Staff picks by Leita from Jr.
Wonderful Deb Diesen of "Pout Pout Fish" fame shares a loving vignette of a little girl and her grandfather strolling through the woods on a brilliant fall day. Not only do they greet a woolly caterpillar, a flock of geese, and soft autumn chrysanthemums, but they honor all that the season offers as they reveal their pleasure in each other's company. A landscape rich with the voices of nature, companionship, and just the right pumpkin make for a happy day.
Woolbur is back! Isn't it great? This is a happy and positive first-day-of-school story about our favorite personable little sheep who is open to new experiences like riding the school bus and eating in the cafeteria. He likes himself and shares his joy with everyone lucky enough to be around him. His parents, worried about their unique boy, grow up a bit themselves. It IS great!
Sarabella daydreams with such intensity that she has trouble focusing on her school work. Her dreams of painted ponies and bears on tricycles leave no room for math despite her teacher's efforts. Only when she corrals her thoughts into a magnificent hat is she able to interpret to her classmates the power of what she is thinking, and they find their own power too!
The wonderful toaster-robbing character from the series returns in his own chapter book. He dreams of being a cowboy but needs a horse to be the real thing. As charming as pig Mercy, Leroy’s precious horse Maybelline becomes, as he says, the horse of his heart.
During a moment tucked into a rainy drive, soon-to-be big sister Francie and her mother to talk about baby names. A trip, a stop, and a special conversation have Francie dancing with joy. What sweet name could she add to her foggy window family?
Beloved author Cynthia Rylant tells us that everything begins small for all animals. Life isn't easy, but living creatures revel in the sun and rain and anticipation of the new day. You may need two copies of this beautiful, affirming book--one to keep and one to share. A grace-filled story.
Two-time Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo departs from her wry and funny prose to give us a picture book with only the words of the title. As she walks alone through the woods, a small girl joyfully sings "La la la" until the walk becomes less exciting and the silence extends to the highest point she climbs. A new look at the vision DICamillo has always offered: first walk out into the world.
How can the trait of persistence change the moment, an individual, a group, the world? Chelsea Clinton describes thirteen women living vastly different lives in different times who choose not to go to their corners. These women do not take a proverbial seat but rise to their potential in fields as varied as dance, law, medicine, and politics. The illustrations are compelling; the theme is timeless.
Reminiscent of the tempo of "Waiting" and the serendipity of "A Good Day," Kevin Henkes' new book is sweet and joyous. As is often the case in life, things are not always what they seem. A hatched egg happily finds acceptance and friendship after his complicated entry into the world.