Once Upon a Story
January 21, 2013

We’re back in our groove, with lots to share this week!

Fox Makes Friends

Fox Makes Friends

by Adam Relf

When Fox announces to his mom that he’s off to catch a friend (complete with butterfly net), she informs him that you don’t catch them, you make them.  Which is exactly what Fox does, but perhaps not in the way she meant.

“Are you my friend?” Fox asked, but the friend said nothing.

“Can you come out and play?” he siad, but the friend didn’t move. “Maybe he’s too small,” Fox thought.  “I need to make a bigger friend!”

Names for Snow

Names for Snow

by Judi K. Beach, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

This beautifully illustrated book has a similar feel to Deborah Underwoods The Loud Book or The Quiet Book.  The story begins with the question, “Mama, what is snow?” and continues with snow in all its forms.

Call it Prayer in its stillness– and Harmonica when it whistles through the trees. 
Call it Tickle when you stand, arms outstretched, and catch it on your tongue.
Call it Tradition when it comes on Christmas– and Trickster when it appears on April First.

Bug  and Bear

Bug and Bear

by Ann Bonwill, illustrated by Layn Marlow

Isn’t this cover sweet?

All Bear wants is a nice nap.  But Bug wants to play, and just isn’t getting the message.

When Bear heard Bug buzzing behind her, she lumbered faster.  So Bug buzzed faster. 
“Chase!” said Bug.  “Is that what we’re playing?”
“Not now, Bug,” said Bear.
“Oh,” said Bug.  “How about now?”
“Humph,” said Bear and lumbered on.

The Emperor's Egg

The Emperor’s Egg

by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Jane Chapman

This is a fantastic example of non-fiction text, but written in a style that doesn’t feel like a textbook.  Chock full of interesting information, a conversational tones, and text-enhancing illustrations.  Great classroom library addition!

So that means two whole months with an egg on your feet and no dinner! Or breakfast or lunch or snacks.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be very, very, miserable.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

by Melissa Sweet

Another wonderfully composed non-fiction text, this time about the man who created the famous Macy’s Day Parade balloons.  In addition to the narrative, there’s several pages of additional information in the back, and some of the illustrations are composed of actual newspaper print from the time period.  Cleverly done, and would pair well with Shana Corey’s, Milly and the Macy’s Day Parade.

Tony did not know if everything would go as planned…
…What if the balloons are filled with too much helium?
What if one hits a sharp object?
Will they fit under the EL– the elevated train track?

In addition to the picture books, I also read:



3 Responses to “It’s Monday! (January 21st Edition)”

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    Wow, you read quite a lot! I’m trying to read more and Chomp is on my pile. Did you love it?

  2. Amy says:

    I’m probably going to be teaching about penguins when it’s my turn for my son’s preschool co-op, so I’m definitely going to check out The Emperor’s Egg.

    The Names for Snow book sounds delightful as well. I’ve loved Deborah Underwood’s books.

  3. Katrina says:

    The Emperor’s Egg and Names for Snow look great! Thanks for the recommendations!

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