Max, the little black kitten, learns a bit more about his world in each book in this charming series. His curiosity leads him to discover more about birds and friendship in Max and Bird, about the difference between mice and monsters in Max the Brave, and about the moon in Max at Night. Bold, saturated colors fill the pages of these stories, but Max’s big eyes draw focus as he discovers more about the world and those who inhabit it.
Prompted by a series of simple questions, children and their caregivers will love figuring out, "Who Done it?" "Who, What, Where?" and "Who Was That?" using clues from Tallec's beautiful, comical, and emotive illustrations.
While Mama carries Baby on her back at the outdoor Nigerian market, she can’t see the treats given to Baby from the sellers. Baby gets six bananas, eats one, and places the rest in Mama’s basket on top of her head. As the shopping continues the story follows a pattern and soon Mama’s basket is very heavy. Consider Mama’s surprise when she discovers all that Baby has received.
How is Winifred Schnitzel ever going to get a good night's sleep with the troublesome monsters that frolic in her room at night? After trying everything she accidentally discovers the thing that monsters hate the most. And it is silly!
Joey has a passion for things that fold, including tacos, maps, and his foldaway bed. In one fortunate class, Joey learns about origami from a classmate’s mother. “You’ll need practice and patience,” she says, to become an origami master. Joey’s dream to master origami take him next door to Muy Mexicana, a restaurant where there are plenty of napkins to fold. Will Joey be able to realize his dream? The book includes origami ladybug instructions in the back.
Some animals are good at playing games. Elephant is not one of them! Every time he tries to play a game with his friends, something goes terribly wrong. But Elephant is clever; and he comes up with a game that he can excel at. What is it? You’ll have to read this book to find out.
Wilson sits with Gigi, his grey-haired neighbor, on her worn out porch. “One day,” the boy promises to paint Gigi’s house a brilliant orange. “Today, you are all the sunshine I need,” she responds. Later he talks with the ice cream man, the neighbors, his librarian, and classmates about his “One Day” ideas. And one day, you’ll see the transformation that Wilson and his community create.
A girl standing on the shore wonders what is “over the ocean?” She imagines farms, cities, kids, animals, warm and cold places, and maybe someone on the other side asking the same questions as she. The text, shore and ocean are consistently placed at the bottom of the page and above the ocean we see what the girl imagines, often in brilliant and saturated colors. Over the Ocean was originally published in Japan as Umi no Muko wa.
Stella is worried because she has no mommy to bring to school for the Mother’s Day celebration. Who should she bring? She has two daddies that love her very much but no mommy. When she thinks about all the people who love and take care of her she finds she has so many people to invite!
Some kids teach their pets to sit. Some kids teach their pets to roll over. Nick wants to teach his two cats, Verne and Stevenson, to do something very different. He wants to teach them how to read! Nick’s mission turns out to be a tricky one, especially with his cat Stevenson. But that doesn’t stop Nick from accomplishing his goal.
There are so many things to be grateful for in this colorful picture book. “Bees give us honey. Thank you, bees.” Thank you to all facets of our world, including the sun, the sheep, the clouds, the trees, and the dirt for the unique things that they give us. “The earth gives us our home. Thank you, earth.”
Things go awry for Mark Pett, the author, illustrator, and narrator of This is My Book!, when the first character that he creates, Percy the panda, informs Mark that he prefers to be called Spike. Chaos ensues when the panda continues to place his personal stamp on the book by creating additional characters, adding a fold, a pull-tab, and a pop-up page. Can Mark and the panda ever learn to inhabit the book cooperatively?
"We are all different, as different as can be. Take a quick look—it’s easy to see.” At first glance, a tiger, walrus, wombat, and dog seem very different, but this book prompts us to take a closer look and find the similarities. One similar characteristic is listed, but with careful observation, you might find even more.
The photographs in this book welcome all features of spring—from the first flowers peeking out of the melting snow to kites flying on the longest day of the year. We see “ferns uncurl,” nests with eggs, children with flowers and with baby animals, and the fresh scent of spring.
There is so much to notice in these richly detailed illustrations as fish, fruits, and vegetables make their way to the greenmarket. As we progress from the farms to the market the roads become filled with trucks of harvested fruits, vegetables and other items for the market. Can you find the vegetable truck?
Plants can do all kinds of things, but they can’t sit still. The rich vocabulary in this book describes plant movements of all kinds. The brightly-colored cut-paper collage and watercolor illustrations show us that plants can wiggle, grow, squirm, reach, lift, fold, sway, climb, walk, and unfold. And in seed form they can drift, float, explode, sprinkle, and whirl. But they can’t sit still.
Poetry and illustrations made with paint and pencil crayon help mark the passing of time in this collection of seasonal poetry. Poems, mostly one on a page, include reflections on the silent songs of flowers in spring, plums at the beach in summer, the landing of the last leaf in fall, and being tired of mittens in winter.
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