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Swallow the Leader, A Counting Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Swallow the Leader, A Counting Book

by Danna Smith, illustrated by Kevin Sherry
by Clarion Books, 2016

In perfect rhyme we follow the leader, swimming into coral caves, riding waves, flapping like a ray, and puffing like a blowfish.  But as the school of fish grows, the reader watches a shark swim nearby and become fish number ten!  Suddenly the game turns into “Swallow the Leader”…but don’t despair, the surprise ending will delight children into peals of laughter!  They’ll want to read it again and again.

Big, bold colorful fish swim through watercolor backgrounds making this a visual delight—an opportunity to practice both numbers and colors!

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There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight

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There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle
Random House, 2015

A hilarious dragon story with fun, read-aloud rhymes.

When an old, greedy dragon swallows a knight, the reader learns, “It’s not polite.”  Then the dragon swallows a steed, then swallows a squire, then swallows a cook.  Soon he has swallowed practically a whole castle of people—and the castle—and the moat!  Like in the story, The House That Jack Built, every time he swallows something, the rhyme grows longer and funnier.  Great repetition and fun.  The illustrations contain dozens of laughable subtleties that add to the humor.

Adults and children who appreciate good rhyme, will love how this story keeps the pages tuning.

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Smick!

Smick!
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
Viking 2015

Told in 34 words and the simplest of drawings, readers are introduced to a playful puppy named Smick.  Eager to run, Smick chases after and returns a stick, until he hears a ‘cluck’, a new sound to the puppy.  Curious, he investigates, while his master calls out “No, Smick, no!” afraid Smick might hurt the tiny chick.  But, alas, the chick and Smick become friends and chase sticks together!  A fun story.  One a young one can use as a first reader.  With 20 of the 34 words rhyming, a child will delight in the fun sounds.

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Chronicle Books, 2011

This book is perfect to quiet down rambunctious boys for sleep.

As the sun sets and the day comes to an end, the reader walks through what each piece of heavy equipment does at a construction site.  As the machinery “gets sleepy” and begins to slow down and yawns, each machine is quietly ‘tucked in’ for sleep.  Readers see big strong machinery snuggling up against soft dirt pillows.  Readers who dream of working on heavy equipment at construction sites will love it.

The subject, rhyme and kid-friendly illustrations has turned this book into a best-seller.

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This is the Bear

This is the Bear
Sarah Hayes, Helen Craig illustrator
Harper Trophy, Harper and Row, Inc 1986

This book came out in the ‘80’s but is still a fun story about a boy’s bear who accidentally is taken to the dump!

The boy’s dog was the one responsible for pushing the bear into the garbage, so the boy and dog catch the bus to find his bear. Reluctantly a sanitation worker helps the boy look, but the bear can’t be found. Meanwhile, the bear is getting impatient and cross, until he sees his boy. Finally the dog catches a whiff of the bear, and the unhappy sanitation worker takes them home. The bear and boy clean up and go to bed. Eager for another adventure, the bear wakes the boy in the middle of the night and asks, “How soon can we have another day out?”

A simple story wrapped in rhyme, it induces quiet contemplation by the young reader on what if his favorite animal ended up at the dump. My son received this book when he was about three, and in high school took it to school to read as his favorite childhood book. It’s one of my favorites and still fun to read after all these years.

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