Posts Tagged ‘Ages 4-8.’

Mama, I’ll Give You the World

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
by Roni Schotter, illustrated by S. Saelig Gallagher
In Walter’s World of Beauty, Luisa spends her time after school watching her mother work cutting and coloring hair. As her mother’s birthday approaches, Luisa plans a special surprise party for her, inviting all of her mother’s friends and recreating a scene from a photograph where her mother was dancing and happy. For one speical night, Luisa gives her mother the world. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Mabela the Clever

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Tim Coffey
“In the early times, some were clever and some were foolish. The Cat was one of the clever ones. The mice were mostly foolish.” But one little mouse, Mabela, had been taught by her father to be clever. By listening, looking, speaking carefully, and moving quickly, she even outwits the clever cat and thus saves her whole mouse village. MacDonald’s delightful re-telling of a traditional Limba story teaches children the importance of learning from one’s elders. Coffey’s vivid illustrations perfectly support the upbeat storyline. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Fiesta Fiasco

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Ethan Long
Conejo, Iguana, and Tortuga go shopping for birthday presents for Culebra. Guided by Conejo’s advice, they each purchase an item that Culebra will have little use for. They are, however, exactly what Conejo wants! This funny story is perfectly matched by Long’s farcical illustrations. The text includes Spanish vocabulary words that are easily deciphered from the story’s context. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Ugly Vegetables

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
written and illustrated by Grace Lin
A young Chinese-American girl helps her mother plant seeds in their garden. But unlike all of her neighbors with beautiful flower gardens, their garden produces only ugly vegetables. When harvest time arrives, however, she comes to realize her crop’s real value. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Rain Came Down

Monday, November 17th, 2008
written and illustrated by David Shannon
On Saturday morning, the rain came down. It made the chickens squawk. The cat yowled at the chickens, and the dog barked at the cat. Each cause and effect leads up to a huge, noisy, bickering mess . . . until the sun comes out. Shannon’s distinct illustrations keep readers hooked from start to finish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Fanny’s Dream

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Fanny is a country girl with big dreams –someday she will marry a prince, or at least the mayor’s son, and live a life of ease. But when her fairy god mother fails to appear, Fanny settles for the young farmer next door. Years pass and Fanny stuggles the best she can to raise her family and scrape a living out of the ground. Then suddenly one night, Fanny’s fairy god mother belatedly appaers offering her the opportunity she always dreamed of. But, will Fanny accept it now? This delightful story stands Cinderella up on end. Recommended for ages 4-8.

A Child’s Garden of Verses

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
by Robert Louise Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
This classic collection of poems are lovingly illustrated by the renowned Tasha Tudor. Stevenson has a way of putting into words life as experienced by a child. They’re a delight to read aloud or silently on your own. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Scarlette Beane

Friday, September 19th, 2008
by Karen Wallace, illustrated by Jon Berkeley
When Scarlette was born with not only two green thumbs, but also eight green fingers, her parents knew that she would grow up to do something wonderful. As a young gardener, Scarlette works her magic to produce vegetables of enormous size. But, what can you do with an onion the size of a hot-air balloon? Recommended for ages 4-8.

May I bring a Friend?

Saturday, September 13th, 2008
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor
If the King and Queen invited you to tea, what kind of friend would you bring? Our little hero brings a series of animal friends to visit and each are heartily welcomed. This is the Caldecott Award winner for 1965. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Octopus (Grandpa Spanielson’s Chicken Pox Stories, #1)

Friday, September 12th, 2008
written and illustrated by Denys Cazet
Barney has the chicekn pox and the doctor says he’s got to stay in bed for the next few weeks while the rash goes away. But, Grandpa is determined to cure Barney faster with a few of his anti-itch Chicken Pox stories. As Barney takes a bath, Grandpa tells him about “the Octopus” he battled in his younger days. These are funny stories that are both easy to read and easy for kids to related to. Recommended for ages 4-8.