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A Symphony of Cowbells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Symphony of Cowbells
by Heather Preusser, Illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen
Sleeping Bear Press, 2017

Through heartwarming, Swiss-style illustrations and lots of clanging and jangling, readers take a trip to the Swiss Mountains.  This is best appreciated when read aloud.

Petra’s favorite cow, Elfi, wore the most booming brass bell of all the cows, but one morning the brass bell was missing.  To stay on their schedule of moving the herd to spring pastures, the family decided Elfi would have to do without, but Elfi wanted nothing to do with that idea and wouldn’t budge.  The family found a small bell, which Elfi snorted at. Without the big brass bell, the herd was “out of tune” and the entire herd would not move!  Petra had to find the big bell.  The next day she noticed a crow carrying a shiny object.  Figuring this was a clue, she chased down the crow.  Unable to reach the crow’s nest, she enlisted the help of family and neighbors and, indeed, there was the bell, along with many other missing items!  With the herd in harmony again, they moved up to the spring pastures.

The illustrations join the words to make a great family read aloud.

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
By Julia Sarcone-Roach
Alfred A Knopf, 2015

In a hilarious, wild tale, a narrator shares how the bear ate berries from a truck, that carried him over rivers and bridges and into town.  The bear explored everything with a smell, from garbage cans, to farmers markets, to dumpsters.  He discovered the park and played, until he found the sandwich, which he gobbled up straightaway.  Knowing he did wrong, he dashed up a tree and, missing his forest, caught a boat home.  “So.  That’s what happened to your sandwich.  The bear ate it,” says the dog (narrator) to the knowing little girl.  A fun tall tale, a great read aloud.

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One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

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One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

by Daniel Bernstrom, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
Katherine Tegen Books, 2016

A fun, perfectly-rhymed story where a snake gobbles a boy and the clever boy, from inside the snake’s belly, dares the snake to eat more.  One by one, the snake eats a bird, a cat, a sloth, an ape, and still the boy dares him to eat more.  The snake takes on bursting-huge proportions, yet is talked into eating a teeny-tiny fly.  Of course, the snake is so sick he throws up everything he has eaten.   Filled with fun-sounding, mostly made-up words it’s just fun to listen to the story and enjoy the brightly colored pictures.

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