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What We're Reading: Skyfishing

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Skyfishing by Gideon Sterer, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene

Skyfishing by Gideon Sterer, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene

When a little girl’s grandfather moves away from his house in the woods to come live with her and her family in the city, he brings all his fishing poles. He had been a fisherman all his life. He soon learns that in the city where he lives there is nowhere to fish! He tries new hobbies that fall and winter with his granddaughter, but he finds that nothing could take its place in his heart quite like fishing. So in spring, to cheer him, his granddaughter gets the idea that they could pretend. They grab some poles and dangle them off their fire escape. Their first fish is a flying litterfish! What follows is the story of their imaginary fishing adventures and the sweet bond that develops between a girl and her grandfather. A great pick for Father’s day!  Ages 4-8

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Me: A Compendium

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Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

This fun-filled journal for kids is our new favorite thing! We love that it’s simple and modern, set in bold type and bright primary colors. A perfect journal for kids to think about and record things they like and imagine such as their favorite joke and what their spy name would be! The cover is designed to decorate with your name and picture and has a removable jacket with a place to write super secret stuff on the inside! A great gift or keepsake great for ages 4-8.

-Chrissy

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