Children’s book corner: A review of children’s books available at area libraries

Friday, April 27, 2018

The following books are available at Murrell Library Commons, located on the campus of Missouri Valley College. Students and alumni of the college may use the library at no charge. Community members not students or alumni of the college, may use the library for a nominal fee. NOTE: Murrell Library Commons will be closed during the months of June and July. Children’s Book Reviews will be published again beginning in August.

Juvenile Fiction

A Lift the Flap, Pull the Tab Board Book

“Maisy at the Farm”

Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins, published by Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, copyright 1998, call number jPZ7.C83175Mar1998.

Maisy is at the farm, and she collects the eggs, rides the horse, feeds the baby lambs, drives the tractor, gives the geese a drink, picks apples, cleans the pigsty and puts the animals to bed.

So, pull the tabs, lift the flaps, and have fun with Maisy at the farm. Beginning readers will enjoy the words in this book.

Juvenile Fiction

An I Can Read Book

“Pete the Cat-Play Ball!”

Written and illustrated by James Dean, published by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, New York, copyright 2013, call number jPZ7.D34416,Pev2013.

Pete the Cat has a mitt, a ball and a bat. He’s ready to play baseball. Pete’s team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. But when things don’t go Pete’s way, will he get upset? Pete tries his best and brings his groovy attitude to the game of baseball. Whether you win or lose, do your best, have fun and any game is a great game! Thank you Pete for your great attitude! Easy reading and bold and colorful illustrations make this a perfect bridge to chapter books.

Juvenile Fiction

Picture Book

Written by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, published by Philomel Books, New York, copyright 1990, call number jPZ7.G1303Lau1990.

Written with warmth and gentle humor, the author beautifully weaves an intergenerational story of a little gray flannel elephant, and of the two little girls, separated by time, each love it. This is a touching family story brought to life by the illustrator. It is a very special story of a surprise birthday present and the little girl who received it long ago and, years later, gave it to her own daughter. A book for grandparents, parents and children to share and cherish, especially at bedtime.

Juvenile Fiction

Picture Book

“Mama Cat Has Three Kittens”

Written and illustrated by Denise Fleming, published by Henry Holt and Company. New York, copyright 1998, call number jPZ7.F5594,Mam 1998.

Young children will love Mama Cat and her three kittens-Fluffy, Skinny and Boris. Where Mama Cat leads, Fluffy and Skinny follow. But what about Boris-will he ever stop napping and join in the fun?

Young children will enjoy Mama Cat and her three kittens, and they will also enjoy looking for other creatures hidden in every scene. But they will have to count carefully for there might be a surprise! Large colorful illustrations make this picture book an excellent choice to read aloud.

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