Synopses & Reviews
Youd think I learned color from the cardinal or the goldfinch, But no I learned it from the crow.
As a group of crows travels through a small town, everyone has something to say about themfrom the painter whom they inspire, to the pig who enjoys their company, to the birdwatcher who wonders what the crows think of people. Here are 23 poems, in the voices of humans, animals, crows, and other birds, that offer a unique perspective on the American crow, a bird commonly thought of as a symbol of bad luck. Whimsical, varied, and easily accessible, Marilyn Singers well-crafted poetry reveals surprising truths about crows, such as their fondness for games like Pull the Clothespin” and their devotion to family and flock. Linda Saports breathtaking pastel illustrations are a visual treat, celebrating the natural world and our relationship to it. Authors note.
"Tallulah starts her lessons at the barre with visions of a much-coveted tutu dancing in her head. But when class after class goes by and all her teacher has to offer is, 'Good job,' Tallulah finally loses it. 'That's not fair!' she cries, stamping her feet. 'A ballerina needs a tutu, and she needs it now!' Gradually, Tallulah learns two important lessons: ballet is in her blood ('She always did a pliÃ© when she patted the neighbor's dog'), and not everything in life is about instant gratification. Singer (Mirror, Mirror) and Boiger (The Monster Princess) offer a story that is ostensibly as light on its feet as a sugar plum fairy. But without preaching, they score some important points about the value of patience, persistence, and the pursuit of perfection. And while Boiger's watercolors feel a bit too sunny and rose-hued at first Tallulah and her classmates are standard-issue cute, with big, eager eyes she captures the budding poise and grace of a young ballerina as well as the transformative power of discovering a true calling. Ages 4 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Didis in a hurry to take her father to the best place on earthto the Brooklyn Promenade! Will she see dogs out for a walk? Will she hear a trumpet tune? One things for sure, there are plenty of surprises in store for Didi and Daddy as they spin, swirl, and twirl down the dizzy, busy, perfect Promenade. Here is a book that captures not only the sights and sounds of one of New Yorks main attractions but also the playful relationship between a spirited little girl and her dad. Marilyn Singers bouncy, rhythmic text is paired with Marie-Louise Gays vibrant illustrations, making this an ideal choice for preschoolers.
Here is a picture book perfectly suited to tool-crazy youngsters. Marilyn Singer's short, snappy verses invite young readers to participate in the building of a clubhouse, from drawing a plan to brushing paint on the walls. In addition to the poem, there are facts on each spread about each tool and how to use it. Many of the tools will be familiar to children, such as the hammer and the wrench, but this book also introduces some less familiar tools, such as the plane, square and level. This is a unique and fun-filled picture book that will engage even the youngest child who dreams about having a space of their own.
Its a quiet night in the woods, and a group of campers is asleep. That is, until one frog, two owls, three geese, four fish, and a host of rambunctious animals get together to create a symphony of soundsand enough mischief to wake even the soundest of sleepers. Honk-honk, whap-slapwhat a noisy night! This cumulative counting book adds up to plenty of fun, as young readers look for the cleverly hidden critters within each lively illustration. Full of zany humor, Quiet Night offers a fresh and funny look at the great outdoors.
Ice cream truck jing-a-linging Nine phones ringing, ten horns beeping In the stroller Baby's sleeping.
Will anything wake up that snoozing baby? Follow the red stroller through the cacophony of the city and find out! Rhythm, rhyme, and lots of noisy onomatopoeia from premier children's poet Marilyn Singer, coupled with chaotic, colorful art from an acclaimed European illustrator, make this a rowdy read-aloud, with plenty of things to find and count on every spread.
Tallulah just knows she could be a great ballerina--if only she had a tutu. She signs up for ballet class with great anticipation, only to be disappointed when tutus aren't handed out. When she learns that one must earn
a tutu in dance class, she quits in a huff. But everywhere Tallulah goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighbor's basset hound always stands in second position, and Tallulah always does a plie when patting him. And she can't pass a store window without doing a beautiful finish, or hear music over the grocery store intercom without performing. In the end, Tallulah returns to dance lessons because she can't stay away, and, after working hard all year . . . she gets
Tallulah just knew she could be a great ballerina, if only she had a tutu. So she starts ballet class. When she does not receive a tutu, she quits. But everywhere she goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighborand#8217;s basset hound always stands in second position. The kitchen clock performs perfect ronds de jambe. And Tallulah canand#8217;t seem to stop doing ballet, either. A park bench makes a perfect barre, and what better way to pet the dog than with a graceful pliand#233;? This well-told, funny story with a smart new character will satisfy girlsand#8217; cravings for pretty and pink, but also shows that ballet is about more than just the tutu.
It's natural to feeland#160;a little nervous about going to the doctor.and#160;But this book's concrete and kid-friendly approach will put everyone's fears to rest. Join threeand#160;children and their parents as they visit their pediatricians for a typical checkup, and learn all about the different tools doctors and nurses use.and#160;Upbeat illustrations featuring aand#160;diverse cast of characters are paired withand#160;a breezy rhymed textand#160;that reassures young readersandmdash;and their grownupsandmdash;by guiding them through a physical examination step by step. Includes an author's note.
This young and funny picture book showcases the soon-to-be star of her school talent show: Penny. With a little help from her dog Jelly,and#160;Penny realizes that she and Jelly have a uniqueand#160;talent to share--unlike any other in the show.and#160;Readers of Pinkalicious and Ladybug Girl will swoon over Penny and Jelly.
This young and funny picture book introduces the soon-to-be star of her school talent show: Penny. Despite her desire to knock everyoneand#39;s socks off, Pennyand#39;s having a tough time deciding on what talent she might have. With a little help from her dog, Jelly, Penny tries out various talentsandmdash;from dancing to unicycling, fashion designing to snake charmingandmdash;with disastrous results. That is, until she realizes that she and Jelly have a talent to share thatand#39;s unlike any other. Readers of Pinkalicious and Ladybug Girl will swoon over the talent of Penny and Jelly.
It takes more than plies and pirouettes to be a ballerina -- it takes patience,and#160; practice, and perseverance, as little Tallulah discovers in this delightful story filled with pink leotards, ballet slippers, and ultimately, a tutu!
About the Author
It's natural to feeland#160;a little nervous about going to the doctor.and#160;But this book's concrete and kid-friendly approach will put everyone's fears to rest. Join threeand#160;children and their parents as they visit their pediatricians for a typical checkup, and learn all about the different tools doctors and nurses use.and#160;Upbeat illustrations featuring aand#160;diverse cast of characters are paired withand#160;a breezy rhymed textand#160;that reassures young readersand#151;and their grownupsand#151;by guiding them through a physical examination step by step.Includes an author's note.Marilyn Singer is a renowned childrenand#8217;s poet who has written more than eighty books for young people. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut. To learn more about Marilyn Singer, visit www.marilynsinger.net.and#160;David Milgrim has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. To learn more about David Milgrim, visit www.davidmilgrim.com.and#160;