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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

 

What We're Reading: Awake Beautiful Child

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Awake Beautiful Child by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Gracia Lam

A sweet, simple story of a day in the life of a child is told in three word ABC phrases. All Begins Cheerily! You see a child have Amusing Breakfast Chatter over Apples, Bananas, Cantaloupe. Different children are pictured throughout the course of a day: Attending birthday parties (Another Bright Candle, Atop Birthday Cake), exploring (Always Be Curious), and eventually going to bed (Abundant Bubbles Clean, Arranging Blankets, Cozy). For added fun, hidden ABC words are sprinkled throughout the book to find. Another surprise: The book jacket unfolds into a giant two-sided poster! Ages 1-5

-Chrissy

In Loving Memory of Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1965-2017)

 

What We're Reading: Miss Rumphius

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Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, $17.99

A little girl named Alice lived in a house by the sea with her grandfather. Her grandfather was an artist and woodcarver who would tell her stories of his travels. She told him that when she grows up she too would like to travel to faraway places and live in a house by the sea. He tells her that is all very well, but she must do something to make the world more beautiful.

Alice grows up and becomes Miss Rumphius. She fulfills her dreams of traveling the world and settles down in a house by the sea, yet still has to find a way to make the world beautiful. Taking a walk one day, she notices that the tall purple, blue and rose colored flowers she planted in the hard rocky ground around her house have spread to the hills beyond, their seeds scattered by the wind. This gives her an idea. She orders bushels of lupine seeds and begins scattering the seeds far and wide. Soon her whole town is covered in lupine flowers and everyone calls her “The Lupine Lady”.

This book which Barbara Cooney has said, “is as close to an autobiography as she will ever write,” continues to inspire more than 30 years after its publication! It shows how far one simple action can go to make the world a better place. How will you help beautify our world? Ages 5-8

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Who Built That? Bridges: An Introduction To Ten Great Bridges And Their Designers

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Who Built That? Bridges: by Didier Cornille

In this charming book, Didier Cornille introduces us to ten of the most important bridges in the world. The book is laid out horizontally and uses simple, retro style illustrations and bright colors to showcase each bridge. He introduces the designers, their innovations and main concepts behind their work. He explains the process from start to finish in a way that’s easy to understand. Learn about the first cast iron bridge, suspension and concrete bridges, and the longest and tallest bridges in the world! This is a great intro to the architectural concepts behind bridges for the aspiring young builders in your life. Ages 10-13
(Also recommended: Who Built That? Skyscrapers and Who Built That? Modern Houses by: Didier Cornille)

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color

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Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos, $17.99

Swatch is a wild girl who lives in a land where colors run free. She is a color tamer. She trains colors to dance and do magic. She has a talent for finding the rarest shades like Bravest Green which shoots up the first week of March and In-Between Gray which lives on her kitten’s leg. The colors always come to her because she loves color and colors love her back. Then one day she spies Just Laid Blue in its nest and it is so pretty she lures it into a jam jar. She decides to capture all the colors! What if color doesn’t want to be caught? What happens when one forgets that colors are wild? Ages 4-8

-Chrissy