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Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat
by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Joyce Wan
Beach Lane Books, 2017

Pug and Pig, the best of friends, try on their Halloween costumes. Pig loves hers and can’t wait for Halloween to come.  Pug hates his, it’s too tight and no one can see him.  He claims he doesn’t care about Halloween.  But he does care about Pig.  When Halloween arrives, he finds a costume that suits him and he shares Halloween with Pig.

A true story of friendship, compromise, and being there for your friend, no matter what.

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Bear and Bunny

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Bear and Bunny

by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Candlewick Press, 2015

Bear and Bunny is the perfect friendship story filled with love and humor.

Rendered in mixed media, each scene is filled with clever extras to delight the mind and endearing expressions that move the heart.  Bear and Bunny are friends.  Bear thinks Bunny is a little bear.  Bunny thinks Bear is a big bunny.  They delight in exploring their world and sing songs together.  After their naps, they wonder why they don’t have a pet.  They discuss what a pet is and think about what pet they would like.  After a lot of thinking, they take another nap.  When they wake, they see something up in the tree.  The animals goes, “Croak!” and they climb the tree to take home their new pet, a kitty.

A quiet, yet humorous book about friends, perfect for bedtime.

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Giraffe Meets Bird

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Giraffe Meets Bird

By Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press, 2015

The expressive illustrations drew me into this friendship story between Giraffe and Bird.  The two become friends when they first meet, but soon get cross and angry with each other when things don’t go each of their ways.  But deciding they want to remain friends, Bird learns he must be pleasant and Giraffe learns to be polite.  Soon, “Bird’s feathers are ruffled when Giraffe tells him what to do.  Giraffe is peeved when Bird makes a fuss.”  They take a time out from each other and Bird attempts to fly and lands on the ground—where a lion is lurking.  Giraffe spots the danger and scoops Bird up and back into the tree.  Bird decides this tree, near a lion’s den, is too dangerous and he must leave; but all is good when they leave together to find a new home.

The book shows how to manage one’s own emotions and is perfect for opening a discussion on sharing and dealing with one’s emotions.

If you like this story, read When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry…

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Ella and Penguin Stick Together

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Ella and Penguin Stick Together

by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Rosalinde Bennet
HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2016

This first book by Megan Maynor is a hit.  Ella and Penguin are full of character and will delight readers.

Ella shares with Penguin her new special stickers.  Trying to guess what’s special, Penguin asks, “Are they smelly?  Can you eat them?  Do they talk?”  Ella says they glow in the dark, but, together, they stare at a closet door, too afraid of the dark to open it…and so the suspense begins.  Together they try many semi-dark areas until they realize the only option is the dark in the closet.  Pretending she is brave, for Penguin’s sake, Ella baby-steps into the closet, and calls out to Penguin to come in.  Each page is full of BIG emotions or FUN surprises as these friends explore their world and test their mettle.  Readers will easily find new friends with Ella and Penguin.

French artist Rosalinde Bennet brings full, relatable expression to Ella and Penguin with watercolor and pencil renderings.

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The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap
By Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Disney-Hyperion Books, 2010

Best friends test their friendship when they squabble over their different sandwich choices; a story of acceptance.

Lily and Salma are best friends who like doing all the same things.  Each day Lily has a peanut and butter sandwich for lunch and Salma has a hummus and pita sandwich.  Although they never ate one of their best friends sandwiches, they each thought the other’s sandwich were gross.  Even at that, things were okay until one day Lily felt sorry for Salma who had to eat the icky chickpea paste ever day.  Unable to hold back those pesky thoughts any longer, she blurted out, “Your sandwich looks like of yucky.”  Salma was hurt, then mad, and she returned, “Yeah, well your sandwich looks gross, and it smells bad too!”  That afternoon they did not play together and the next day a food fight broke out among classmates taking sides.  Shyly they each tried the others sandwich—and liked them!

The Sandwich Swap is a simply-told, yet provocative story that speaks tolerance and acceptance.  The author, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, champions cross-cultural tolerance.  The story is inspired by her own childhood.

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Sophie’s Squash
By Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor
Charlotte Zolotow Honor book

Sophie repurposes a squash meant for dinner as her new friend.  It’s just the right size for her to hold.  Soon she dresses it, plays with it and names it Bernice.  Her patient parents point out the squash will turn bad, but loyal Sophie refuses to give up her friend.  Eventually her other friends ridicule the ‘squash with freckles’.  She returns to the market and asks the farmer what will keep a squash healthy.  “Fresh air.  Good, clean dirt. A little love.”  She returns home and buries her squash in good clean dirt.  The next day a snow blanket comforts her squash.  Winter passes and in the spring, Sophie spots a small green sprout, strangely familiar.  Each day she eats lunch by Bernice who has grown into a plant, until one day she discovers hidden beneath its leaves two tiny squash.  “You look just like your mom!” she declares. When they are just the right size to love, she makes them her friends.

There is something irresistible about Sophie’s Squash.  A child’s innocence and imagination using real foods, combined with her loyalty and creativity makes this story work on many levels.  There are several reports of girls adopting their own squash.

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King Aurthur’s Very Great Grandson

King Aurthur’s Very Great Grandson
by Kenneth Kraegel
Candlewick Press, 2012

A whimsical story of a brave, six-year-old Henry who heads out into the world for adventure.  He comes upon a dragon and challenges it with, “BEHOLD, VILE WORM! I, HENRY ALFRED GRUMMORSON, A KNIGHT OF KING AUTHUR’S BLOOD, DO HEREBY CHALLENGE YOU TO A FIGHT TO THE UTTERMOST!”  But when the dragon only blow smoke rings, Henry says, “I have no time for smoke rings!  I want to fight, strength against strength, might against might!”  And he heads off for another monster who will match his challenge.  After facing four fearsome foes, he finds what he was looking for all along…friendship.  Cleverly written, fearsomeness builds upon fearsomeness, and bravery reaches its peak.  A fun adventure that will ignite a child’s dreams and fantasies.

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Remembering Crystal

Remembering Crystal
Sebastian Loth
North South Books, 2010

This book deals with the death of a loved one. We meet Zelda and Crystal and experience the love and joy of their relationship. Then one day Crystal is gone and Zelda is told she has died. As true in any loss, at first Zelda denies the death and ventures off to find Crystal. But, of course, she doesn’t. In time she begins to accept that Crystal is gone and finds ways to remember her. Sensitively written and accessible to young ones, Remembering Crystal will help both children and adults adjust to a loss.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
By Philip C. Stead, Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press 2010

This is one of those quiet stories that goes straight to the heart; it sold well beyond original expectations.

The story is about Amos McGee, a zookeeper, and the animals he cares for. Some animals are shy, some are afraid of the dark and some like to read, all characters in which a child can find him or herself. One day Amos stays home sick. After waiting and waiting for Amos, the animals bus to his house—yes the elephant and rhinoceros, too! They come in and spend their day with Amos. After a cup of tea and bed time story, they pile in Amos’ room and all go to sleep. A perfect book to quiet a child, a perfect book for a sick child.

The illustrations match the book’s tone and humor and won the Caldecott Medal and Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.

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The Bear Who Shared

The Bear Who Shared
Catherine Rayner
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2010

Wise Norris the bear waits beneath a tree for a plorringe. Violet and Tulip, a bit more curious, climb the tree, study the fruit, listen to it, touch it and are about to lick it, when…the fruit falls onto Norris! But Wise Norris is kind and he shares the fruit with Violet and Tulip and they all become friends and share everything.

Illustrated in rich watercolors, the pictures alone tell the story. Illustrator/author Rayner captures the special looks and emotions of all the characters, building the tension adeptly. The story is illustrated and told with love.

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