Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

79) The Three Little Pigs [App] by Agile Fusion Corp

Three Little Pigs. Agile Fusion Corp, 2011.  Amazon. ASIN:B00681Z0H8

This application focuses on the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs.The story deomstrates how quality work pays off in the end. The story  has a high vocabulary level, however, children who cannot read, yet, will enjoy being read to by the narrator. There are many friendly interactive features and colorful animated images. Hear the story by touching any word and the image enlarges and the play button appears. Press the play button, and the narrator will read the story. This app is great for young children, and older children. As children learn to read they can choose not to listen to the narrator, and begin reading the words themselves. After the story, there are different interactive games that can be played including: “Coloring,” “Puzzle,” and “Dots”.  In the coloring feature there is a blank page with an image of the two pigs, and a list of colors. Children can choose which color they like, and start coloring the picture, with the touch of a finger. The great thing about coloring on an e-book is that there is no mess! No crayons, no markers, no paper is needed. However, it will be necessary to use a stylus pen to color with, to keep the color outside of the black lines. There is a zoom feature which allows children to get up close and color near the black lines.  In the dots feature, children will learn to count numbers as they must touch the right order of numbers, from 1 to 10, in order to connect the dots.  In the puzzle feature, children can match the correct image (pig, cow, wold, house, bird, old man) to the correct spot.  These are games that young children would play ordinarily. This application incorporates storytelling, reading, puzzles, dots and lines, and coloring. The illustrations are animated, and character’s have sound effects if touched. Play and touch the characters for an interactive experience. The sound effects and the movement of the animations on each page might be distracting for readers, but for young children, who are listening to the narrator, this application is wonderful. (Application 2-5). No author/illustrator website.

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77) I must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

Rosenthal, Eileen. I Must Have Bobo! Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Atheneum Books, 2011. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4424-0377-2.

On tan pages, brown-colored and upper-case-lettered text displays the story about a boy named Willy, who wakes up and finds that his favorite doll, named Bobo, is missing. Bobo is a monkey wearing a black and yellow striped sweatshirt. Bobo is a very special doll, because he can help Willy with everything “Bobo’s not afraid to go down the slide,” “Bobo holds my hand when we walk past the big dog,” and “Bobo does like coloring”. The only problem is that Bobo is the cat’s favorite doll, too. Earl is the family cat, and is grey in color. When Bobo goes missing, Willie searches for Bobo and finds him tucked underneath Earl which makes him shout “Hey Earl!”. Bobo is such an important doll that Willie and Earl finally learn to share him, with an adorable bedtime scene with Bobo, Earl, and Willie all tucked into bed. This book presents the idea of sharing in a new way– between a child and an animal. The illustrations are kept simple, but in a cartoonish way–almost reminiscent of the Kevin and Hobbs characters. The tan background and primary colors allows the readers to focus on the characters and the text. A great spin on the idea of sharing, and the book will be a funny read-aloud for young children. For children who cannot read, the illustrations can tell the story perfectly. The story begins with waking up and ends with sleep, so it would be a perfect bedtime story, as well. (Picture book 3-5). No author website. Illustrator website can be found at

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76) Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett

Gravett, Emily. Wolf Won’t Bite! Simon & Schuster, 2012. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4424-2763-1.

In this story, pigs are in charge of the big bad wolf. A spin-off from the Little Red Riding-hood story, three pink pigs dominate a wolf until he can no longer contain himself. Light pencil sketches fill in the facial details, but soft colors and large grey creative text, including scribbles, print, cursive, and more different font styles and sizes are printed on white pages. The pigs introduce the wolf as their primary act entitled “Wolf Won’t Bite”. The circus theme includes all three pigs–one is a ringmaster, one is a ballerina, and the other is a heavy weight- lifter, in a red leotard. They roll the wolf in a bright red carriage, and make the wolf perform circus tricks “I can stand him on a stool!” “I can dress him in a bow,” “I can ride him like a horse but Wolf Won’t Bite!” How far can the three pigs keep the wolf from biting them? A surprising, yet predictable, ending, that young children will enjoy.  Young children will learn about circus tricks, and the repeated phrase “Wolf Wont Bite” will make for a great call-and response read aloud. (Picture book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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75) I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Sherry, Kevin. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. Dial, 2007.  32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8037-3529-3.

Learn about sizes and different types of animals in the ocean in this little board book.A bright blue giant squid prides himself on being the biggest animal in the ocean  “I’m a GIANT squid and I’m BIG”. Swimming through the ocean, the giant squid compares his own size to all the creatures he encounters. From the smallest creatures of the ocean, the shrimp, the clams, and the crabs, to larger animals like jellyfish, turtles, the octopus, and the shark. The “I am bigger than” phrase is repeated throughout the  story, to emphasize the self-confidence of the squid. For a humorous effect, the squid is then eaten by a giant whale. Inside the whale, the squid is joined by other sea animals, to which the squid says “I’m the biggest thing in this whale!” Young children who are ocean fans will enjoy hearing about the squid’s personality and perhaps a size game can take place; A what-are- you-bigger-than game. (Board Book 2-4). The author-illustrator website can be found at

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74) Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee

Yee, H. Wong. Who Likes Rain? Henry Holt and Company, 2007. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8050-7734-6.

A little Asian girl observes rain and identifies how nature, animals, and things are affected by rain. The story includes a variety of questions about rain that rhyme: “Who wants rain?/Who needs April showers? I know who/The trees and the flowers!” A conversation between a little girl and the audience turn into a fun game, which is a perfect read-aloud that is simple for young listeners. The rhythmic text include the little girl’s mimicking the sound of rain, making the book fun to hear—“Raindrops falling down in spring hit the awning, Ping-ping-ping!  The illustrations in acrylics capture the raining season and the expression of joy on the little girls face. Play the game with the girl and explore what rain can do and where rain travels. Children will learn about the season of rain in this little picture book. A simple rhyming story about the season of Spring is perfect for a Spring time story time. (Picture book 1-4). No author/illustrator website.

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73) Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri D. Rinker

Rinker, D. Sherri. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Book, 2011. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8118-7782-4.

A perfect bedtime story for young people who are interested in trucks and dirt. Learn about a cement mixer, a dump truck, a bulldozer and a crane truck’s daily activities. Each truck loves to work, because work is playtime for them: “Dump Truck loves to work and haul. He carries loads both big and small,” “Pushing with his mighty blade, Bulldozer works to smooth the grade.” After a hard day’s work each construction truck must stop playing and sleep. Each truck tucks themselves into bed for a good night sleep. Young people will enjoy the illustrations with a dark navy blue sky background, twinkling white lights, soft toned trucks rendered in wax oil pastels on vellum paper. The rhyming text will lull youngsters to sleep as they depict each truck with friendly cartoon facial features. The story’s illustrations reinforces the rhythmic sentences. Children will learn about construction right before bedtime. (Picture book 1-4). Author website can be found at 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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63) Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

McDonnell, Patrick. Me…Jane. Little Brown and Company, 2011. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0316045469.

It all began with a toy chimpanzee. A very curious little girl named Jane takes her toy chimpanzee, named Jubilee, everywhere she goes–up a tree, in a chicken coop, and into bed. Jane loved animals so much that she learned about them from books and loved spending time outdoors.  Books about “Tarzan of the Apes” she read and identified with the female character, whose name is also Jane. From dreaming about living and helping animals, to tucking Jubilee into bed, saying prayers, and falling asleep–Jane awakes as the zoologist she always dreamed she would become. This is an outstanding concept, a biography nestled into a creative children’s picture book. The illustrator of the Mutt comics, cartoonist, Patrick McDonnell, creates simple text alongside small vignettes of Jane and Jubilee. The artwork is done in India ink and watercolor on paper. There are many surprising images on the corresponding pages, including a special photo of Jane Goodall at the end of the book. Both the text and the illustrations make the story fun, realistic and heartwarming. (Picture book 2-5). The illustrator-author’s website can be found at

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62) The Secret Circus by Johanna Wright

Wright, Johanna. The Secret Circus. Roaring Brook Press, 2009. 32 pages. ISBN:  978-1-59643-403-5.

In Paris, there is a secret circus so small that “Only the mice know” how to find it,  when to go there, what to wear, how to get there, how it’s hidden, what to do there, what to eat there, how to watch, what they’ll see there, and more. With the phrase “only the mice know” there is repetition throughout the story, which will allow readers to learn new words at a slower pace. The text does not describe how the mice travel, so that the illustrations can reveal the secret. The mice fly across a star-lit sky to the circus in a walnut-shaped hot air balloon, travel over a hill, walk underneath a carousal, eat popcorn, view circus games, with a cat as the special quest, and celebrate with party favors when the show is over.With watercolor paint smeared across a canvas board, many rich colors–olive-greens, rusty reds, brick orange, golden yellows, and dark purples give the picture an antique-look. This gentle story has a night-time theme that would make this picture book a great bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-6) The author-illustrator’s 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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