wise beaver reminds otter that he can also follow the way...

First Day of School Books

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Behold, the first day of school...a time that fills the hearts of parents and children with excitement and dread, often in equal measure.

Particularly for brand new preschoolers and kindergartners, as well as for other children who have never been to school, the first day can be a time of wondering and worry as much as anticipation and excitement. A great way to soothe fears as well as celebrate this new experience is to share a picture book about beginning school, the first day of school, and other school-related experiences.

For first-day fears, try these titles to help reassure children:

Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat

by Susanna Reich

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This lovely picture book introduces kids to Julia Child via her cat, Minette. Wonderful vocabulary (including lots of French words--pronunciation guide in the back), beautiful illustrations by Amy Bates, and even  great Afterword and Notes sections talking about source. This book will delight anyone who is interested in cats, food,...

Zelda the varigoose

by Sebastian Loth

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In this gem of a picture book simple illustrations of Zelda the goose, from Remembering Crystal, are overlaid with transparent pages that transform her into animals like a goosnail, goosephant, and googiraffe. Zelda extols the virtues of the animal guises she puts on, but in the end Zelda admits she...

Get Groovy with Pete the Cat

Book jacket of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Calling all Pete the Cat fans! Put on your white shoes and head over to the Green Valley Ranch Branch on Monday, July 9 at 10:30 am to meet Eric Litwin, author of the Pete the Cat picture books.

Sing and dance along with Mr. Eric as he plays guitar and harmonica and shares his musical stories. While fun for all ages, Mr. Eric is a sure-fire hit with the preschool set.

A former classroom teacher, Mr. Eric has performed at Lincoln Center and at schools and libraries across the country. He is the winner of a Parents Choice Award and currently has two books on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Get in the mood for Mr. Eric's visit by checking out these titles:

Lulu and the brontosaurus

by Judith Viorst

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Lulu always gets what she wants. If she doesn't, she throws a fit, screeching until the light bulbs burst, and then her parents give in. So what happens when she decides that she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday? Not only are they extinct, but they might not make very...

The cow loves cookies

by Karma Wilson

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Everyone on the farm eats their own type of food. The farmer feeds the horse hay, there's corn for the geese, and the pigs want their slop. But not the cow--the cow wants cookies! Kids will love this repeating, rhyming story--just make sure to have some cookies (and milk!) on...

Extraordinary pets

by Harriet Ziefert

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Yes, lots of kids have dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and fish. But what would it be like to have a truly unique pet? One that swings, is wild and woolly, or walks tall? This lift the flap book will delight all animal lovers, and kids can try to figure...

Tutus aren't my style

by Linda Skeers

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When Emma receives a ballerina outfit from Uncle Leo, she doesn't quite know what to do with it. She doesn't know how to be a ballerina, but everyone around her, from the mailman to her brother, has advice on what to do and how to act. Emma realizes that she's...

Waiting for winter

by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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A deer tells a squirrel about snow, "White and wet and cold and soft." The squirrel decides to stay awake this winter and see the snow. The squirrel's attempts to stay awake (vigorous exercise, singing sea shanties) wake up a hedgehog and a squirrel, who also want to see this...

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