Story Time: Hibernation

| November 26, 2013 1 Comment »

Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox and Kerry ArgentThis is how we celebrated the hibernation season at storytime!


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Picture Book of the Week: Jangles – A Big Fish Story

| November 22, 2013 Add Your Comment »

Jangles - A Big Fish StoryWritten (and, of course, illustrated) by OtLS favorite, David Shannon, Jangles: A Big Fish Story tells the story of the legendary fish that no one’s been able to catch. First, the narrator explains the historic lore of Jangles, then how Jangles got his name (his mouth is pierced with innumerable hooks and he makes a jangling sound when he is near). The narrator proceeds to tell how his father, as a boy, once hooked Jangles, and was dragged on an undersea adventure with the big fish. The real magic of this book, is that the main subject is a big fish, who is depicted on nearly every page.  Yet he is not a cartoony, smiling, anthropomorphic fish; Jangles looks real (perfectly captured in the fabulous oil paintings).

Jangles: A Big Fish Story is rated Renew It Again & Again!

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Picture Book of the Week: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

| November 15, 2013 Add Your Comment »

Stand Tall, Molly Lou MelonStand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell will give anyone the confidence to be proud of who they are. Molly Lou Melon, is short, bucktoothed, and sounds funny, but her grandmother always told her to believe in herself and be proud of herself, so that’s what she does. When she moves to a new home and starts at a new school, Ronald Durkin, the local bully, makes fun of each of Molly Lou Melon’s unique features. Molly Lou Melon, however, stays positive and proves Ronald wrong at every turn. 

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is rated Buy It!

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Picture Book of the Week: Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room

| November 8, 2013 Add Your Comment »

Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy RoomThe cookies are gonna burn in the oven if Ruth doesn’t find her mom’s pot-holder in the next ten minutes! Ruth’s room is messy (really messy (really really messy (really really really messy))) and she’s easily distracted, but she’s got a great attitude as she searches through her room for 10 minutes! With a timer counting down in the corner of every spread and an adorable kitten side-kick, this story written by Carol Gordon Ekster and illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg should help parents teach their children skills of organization, time-management, self-motivation, and focus.

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Picture Book of the Week: Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster

| November 1, 2013 Add Your Comment »

Esther's Hanukkah DisasterNow that Halloween has passed, it’s time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving. Or Hanukkah. Or as the case is this year, Thanksgivukkah (Hanukkah will not overlap with Thanksgiving for another 70,000 years, no joke). And what better way to celebrate Thanksgivukkah than with a Hanukkah book about giving gifts? Enter the world Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster written by Jane Sutton and illustrated by Andy Rowland. Esther the purple gorilla gets so excited about giving presents to her friends, but she unfortunately picks the all the wrong gifts! Luckily for Esther, Sutton does a splendid job guiding her through this series of hilarious mishaps.

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