Birth to Five
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The eponymous, stuffed, lavender-haired doll does EVERYTHING with her girl, Amelia. Unfortunately, Amelia's dog does not view this friendship with favor. The growling canine stalks after Princess Sparkle-Heart as she attends tea parties, royal weddings, and bubble bath extravaganzas. It's not the dog's fault clumps of stuffing are discovered scattered all over the house (and in between his teeth). After the crying and wailing die down, Mom and Amelia set out to engineer the best makeover ever.
Josh Schneider's Orphan Annie-ish illustrations and timely story transform what could have been "just another princess book" into something every little girl allergic to tulle will treasure for a long, long time.
If you haven't yet discovered Rosemary Wells, read on. And if you have, well, read on. I have been entranced by her many characters over the years including Max, Ruby, Yoko, and Sophie and was recently delighted to discover her newly published picture book, Stella's Starliner. Stella is a young fox who lives with her mom and dad in a silver house by the side of the road. Inside the house is tidy and compact with a room for sleeping, a room for being awake, and a kitchen for eating pancakes on Sunday morning. Stella has everything she needs and not a worry in the world. Until the day a band of bullying weasels stop by and say mean things to Stella declaring she is poor and her house is nothing but a tin can. "Their words stung Stella's heart like the stings of bees." Being a sensitive fox she won't tell mama what is bothering her because she doesn't want her to feel the stings too. But wise mama knows and comforts Stella with an imaginative story about the Starliner sailing through the Milky Way and landing on a bright, sunny island.
Little Pom and his stuffed toy of indeterminate species, Pim, are off for the day. They are lucky that it is a bright warm day, but as Pom carries Pim along, he trips on a rock and they both fall down. Bad luck! Or is it? Because he is on the ground, Pom discovers some money ? good luck! This picture book by Lena and Olaf Landstrom is a clever and preschool-friendly retelling of the old Chinese good luck/bad luck parable. Pom and Pim was originally published in Swedish under the title Pom uch Pim, and it?s kind of fun to think of the blending of different cultures that brought this book together.Read more