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Mini Review: Old Bear

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes is a beautifully illustrated picture book that focuses on the seasons. In this story, Old Bear dreams about the different seasons as he hibernates for the winter. Each dream sequence features season-specific details with some fanciful notions, such as raining blueberries in the summer or crocuses big enough to sleep in during… Continue reading Mini Review: Old Bear

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Mini Review: A Ball for Daisy

Another Caldecott Medal winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a true picture book – there are no words in here, and the pictures tell the story. A Ball for Daisy is about a dog named Daisy who absolutely loves her red ball – she plays with it, sleeps with it, and takes it everywhere. While… Continue reading Mini Review: A Ball for Daisy

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Mini Review: Olivia by Ian Falconer

This fun picture book about a precocious little piglet named Olivia is a great addition to a young child’s library. Olivia follows the titular character on her various activities, including getting dressed, going to the beach and museum, and getting ready for bed. Olivia is a Caldecott Honor Book, and for good reason. The illustrations in this story are generally in… Continue reading Mini Review: Olivia by Ian Falconer

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Seasonal Books – It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

In the spirit of the fall season, I picked up this cute little board book for my daughter. We adore the If You Give… series by Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a favorite in our house). In this short board book, Mouse and his friend Dog decorate seven pumpkins with… Continue reading Seasonal Books – It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

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Mini Review: Time to Say Please!

Time to Say Please! by Mo Willems Interested in teaching your toddler to wield the magic word? The magic word gets a boost in this fun picture book by Mo Willems. A determined pack of mice convince a young girl that the best way to get what she wants is to ask politely. The story… Continue reading Mini Review: Time to Say Please!

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Mini Review: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems If you’ve got a toddler or young child that just loves to say “no,” this book is for you. Caldecott Honor book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is interactive fiction, meaning it requires a response from the reader. That said, this book is probably… Continue reading Mini Review: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

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Mini Review: The Pout Pout Fish

Let me just start by saying this is one of our favorites in our house.  The Pout Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen, is a NY Times Bestseller.  It’s a board book, with thick paperboard pages.  The Pout Pout Fish is a tale of a fish with a perpetual pouty mug (as the name suggests). His… Continue reading Mini Review: The Pout Pout Fish