Corduroy Lost and Found by B.G. Hennessy
We found a new Corduroy book and like this one just as well as the others. In the story, it's Lisa's birthday and Corduroy is beside himself that he doesn't have a gift for her. He goes on a journey early in the morning while still dark and ends up getting lost. He's found by a kind man running the neighborhood newstand and have a happy birthday reunion. Very sweet story.
The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar by Russell Punter
My son is really into dinosaurs and this one was fun for him. Sid is a dinosaur that likes to have fun. One of the things he most likes is scaring his other dinosaur friends (Spike, Ross and Ollie) with his loud roar. He ends up losing his roar with a soar throat and once recovered, wants to apologize to his friends only to find them missing. He then saves them from being eaten by a giant T-Rex by using his giant roar to scare him away.
Mama Panya's Pancakes, a Village Tale from Kenya by Mary Chamberlin
This is a book that J liked and I fell in love with. I love sharing books with J that expand his knowledge of other cultures. The pictures are wonderful illustrations showing village life in Kenya. Another part I like is the end of the book which has several pages of detail about Kenya. For example, one section describes life in Kenya and another section has descriptions of the insect, animals and plants with their swahili names. In the story, Mama takes her son Adika to market and he guesses that she's going to make pancakes. Adika is so excited that he invites everyone they run into that they know. Mama is concerned about how she'll feed everyone, yet Adika isn't worried. In the end, each guest shows up bringing something wonderful to add to the meal and they eat and enjoy the time together.
Mary Manatee, A Tale of Sea Cows by Suzanne Tate
J has been interested in manatees lately and I found a couple good books like this one. This book tells the story of Mary and her baby Mikey. She is a 1000-pound manatee teaching her baby how to eat water plants and avoid dangers like boats. One day, the calf got closed behind a gate in the water and separated from his mom. It ends with the humans helping set him free and he happily returns to his mom having learned a big lesson.
Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French
This was a fun book to encourage J to eat more vegetables. (He sometimes needs a little help to eat enough of them.) In this story, Oliver spends a week at his grandparents house who have
a wonderful garden. At home, Oliver will only eat french fries, but his grandfather challenges him to identify the potatoes in the garden and he can eat them. But he has to eat what he finds. He ends up finding carrots, spinach, rhubarb (yum), cabbage, beets, peas until he finally finds the potatoes. On his last night there, he finally enjoys some french fries.
Otter Play by Nancy Luenn
J liked to read this one a lot. He loved the otter story. As the story unfolds about a little otter family, it mirrors a little boy and his family. The boy wakes up and streches, and the otters wake up and stretch. The otters slide down into the water, and the little boy slides into the water in a boat with his parents. As his parents fish, he watches the little otters fishing. He eats his apple as the otters eat the fish they caught. When the day is over, the otters crawl back into their burrow and the boy crawls into his tent with his parents. I love otters.
A Pony Named Peanut by Sindy McKay
J picked this book out by himself, and although it looks like a grade school book he really liked the story. The story is written in the format of a young girl's journal. She spends the summer with her Aunt Molly out in the country instead of with her Aunt Rachel in the city. She has a very pouty attitude in the beginning which slowly turns around when her Uncle gets a new pony from the shelter. He has her care for the pony and she grows to love him. I love this part of the book, since I love horses myself and she learns everything from hoof cleaning to lunging to mucking stalls. The best part is when she finally gets over her fear and learns to ride him. She ends up having a lovely summer.
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