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Maple and Willow Together

24 Nov

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Maple and Willow Together written and illustrated by Lori Nichols (2014)

This is the follow up to the delightful story Maple published earlier this year. Maple was Lori Nichols debut picture book. You can read my review of Maple HERE.

In this book, Maple and her little sister Willow do everything together. They play together, sleep together, and even have their own special language together. But one day, Maple gets angry and Willow gets angry and they are sent to their rooms alone. The girls don’t like being alone, and make-up across the hallway. Pretty soon they are playing outside together and sleeping together in the same bed.

Lori Nichols has done it again! This second book is just as warm and loving as her first book. The relationship between the sisters is so real. And the artwork is beautiful. It shows how sisters can be each other’s best friends even when they don’t always get along.

I love this story and I think you will too. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter who just became a big sister last month!

One Big Pair of Underwear

29 Sep

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One Big Pair of Underwear written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (2014)

Two bears hate to share, but find only one pair of underwear…one gets the underwear and one cries, ‘That isn’t fair!’ Three young yaks find two salty snacks…two get snacks and one cries, ‘Where’s my snack?’ Four silver seals find three sets of wheels… three get the wheels and one gets a really bad deal.  The pattern continues with more animals who hate to share, until finally twenty pigs find ten tall twisty slides. They all want to ride, so they share the slides by riding piggyback. Now all the other animals see how much fun sharing can be. Pretty soon everyone is sharing and laughing and playing together.

Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld shared the making of this story beautifully! The rhyming text is paired with funny pictures to make a silly rhyming, counting, sharing picture book.

Counting and sharing, sharing and counting… This is a winner for everyone! No one gets left out and everyone has fun, who could ask for more?

The Not-So-Perfect Penguin

28 Jul

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The Not-So-Perfect Penguin written and illustrated by Steve Smallman (2014)

Percy is part of a perfect penguin waddle. All the penguins eat sensibly, waddle seriously, and swim smoothly… all except Percy.  Percy is loud, rambunctious, and silly. One day in the middle of a huddle to keep warm, Percy lets out a loud and smelly FAAAAAART! All the other penguins send him away. Percy is cold and alone. And the other penguins realize how dull life is without him. So they go out in search of him. They find him frozen next to his snow-penguin, and they huddle around to melt him. When the snow is melted, Percy’s flippers were free to TICKLE…TICKLE…TICKLE!

Steve Smallman has brought to life a delightful little friend. At the end of the book, Steve Smallman encourages young readers to think about themselves and how they treat others with topics like: talk about things that may annoy others, what does it feel like to be ignored by your friends, and how it’s okay to be a little different and still fit in with a group.

I love the ending… “Surrounded by happy penguins, Percy felt that maybe he didn’t need to be perfect after all. His friends loved him just as he was.”

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