Here We Are

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet EarthHere We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written for Harland, his newborn son, author Jeffers attempts to explain our world and all it encompasses – simply, with love, a little humor and entertaining illustrations.

My observations:
Descriptions of the land: bumpy, pointy, hot, wet. Lol.
Look after your body since most of it doesn’t “grow back.”
I love the double page spreads with the many people and the many animals. ­čÖé
The man lying on the picnic blanket looks a lot like Flat Stanley.
The reminders about how fast time goes, that Harland will figure things out, to be kind.

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Dogku

DogkuDogku by Andrew Clements

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am in love with this short book – a picture book/poetry/story written in haiku! The illustrations help tell the story.

A dog comes to the backdoor of a family’s home right around bedtime, wondering what will happen. Will the lady with the kind eyes shut the door?

Mooch causes some trouble on that first day while in the house alone – will this loving family keep him?

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful book and beautiful story.
From the Author’s Note:
There are always those who resist being silenced,
who will crow out their truth,
without regard to consequence.
Foolhardy or wise, they are the ones
who give us the courage to sing.
–Carmen Agra Deedy
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet

Fallingwater

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's MasterpieceFallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece by Marc Harshman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dreams of falling water…leads to Fallingwater for architect Frank Lloyd Wright and department store owner Edgar Kaufmann.
“A house like no other,
where sun can shine,
where balconies fly,
where falling water
is heard from every room.”
I had already wanted to visit this remarkable house. Now my desire is more intense!

Turtle Tug to the Rescue

Turtle Tug to the RescueTurtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Turtle Tug is a turtle-powered tug boat, who performs daring sea rescues on perilous waters.

This rhyming story is filled with┬árich vocabulary and vivid illustrations – showing animated facial expressions of the┬ásea creatures he helps.

Turtle Tug is a hero and his adventure is perfect for the preschool crowd!

 

George Washington’s Cows

George Washington's CowsGeorge Washington’s Cows by David Small

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first page is clearly an illustration of a cow walking through a front door. What could possibly lie ahead for this story!?
The cow proceeds up the stairway. “George Washington’s cows were kept upstairs and given their own special room.”
Lavender gowns, cushions of silk, hogs, sheep, smart vocabulary and hilarity ensue, as well as a fun rhythm and rhyming scheme.
I came across this book on the same day my cousin delivered an outstanding program on Martha Washington at the Martha Washington Public Library.