Saturday, April 4, 2009

Picture Book Saturday and giveaway links

Some random, semi-Easter-related choices from the TBR shelf today. Mainly about chickens and geese. Kinda Spring/Easter related right? Anyways, I tried!

Little Chick, written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Anita Jeram is a nice choice for those wanting to get into the Spring/Easter spirit by reading books about bunnies, or chicks in this case. 3 short little stories are included, all centering around Little Chick and Old-Auntie, the ever-so-wise voice in Little Chick's small world.

In the first story, "The Carrot That Would Not Grow," we watch as Little Chick plants a carrot and wants nothing more for it to grow big and beautiful, soon learning that good things also come in small packages. The second story, "The Kite That Would Not Fly" shows readers how Little Chick's perserverence in wanting to make the kite fly eventually pays off. The final story, "The Starry Night" teaches readers that we can't always have what we want, but that doesn't stop us from appreciating it.

Each beautifully illustrated story is adorable and comes with a lesson for the reader. A very nice addition to libraries and home shelves (or Easter baskets!!).

Little Chick
Amy Hest
56 pages
Picture Book
February 2009

Little Goose, written by David Mraz and illustrated by Margot Apple and is just the sweetest book. Little Goose gets a warm and fuzzy feeling every time he sees something round. Baskets, balls, and pebbles, he just doesn't know why he loves them so much...until his mama circles her arms around him, hugging him tight. THEN he remembers why he loves round things! Her arms are allll around him!

So cute! A nice bedtime pick, one for the Easter basket, and a good one-on-one title. I really think your littlest kids are going to love this one.

Little Goose
David Mraz
40 pages
Picture book
Tricycle Press
April 2009

Finally, a funny pick for this Saturday, Chicken Soup written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by David Gavril. Soooo laugh-out-loud funny!

When the farm animals learn that Mrs. Farmer has taken out her big soup pot, they know the chickens are in trouble. All of them must run and hide or risk getting put into that big soup pot! Unfortunately, Little Chickie has a cold in her beak and can't help but sniffle and sneeze, giving away every hiding spot the chickens come up with. Before long, Mr. Farmer has Little Chickie in his grasp...and your kids will never guess what happens next!

Such a fun trip around the farm, following the chickens from one hiding place to the next. Little Chickie is adorable and helps to lead quite the anticipating story! Your kids will be dying to hear what happens at the end of the book, which will set off a storm of giggles. Very cute!

Chicken Soup
Jean Van Leeuwen
40 pages
Picture book
May 2009

To learn more or to purchase any of these titles, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.

Don't forget about the giveaways I have going on now! 6 copies of First Dog are HERE and to be entered for a cool prize at the end of the month, go HERE!

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