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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Learning My ABCs

We’ve been on a book binge! An ABC Book Binge! I like the sound of that — Book Binge. It seems to happen a lot around here. I’m not sure what precipitated (nice word!) this particular binge. I think the Mom Person was cleaning book shelves and got stuck on the shelf with the alphabet books. She kind of likes ABC books and is always on the lookout for interesting ones. We have quite a collection. So anyway, she got stuck enjoying the ones on our shelves and then we went to the library and found some more.

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There sure are a lot of different ways to learn the alphabet!!! I know some of the alphabet. “R” means river, “C” means come to the Mom Person. That snaky sound “S” means sit. “D” means down. And the “enh,enh” sound means don’t do that!  I know that that’s not the whole alphabet. And I don’t think that it’s in the correct order. But I’m learning.

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One of the books that we looked at was a mixed up alphabet. Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First. Written by Alethea Kontis and illustrated by Bob Kolar. Published by Candlewick Press in 2006. This book was pretty silly. Z decided it should be able to go 1st. Then all the other letters decided to go in a different place. And then they argued about who got the most words attached to their letter. It started with Z is for Zebra. And ended with A is for apple, accident, accordion, acorn, acrobat, airplane …………….

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A Farmer’s Alphabet is a beautifully simple book written and illustrated by Mary Azarian. It was published by David R. Godine in 1981. It’s a straight forward book with A is for apple, D is for dog, …….. Z is for zinnia. But it has some beautiful woodcut prints to go with each letter. At the end is a 2 page “note” from the author about the making of the book and about the process of woodcut prints. This is a treasure of a book.

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An Alphabet in Five Acts by Karen Born Andersen with pictures by Flint Born is a very unique ABC book. It was published by Dial Books in 1993. It is a play! A play on words you might say! It begins with Act 1Another Bad Cat Doesn’t Eat. This book is soooo funny! The pictures are kind of mish mash photos and artwork. There is a note at the end of the book about how they were created. The Mom Person particularly likes this book because it is one of her favorite games. When we drive in the car she’s always making up alphabet sentences. ” A Ball Can Drop Eleven Feet ……. She always gets my attention with the “B” for Ball! Then she drones on.

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The Handmade Alphabet is by Laura Rankin. It was published by Scholastic in 1993. It’s another pretty straight forward ABC book. But it has no words. Just the letter and a picture. What is unique about it is that each letter shows the corresponding hand sign from the American Sign Language. And in each picture the hand is making the sign and holding an object that starts with that letter. Some of the kids that we visit use this alphabet. I know the sign for “more” and “enough”!

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And my favorite for today! An Alphabet Book of Cats and Dogs by Sheila Moxley. Published by Little, Brown, and Co. in 2001. This book cracks me up!!! The illustrations are photo collages with cats and dogs in silly situations. It starts with “Aa – Arnold is an amazing aviator.”  Notice that cute yellow Lab on the cover? It’s not me, but it could be.

Tomorrow I might tell you about some of the others that we read. But for now you can mull over these and then go out and find some ABC Books for yourself! If you have any interesting ones you would like to recommend, it would be muchly appreciated!

And while you are perusing (fancy word!) your ABCs you might want to sit back and listen to Patti Labelle sing the ABC Song with the Muppets