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9780152053536Long, MelindaPirates Don't Change DiapersHoughton Mifflin3/1/07500When the pirate crew turns up at Jeremy Jacob's house and accidentally wakes his baby sister; that wee scallywag howls louder than a storm on the high seas. Sure; there's buried treasure to be found; but nobody's digging up anything until Bonney Anne quits her caterwauling. So; quicker than you can say "scurvy dog;" Braid Beard and his swashbuckling pirates become . . . babysitters? Blimey!

This hilarious companion to How I Became a Pirate reveals that minding the nurser

9780439395458Aylesworth, JimGoldilocks and the Three BearsScholastic Press9/1/03730The team behind The Gingerbread Man sinks their teeth into this traditional but never dull retelling of a classic. McClintock borrows from Tenniel and Caldecott in her intricate ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Goldilocks may have the thick blonde curls and voluminous rose-pink dress of a doll; but her untied shoelaces; fierce eyes and predatory smile suggest a certain willfulness. Aylesworth likewise sums up the young troublemaker; explaining that Goldilocks "was very; very good; except that s
9780066239354Baker, JeannieHomeGreenwillow Books3/16/04K-Gr. 3. This wordless picture book with exquisitely detailed collage illustrations speaks eloquently about urban conservation. Every double-page spread is a view through the same window; a view that changes over a generation; beginning with a couple expecting a baby and continuing as the baby grows up; is courted; and is married in the neighborhood street. At first the sprawl and smog nearly smother the view; but gradually the place changes. The community brings back a variety of local plants;
9780689857874Bauer, Marion DaneMama for OwenSimon & Schuster6/22/10Worlds away from Jeanette Winter's retelling; " Mama" (2006); in which the nearly wordless text and stark design offered youngsters little buffer against Owen's terrifying separation from his mother; Bauer's picture-book version closely matches its narrative and visual tones to its target audience. A rhythmic; lulling narrative smooths the barbed edges of the disaster ("The rain fell and it fell and it fell. The Sabaki River rose and it rose and it rose"); and Butler's feathery illustrations; fe
9780670820627Carlson, NancyI Like Me!Viking Books for Young Readers8/1/88400The ebullient pig-heroine is a happy adherent to the adage "Love Thyself." "I like me!" she exclaims from the cover and goes on to say; "I like my curly tail; my round tummy and my tiny little feet." The fresh-faced piggy elaborates: she always treats herself with respect by keeping herself clean; eating good food and exercising properly. She takes care of other important needs; too; drawing lovely pictures; reading good books and cheering herself up when she's feeling down. Never too hard on he
9780689861949Cunnane, KellyFor You Are a Kenyan ChildAtheneum Books for Young Readers1/1/06650Simply written and set in a small; modern-day Kenyan village; this read-aloud is sprinkled with Kiswahili words and explanations of African customs as it describes the daily life of a Kenyan child. Full color.
9780689829796Cuyler, Margery100th Day WorriesSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers2/1/00550To mark the one hundredth day of first grade; everyone is supposed to bring in a collection of one hundred things; but Jessica the worrywart can't decide what to bring. With lots of family help and some quick thinking; she ends up with an unusual collection: "100 bits of love" from her family. The sentimental ending is a disappointment; but the scribbly pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations add energy to this early addition book. (Copyright 2000 by The Horn Book; Incorporated; Boston. All rig
9780689871900Feiffer, KateDouble PinkSimon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books11/1/05480Think pink" is the mantra of Madison; a girl who can't get enough of her favorite color. From a babbling baby ("Pink!" is her first word) to a youngster choosing her wardrobe and decorating her bedroom; Madison never considers alternate hues. But to this heroine; the color is more than a mere matter of taste; it embodies feelings; too ("But her pink walls and pink ceiling were lonely without a pink bedspread; pink sheets; and a pink pillow"). Readers will be hard-pressed to find a page on which
9780689850912Floca, BrianRacecar AlphabetAtheneum Books11/1/03610This automotive treat; inspired by racecars in action and throughout history; zooms through the alphabet as big; bold illustrations ground kids in the first days of racecars; then swiftly accelerate them to the present. Full color. 40 pp. 10 1/2 x 11 7/8. Pub. 11/03.
9780395288139Galdone, Joanna C.Three Little PigsClarion Books7/13/79550Retells the fatal episodes in the lives of two foolish pigs and how the third pig managed to avoid the same pigfalls.
9780060541156Henkes, KevinAll AloneGreenwillow Books5/13/03Kevin Henkes offers a meditative reflection on the joys of solitude in his first book; All Alone; originally published more than 20 years ago. A boy contemplates the joys of using his imagination-"When I'm alone; / I can change my size any way I like./ I can be tall enough to taste the sky"-ultimately concluding that being all alone is fun "for just a while." Watercolor-and-colored-pencil art complements the gentle text with timeless images of nature and wonder. Copyright 2003 Publishers Weekly
9781561450466Luthardt, KevinPeep!Peachtree Publishers1/1/03With just a dozen-plus words; Luthardt tells the story of a young boy's attachment to a duckling ("peep!") who grows up into a duck ("quack!") and grows away from the boy ("it's time"; "bye bye"). But not to worry: those same few words stretch to cover a happy ending. The book's strength is the directness and speed with which art and minimal text tell the story. (Copyright 2003 by The Horn Book; Incorporated; Boston. All rights reserved.)
9780061728419Willems, MoCat the Cat, Who Is That?Balzer & Bray/Harperteen2/16/10120Preschool-G Along with Lets Say Hi to Friends Who Fly (2010); this upbeat title introduces young children to a new cast of animal pals. In large; bold type well-suited for brand-new readers; a narrator asks the titles question as winsome Cat the Cat; in a sporty purple dress; says hello to her friends; whose greetings; printed in speech balloons; give a little glimpse into each new characters personality. Mouse the Mouse is straightforward (Hello there!); Duck the Duck is a bit formal (A pleasur
9780061728464Willems, MoLet's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!Balzer & Bray/Harperteen2/16/10Preschool-G Salutations to the enthusiastic and energetic Cat the Cat; the next certain-to-be-iconic character from the creator of multiple Geisel Award and Caldecott Honorwinning titles. In Willems signature style of thick outlines; basic pleasing colors; clean layouts; and bold; legible fonts; the story follows Cat across the playground as she starts a dialogue with everyone she sees: Can you fly; Bee the Bee? / Watch me! / Go; Bee the Bee! Bird the Bird and Bat the Bat also take their turns i
9780061728488Willems, MoTime to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep!Balzer & Bray/Harperteen6/29/10Praise for New York Times bestseller and 2008 Caldecott Honor Book KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO: A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY: "Irresistibly funny; tender; and universal; this is another consummate star turn for Trixie; daddy; bunny; and their creator."--School Library Journal (starred review)
9780688063610Hoban, Tana26 Letters and 99 CentsGreenwillow Books3/16/87Turn the book around for 99 cents.;Color photographs of letters; numbers; coins; and common objects introduce the alphabet; coinage; and the counting system.
9780688052522Hutchins, PatDoorbell RangGreenwillow Books5/12/86340Ma has made a dozen delicious cookies. It should be plenty for her two children. But then the doorbell rings - and rings and rings and rings.