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Does a Zookeeper Sleep at Night? By Ms. Diane

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Where do all the zoo animals sleep at night? The “Woodsies” know! During story time we danced like elephants, roared like tigers, stretched like giraffes, and read Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. We also watched the Weston Woods DVD which accompanies the book. The children laughed at the mischievous gorilla and the animal antics. We did wonder if the Zookeeper had a good night’s sleep! Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann Picturebook Peggy Rathmann Ages 4-8

Cat Says Meow and other an.i.mal.o.poe.ia

Cat Says Meow

 Michael Arndt is an award winning graphic designer whose love of animals and typography inspired this visually stunning picturebook. There are 25 animals represented that look the same as they sound. Dog says woof, pig says oink, and cow says moo…Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters spell out each animals sounds in the colorful illustrations. This creative and entertaining book will help children learn colors, sounds, shapes and design.… Read More

Groundhog Day is Coming: Will he see his shadow?

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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog resident of Punxsutawney  Pennsylvania, emerges from his dwelling in Gobblersknob on February 2. Residents celebrate the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. The folklore has been around since the 1800’s. If “Phil” sees no shadow, it means there will be an early Spring, but if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of Winter on the way. Brrr-let’s hope he sees his shadow!… Read More

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

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By Ms. Kristina This oversized picture book was originally published in 2011 in France under the title Une chanson d’ours and as such has a distinctly French air. The color palette of yellow, blue and black fade to a muted color scheme that feels nostalgic as well as modern. The colors bring the reader through a frantic search for little bear. The first two-thirds of the book feel like an ornate and beautifully rendered “search and… Read More

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore

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This nonfiction picture book about the parrots of Puerto Rico and and scientists’ observations of them is a perfect STEM/STEAM titles. It is full of excellent factual information but told in a narrative that is both engaging and moves along. The outside cover leads you to believe the book has a horizontal orientation, but upon opening it, the illustrations and text are not laid out from left to right, but from top to bottom. Each spread… Read More