Monday, December 19, 2011

Fiction Tuesday- Picture books for kids

EXCUSE ME! a little book of manners by Karen Katz:

The book is very easy to read to a little one. Very help, I might add. And makes a great gift in the board books out there. Everyone needs to talk about their manners. Maybe even Mom or Dad can learn a thing or two with this lesson. Karen Katz is a Mom. A great book for babies and toddlers! Her latest is Wiggle Your Toes.

FRENCH DUCKS IN VENICE by Garret Freymann-Weyr and Erin McGuire (5 & up)

A magical, lyrical, beautifully illustrated tale about friendship and healing--and the joys and risks of staying open to love, even in the face of loss.

Siblings George and Cecile live in Venice, California, but think of themselves as French ducks. They have an important friend, Polina Panova, who conjures magical dresses of thread, silk, and velvet . . . of grass, pieces of night sky, and strawberry jam. To the ducks, who delight in her daily visits, Polina is a princess. But when Polina's prince--who makes movies almost as luminous as her dresses--decides to go away, life on the canal changes, and so does Polina. What are two steadfast and affectionate French ducks to do? Save admit that every broken heart mends on its own time, in its own way? From an acclaimed Y A author and a talented debut illustrator comes a storybook classic full of light and hush, wisdom and whimsy, about patient friendship and the healing power of time.

I loved the pictures in this book and could see it being a major motion picture, perhaps.

TUMFORD the terrible by Nancy Tillman (From babies on up)

Oh, who doesn't like a story about a cat? Or a pet for that matter. Sometimes, its best for the younger minded to read stories about animals. Perhaps they can find them relate-able, or understand how pets can be.

Tumford isn’t really a terrible cat. He just has a way of finding mischief—tracking dirt into the house, knocking over breakable things, and disrupting fancy parties. But even though he feels bad, he has a hard time saying, “I’m sorry.” Will the fact that his owners love him, no matter what, help Tummy say the magic words?

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