Archive for the ‘Classic’ Category

Choo Choo by Virginia Lee Burton

February 24, 2012 - 11:55 am No Comments

CHOO CHOO is a little engine who is very busy pulling people, mail and baggage all over the countryside. CHOO CHOO also has an engineer named Jim who loves CHOO CHOO and takes very good care of her. Well, one day CHOO CHOO decides she is tired of all the pulling people and such all over the place and she takes off. As you can imagine, things don’t turn out quite as well as CHOO CHOO had expected and after a lot of panic and worry from Jim and a rescue, CHOO CHOO happily returns home. If your little one loves trains or Thomas the Train the will LOVE this book!!

Barn Dance! by Pat Hutchins

January 1, 2012 - 11:58 am No Comments

The mama animals have put their babies down to sleep for the night so they decide to have a barn dance while the little ones sleep. Each of the mamas ends up getting tuckered out and crawling into bed with their little ones and once the little ones notice that the mamas are all asleep they get up and have their own dance party. This is a super cute book and it rhymes…I am a sucker for cute books with a good rhyme.

1 Hunter by Pat Hutchins

December 30, 2011 - 1:31 pm No Comments

This is a great counting book and it’s also fun because as the hunter (who never seems to be able to see the animals that are hiding from him) is looking for the animals, your little reader will have fun trying to guess which animals are hiding in the background. The best part is the end when the hunter finally sees the animals and they are all following him. Again, great for counting…”1 hunter”, “2 elephants”, “3 giraffes”, etc. but fun and interactive as well.

Don’t Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins

December 28, 2011 - 12:15 pm No Comments

Have you ever repeated something to yourself again and again in your head to help you remember, like a grocery list? Well, the little boy in this book is sent to the store to buy “six farm eggs, a cake for tea, a pound of pears, and don’t forget the bacon.” He tries and tries to remember the list, but it keeps changing. Your little one will laugh at the things he tries to buy and at what he forgets. “Six clothes pegs, a rake for leaves, a pile of chairs and don’t forget the bacon” is one of the many changes the list goes through.

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

December 3, 2011 - 5:18 pm No Comments

A boy who lives on a farm gets up early on Christmas morning to surprise his dad by doing all of the milking before his dad even wakes up. He wants to give his dad a special gift just like Jesus received special gifts on Christmas. This is such a beautiful story about what the spirit of giving on Christmas is truly about with warm illustrations that beautifully match a heartwarming story.

Good-Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins

November 4, 2011 - 4:32 pm No Comments

All the birds in the trees are making so much noise and owl just wants to sleep. The moon finally comes up and the birds go to sleep. Now guess who’s making all of the noise. This is a cute tale if you have a little one who is into making animals sounds. I also love that it has a repetitive line that runs throughout the story…this is a great feature to have a in a book for little ones who are learning how to read, for children to be able to participate in the story and for giving children a purpose for listening. They listen more attentively because they know “their part” is coming up.

The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley

October 19, 2011 - 1:47 pm No Comments

First of all, I love this book because it’s by Aldous Huxley. (Brave New World) This version is a classic that has been republished with a new illustrator. The mother crow keeps laying eggs over and over and over and every day she comes home to find they are gone. It turns out the snake is eating them and so she sends her husband out to “take care” of the snake. Her husband goes to owl for advice and they hatch a very sneaky plan to trick the snake. I love the relationships between all of the animals in this book. They are a little cheeky to each other which is a bit refreshing…I enjoy a little wit and sarcasm every now and again.

The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt

February 2, 2011 - 10:07 pm No Comments

The classic tale of a boy who loses his mitten while gathering wood in the forest. Several animals, including a mouse, a frog, an owl, a rabbit, a fox, a wolf, a wild boar and a bear all squeeze into the mitten to keep warm. It’s only when a cricket tries to climb in that the mitten rips in two. The boy does finally find his mitten, but luckily his grandmother makes him another pair.

The Hat by Jan Brett

January 12, 2011 - 8:15 pm No Comments

A little girl loses a mitten to a hedgehog who gets his nose stuck in it so that it looks like he is wearing a hat. The mother hen sees him and laughingly asks him what is on his head. He tells her it’s his beautiful new hat. The gander, the barn cat, the dog, the pig and the horse all laugh at the hedgehog, too, but secretly wish they all had something cool to wear. By the end they all look like a winter fashion show gone terribly wrong. Your kids will love the illustrations, especially the ones on the side of each page that give them a little hint as to what is coming up next in the story. I think this is the first Jan Brett book I ever read and it is probably one of her most famous.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

December 28, 2010 - 9:01 am No Comments

Katy is so strong that oftentimes she has to stay home when it snows because there isn’t enough snow for her to shovel. But one day the snow gets SO deep that no one can dig out the city but Katy. She helps the Chief of Police, the Postmaster, the Railway Station, the Telephone Company, the Electric Company, the Water Department, the Airport, the Fire Department and a doctor that needs to get to the hospital…then and only then does Katy rest. From the same author as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.