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Antes del día en el zoológico

Catherine Ipcizade (author), Ben Hodson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359617

Esta encantadora adaptación del clásico infantil, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, lleva a los lectores al zoológico, mientras que los preparativos para “el día en el zoológico” se están llevando a cabo. Pero las cosas no están yendo de acuerdo al plan…las llamas no dejan de escupir, las jirafas están babeando, y las cebras no están contentas con sus rayas. Mientras tanto, los encargados del zoológico corren a toda prisa de aquí para allá, limpian la pupú, hacen sonar las campanas anunciando la hora de comer, y tratan de bañar a los animales. Pero, ¿están escuchando los elefantes traviesos? De ninguna manera. Y por si ésto no fuera poco, un pobre cocodrilo confunde a una abeja con una mosca, así que en lugar de comerse su cena, ¡recibe un piquete en el ojo! ¿estará todo bien? ¿los encargados tendrán que pasar la noche en el zoológico? ¿el día al zoológico pasará sin ningún contratiempo?

'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day

Catherine Ipcizade (author), Ben Hodson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180265

This delightful adaptation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, shares zoo keeper and animal preparations for the upcoming "Zoo Day." But things aren't going according to plan . . . The llamas won't quit spitting, the giraffes are drooling, and the zebras aren't happy at all with their stripes. Meanwhile, the zoo keepers are scurrying this way and that, cleaning up poop, ringing mealtime bells, and trying to get the animals bathed. Will "Zoo Day" go off without a hitch? The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes "Creative Sparks: imagine you're a zoo keeper," and "An Animal Adaptation Matching Activity."

Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls

Lucy Nolan (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180616

What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary's pet wasn't really a lamb. What if Mary had a little . . . clam? Those questions -- and more -- are gleefully answered in Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls. This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America's coastlines and waterways -- from sea to shining sea. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Poem related fun facts and a Map activity.

Burro's Tortillas

Terri Fields (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180203

What do you get when you cross The Little Red Hen with a burro and his friends? Burro's Tortillas! In this humorous Southwestern retelling of a childhood favorite, Burro finds it difficult to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas. Young children will love the repetition; older children will enjoy the book's many puns. In addition to its Southwestern "flavor," the delightful story imparts an accurate picture of the traditional way that tortillas are made. A Spanish/English glossary and a simple recipe for making tortillas are included in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Last Day Blues

Julie Danneberg (author), Judy Love (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891042

It's the last week of school, and Mrs. Hartwell's class is excited to leave for summer vacation. The only problem is that the kids don't want their teacher to miss them while they're gone. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than different.

Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson?

Lois B. Grambling (author), Judy Love (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891417

Kids are in for Jurassic-size laughs as they follow a boy in his quest to bring a pterodactyl to school. And not just any pterodactyl: this one wards off bullies, loves to read stories, and makes an excellent science display. Hilarious illustrations capture the madcap imagination of the determined hero and his creative pleas to his teacher.

The Secret Diary of a Toad

Felicia Law, Lesley Danson (author)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711655

This diary reveals the secret hopes and dreams of a rather green and warty toad. Although his life is slightly damp and dull, it is his great hope that one day he will meet a princess and that one kiss will change his life.Meanwhile there is babysitting to do, and friends to meet at ‘The Knot’, where everyone has a good croak.

The Secret Diary of a Wolf

Felicia Law, Lesley Danson (author)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711648

This diary reveals the secret hopes and fears of a wolf. Who would imagine that Little Red Riding Hood terrifies him? Who would guess that he sings the Bark Chorale each Tuesday with the rest of the wolf pack? And who would think that he is about to taste fame and fortune – big time!

The Secret Diary of a Centipede

Felicia Law, Lesley Danson (author)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711662

This diary records the problems of a lady with lots of feet and lots of shoes. She needs fluffy slippers to wear when she curls up with a good book. She needs wellingtons to wear when she fetches lunch from the garden. And best of all, beautiful sandals to dance in at the club. But when she loses a sandal, and is forced to miss the fun, she has no idea that someone will find the shoe and change her life for ever.

The Secret Diary of a Bear

Felicia Law, Lesley Danson (author)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711631

This diary records the recipes of Father Bear, who loves cooking. He spends a lot of time in the kitchen thinking up vegetable dishes that will make his son healthy and strong. But Baby Bear is fussy and goes off to school each day with his lunch box full of leftover food from breakfast. However – is he really eating it all up?

My funny cat

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427195098

Children will enjoy seeing cats and kittens doing funny things - dancing, singing, reading, and wearing funny hats. Easy-to-read text helps children read along. An interactive section asks children if they have their own funny cat and what funny things it likes to do.

Rodent rap

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778792024

Beavers, chipmunks, porcupines, mice, and other rodents sing rap songs about themselves in this clever and highly entertaining book! Simple rhyme and humorous photographs help teach readers about the unique characteristics of animals in the rodent family.

Rooster's Night Out

Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss (author), Baird Hoffmire (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874838268

In this chain story from Cuba, Rooster learns that he needs a lot of help from his friends to get cleaned up in time for Heron's party. Then the real fun begins.

Magic Pot

Pleasant DeSpain (author), Tom Wrenn (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874838275

In this story from China, when a woodcutter finds a magic pot that makes two of everything that he puts inside of it, he thinks all of his troubles have disappeared! Or have his troubles merely doubled?

Juan Bobo Sends the Pig to Mass

Ari Acevedo (author), Tom Wrenn (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874838831

In Puerto Rico, there are many stories about Juan Bobo, a young man with a good heart, but little common sense. In this tale, Juan Bobo's mother tells him to take care of their pig while she goes to church. When the pig won't stop grunting, Juan Bobo decides that the pig must want to go to church as well.

When Turtle Grew Feathers

Tim Tingle (author), Stacey Schuett (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9781939160218

In this Choctaw variant of Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare," master storyteller Tim Tingle reveals some unexpected twists and expands the cast to include a wild turkey, a colony of ants, and a cheering squad of Little Bitty Turtles as well. When Rabbit boastfully challenges Turtle to a race, he gets his comeuppance and Turtle gets a little assist from his winged friend, Turkey. In the process, we learn why Turtle's shell is cracked and why you never see Rabbit racing Turtle today. The bold and vibrant illustrations capture not only the grasslands of the High Plains but also the demeanor of its animal inhabitants and the humor of the tale.

Guess Again!

Lillian Morrison (author), Christy Hale (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874837308

This lyrical picture book of 20 clever riddles challenges young readers to use their imagination to solve the word and picture puzzles.

Fat Cat

Margaret Read MacDonald (author), Julie Paschkis (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874837650

Have you ever heard the saying, Your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king and his elephant! But when Cat swallows Mouse and her sewing basket, that's the last straw. Tiny Mouse cuts to the heart of the situation, taking an upside-down world and turning it right-side-up again. Greedy Cat learns his lesson and turns fat into fancy, fabulous, and fantastic. Margaret Read MacDonald's infectious energy combines with Julie Paschkis's folk-inspired gouache paintings to create a new retelling of a favorite comic cumulative tale.

Big Quiet House

Heather Forest (author), Susan Greenstein (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874836042

This story opens with "There once was a man whose house was very small," and it continues, "It was cluttered with things from wall to wall." With a tiny, cluttered house, giggling children, and a snoring wife, the poor man can't get a good night's sleep. If only, he thinks, I had a big quiet house! He throws off his covers and goes to visit the wise old woman at the edge of the village. Surely she can help him solve his problem. And she does, but not without giving him some very unusual advice. Bring a chicken into your house, she suggests. And when that doesn't work, she has him add a goat, a horse, a cow, and even a sheep. The ending of the story proves, as so many ancient folktales do, that quite often, nonsense makes the best sense of all. Susan Greenstein's bold illustrations, white pencil on black surface with watercolor - carry the reader through the warm interiors and peaceful nights of the shtetls of Eastern Europe.

Posey Prefers Pink

Harriet Ziefert (author), Yukiko Kido (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053673

Posey Prefers Pink introduces an "it-must-be-pink" little girl named Posey and her patient-about-pink family. The story uses a lot of "p-word" alliteration in conveying Posey's preferences for pink furniture and decor, foods, clothes, and toys. She will throw a pink-hot tantrum when her parents try to insist on incorporating other colors into her clothing or food choices. But during a trip to the mall Posey surprises everyone--especially herself--when she suddenly prefers...a purple dress!

Monster, Be Good!

Natalie Marshall (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053147

This charming concept book puts the child-reader "in charge" of an assortment of unruly little monsters (stand-ins for their real-life counterparts). Each displays certain "monstrous" behaviors (crabbiness, selfishness, etc.), which kids will recognize in themselves. Being in charge motivates kids to handle/address these behaviors and provides a sense of ownership over how to help them be happier, more well-behaved monsters. It's an ideal little book for young kids to share with a grown-up.

Balloon Toons: It's Pooltime!

Ethan Long (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052010

Elephant, Alligator, and Stork share poolside hijinks as they mix up their towels, tussle over ice cream, and compare diving styles. Best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long brings his energetic and engaging style to this delightful story of poolside fun and summertime friendship.

Balloon Toons: Baxter the Tweeting Dog

Doreen Marts (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051990

The Twooferverse proves invaluable when Baxter's doggy pal goes missing. All the neighborhood pups provide Twitter-ish clues they find while going about their daily routines to help locate the missing mutt.

Balloon Toons: The Radically Awesome Adventures of the Animal Princess

Pranas Naujokaitis (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052966

An awesome series takes root! Animal Princess first appeared in The Totally Awesome Epic Quest of the Brave Boy Knight and was described as "a girl with strange powers and a subversive sense of humor" (Kirkus). Now she has her own trio of fulsomely funny adventures (with a cameo by Brave Boy Knight) set in a magical funkadelic kingdom ruled by Queen Mom and King Dad. Though they sometimes force her to wear awful, frilly dresses, Animal Princess prefers magical pajamas, quests, and battling three-headed wizards. Pink? Not her thing! It's radically awesome, big, funny fun!

Bear In Pink Underwear

Todd H. Doodler (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050771

The star of Bear in Underwear is back in another zany adventure, this time on the soccer field. Bear's lucky white boxers turn PINK in a laundry mishap, his teammates are embarrassed, and members of the other team tease him. Will Bear still wear his lucky underwear? Kids will love Goldman's bold illustrations, comic sensibility, and the return of their favorite bear!