Monday, September 30, 2013

September Round-Up

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The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein
In 1994 cave drawings more than thirty thousand years old were discovered in southern France. And in the same cave the footprint of a small boy was also found. In this book Gerstein imagines what it might be like if an 8 year old boy invented drawing. Detailed acrylic, pen, and ink illustrations vividly bring to life a world where mammoths and bears, lions and elk roam free. Written from the perspective of an unseen narrator the text encourages readers to imagine they are the boy discovering the magic of art and self-expression. An author’s note at the back of the book provides more information on the actual cave drawings that inspired the story.

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Penguin Cha-Cha by Kristi Valient
Julia loves to visit the Romping Chomping Park and Zoo. She climbs a tall tree and watches a group of dancers perform on the outdoor stage. At first she is mesmerized by the dancing, but soon she notices some sneaky flippers! Penguins were making off with hats and clothes, fans and bows! Julia knows those fishy penguins are up to something! Whimsical and sketchy, the colorful illustrations are full of movement. The text moves the story along quickly and there’s a fun rhythmic sequence as Julia teaches the toe-tapping penguins to cha-cha-cha. Check out the free storytime kit provided by Penguin.

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Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Pizza is all Raccoon wants in life. He loves everything about pizza, it’s “gooey chessy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet, sweet tomato-ness, and crispity, crunchity crust.” Of course, most people won’t share their pizza with Raccoon, instead they’ll chase him off with brooms. That’s why Raccoon plans a secret pizza party! This hilarious story, driven by a mischievous unseen narrator, has a twist of an ending. A great read aloud for elementary age children who will eat up the idea of a pizza loving raccoon.

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Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb
Tanka, an elephant, and his friend Skunk love to beat out a crazy rhythm using the names of all their friends, from llama to lemur, bear to cat-er-pil-lar. This is a great addition to a storytime about phonological awareness or vocabulary. Rhythmic text and a fun refrain make this a rollicking read aloud.


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