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Stick and Stone

Stick and Stone
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

Stick and stone are alone and lonely, until they meet up on a playground.  Immediately they become best friends.  When stone is ‘attacked’ by a prickly pine cone, stick stands up to the bully and defends his friend.  Later, stick is in trouble, but how can stone help?  This story of friendship is short, simple, poetic, and fun.

Illustrations seem to pop right off the page  and wow the readers.  Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld has created characters with winning personalities.  A wonderful story in so many ways.  Excellent for a toddler’s library.

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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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Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Scholastic Press, 2013

Using periods, questions, and exclamation marks, authors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld speak to the hearts of those who feel left out and alone.

Exclamation Mark tries to conform and fit in with the other sentence endings, like periods.  But the only time he feels he fits in is when he’s asleep and his tall mark is resting on its side, pretty much invisible to the others.  Confused, he even thinks of running away.  But then a question mark shows up and rattles off so many questions that Exclamation Mark’s true nature comes out and he shouts, “Stop!”  He likes that feeling.  He tries it again with a Hi!, then again with a Howdy!, and then he tries out his newly discovered powers with all kinds of exclamations.  He returns to the other sentence endings and shows them what ‘he’ can do.  A story so simple, yet so clever.  A delight even for parents to read.

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