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"Miss Cindy" Story Visits

From October through May Cindy Strietelmeier makes monthly visits to local preschool classes with her big blue bag.  The 15 to 20 minute visits include books, stories, poems, songs and such for promoting interest in language, reading and the library. 

Did you know?  If you are participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and you heard Miss Cindy read at your school, you can add these titles to your list.

What did Miss Cindy read?  Check the list below, most recent month is at the top.


NOVEMBER Story Visits 2015

Moo! – David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

  Cow has one word to describe her whole driving adventure.

Oh! – Josse Goffin

  There are no words inside this book, just pictures that open in a surprising way to make you say “Oh!”



OCTOBER Story Visits 2015

Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems

    Leonardo is not scary!  He tries to scare Sam, but is that really what he wants to do?

Don’t Fidget a Feather – Erica Silverman, illustrated by S. D. Schindler

  Two friends try to be the champion of champions in a freeze in place contest.



SEPTEMBER Story Visits 2015

We All Go Traveling By – Sheena Roberts, illustrated by Siobhan Bell (with a Fred Penner CD inside)

    There are lots of ways to travel to school and lots of sounds to make when you read & sing this book.

Oh, No! – Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

    Trying to get away from a hungry tiger, the animals fall into a deep, deep hole. Oh, no!



MAY Story Visits 2015

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole - Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

        Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular.

Miss Mary Mack - Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott

        An elephant in your backyard would be spectacular and you can sing about it with this book.



APRIL Story Visits 2015

Yes, Please! No, Thank You!– Valerie Wheeler, illustrated by Glin Dibley

            It's a game in a book.  Just answer "yes, please" or "no, thank you" about how you would like to spend your day.

Grumpy Goat – Brett Helquist

            Who knew a dandelion could make Goat go from grumpy to glad?


MARCH Story Visits 2015

A-hunting We Will Go - John Langstaff with pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker

              A song with lots of animals and silly rhymes.

Abiyoyo - Pete Seeger

            A boy with a ukelele, his father with a magic wand, and a BIG, SCARY, MONSTER!


FEBRUARY Story Visits 2015

On Market Street – words by Arnold Lobel, pictures by Anital Lobel

            An alphabet book where the people look like the things they are selling.

Don’t Forget the Bacon – Pat Hutchins

            A boy tries to remember what his mother needs from town. Would you be able to remember without a list?


JANUARY Story Visits 2015

What Baby Wants - Phyllis Root

            Everyone has an idea about what the crying baby wants, but who is right?

Mouse Was Mad - Linda Urban, illustrated by Henry Cole

            Mouse has to figure out what to do about how mad he feels.


DECEMBER Story Visits 2014

The Mitten Tree - Candace Christiansen

            No one knows who knits all the mittens for the children in town.  No one knows who brings more yarn to the knitter.

On Christmas Eve - Margaret Wise Brown

            The children go quietly downstairs to make a last minute Christmas wish.


NOVEMBER Story Visits 2014

Bear Has a Story to Tell – Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Bear’s story has to wait until spring since everyone is busy getting ready for winter – winter is a long time for a bear to remember!

Thanksgiving with Me – Margaret Willey, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom

A little girl likes to hear her mother's story about the six uncles expected for Thanksgiving dinner. 


OCTOBER Story Visits 2014

Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberley

A favorite because you can make the monster appear and disappear just by turning the pages! 
Ed Emberley made a great design:  how did he figure out where to put the holes in the pages?

If You’re a Monster and You Know It – Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley (Ed is Rebecca’s dad! They both like monsters.)

A great book for noticing things (how many eyes? How many legs? What colors?) Sing the whole sequence!

The Hungry Thing – Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler, illustrated by Richard E. Martin

Is The Hungry Thing a monster?  What does The Hungry Things eat? 


Read by request at Praises & Pathways Daycare (they’re doing a play in December!)

    Brave Chicken Little – retold and illustrated by Robert Byrd



SEPTEMBER Story Visits 2014

Perfect Square – Michael Hall

The perfect square adapted each time it was cut or torn or otherwise changed. When “nothing happened” it made its own creative change.

Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

           Harry hates baths, but his dirty adventures mean his people don't even recognize him! 


MAY Story Visits 2014

The Baby BeeBee Bird - Diane Redfield Massie, illustrated by Steven Kellogg

The new baby bird at the zoo keeps everyone awake singing "beebee bobbibobbi" all night long.

Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around - Claudia Rueda

Be sure to ask "Wolf, are you there?"


APRIL Story Visits 2014

Mud - Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Winter melts into magnificent mud!

Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud - Lynn Plourde, illustrated by John Schoeherr

Gotta shoo?  But who?  Who can shoo the pigs, hens, sheep and bulls out of the mud in the middle of the rud, er, road?


MARCH Story Visits 2014

Dog in Boots - Greg Gormley, illustrated by Roberta Angaramo

Dog loves footwear but does it work as well as his paws?

Caps for Sale - told & illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

"A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business"


FEBRUARY Story Visits 2014

Pigs Love Potatoes - Anika Denise

The piggies help out preparing their favorite dish.  It's funny to see the pictures of those pigs doing "people" things.

May There Always Be Sunshine - Jim Gill, illustrated by Susie Signorino-Richards

This little folk song from Russia let's you list all the things (and people) you wouldn't want to be without.  Put your own list right into the song.  You can find children singing this on YouTube.


JANUARY Story Visits 2014

Thumpy Feet – Betsy Lewin

Have fun with the bright drawings and funny sounds about a pet cat. It's fun to practice some of the sounds in the words like the th in thumpy, the l in lick, the fl and p in flip.  There's even a picture in the back with the author drawing pictures of her cat.

Millions of Cats – Wanda Gág

This story has been around for a long, long time.  Can you imagine a hill covered with cats?  How many would you take home?

I Don’t Want a Cool Cat – Emma Dodd

It's a big book with a short story and lots of rhyming words about choosing the right cat.



DECEMBER Story Visits 2013

Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada! – Virginia Kroll, illustrated by Loretta Lopez

You can do some counting in Spanish and English and learn some more words in Spanish in this book about getting ready for Las Posadas celebration at Christmas.


Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear’s friends help him stay busy and AWAKE so he won't miss the things they love at Christmas.  There are more books about Bear and his friends like Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More and Bear Feels Scared



NOVEMBER Story Visits 2013

Leaf Man - Lois Ehlert

Keep an eye out for Leaf Man in those piles of leaves in your yard.  Grown ups can read the note in the back of the book to see how the pictures were made.

Winter Lullaby - Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Greg Newbold

Answer the riddles about where creatures go when winter is coming on.

Mama, Will It Snow Tonight? - Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrated by Paul Tong

A quiet book where little ones ask their mamas about the coming snow -- and mamas know!


OCTOBER Story Visits 2013

Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberly

He's not so scary when you can tell him to go away -- or come back.

Boo to a Goose – Mem Fox, illustrated by David Miller

You can be brave about a lot, but some things things are just too much.
The book also has great cut paper pictures -- lots of goose feathers and more.

Owl Babies - Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson

The little owls stick together while their Owl Mother is gone.


SEPTEMBER Story Visits 2013

The Seals on the Bus – Lenny Hort, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

It's the nearly the same song with lots of animals and a party at the end!

Bark, George – Jules Feiffer

Why can't George the puppy just bark like a dog?  You'll be surprised.

Yo!  Yes? - Chris Raschka

It only takes a few words to make friends and start having fun.



APRIL Story Visits 2013

Tiny Little Fly – Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Who can catch that tiny little fly? He’s too fast!

What Joe Saw – Anna Grossnickle Hines

Joe takes his time and sees lots of small animals everyone else misses.

Wet Dog – Elise Broach, illustrated by David Catrow

What happens when you stand next to a wet dog on a hot day?



MARCH Story Visits 2013

The Kitten’s Adventure – Yoshikatsu Sugano (photographer)

There are no words but photos of kitten exploring.  Can you describe what you see?

Drat That Fat Cat – Pat Thomson, illustrated by Ailie Busby

A hungry cat swallows one animal after another AND an old lady! See how they are rescued by an outraged bee. 

Pete the Cat & His Four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

Lesson in subtraction and taking things as they come. 



FEBRUARY Story Visits 2013

The Mitten - retold by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

When a little boy leaves a mitten outside, cold animals squeeze in to warm their toes, until the mitten just can't stretch any more!

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing - written by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett

Each pair of pages has a funny picture and a good reason why animals shouldn't wear clothes -- even though lots of other children's books have animals dressed in all sorts of things!


JANUARY Story Visits 2013

Red Sled – written by Patricia Thomas, illustrated by Chris L. Demarest

Pairs of rhyming words describe the nighttime sled ride of a boy and his dad.

One Two That’s My Shoe – written and illustrated by Alison Murray

Like One Two Buckle My Shoe, but with a plot: a girl’s dog runs away with her shoe.

What Can You Do with a Shoe? Written by Beatrice Schenk deRegniers, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Playful rhyming nonsense about a shoe and more.



DECEMBER Story Visits 2012

Counting to Christmas – written and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

A child’s look at counting the days and preparing to celebrate Christmas

Night Tree – written by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand

A family’s Christmas Eve tradition is a trip to the woods outside town.

Both stories celebrate with trees and sharing with the animals.


NOVEMBER Story Visits 2012

“A Special Thanksgiving Table” was a story told with paper and scissors!

The Beastly Feast – Bruce Goldstone, illustrated by Blair Lent

Animals bring food to share that rhymes with their own names.

Bling Blang – Woody Guthrie, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

A book you can sing, especially the hammer & saw chorus that has great sounds and motions.


OCTOBER Story Visits 2012

Boxman – Irina Hale

When Bob gets the idea to turn himself into “Boxman” his family helps him with his game.

Abiyoyo – Pete Seeger, illustrated by Michael Hays

A boy’s music and his father’s magic tricks get them in trouble, but then together they save the town!


SEPTEMBER Story Visits 2012

Bear Flies High – Michael Rosen, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

Bear wants to fly high like a bird and the children have an idea to help him.

Book! Book! Book! – Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

When the children go back to school, the animals don’t have anything to do. They make a trip to town and the hen is the only one who can tell the librarian what they need. Watch for the frog throughout the book too!


MAY Story Visits 2012

“The Pesky Skeeter” a story told with string

Miss Cindy learned how to tell it from Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take by Dianne de Las Casas. She borrowed it from another Evergreen Indiana library and you could too.

Stanley Mows the Lawn – Craig Frazier

Stanley spots Hank the snake in the tall grass and gets an idea for mowing his lawn differently.

May There Always Be Sunshine – a traditional song adapted by Jim Gill

Sing the song and then add your own ideas.


APRIL Story Visits 2012

The Puddle – David McPhail

What starts out as an ordinary rainy day gets silly when animals appear at the puddle.


Make Way for Ducklings – Robert McCloskey

The pictures look clear and real even though there’s only one color. Do children learn what the ducklings learn?
(How to walk in a line, come when called, and watch out for things with wheels.)



MARCH Story Visits 2012

Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! – Leo & Diane Dillon

The story of dancer Bill Robinson (aka Bojangles) in a poem with a rhythmic chorus Try the “rap a tap tap” rhythm with your hands or your feet.


Four Fur Feet – Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard

A furry creature (Is it a tiger? A cheetah? A cat? A cog?) walks around the world on “his four fur feet.”
Everyone can join in on the repeated lines!




FEBRUARY Story Visits 2012

Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox, illustrated by Patricia Mullins

What does Hattie see in the bushes? Does anyone else notice?

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild – Mem Fox , illustrated by Marla Frazee

Harriet is into everything. Harriet’s mom tries not to yell, but sometimes it happens, “just like that!”

Nibble, Nibble – Margaret Wise Brown

There are many poems in the book, but we used just the one that begins

“Nibble, nibble, nibble goes the mouse in my heart … and the mouse in my heart is you.”



JANUARY Story Visits 2012

Froggy Gets Dressed – Jonathan Londan, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

It takes a lot of clothes and a lot of energy to get ready to play in the snow!

Under My Hood I Have a Hat – Karla Kuskin , illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

A little rhyme about all the layers of clothing you need.

The Mouse that Jack Built – Cyndy Szekeres

Jack is a bunny that built a snow mouse. But what are the little mice in the pictures building?



DECEMBER Story Visits 2011

The Three Bears’ Christmas – Kathy Duvall

It’s not Goldilocks who is visiting this time.

On Christmas Day in the Morning – song illustrated by Melissa Sweet

An old song about the hope of growing things again as the light changes after Christmas.

Dream Snow – Eric Carle

The farmer dreams of snow and then remembers his Christmas plans for his animals. He bears a strong resemblance to S. Claus, but what is the surprise at the end?



NOVEMBER Story Visits 2011

Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go – John Langstaff, pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker

Sing along as you go a-hunting for lots of animals and rhymes to go with them.


All for Pie, Pie for All – David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Grandma Cat’s apple pie is enjoyed by three different (sized) families.


Pigs Love Potatoes – Anika Denise, illustrated by Christopher Denise

With so many potato-loving pigs, Mamma needs their help. Listeners can help by filling in the word “potatoes” every time it appears in the story.



OCTOBER Story Visits 2011

Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberley

Make the monster appear, then make the monster “Go away!”  It will be a favorite.


Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems

Leonardo wants to be scary, he just isn’t. But he can become something wonderful.


Perfect Square – Michael Hall

A square that’s perfectly happy faces a week of challenges and makes itself into great new things. The fountain that “babbled and giggled and clapped” is a great sound effect kids can do.



SEPTEMBER Story Visits 2011

We All Go Traveling By – Sheena Roberts, illustrated by Siobhan Bell

This book is a song about lots of ways to go ... to school!  It includes a CD with Fred Penner singing.  You could sing along.


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems

Just say “No!” to the Pigeon who wants to be at the wheel of the bus.  Enjoy the pictures of Pigeon.  You can tell how he feels even without reading the words.  Try your hand at drawing him yourself!



MAY Story Visits 2011

Pouch! – David Ezra Stein

A joey takes his first hops away from his mama, but he is frightened by new sights and retreats to the pouch until he meets another joey just as new to the world.

Mouse Was Mad – Linda Urban, illustrated by Henry Cole

How mad was Mouse? Hopping mad. But what would he do about it? Deep breathing helps.



April Story Visits 2011

Yes, Please! : No, Thank You! – Valerie Wheeler, illustrated by Glin Dibley

It’s a game in a book. Listen to the question and decide which way you’ll answer.

Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Harry would like to answer “No, thank you” when it’s time for a bath.
He finds a way but will his family know him when he’s so dirty?



March Story Visits 2011

Black? White! Day? Night! – Laura Vaccaro Seeger

There may only be one word on each page, but the lift-the-flap pages in this book have lots of surprises for you.


The Quiet Mother and the Noisy Little Boy – Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Marc Simont

Do the people at your house feel differently about noise and quiet? Can it be too noisy? Can it be too quiet?


February Story Visits 2011

Hurry Up and Slow Down – Layn Marlow

Hare is almost always in a hurry — until it’s time to look at the pictures in the book.
Tortoise is NOT in a hurry — until reading the book means the tea is getting cold.

Take your time with the pictures in this book and see many more little creatures.


The Squeaky Door – retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

A spooky squeaky sound is scary at night. How do you fix that? Grandma knows.
A silly story for everyone to participate in.



January 2011

All It Takes for a Snowman – Alice Schertle, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

What do you need for a snowman? The pictures are a lot of fun: the snowballs are so BIG! Did you ever think of giving your snowman something to read?


The Biggest, Best Snowman – Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Little Nell can still do BIG things with the help of friends. When you look at the pictures, notice the lines Nell and her friends make when they roll, and nudge and kick the snow into a ball.


December 2010

What Dogs Want for Christmas – Kandy Radzinski

If they could write to Santa, what would they ask for? Beautiful illustrations!  Find your favorite puppy.


Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! – Don and Audrey Wood

Do you lock your presents away, or share them with the poor hungry bear who has none?
See what the Little Mouse chooses.


November 2010

Potato Joe – Keith Baker

    Counting potatoes in rhyme and silliness.


Today Is Monday – Eric Carle

You can sing this book. The animals will help you remember the days of the week and the foods for each day.


October 2010

Go Away, Big Green Monster - Ed Emberley

You'll want to read it again, and again, and again, and again.


Don't Fidget a Feather - Erica Silverman, illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Duck and Goose have a freeze-in-place contest that gets scary, but the real champion is the friend that saves them both.


September 2010

Old Black Fly - Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

That old black fly gets into a lot of places before he meets his messy end.


"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth - Eric Carle

The sloth does not hurry.  Ever.  "That's just the way I am."



May 2010

Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name – Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Andrew Shachat

When her mommy calls her “chickadee” and “pumpkin,” Hannah wonders if she knows her name.


“Nibble, Nibble, Nibble,” a poem
from Nibble Nibble: poems for children by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated byLeonard Weisgard

Who’s the mouse in you heart? Are you the “rabbit” that makes their heart go lippity-clip?


The Seals on the Bus – Lenny Hort , illustrated by G. Brian Karas

You know “the wheels on the bus go round and round.” Now find out what it’s like with seals on the bus, or when there are monkeys aboard. (Get ready to make great animal sounds too!)


April 2010

Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry – collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, illustrated by Polly Dunbar

We shared only two of the poems at this visit, “Something About Me” and “Recipe for Green.” Both were about growing things: children and plants.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! – Candace Fleming , illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Mr. McGreely tries to keep the hungry bunnies out of his garden, but nothing seems to stop them.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing – Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett

Animals may like a lot of the same things we do, but these pictures show just why clothing won’t work for them.


March 2010

The Hungry Thing – Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler, illustrated by Richard E. Martin

When a Hungry Thing comes to town, what should the people feed it? The Hungry Thing asks for schmancakes, feetloaf and hookies. A little boy decodes the Hungry Thing’s rhymed requests – along with the children who hear the story.

Then we made some pretend “Monster Cookies” for the Hungry Thing!  See page 26 of Cookie Classics with Heart by Joyce Milligan.   It's a cookie cookbook  of recipes collected by a Jay County library staff person and matched to great children’s books. Check page 26 for the Monster Cookie recipe.  Check out Cookie Classics to try some at home.  It's with the adult cookbooks at 641.8654 M654 .

The Doorbell Rang – story and pictures by Pat Hutchins

Twelve cookies (as good as Grandma’s?!) seem like plenty to share until the doorbell rings. And rings. And rings. Finally Grandma herself saves the day.


February 2010 - Snowed out!


January 2010

Under My Hood I Have a Hat – Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

Dressing to play in the snow has its ups and downs. In fact, if you fall down, it’s hard to get up with all those clothes on.

Snow on Snow on Snow – Cheryl Chapman, illustrated by Synthia Saint James

 A boy and his dog head outside to go sledding but when they “spin out” at the bottom of the hill, the dog is missing. Many phrases are repeated in threes, like the title, which comes from the poem “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti.

Snow – story and pictures by Uri Shulevitz

A little boy sees the snow coming even though the adults around him (along with the radio and the television) say “it’s nothing.”


December 2009

Winter Lullaby – Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Greg Newbold

The weather is changing — what does that mean for animals and people? Read the questions, guess the answers and then enjoy the pictures. It’s a “lullaby” because so many of the animals (and people) spend time sleeping.

Christmas Present from a Friend – Yuriko Kimura, illustrated by Masako Matsumura

Rabbit knows it’s very cold and hard to live in the winter so when she finds an extra carrot she shares it with a friend, who shares it with another and another. How does the carrot come back to Rabbit? Does she know?

On Christmas Eve – Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Nancy Edwards Calder

It’s the night before Christmas and the children can’t sleep — imagine that! When they creep downstairs to “touch the tree and make a wish” they see, hear, and smell Christmas. For some reason the words are magical.



November 2009

First the Egg – Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The cut out pages and bright colors show transformations: from egg to chicken, from tadpole to frog, etc. The story has a puzzle that even grownups wonder about: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

What! Cried Granny: an Almost Bedtime Story – Kate Lum, illustrated by Adrian Johnson

Patrick and his granny have different ideas on bedtime — getting ready for bed could take all night. Be sure to watch for the little dog in the pictures. He’s always up to something.

Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping – Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins

Does the teacher sleep in school? Does the librarian sleep with the books? The pictures make you think so, but mostly they and other workers go to sleep because their work is done.


October 2009

Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberley

Specially cut-out pages make a scary monster appear and disappear when YOU say so.

Cookie’s Week – Cindy Ward, illustrated by Tomie DePaola

Cookie the cat gets in a LOT of trouble Monday through Saturday and makes a mess everywhere.
Will the cat rest on Sunday?

Pigsty – Mark Teague

When Wendell’s room is so messy pigs move in, cleaning up is the only way to get them out.


September 2009

Oh! – by Josse Goffin

One word is enough for the whole book! You’ll say “Oh!” every time you turn the special pages that open from the center and show a surprise picture. Look! Your mouth makes an O every time you say it.

Cha Cha Chimps – Julia Durango, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor

They love to cha-cha-cha. The chimps can’t stop dancing until Mama Chimp comes to take them home. Try out the rhythm at your house.

Chuck’s Truck - Peggy Perry Anderson

Everyone wants to ride (and rhyme) in Chuck’s old truck, but what happens when it breaks down?


April 2009

Potato Joe written and illustrated by Keith Baker

In a new take on “One potato, two potato, three potato, four …” you can count and rhyme. There are guest appearances by Tomato Flo and Watermelon Moe. Watch for a tiny ant who appears on pages throughout the book.

Four Fur Feet written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard

A four-footed creature (A dog? A tiger? A cheetah?) walks around the world on his “four fur feet” in a rhythmic and rhyming chant. Challenging to say the repeating phrase but fun to join in.


March 2009

Yes, Please!  No, Thank You! written by Valerie Wheeler and illustrated by Glin Dibley

It's a game of "what do you want to do?"  There are some great ideas about how you could spend your day.  But remember to answer politely with the "magic" words, please and thank you.

Bark, George written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer

When George the puppy meows and quacks and oinks and moos instead of barking, his mother takes him to the vet to get to the bottom of the problem deep, deep, deep down.

Knuffle Bunny written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Little Trixie can't use words yet.  How can she tell her daddy that her precious Knuffle Bunny is lost?  Look for another story about Trixie (now a preschooler) in Knuffle Bunny Too.

Did you know that "Knuffle" comes from "knuffel," a Dutch word for "snuggle."


February 2009

Angus and the Cat written and illustrated by Marjorie Flack

Angus the Scottie dog gets a chance to satisfy his curiosity about cats when a strange little cat appears on the sofa. But the cat knows how to stay just out of reach.

Looking for a Moose written by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Randy Cecil

A group of young friends go moose-spotting in the woods, in the swamp, in the bushes, and on the hillside. How can something so big be so hard to see? When you read this story in great rhythm and rhymes you may be able to see what the friends are missing. There are lots of other animals and details to notice and you even get to practice your own version of the call of the moose!


January 2009

The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
    Peter's simple adventures exploring the snowfall and the timeless collage illustrations have been enjoyed by children since they were first published in 1962. 

Snowballs written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
    Another collage artist creates snow people on a large scale with bright recognizable objects that children love to point out.  Bonus pages at the back even show some real-life kid creations in the snow.

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
    We all know better, but it's fun to imagine with the rhyming text what snowmen do at night that makes them look so different as time passes.  A special feature:  there are hidden pictures painted in the scenes.  Look for a cat, a rabbit, a Santa face and a tyrannosaurus rex in each picture. 


December 2008

Uno, Dos, Tres, Posadas! :  Let's Celebrate Christmas by Virginia Kroll
  Both Spanish and English numbers are used in this count-to-Christmas rhyme.  There are more Spanish words for parts of the Las Posadas celebration and a page in the back with more information for grownups to share with kids.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  It's a very simple story about a farmer with five animals and a tree and lots of snow, dreamed and real.  If you've ever finger painted you'll recognize how the illustrations were made.  The vinyl overlays that put dream snow in the house and over the farmer and animals make a guessing game out of some pages.  All this and a built-in button at the end that produces a magical surprise!


November 2008

Bling Blang by Woody Guthrie, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
    It's the text of a song by Guthrie.  Hear it on the children's CD This Land Is Your Land and try singing it with plenty of pretend pounding and sawing.

Great Aunt Martha by Rebecca C. Jones, illustrated by Shelley Jackson
    Can you have fun when old folks visit and talk and rest and you have to be quiet?  Well, yes, by the story's end you know that Great Aunt Martha is really great.

Miss Cindy also told a "paper and scissors" story about "A Special Thanksgiving Table" by Jean Stangl.


October 2008

Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens, illustrated by Tad Hills
    Wake up with everyone in the 10 houses on Fish Street before you finally get to Wendell.  Can you do sound effects for the story?  Miss Cindy surprised everyone with a whistle (for the teakettle) and a harmonica for someone who wakes up and plays first thing in the morning.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
    A cat (who keeps a mouse for a pet!) who is worried about his first day at school learns new things -- and so do his teacher and classmates.  Be sure to take time to examine all those fishy details in the pictures.



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