Synopses & Reviews
A perfect introduction to manners and playing nice, by David Ezra Steinauthor of Caldecott Honor winner Interrupting Chicken
(a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book) and Leaves
(recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award).
From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of how to be nice,” showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners.
"Showing [Stein's] customary gift for spot-on evocations of childlike voice and sensibility. . . . Sometimes snail mail is just better. Here's proof."
"A clever and enticingly child-friendly format. . . . . Young ones will have more than their fair share of fun, and they'll understand the longing for someone who's gone away."
"Mouserella's ebullience comes through on every page. . . . Delightfully precocious letter. . . . Exercise in joyful self-expression."
"Will prompt children to think about their own letter writing. Those who have never written a letter will be encouraged to do so."
This simple, charming story of a young bear's first autumn is perfectly suited to board book format. Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn't work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it's spring-and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him.
With its childlike main character and graceful illustrations, Leaves is a great way to teach the youngest children about the changing seasons.
Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein's delightful tale of a baby kangaroo's first hops toward independence is perfect for board book audiences. Joey wants to go exploring, but at first he isn't sure he's ready to leave Mama's safe, warm pouch. Touching on a universal childhood experience, this sweet tale celebrates trying new things.
It?s so nice to be nice!
. . . well, maybe a little.
Love was meant to be passed on.
An adorable menagerie of irrestible animals populate this gentle look at friendship. Getting close to someone is an art and these little creatures demonstrate the simple ways to show you care. David Ezra Stein?s expressive illustrations ooze charm and will inspire readers to be very nice indeed.
From the time they leap out of bed until they hug each other good night, two rambunctious young monsters make the world their playground. And playtime between such great friends is colossal fun, and sometimes earth shaking business.
David Ezra Stein?s simple, descriptive text and lively illustrations are full of humor, playing with size and perspective as the monsters play familiar games on an enormous scale. Children will delight in the monsters? antics, and get a kick out of the twist at the end of the story?the monsters might be as tall as mountains, but they?re just kids, after all!
Please is a good word to say. It puts a smile on your words. And thats not the only advice curly-burly-haired Harriet has for you. Asking, taking, interrupting, eating, answering the phoneif theres a nice way to do it, Harriet can tell you just how to do it.
Jennifer Plecas infectious illustrations bring Barbara Joosses hilarious heroine to life in this offbeat and adorable approach to manners. Kids will be (very politely) clamoring to hear it over and over again . . . and parents will be pleased to oblige.
The delightful tale of a curious baby kangaroo, from the creator of Leaves
When you?re new to the world, every hop brings another surprise! Joey wants to go exploring, but everything he discovers is almost too exciting. Bees, rabbits, birds . . . other creatures can be scary! But Mama is never far away, and who knows?Joey might even make a friend.
David Ezra Stein?s gentle story will amuse and comfort readers.
About the Author
John Bemelmans Marciano carries on the legacy begun by his grandfather, Ludwig Bemelmans, author and illustrator of the Madeline books, with stunning watercolor artwork and playful, energetic storytelling. John Bemelmans Marciano is the author and illustrator of several other books including Delilah and Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.