Synopses & Reviews
Emma is Jess's little sister . . . and her dilemma. How can one small girl be sweet, funny, imaginative, playful, and affectionate as well as a clinging vine, brat, tattletale, and nuisanceand#150;all at the same time? Why is Jess supposed to be a good big sister while Emma doesn't have to be a good little sister? The highlights and low points of this sibling relationship are insightfully evoked in short and simple poems, some funny, some touching, and all resonant with emotional truth. Everyand#160;child with a younger sibling will recognize Jess's dilemma and the combination of ambivalence and deep loyalty that is built into the sibling relationship. Nancy Carpenter's graceful illustrations perceptively complement Kristine O'Connell George's agile poems.
"A story riding on a Thoreau-vian sensibility with a Zen serenity. . . . This story is more than just a tale of sticking to your vision—it's a small world unto itself. A keeper."
—Kirkus, starred review
"A story riding on a Thoreau-vian sensibility with a Zen serenity. . . . This story is more than just a tale of sticking to your visionand#8212;it's a small world unto itself. A keeper."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"With spare, gentle text and cozy ink-and-paint illustrations, this picture book is nostalgic in feel and has a simple, timeless message about following one's dreams."
"A sweet story about the simple happiness that comes from staying true to oneself."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"The gentle, simply worded text and childlike bear will appeal to fans of Minarik's Little Bear series, and the short sentences and uncomplicated vocabulary may put this within range of the easy-reader crowd as well."
and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Familiar theme...positive message about sharing...the spirit of generosity...may be contagious to youngsters after reading this upbeat tale." —Publishers Weekly
"Another healthy serving of charm and life lesson from the dependable Bunting...amicably depicted in Carpenter's dear, guiless pen-and-ink drawings." —Kirkus Reviews
"Children will listen intently to this tale...softly colored, uncluttered illustrations...have an old-fashioned charm......will resonate with many children." —School Library Journal
"A sensitive, affecting story about growing up and leaving favorite things behind...with charming ink-and-paint illustrations...Reassuring and well told." —Booklist, ALA
"There is drama from the first page of this moving picture book."--Booklist "The tender, gently elegiac rone renders this far more than a picture of how such finds happen."--Horn Book "An evocative story in verse."--School Library Journal "Maeve's voice and the natural flow of dialogue make this a pleasure to read aloud, and McCully's watercolor scenes capture a placid landscape and cozy home suddenly jolted from the quotidian into the extraordinary."--Bulletin, starred review
"When Miss Goose informs the children that the library will have to close because it is in need of repair, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. The first thing they do is check out books (How to Lay a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners), read them, and accomplish the necessary tasks. However, their problems are far from over. Now the library needs operating money and it has to be moved. Each time, the children turn first to books to guide them toward a solution, until at last the spruced-up library sits cozily in a meadow. The reasons this library is so important to everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens, are woven nicely into the plot. Bunting's style has a graceful simplicity, descriptive enough to be evocative without overwhelming: "On rainy days, we stay cozily inside. On sunny days, we lie in the shade of a big whispering oak tree and read." Smith's watercolor and acrylic illustrations are charming and should have most children longing to enter the buttercup-yellow library with the grass-green door. An excellent vehicle for discussing the importance of libraries, books, reading, and teamwork, this one is a winner."--School Library Journal "Miss Goose, the librarian, tells her young patrons that the library is going to close forever because it's old. The animals, however, refuse to take that news without a fight. An old roof and shabby weatherboards? The animals find books that give them the know-how to proceed to lay a perfect roof and paint the outside. Although Miss Goose is thrilled, she now worries that it takes money to run a library. After reading about how to make money fast, the kids hold bake and candy sales. Almost thwarted by the next obstacle---Goat owns the library land and wants it back---the patrons realize they can move the building. Championing problem solving and showing that you can learn anything through reading, the message-heavy book may have more adult-appeal than kid-appeal. But the winsome illustrations and can-do spirit will find some fans."--Booklist
"The vignettes form such a vivid portrait of Emma and Jessica that readers may feel as if they personally know themand#8212;and a tense turn of events will have readers holding their breath." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A potent combination of accessibility and understanding, this will work well as a readalone or a readaloud, offering sympathy to those who are in the older-sib position and perspective to those who arenand#8217;t."and#8212;Bulletin, starred review
"Spring-colored line drawings in pen-and-ink and digital media are filled with engaging details, expressive characters, and lots of humor, and bring the family dynamics to life while the verses build to a climactic situation that brings these youngsters together in a touching way."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review "This touching portrayal captures well the many mutual acts of kindness and tolerance inherent in healthy sibling relation."and#8212;Kirkus
"The poems and art tell an absorbing storyand#8212;complete with a few tense moments and a warm, believable conclusionand#8212;widening the audience and making this book more than just an opportunity for big sisters to nod their heads in total recognition."and#8212;The Horn Book
"Older siblings everywhere will recognize the big-sisterand#8217;s view of family fury and fun."and#8212;Booklist
Big Bear outgrew his little boat, so heand#160;is building himself a big boat and can't wait till he'sand#160;rowing, fishing, and relaxing in it. When his friends start suggesting improvements, Big Bear obligingly follows their advice. To his dismay, his big boat is turning outand#160;all wrong. It's because he hasn't followed his own dream, and he knows exactly how to fix it. With all the simplicity, warmth, and wisdom of Little Bear's Little Boat, this book honors an important step in growing up.
A young, simpleand#160;sequel to Little Bear's Little Boat. Big Bear is building himself a big boat, but when he follows his friends' advice, it all goes wrong. Big Bear learns that it's important to be true to one's dreams, and to one's friends.
This award-winning, loveable tale of a little bear who just keeps growing bigger teaches children about generosity, sharing, and the struggles of growing up. Eve Bunting's simple yet lyrical langauge and Nancy Carpenter's charming illustrations are sure to delight youngsters!
Little Bear loves his little boat. He rows it around Huckleberry Lake, fishing and dreaming. But then Little Bear begins to grow and grow, until one day he doesnt fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains will appreciate Little Bears predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from two award-winning picture-book creators.
A young girl witnesses the discovery of the mummified body of another girl in an Irish bog and feels a strong connection to this unknown being from the past.
Maeve is unnerved when she and her grandfather find a body in the bog in Ballywhinney,
Ireland. It turns out to be the body of a young girl who lived more than a
thousand years ago. A girl like Maeve, with fair hair, who walked the same fields and
picked the same flowers. When archeologists display the mummy at a museum, Maeve
wonders: Does the girl mind being displayed in a glass case for all to see? Or does she
miss the green meadow where she had lain for so many hundreds of years?
Two picture-book masters sensitively capture the layers of thought and feeling arising
in the face of an awe-inspiring and mysterious discovery.
Hurry! Hurry! Come meet the new addition to the barnyard!
Rooster is spreading the word: Hurry! Hurry! All the animals rush to the barn--and arrive just in time to greet the tiniest member of the farm family, hatching out of his egg.and#160;Eve Bunting's simple energetic text and Jeff Mack's colorful art come together in a joyful book that's perfect for preschoolers.
When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course!
This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Facing a dilemma that is all too common in our human world today, the adorable animal denizens of Buttercup Meadow confront it with an inspiring blend of ingenuity, teamwork, and imagination.
Bright, playful illustrations enhance the light treatment of this serious subject, in a story that celebrates the value of books in everyones lives.
andldquo;SCREE . . . SCREE . . .andrdquo;
Terry is half asleep when he hears the wailing, rising and falling like the waves of the sea. He wishes it were a dream, but he knows it isnandrsquo;t. It isnandrsquo;t an owl screeching, either. Or the Flannerysandrsquo; old cat. Could it be the Bansheeandmdash;the ghostly figure of Irish legend who wails outside a house when death is near?
Why would she come here?
In spite of his fears, Terry goes out to confront her. Is it really the Banshee, or . . . something else?
About the Author
EVE BUNTING is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night. Her numerous honors include the prestigious Kerlan Award for her body of work. She lives in Southern California.and#160;JEFF MACKand#160;has illustratedand#160;Rub-a-Dub Sub andand#160;Starry Safariand#160;by Linda Ashman,and#160;We're Rabbits! by Lisa Westberg Peters, andand#160;James Howe's Bunnicula and Friends beginning-reader series. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.and#160;