Monday, February 23, 2009

Hoping for Spring!

I don't know about you but I am soooo ready for spring! Too much snow, slushy streets and gray skies! These three books really lifted my spirits and I hope they lift yours, too.

Easter Bunny Blues by Carol Wallace is an Easy Reader chapter book, meant for those children just learning to read (approximately first thru early third grades). The Easter Bunny has the flu and Petey and Old Jack are determined that children will still get their Easter baskets. All the animals on and around the farm contribute time and resources to create the baskets. Cooperation is the theme here (along with a little springtime magic!)

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is hysterical! Large, brightly colored dust bunnies have fun rhyming words, except for Bob. For some reason, he just doesn't seem to be into rhyming words. Bob saves the dust bunnies once this picture book! Hey, that reminds me that spring cleaning is around the corner...poor dust bunnies!

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson tells the story of our old friend Fletcher the fox as he becomes alarmed by the appearance of what he thinks is snow. Fletcher rushes to his friends who have just migrated or have just come out of hibernation to alert them to the situation. They all hurry down to play in the snow but find spring blossoms drifting down from the trees instead. Tiphanie Beeke's beautiful illustrations fill each page and will have you hungering for spring flowers and gentle breezes!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lincoln's 200th Birthday and Valentine's Day

What an exciting week! First we will be remembering Abraham Lincoln on what would have been his 200th birthday on February 12th. If we all lived our lives as Lincoln lived his with integrity, honor, intelligence and humor, this nation would certainly be better off. Check out our Youth Services window for famous quotes from Lincoln, spoken by your favorite children's book characters. My favorite? "The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend." Wise man, Abraham Lincoln. Want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln? Check out the Smithsonian Institute.
And then there's Valentine's Day on Saturday, February 14th! Red and pink paper, candy and lots of hugs and kisses from your parents make this the best low maintenance winter holiday ever! Don't forget to give your parents extra hugs for dealing with all the snow this year. Come on, spring!