Friday, April 30, 2010

This week our Primary friends enjoyed hearing The Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell. It is the day of the big parade and the clouds come rolling in and the rain starts pouring. Jasmine, the main character, is undettered and ventures out in the the soaking street to stomp and splash her way to a sunny day. Boswell's vivid text paired with Eric Velasquez's detailed illustrations create a compelling story. Be sure to check out this book if you haven't read it yet.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Frog with the Big Mouth

Books have incredible power to transport us to different places. Teresa Bateman's "The Frog with the Big Mouth" sends the reader to South Africa and introduces many amazing creatures. Toco Toucan, Coatis, Capybara, and Jaguar are just some of the creatures Bateman shares in her action packed story. We had fun guessing the names of these unique creatures as the author left us hanging and guessing on almost every page. Bateman's true literary talents are revealed as she skillfully weaves her moral tale of the dangers of bragging with adventures through the forests of South America.

Raindrop, Plop!

Our Kindergarten friends had a chance to hear about all the fun we can have in the rain. In "Raindrop, Plop!" Wendy Cheyette Lewison reminds the reader of all the awesome things about rain: umbrellas, rubber boots, puddles, raincoats, etc.. Lewison reminds us that perhaps one of the best things about rain is that, eventually, the sun shines again. This book, about the joys of rain, is not to be missed.

"April showers bring May flowers" is how the poem goes. This year we have had a wonderful April with very little rain and lots of warm weather and sunshine. It's been more like May than April. This week we read some stories about rain and all the havoc it can cause. David Shannon pairs vivid illustrations with lively text to create a wet, chaotic and entertaining environment.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Old Black Fly

Sunshine, warm weather, green grass. These are the things that make spring such a great time of year. Along with all of these great things come flies as well. As people go about their day, Old Black Fly buzzes around and bugs everyone in sight. The surprise ending to this story and vivid illustrations do not disappoint. Fly lovers beware!