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Good Morning, Chick

Mirra Ginsburg (1989), 32 pages
Illustrated by Byron Barton
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Picture Books
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This book tells a simple story of a day in the life of a chick; from hatching, to being hissed at by a cat, falling in the pond, and returning safely to mother hen's wings. The phrase 'like this' is repeated throughout the book, as concepts are explained with brightly colored illustrations.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0688087418
ISBN-13: 9780688087418
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Good Night, Gorilla

Peggy Rathmann (1994), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Humor, Picture Books
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In this preschool favorite, zoo animals sneak into a zookeeper's house to sleep in his cozy bedroom. Watch as the gorilla steals the zookeeper's keys and releases the animals one by one after the zookeeper wishes them goodnight. What will the zookeeper's wife do when she discovers her bedroom full of zoo animals? This gently humorous story, told primarily through lively pictures, makes a wonderful bedtime read.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0399224459
ISBN-13: 9780399224454
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Good Thing You're Not an Octopus!

Julie Markes (2001), 40 pages
Illustrated by Maggie Smith
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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With cheerful pictures that communicate a gentle tone, this picture book takes the reader through a number of daily tasks that a little boy doesn't enjoy. 'You don't like to get dressed in the morning? It's a good thing you're not an octopus. If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants!' For each task, there is a different animal, such as a shark for the unhappy teeth brusher ('If you were a shark, you could have two hundred teeth to brush!'). Including various routine daily tasks, this tale could be fun to share with a child who is resistant to activities like getting dressed, taking naps, or riding in car seats.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 5/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0060284668
ISBN-13: 9780060284664
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Good-bye, Sheepie

Robert Burleigh (2010), 32 pages
Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Picture Books
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Owen's dog Sheepie is older and cannot play like he used to. One day, Owen finds Sheepie lying very still. His father gently explains that Sheepie is dead and they take Sheepie away in a wagon. Owen and his dad bury Sheepie. They talk about Owen's feelings and how Sheepie will live on in their memories. This book is a gentle introduction to the death of a pet and what a child will experience while dealing with that loss. This title is found in the J Parent collection.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 11/2/2012
ISBN-10: 0761455981
ISBN-13: 9780761455981
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Graves Family, The

Patricia Polacco (2003), 48 pages
Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Picture Books, Scary
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This is a very different story from Polacco, who usually writes realistic stories, often from her own experience. The Graves family moves into a normal, suburban neighborhood. They paint their house blood red. No one in the neighborhood wants to visit them after that! Finally, Seth and Sara, who live across the street, decide to try to make friends with the Graves children. They are successful, but are never invited into the Graves' house, until one day when the oldest Graves, Hieronymus, invites Seth and Sara to help him babysit his quadruplet sisters. The walls of the house appear to be painted dull black, but they turn out to be covered with spiders (his father's pets)! In the kitchen is the family's 'baby' Venus flytrap, which is growing all the time. Mrs. Graves takes her Venus flytrap to the local Garden club meeting, where the plant not only eats all the food for the tea, but all the other ladies' hats, as well. Due to this incident, the rest of the neighbors have a difficult time accepting the Graves, until the local television host of a home decorating show comes to town looking to give away the 'Best Decorated House Award.' Whose house will win? This is a funny choice for the Halloween season, or just for children who like to laugh at their fears.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0399240349
ISBN-13: 9780399240348
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