Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

72) Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Elya

Elya, M. Susan. Bebe Goes Shopping. Illustrated by Steven Salerno. Harcourt, Inc. New York. 36 pages.  ISBN: 978-0152061425.

A rhyming story about a mother and son’s Saturday trip to the grocery store–the Supermercado.  Spanish vocabulary is intermixed with English words in a fun rhyming scheme. Explore the baby’s adventure to the Supermercado, “Bebe leans and reaches. Mama has to shout. “Cuidado!” she warns him, so he won’t fall out.” Moma keeps her cool as her baby impolitely grabs items from the store. A perfect story for presenting a bonding relationship between mother and son in a grocery store. Learn  Every Spanish word is highlighted in black to make the words more visible. Young children will hear and learn Spanish words easily through rhyme on each page. A glossary at the end of the story will help wit pronunciation and definition.   Beautiful illustrations done in gouache, watercolor, colored ink, and pencil are colorful and large on the page. A perfect bilingual story time read aloud. (Picture book 3-6). No author website.  Illustrator website can be found at

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71) A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Bloom, Suzanne. A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Boyds Mills Press, 2005. pages. ISBN: 978-1-59078-286-6.

Can a quiet polar bear and a talkative goose be good friends? A big white fluffy polar bear, named Bear, reads a book, while an inquisitive goose questions repeatedly “What are you doing?” The polar bear writes in a notebook and the talkative goose asks  “What are you doing? Writing?” Bear finally begins to think, which prompts the goose to run away and make a sandwich. Each time Bear tries to privately engage in an activity, the goose intrudes by asking questions. The goose wants to be Bear’s friend so much, that he makes a snack and reads a note that he wrote to Bear “I like you. Indeed I do. You are my splendid friend”. To which, Bear says ” Thank you. I like you, too. Indeed, I do”. This is a humorous story about sharing and friendships. The goose’s rude behavior will make children giggle over and over again. On each page, a dark blue background makes the whiteness of the duck and the polar bear’s fur stand out. Bear’s facial expressions tell-all as he remains patient as the goose talks, and talks. (Read aloud, Picture book 3-6). Author-illustrator website can be found

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68) Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Willems, Mo. Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Hyperion, 2005. 48 pages. ISBN: 0-7868-5294-1.

Leonardo is a monster. Leonardo is a very small monster. Leonardo is a terrible monster because he cannot seem to scare anyone. This picture book showcases physical differences, as well as size differences. Leonardo is compared to other monsters that have the perfect characteristics for being scary monsters, but “He didn’t have 1,642 teeth, like Tony” “He wasn’t big, like Eleanor” “And he wasn’t just plain weird like Hector”. Leonardo wants to be a scary monster so much that he sets out to find someone weaker than him; A small boy named Sam. Leonardo hopes to scare the “Tuna Salad” out of him, but Sam is not afraid. Leonardo learns that Sam was crying because he had a  mean older brother who stole and broke his action figure, on purpose. Instead of trying to be monster, Leonardo decides to become a wonderful friend. Leonardo and Sam walk off the page hand-in-hand. Each spread is filled with drab colors–lavender purple, mint green, baby blue, light  pink, peach, tan and grey tones. The text includes an interesting font, with additional colored words highlighting  the main points of the sentence. A perfect story time book with large pages and over-sized illustrations.   Young children will enjoy hearing about the Leonardo’s determination to be a great monster, and the surprising ending, when he makes a new friend. (Picture book 3-6). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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67) Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper

Cooper, Elisha. Beaver is Lost. Random House, 2010. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0-375-85765-2.

In this almost-wordless picture book “Beaver is lost”. At one moment,  Beaver is sitting on a floating wood-log, in the next moment, Beaver is picked up by a huge truck, separating him from his home.  Beaver is lost in the city. In trying to find his way back home, Beaver is chased by a German Shepard dog, swims in a backyard pool, enters a zoo, meets other beavers in the zoo, escapes into a lake, exits through a water tunnel,  runs through a crowd of people, follows a mouse downstairs, and swims into the river to return “Home”. With watercolor and pencil, Cooper defines small details in the city and the beaver’s characteristics, and a comic-strip format breaks the story up into action paced scenes. Young children do not need words to enjoy this picture book, the scenes are kept simple so they can follow Beaver’s journey through the city and back home. A great read for narrative development. Children can explain in their own words what happened to Beaver.  (Picture book 3-6). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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64) Get Happy by Malachy Doyle

Doyle, Malachy. Get Happy. Illustrated by Caroline Uff. Walker & Company, 2011. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8027-2271-3

Children can forget their troubles, and “Get Happy” with this instructional picture book about behavior. Two-to-three word phrases dominate each page with rhyming text, keeping the meaning clear and concise.  Scenarios of bad behavior dominate the left page, while good behavior dominates the right page, with illustrations that will help teach young children how to tame their negative side, and remain happy–“squabble less,” “share more!” grumble less” and “giggle more”. Young children will learn how to remain happy by sharing, cuddling, giggling, planting, singing, giving, tickling, wondering, and more. By avoiding bad habits, such as squabbling, sniffling, grumbling, shouting, kids will identify their own selfish or rude behavior. This picture book is great for emotional development. Young children might follow the books recommendation on good behavior.  (Picture book 3-5). Author’s website can be found at Illustrators website can be found at

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61) Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier

Frazier, Craig. Bee & Bird. Roaring Brook, 2011. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-1-59643-660-2

This wordless picture book is outstanding for its use of graphic design and differing perspectives. We first see black and yellow stripes up close. Next, we see a large bee on top of a red dot, with an orange triangular shape. A side angle of the bee reveals a big red bird. Only the eyes of the red bird acknowledge the bee sitting upon its head. A small image of the red bird and the bee are now sitting in a tree, with blue sky in between, and a yellow square shape. An overhead/aerial shot reveals that a green tree, with the bird and the bee, is in a yellow truck. The bird and the bee take off in flight over a solid cow pattern, and another perspective reveals the red bird sitting on top of a black-and-white cow. As if taken by a camera lens, the picture book presents different perspectives, as the bird and the bee ride together over many different landscapes, only to part–with the bee returning to its beehive. This picture book will help young children understand the concept of shapes and perception. Children will want to re-look at the book for the strong solid colors, and the different range of patterns and shapes–stripes, cow-patterns, checkers, cones, and waves. (Picture book 2-5) Author-Illustrator website can be found at

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60) The Hiccuping Hippo [Pop-Up Book] by Keith Faulkner

Faulkner, Keith and Jonathan Lambert. The Hiccuping Hippo [A Pop-Up Book]. 16 pages. Dial Books, 2004. ISBN: 0-8037-2963-4

“Hic!…Hic!…Hic!…” says the Hippo, because he has horrible hiccups. The Hiccuping Hippo needs help to stop his hiccups from erupting. The opening spread is a pop-out of a blue hippo, illustrated with blue water color, including different brush-strokes of blue, purple, and lavender,  as well as green sponge-speckles for added texture. Animal friends give the Hippo friendly advice on how to cure his hiccups. A pop-out of an upside-down Orangutan suggests for the hippo to drink water upside-down. A python pop-out suggests “Try holding your breath”  because it has previously worked for him. Too bad it did not work for the hippo. “Try this cure”  said the Stork, in which he pulled the Hippo’s tongue, assisted by the Orangutan. This cure does not work, either. A pop-out of the Orangutan, the python, and the stork are linked together, and as they think together they develop an idea that will cure the hippo of his hiccups.  With closed eyes, the hippo awaits. Then, BOO! The Orangutan, the python, and the stork startle the Hippo, curing his hiccups.  This is a great read-aloud-pop-up book, that presents the idea of helping others solve problems. A fun visual dynamic with a surprising end, that will  help to prepare toddlers for thinking and problem solving skills. (Pop-Up Book 3-5). No author/illustrator website.

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57) The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Alabdullah

Al Abdullah, Raina and Kelly DiPucchio. The Sandwich Swap. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. 32 pages. Hyperion, 2010. ISBN-10: 1423124847

Everything was perfect until lunchtime. Lily and Salma are best friends at school who did everything together–“drew pictures together,” “played on the swings together,” “jumped rope together,” and “ate their lunches together”. At lunchtime, Salma and Lily have private thoughts about each others sandwich–Lily thinks Salma’s hummus and pita sandwich is “Ew. Yuck,” and Salma thinks Lily’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich is “Ew. Gross”. The two girls keep their thoughts to themselves everyday at lunch, until one day. Finally, Lily blurted out that Salma’s sandwich “looks kind of yucky”. She hurt Salma’s feelings. So, Salma returned the negative remark, by stating that Lily’s sandwich “looks gross, and smells bad”. A fight erupts that ends the friendship between the two girls, and a food fight amongst the entire school starts. When the girls eat in front of each other again, Lily thinks of a grand idea–to sandwich swap. Once they each take a bite of each others  sandwich they declare them delicious. Lily and Salma  become friends again, and suggested an idea to the principal: to have a potluck of food from all their classmates cultural backgrounds. This book is perfect for multicultural story time because it shows how the smallest differences can separate people and destroy friendships. By embracing everyone’s cultural differences we build tolerance for ethnicity.   Other added features in this picture book is the introduction of dialogue. (Picture Book 3-6). Author’s website can be found at and . No illustrator website.

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56)I am Me by Karla Kuskin

Kuskin, Karla. I Am Me. Illustrated by Dyanna Wolcott. Simon and Schuster, 2000. 32 pages. ISBN: 0-689-81473-9.

When a gathering of relatives at family beach outing mingle, her family points out a little girl’s physical characteristics that match each family member. From having the same “coloring” skin, feet, and thinness, like her dad, to her voice like Aunt Jen’s–“quite low,” “to her eyebrows like grandma Ann’s, her Mother’s ears, eyes, and chin,  and her smile like her aunt Grace.  The child understands and agrees that she is a combination of her relatives, each body part relating to a feature of someone in her family. Although her physical characteristics are made up of many people, she shouts out that she is still her own person “Me”. The pages are beautifully illustrated, with gouache and watercolor paintings of a family playing, swimming, and relaxing at the beach together. The text includes rhyming words that make this picture book a fun read, while noting the importance of individuality. (Picture Book 3-6). Author’s website can be found at No illustrator website.

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54) Moon Planet by Peter McCarty

McCarty, Peter. Moon Plane. Henry Holt and Company, 2006. 40 pages. ISBN: 0-8050-7943-2.

A small boy is fascinated by a plane flying in the sky and his imagination takes off. He wonders what it would be like to “glide over a car,” “soar past a train,” or  “travel farther than a boat.” The boy’s imagination stretches beyond our world into outer space.  If the boy had a plane he would fly to the moon. But, after his adventure he would return back to earth, “back to the house,” “back to his mother” so that he can be tucked into bed and dream again about airplanes. This is an interesting twist on imagination–daydreaming and continuing those dreams while you sleep. Children will relate to the boy’s extreme imagination, and the soft images that are drawn with pencil on water color paper, which  gives the book  quiet tone. With simple words, children will recognize the language.  This dreamy picture book would make a perfect bedtime story. (Picture book 3-5). The author-illustrator’s website can be found at

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