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What We're Reading: Alejandro's Gift

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Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert, Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert, Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Earth day is April 22nd! In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share with you a favorite story about a man who builds a desert oasis in the American Southwest. Alejandro lives in an adobe house in the desert with just a burro for company. To pass the lonely hours he plants a vegetable garden. He waters his carrots, brown onions, tomatoes, corn, and peppers with water from a well. One day a squirrel drops by for a drink and his loneliness vanishes for a brief moment. So he decides to draw as many wild visitors as he can by building a watering hole where animals can drink and seek shelter. This gentle story about a relationship with man and nature follows his progress by trial and error, and is accompanied by Sylvia Long’s intricate illustrations featuring desert plants and wildlife. Includes a fact-filled glossary at the back!  Ages 5-8

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: On The Wing

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On The Wing by David Elliott, Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

On The Wing by David Elliott, Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

April is National Poetry Month! It’s Spring and you know what that means! The return of birds! In honor of that, we thought you would fancy some bird poems. On the Wing is full of poems celebrating our feathered friends from the widely known (hummingbird, crow) to the lesser (bowerbird, Andean condor). A great introduction to poetry, some poems are funny, some short and sweet.“The Macaw”, states simply, “Who Spilled the Paint?”. Others are clever, like my favorite “The Sparrow”, who “Chirps from the branch, but wants to roar- small cousin of the Tyrannosaur”. Becca Stadtlander’s relaxing acrylic landscapes invite perusal again and again! Ages 3-7

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Animal Doctors: Incredible Ways Animals Heal Themselves

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Animal Doctors: Incredible Ways Animals Heal Themselves by Angie Trius & Mark Doran, Illustrated by Julio Antonio Blasco

Animal Doctors: Incredible Ways Animals Heal Themselves by Angie Trius & Mark Doran, Illustrated by Julio Antonio Blasco

Did you know that animals use plants and different elements from their environment as medicine similar to the way people do? I learned that African Elephants eat leaves of the red seringa tree to induce birth, Rhinos take mud baths to protect their skin from sunburn and insect bites and Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs on Milkweed plants to protect their caterpillars from parasites. This fun interactive book contains fold-outs containing animal characteristics, an animal prescription and info about each remedy. This unique fact book makes a great gift for animal lovers and aspiring young doctors! Ages 7-11

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Bunny Dreams

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Bunny Dreams by Peter McCarty 

Bunny Dreams by Peter McCarty 

This delightful book is fun, softly colorful and cute! It begins by pondering the question, “What do bunnies know?” Well, they know to eat their vegetables and find safe places underground to sleep and dream. “What do bunnies dream?”  They dream of flying with bees and butterflies, knowing their ABCs and 123s and other fun things! Peter McCarty captures a lot of movement and playfulness in his illustrations with his use of fine detail, lighting and color. You can almost see the bunnies scampering and soaring across the pages! A sweet Springtime book or Easter Gift! Ages 4-8

-Chrissy