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Friday, February 20, 2009

New Books

3 new books for the library!

Tough Chicks by Cece Meng, illustrated by Melissa Suber is a hilarious story about Penny, Polly, and Molly, 3 baby chickens that are not your traditional chicks. They play in the mud, wrestle the worms, swing from the cow's tail, and tinker with the tractor. They are in trouble the other farm animals, but mama hen knows they are good. When they come to the farmer's rescue, everyone else learns how good and smart the 'tough chicks' are too!
I would use Tough Chicks in my storytimes. There's a lot of word play and it's a fun story. Following along to find out if they get in trouble or trouble finds them will keep the children's interest. Narrative Skills would be a good Early Literacy Skill for this book. This has the feel of a traditional fairytale with it's 3 main characters, exciting differences with the other animals and how they save the day.

Posy by Linda Nebery and Catherine Rayner is a beautifully illustrated using watercolor pencil-crayons, and acrylic and India inks. We mosy along to see what goes on for Posy, the kitten. I would use this book in a storytime for the Phonemic Awareness aspect. It rhymes all the way through and has fun word play. Posy's day is a typical kitten day, but done in an excellent manner. Anyone with a cat or kitten will identify with this gorgeous book. I love Posy's speckled belly.

The Lion's Share: a tale of halving cake and eating it, too by Matthew McElligott uses watercolor, ink, and digital techniques to present this story about ant who is invited to dine with the King, Lion. The other guests are very rude and ant tries to make up for the bad manners. The old phrase "what goes around comes around" (or something like it) reminds me of this story where the small ant is the hero and the other animals get their come uppance. The illustrations are muted and not glossy, but very well done. Each animal's personality comes through. I love the gorilla's sunglasses. I'm not sure I would use it in storytime. I don't think it would be the appropriate audience. Preschoolers would get the manners angle, but it is a fairly long story. If you demonstrated afterwards about cutting things in halve that would help. I would definitely recommend it to a teacher or parent to read one on one or with a 1st or 2nd grade class. This would make a great story to make into a flannel, with a few less animals. Early Math skills are important and could be used this way for a storytime.

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