Posts Tagged 'Picture Books'

Welcoming All Friends, by June Ebersold

Welcoming All Friends joins the popular genre of first-day-of-school picture books.  Watching shy Jenna make friends on her first day of school, sharp-eyed children will realize that Jenna’s mother is right:  new friends see Jenna, not just her wheelchair.  The read-aloud text is all about Jenna and her friends—a regular “first-day-of-school” story.   The pictures show other children with several kinds of handicaps and the accommodations available to make them successful.   This picture book might be used by parents or teachers preparing children for today’s heterogeneous classrooms.

June Ebersold will appear at the Local Author Book Fair at the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2 to 4 PM.

Shakespeare’s Amazing Traveling Adventure, by Nicoletta Barrie

Shakespeare’s Amazing Traveling Adventure is based on the true story of Shakespeare, a cat who adopted Fairport’s Nolan family. Trapped inside a moving van, poor Shakespeare was carried many miles from home—and then he found his way back.  Just as you start to ask yourself how anyone would ever know the real facts about a cat’s travels, you will learn the specific clues that led the Nolan family to discover Shakespeare’s story. Partial proceeds to Lollipop Farm.

Nicoletta Barrie will appear at the Local Author Book Fair at the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2 to 4 PM.

Ellen Stoll Walsh, Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Balancing Act, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Besides exploring the mathematical concept of balance or equivalency, Ellen Stoll Walsh offers a beguiling story of two mice, friends who have balanced a stick over a rock to create their own teeter-totter.  One by one, additional friends appear and want to join the fun.  Again and again, the teeter-totter becomes unbalanced and must be re-balanced by adding a friend or moving friends to the other side.  At last, the weight of the friends is too great for the stick, and it breaks.  The friends run off to play something else, all but the two original mice, who hunt up another stick and return to their balancing game.  So this cut paper collage with minimal text also provides for discussion of the values of playing nicely with friends and refusing to give up easily.

But most of all, this is a charming story to read to the little one you put to bed every night.

Fairport children will recognize that the mouse statues outside the library window are cousins to this story.  They come from Walsh’s earlier mouse book, Mouse Paint.