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Archive for the 'Seasons' Category

Mon, May 12th, 2014
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  I know this is Mystery Month but trust me, there IS a mystery connection to this charming bug book.  Most kids will recognize the chubby black and orange striped caterpillar so commonly seen trundling around in late-summer to early fall.  Folklore about them is plentiful too about them predicting a harsh or mild winter […]


Wed, April 16th, 2014
Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  I know it is early in the year to be announcing favorite books but I have no doubt that Firefly July:  A Year of Very Short Poems (Candlewick 2014) is going to be one of mine.  Let me count the ways that I LOVE this book! The book is divided into seasons beginning with […]


Tue, January 7th, 2014
Winter Is for Snow by Robert Neubecker
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Winter Is for Snow (Disney/Hyperion 2013). Huh. We don’t need a picture book to tell us that this year in West Michigan! We are in the midst of a Polar Vortex (cue the dramatic music) and I’m home on my second snow day and the snow is still coming down and the wind is […]


Fri, August 30th, 2013
Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Who says readers who always have their nose in a book miss out on the real world? Those cynics need to meet Stella. For that matter, everyone needs to meet Stella. If you have somehow missed the delightful Stella and Sam series, start here and now with Read Me a Story, Stella (Groundwood/House of […]


Fri, March 15th, 2013
Bunnies on Ice by Johanna Wright
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Before the last of the skating ice melts, be sure to skate on over to your local library or bookstore to get your hands on Bunnies on Ice (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter 2013). Bunny comes from an ice skating family of bunnies but she proclaims herself to be a champion. One of the things a […]


Mon, January 7th, 2013
Eye on the Wild Series
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Browsing the new book shelf at the public library usually means hauling home a stack of books and with luck finding a gem. In this case I found a new nonfiction series for young elementary school readers about endangered animals. I brought home Brown Bear by Suzi Eszterhas (Frances Lincoln 2012). The cover of a […]


Fri, January 4th, 2013
A Year with Friends by John Seven
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: What is your favorite season? I always have a hard time choosing and A Year With Friends (Abrams/Appleseed 2012) makes it even harder. Each double page spread features a month with charming paneled illustrations that include a young girl and and her dog or a boy and his cat enjoying the special time the […]


Wed, January 2nd, 2013
Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Sometimes a book goes right to my heart and takes me right back to my childhood.  Twelve Kinds of Ice (Houghton 2012) is that kind of book.  This is the story of one of the great pleasures of winter and how one family makes that pleasure something truly special. The First Ice The first […]


Fri, August 3rd, 2012
Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I just picked my first tomatoes of the summer from my small deck garden so Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in our Backyard (Knopf 2012) is perfect reading this week. The illustrated story of a family planning, planting and harvesting a vegetable garden is heartwarming but it so much […]


Sat, March 24th, 2012
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Here in Michigan we often have to wait until May for true Spring to arrive, but we are getting an early taste this year and so we’ve put away our winter books and our mittens and are moving on. If we get snow dumped on us in a few weeks, perhaps we’ll reconsider, but for […]





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