Madam President!

WooHoo!!! It’s President’s Day!!! I don’t have a big sale going on. I’m not even going to any sales. Although I could use some new tennis balls. Oh, I do dream! Anyway, I’m celebrating this big day with a book!!! A book about a President!! Well, it’s really about a girl, much like me, who dreams. She dreams about what life as the President would be like!!

I present to you —

IMG_2392Madam President
by Lane Smith
published by Hyperion Books for Children in 2008

It begins –
A president has many duties.

Well, of course they do!!! Many important duties – like “executive orders to give!” And “lunches to approve!” (I can do that!) And “babies to kiss!” (I can do that too!!) They must “choose a capable cabinet.”

IMG_2395(I have a very nice cabinet, full of very capable toys!) A president must have “her own theme song!” (I’m all about music and Rhythm, right?!) And “keep her head in a crisis!!!!” (Well, I don’t believe I’ve ever lost my head.) And a president must lead by example. (I certainly do that!)

IMG_5525I could be President! Easy Peasy!! But I think I kind of like the job I have, for now. And I like this book – a lot! Girls dreaming of being the president. The most important person in the world! Anything is possible! And that’s what this book is all about. Dreams and Possibilities.

Kid President isn’t a girl. But he does have Dreams —

Dream BIG!
Your friend dreaming of tennis balls
Rhythm
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Playing Catch-up

I LOVE to play catch

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But playing catch-up can be a little frustrating

020111084755I’ve been at school a lot lately – reading lots of good books. So now I’m playing catch-up to share them all with you.

IMG_3974These two are not exactly picture books. They are chapter books, but they do have some pictures. And they are EXCELLENT books!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is by Chris Grabenstein.
It’s kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a library. It is one FANTASTIC read! I highly recommend it.

The Van Gogh Cafe is by Cynthia Rylant. It is a short book with short chapters about a magical cafe where wonderful things happen. I highly recommend this one as well.

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is by that crazy funny man Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith. This is the classic story of the 3 little pigs told from the point of view of the wolf! Hilarious!!

IMG_3977One is by Kathryn Otoshi. This is an incredibly stunning book. The illustrations are about as simple as you will ever find and the story is as deep and meaningful as a well. It’s about colors. And it’s about numbers. And it’s about bullying. And it’s about how One voice can make a difference.

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Fluffy and Baron is a true story by Laura Rankin. It is the story of Ms Rankin’s childhood pets – a German Shepherd Dog named Baron and his best buddy, a duck named Fluffy. A feel good story of friendship. It will bring smiles of JOY!

So, that’s kind of catch-up with the books. Now I’d like to share a couple of links with you to some interesting articles I came across recently.

The Nerdy Book Club blog had a really nice post from Chris Dexter about reading dogs. Ms Dexter is a teacher and librarian in Montana and dogs from the R.E.A.D. program have been visiting her library for several years. You can read her post HERE.

Maclean’s has an interesting article about how adults are turning to PICTURE BOOKS for hope and inspiration. You can check it out HERE.

And I will leave you with an interview with Ms Otoshi –

I wish you Joyful Reading from
Your friendly Library Dog
Rhythm

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