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    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Educational,  Silly Fun

    The Honey Bee

    Written by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault I LOVE THESE BEES! The narration is flighty like a buzzing around bee, short bits of motion here, then there. You learn so much from this book too! You learn about the busy stuff a bee does at a flower, the dancing in the hive, the working of the pollen to get it sticky and sweet, the saving it in honeycomb cells for later. It’s all just beautifully illustrated. I love Isabelle’s work, so I’m biased. There is a warm and fuzzy air to her work. The spot color for the pollen is just perfect. It warms up everything even more. I…

  • Bear Came Along
    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Being Yourself,  Friendship,  Hilarious,  Kindness,  Silly Fun

    Ten New Favorites!

    Niko Draws a Feeling Niko Draws a Feeling Written by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Simone Shin This story is an example of how amazingly different some people feel, and see, and hear, our world. Some are even lucky enough to be able to express these experiences visually. Niko is one. I relate to Niko SO much. My experiences are very abstract, but SO strong. The pieces Niko makes are true to him. Immovable. The hard work of a robin’s nest, a ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck. They are what they are and he shares that. Not many others understand, but finally Niko finds someone who does. And that is…

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    Adventure,  Beautiful

    EDISON: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure

    by Torben Kuhlmann This is a gorgeous-gorgeous, amazing-amazing, adventure-adventure! A new face appears in the University of Mice class (which is inside a bookstore). Pete asks the professor of UM for help finding a long lost treasure. A treasure which is only known to Pete by an old letter written by one of his ancestors. Together the professor and Pete study the ocean, and experiment with submarine construction, for a voyage to the bottom of the sea. The professor has experience in adventure, but cannot join Pete on this voyage. He is too old and tired. So, Pete goes it alone, but with the knowledge the professor gave him. He…

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    Adventure,  Beautiful

    On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

    by Beatrice Alemagna I love that I can see and smell and feel this story. I can feel stones and mud in my hands, and cool water drip on my tongue. I feel the cold and wet, and I feel energized by the weather. The illustrations, oh the illustrations. The bright pop of orange on the youngster’s jacket really helps you see the murkiness of the day, but then the magical happens. Climbing trees, drinking raindrops, and talking to birds, the world becomes less drab. Wonderful transition. This is a beautiful book.