This is what we've checked out in the month of March...
A little blows a bubble that swallows up her little brother and takes him bobbing across the town. By the end a trail of townsfolk are chasing after him and a trouble-making little boy brings an end to the bobbling bubble.
I loved it because of it's tongue-twisting rhymes and whimsical vocabulary. Everett loved it because he loves bubbles and the rhyming story is quite entertaining.
4. Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted To Be Noticed
About a little boy in Japan who goes to ninja school but doesn't quite fit in because he wants to be noticed instead of blend in... soon enough he finds his niche in an unexpected place.
I loved it because it worked as a spring board to talk a little bit about Japanese culture. Everett loved it because of the round-house kicks and all that ninja stuff.
3. The Dancing Tiger
A sweet story about a little girl who happens upon a tiger who dances by the light of the full moon. Keeping his secret, the two spend years together twirling through the seasons.
I loved this because the illustrations capture such a gentle relationship and create a magical wooded world. The first sentence of this poetic book reads, "There's a quiet, gentle tiger In the woods below the hill, And he dances on his tiptoes, When the world is dreaming, still."
I don't quite know what it is that Everett loved about this book, perhaps the tiger, perhaps the dancing, or maybe it was just comforting. Either way, he wanted it read to him every night before bed.
2. The Dinosaur Tamer
This highly entertaining tale combines the wild west with dinosaur trouble! Rocky the dinosaur tamer meets his match in the T. Rex.
What a hoot! I loved it because it was sooo much fun to read the wild west verbiage my best cowgirl accent. The book has such an original concept and combines two of most little boys favorite subjects. Everett loved it, well, for pretty much the same reasons!
Jean Craighead George
A little boy, Tigluk, comes face to face with a polar bear who asks him to follow. Tigluk and his grandmother go in search of the polar bear and come upon a little cub instead...
I loved this sweet story because of it's theme of global warming and the precious life-cycle threatened by it. It's also a great exposure to Inuit culture. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor paintings. Everett loved it because it was about a polar bear!