We Love Stella
"Stella, Fairy of the Forest"
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"'Do butterflies eat butter?' asked Sam. 'Yellow butterflies do,'
said Stella." Stella has as much moxie as Eloise and as much
confidence (and red hair) as Pippi, but her spirit of adventure,
overactive imagination, and older-sister omniscience catapult her
into a league of her own. We met the inquisitive, impulsive Stella
and her less reckless little brother, Sam, in "Stella, Star of the
Sea" and in "Stella, Queen of the Snow," but are newly delighted
with this thoroughly charming foray into the forest. Marie-Louise
Gay's friendly, engaging watercolors crawl with tiny snails and
other woodland creatures that readers might miss the first time
through. "Stella, Fairy of the Forest" will warm the hearts of
children and adults alike, especially those who believe that a walk
in the woods is an at least potentially magical adventure. (Ages 3
"Sally Goes to the Farm"
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We would follow Stephen Huneck's black Labrador, Sally,
anywhere--to the beach, to the mountains, and certainly to the farm.
The Sally books are wonderfully witty glimpses into the simple
psyche of a dog, where exciting new smells and tastes reign supreme.
Sally first meets the golden Lab Molly, and after a comical round of
introductory sniffing, they eat like pigs, horse around, plow a
field, and narrowly escape a goosing. "Sally Goes to the Farm"
explodes with generous, boldly colored woodcut prints, as Huneck
artfully captures the gorgeous striped geometry of farmland and
fences--along with amusing canine antics. Simple sentences in a
large clear font (designed by the artist himself) ensure smooth
sailing and happy endings for early readers, but adults will enjoy
the dry humor of these books just as much as kids will. (Ages 2 to
"The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders"
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Playful poet Jack Prelutsky and the beloved Petra Mathers
("Lottie's New Beach Towel") take youngsters from the heart of South
Dakota to Monterey Bay in this extraordinary collection of poems and
paintings that belongs on the shelf next to "Ride a Purple Pelican"
and "Beneath a Blue Umbrella." Here are 28 nonsensical, often
somewhat geographical poems for preschoolers and early readers about
a tiny baker who bakes a tiny cookie, a granny who lost her footing
and fell into pudding, elephants who sit in trees and sneeze, and a
small hen who is stuck at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. With the
lightest touch, Petra Mathers adds new dimensions and quirky
subplots to every poem in endearing two-pages-per-poem watercolor
paintings. Young readers will adore "The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders,"
a colorful collection of quiet surprises by two of our favorite
creators of children's books. (Ages 2 to 6)
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March is Women's History Month. Young readers of both genders will
love these fine books detailing the inspiring lives of suffragists,
scientists, artists, and other amazing women from the past.
"Froggy Plays in the Band"
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When Froggy hears about an upcoming marching band contest, he
wastes no time in digging out his dad's old saxophone from the
attic. Soon, along with his recorder-tooting, triangle-tinging,
baton-flinging pals, Froggy has himself a bona fide marching band.
As long as they can remember the rules: "Don't look left. Don't look
right. And DON'T STOP FOR ANYTHING!" With his earnest expressions
and high personal standards, this amiable amphibian in "Froggy Plays
in the Band" plays the perfect straight man to his own droll antics.
Young readers will adore watching Froggy get into--and out of--yet
another pickle. (Ages 3 to 6)
"Cassie's Word Quilt"
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A young African American girl takes early readers on a remarkable
vocabulary-building tour of her 1930s-era Harlem home, school, and
neighborhood in Caldecott Honor artist Faith Ringgold's vibrant new
book, "Cassie's Word Quilt." Dozens of objects are clearly labeled;
the youngest viewers of this big lap book can point to familiar
images as older readers read the captions: "doll," "quilt,"
"father," "subway," "jump rope." Gorgeous spreads feature a richly
textured quilt motif, with illustrations picking up on the patterns
in the squares of fabric bordering the pages. This wonderful, artful
word book belongs on every beginning reader's shelf. (Baby to
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The Sequel to "Henry Hikes to Fitchburg"
"Henry Builds a Cabin"
D. B. Johnson
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The many devout fans of author D.B. Johnson's award-winning "Henry
Hikes to Fitchburg" will be tickled to see "Henry Builds a Cabin,"
featuring the placid, self-contained Henry--a bear character based
on 19th-century writer Henry David Thoreau who builds his home at
Walden Pond. Kids will giggle at Henry's madcap house-building
approach captured in bizarre, kaleidoscopic perspectives. (Ages 5
Send your kids hopping down the bunny trail with baskets of books!
Whether your favorite child is still teething or is now an older
reader seeking food for thought, this festive selection of Easter
books for all ages is a wonderful way to share the traditions and
stories of this ancient springtime holiday.
Virginia Hamilton, beloved author and master storyteller, died from
breast cancer on February 19. Her writing career spanned more than
30 years, during which time she, the first African American to win
the Newbery Medal (for "M.C. Higgins, the Great"), was awarded every
major honor for children's book writing. Your stories will be with
us forever, Virginia.
"Journey to the River Sea"
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Eva Ibbotson, author of "Island of the Aunts," "Which Witch?," and
other delightfully droll fantasies, won a Gold Award for "Journey to
the River Sea" in the 2001 Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes. Sent in
1910 to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation
along the Amazon River, English orphan Maia is excited despite her
classmates' warnings about hungry alligators and murderous Indians.
Unfortunately, no one cautions Maia about her nasty, xenophobic twin
cousins, who douse the house in bug spray and rarely venture
outdoors. Maia, however, is resourceful enough to find herself smack
in the middle of more excitement than she ever imagined, including a
remarkable journey down the river in search of the legendary giant
sloth. A strong, likeable heroine, an engaging and suspenseful
story, and Kevin Hawkes's appealingly inky illustrations make this a
surefire hit for fans of old-fashioned adventures. (Ages 9 and
A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure
"Time Stops for No Mouse"
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It's impossible not to like Hermux Tantamoq, the watchmaking mouse.
He relaxes in a flannel shirt printed with pictures of cheeses from
around the world, he has a caged pet ladybug named Terfle, and he
writes endearing thank-you letters to the universe each night. He
also has a big heart--a heart that aches for the fearless aviatrix
Ms. Linka Perflinger. Little does he know that a brief rendezvous
with her in his watch shop will change his life forever. Gentle
Hermux gets in way over his head with some related detective work
and proceeds to have fur-raising encounters involving spies,
thieves, killers, the Fountain of Youth, snakes, calliopes, and
dramatic rescue attempts. Readers young and old will be disarmed by
Hermux's earnest, inquisitive nature and zeal for life--and
thoroughly engaged by the suspenseful action adventure in "Time
Stops for No Mouse"--the first in a promising series. (Ages 10 to
Ana Juan's Picture Book Debut
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Beset by one shattering ordeal after another, world-renowned
painter Frida Kahlo always managed to channel her anguish into
creativity. "Frida," by Jonah Winter and illustrator Ana Juan, is an
exquisite and playful glimpse into the artist's life and work.
Filled with the folk art icons of Frida's Mexican culture--monkeys,
devils, smiling skeletons, and sympathetic jaguars depicted with
acrylics and wax on paper--the book describes, in short streams of
text, the feisty, irreverent, fierce nature of the artist. A
spectacular, lush introduction to an inspiring woman and her art.
(Ages 5 to 8)
The ALA Children's Book Awards
As you know by now, winners of the American Library Association's
major children's book awards--including the Newbery Medal, the
Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Awards--were announced
at the ALA press conference on January 21. Don't miss this exciting
selection of children's books!
The Muncha Bunch
"Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!"
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Three hungry bunnies will do anything to squeeze their way in to
Mr. McGreely's vegetable garden. And Mr. McGreely will do--and
build--anything to keep them out, in Candace Fleming's rollicking
"Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!," cleverly, scratchily illustrated by G.
Brian Karas. Packed with repetitive and onomatopoeic phrases perfect
for reading aloud, Candace Fleming’s tale of man against
nature will keep kids giggling--it may even inspire them to chomp on
a few carrots themselves. (Ages 3 to 7)
Read My Lips
"No More Kissing"
Emma Chichester Clark
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In Emma Chichester Clark's darling new picture book, Momo the
monkey is completely fed up with kissing--hello kisses, goodbye
kisses, make-it-better kisses. An eminently recognizable Everyboy
resides in Momo's furry body; when a girl relative tries to put the
kissing in cousin, the determined look on his face as he beats a
hasty retreat is priceless. But will Momo pucker up when his
adorable new baby brother wins his heart? (Ages 2 to 5)
Someone's in the Kitchen
"Fannie in the Kitchen : Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie
Farmer Invented Recipes With Precise Measurements"
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Young Marcia Shaw is not thrilled to hear that a mother's helper
named Fannie Farmer is joining her Victorian household to cook for
the growing family. Somehow, though, it's hard to complain when
suddenly the blueberry pies are "sweeter than a summer sky."
Considered the pioneer of the modern recipe, Fannie Farmer
transformed countless kitchens into oases of exact measurements and
perfect cooking. Deborah Hopkinson's fictionalized account is a
warm, funny take on the real Fannie Farmer story. Nancy Carpenter
created splendidly original illustrations for the book, manipulating
19th-century etchings and engravings and blending them with her own.
Wonderful! (Ages 4 to 8)
Best Books of 2001
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GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!
The Year of the Horse
Celebrate Chinese New Year, a centuries-old spring festival, with
books on dragons, firecrackers, lucky money, and lion dancers.
February 12, 2002, marks the beginning of the Year of the
Horse--year 4700 in the Chinese lunar calendar. Explore a festive
explosion of children's books on this colorful holiday.
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VALENTINE'S DAY TREATS
For the Young at Heart
Looking for a Valentine treat that won't give your chosen cherub
cavities? Packed with love and humor, these delightful books for
readers young and old will satisfy any sweet tooth.
A Peek Inside the White House
Presidents' Day, February 18, observes the February birthdays of
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but has expanded in scope to
honor all former presidents of the United States. Kids can catch up
on American history with this outstanding collection of books for
children, from the Caldecott Medalist "So You Want to Be President"
to Kenneth C. Davis's new "Don't Know Much About the Presidents."
Discover more American history books
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