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Monday, April 28, 2014

Shhhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping

Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes

In addition to being a good, standard, bedtime picture book, I like this book for a community-helper theme because it shows the reader that the community-helpers in their lives go to sleep just like they do.

"The teacher is sleeping. School's done for the day. The librarian is sleeping. Books put away. The policeman is sleeping. Everything is all right. The fireman is sleeping. No sirens tonight."

It goes on to show a doctor, grocer, postman, farmer, baker, gardener, zookeeper, and president. 

"And you know who SHOULD be sleeping, just like the sun? Good night, sleep tight, my sweet little one.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Designed By God

Designed by God So I Must Be Special by Bonnie Sose

This large colorful book has a poem on each two-page spread about how and why God gave us eyes, ears, noses, skins, bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits. 

"He gave me my Spirit
so that I could know
that He's always beside me
every place that I go.

To love me, to protect me,
to show me the way,
to be there in hard times
as well as each day.

He designed me with Special talents,
gifts and abilities you see,
which let me know that He has
something Special in mind for me."

Although the illustrations are a little much for my taste, the text has an important message. Since the illustrations look child-drawn, pull out markers and white paper and have your children create their own drawings of themselves in a similar manner.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wilfred to the Rescue

"Wilfred to the Rescue" by Alan MacDonald is an additional story from the Brambly Hedge Series created by Jill Barklem from the 1980's.

After it rained for 3 days and 3 nights, Brambly Hedge was flooded! Wilfred and two other families had to stay together and help each other out. The children kept each other company and decided to play a game of hide-and-seek. Sissy was one of the girls who hide in a basket boat, but suddenly, the boat started moving and floated away. It wasn't too long that the other children realized Sissy was no where to be found and the boat was gone.

Wilfred and Horace took a raft and went searching. They were gone a very long time and by now, it was getting dark. Mrs. Vole learned of the news and was so afraid.

Check this book out to find out what happens next! The Brambly Hedge Series is one of my favs!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me by Dandi Daley Mackall is a beginning reader picture book I found at my library's used book section, and I love it. Initially I thought it was going to be a picture book based on the popular song, but it's not. 

"Morning. Noon. Late at night. Jesus loves me. I am all right. When I am sad, what does God say? Jesus loves me. I am okay. Up. Down. In. Out. Jesus loves me. There is no doubt."

The illustrations by Kathy Rogers are traditional and adorable. The story shows a little girl's day with her doggy at a picnic and playground, and also shows her waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night. 

"On the ground. In the air. If I stay, if I go, Jesus loves me. This I know."

There are more beginning readers like this listed in the back of the book. You can find some on Amazon too.