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In late August 2018, The Scottish Granny posted a Youtube video that has caught the world by storm. In the video, she is reading The Wonky Donkey aloud. Her wonderful Scottish accent and her infectious laugh are simply irresistible. We can't imagine anyone watching the video without giggling. Sales of the book have shot up and a quick check of our local library shows that the book is "on order."

The Wonky Donkey began as a song, performed by Craig Smith. It was the 2008 APRA AMCOS Children's Song award winner.

In 2009 The Wonky Donkey was published as a book and it was the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Children's Choice award winner and Children's Choice Picture Book category winner in 2010.

Smith's wonderful rhyming, repetitive and cumulative text is just so silly and fun!

He only had three legs, one eye and he liked to listen to country music and he was quite tall and slim and he smelt really bad and that morning he got up early and he hadn't had any coffee
He was a cranky stinky dinky lanky honky tonky winky wonky donkey
Cranky stinky dinky lanky honky tonky winky wonky donkey

This is a simply fantastic book to share with children. The vocabulary is rich (lanky). The alliteration (winky wonky) and rhyming (stinky dinky) will support the development of phonemic awareness.

In the case of The Scottish Granny's video, although her grandson doesn't understand the humor of The Wondy Donkey, Granny does and her delivery has an unrehearsed feel to it. She is discovering the book for the very first time and her delight is simply thrilling. Who wouldn't want to share The Wonky Donkey (or any great book) with a child? Here's hoping this inspires many moms, dads and grandparents to read aloud every single day!

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The Wonky Donkey has the world giggling this week

The Wonky Donkey written by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley
Cumulative, Rhyming Picture Book published by Scholastic

In late August 2018, The Scottish Granny posted a Youtube video that has caught the world by storm. In the video, she is reading The Wonky Donkey aloud. Her wonderful Scottish accent and her infectious laugh are simply irresistible. We can’t imagine anyone watching the video without giggling. Sales of the book have shot up and a quick check of our local library shows that the book is “on order.”

The Wonky Donkey began as a song, performed by Craig Smith. It was the 2008 APRA AMCOS Children’s Song award winner.

In 2009 The Wonky Donkey was published as a book and it was the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Children’s Choice award winner and Children’s Choice Picture Book category winner in 2010.

Smith’s wonderful rhyming, repetitive and cumulative text is just so silly and fun!

He only had three legs, one eye and he liked to listen to country music and he was quite tall and slim and he smelt really bad and that morning he got up early and he hadn’t had any coffee
He was a cranky stinky dinky lanky honky tonky winky wonky donkey
Cranky stinky dinky lanky honky tonky winky wonky donkey

This is a simply fantastic book to share with children. The vocabulary is rich (lanky). The alliteration (winky wonky) and rhyming (stinky dinky) will support the development of phonemic awareness.

In the case of The Scottish Granny’s video, although her grandson doesn’t understand the humor of The Wondy Donkey, Granny does and her delivery has an unrehearsed feel to it. She is discovering the book for the very first time and her delight is simply thrilling. Who wouldn’t want to share The Wonky Donkey (or any great book) with a child? Here’s hoping this phenomenon inspires many moms, dads and grandparents to read aloud every single day!

The Wonky Donkey at Amazon.com

The Wonky Donkey at Amazon.ca

Wonky Donkey (Digital Music) at Amazon.com

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How do moms and dads encourage reading in the home? We share some of their best tips and tricks for encouraging kids to read

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  • Read aloud...as much as you can. Make it a priority to read every single day. It doesn't have to be at bedtime. Morning, bathtime and mealtime work too!
  • Don't compare your child's reading to that of any other child. Some children read earlier than others. It doesn't mean that they will love reading and books more than someone who reads sooner.
  • Start with books on subjects that interest him/her. Topics like magic tricks, castles and sharks are often good ones.
  • Fill a basket or a bookshelf full of kids books and let your child choose which books you read. Even when you reread a book for the hundredth time, your child is still learning from it.
  • We used learn to read videos to help my child.
  • Share the reading instead of expecting your child to read everything from beginning to end. This way, you and your child will enjoy the experience and he/she won't spend too much time on figuring out the words.
  • We used the Leapfrog
  • I buy her books that I know she will like or we go to the library and come home with a huge pile of books to experiment with.
  • Purchase a magazine subscription. My son has a subscription for National Geographic Kids. He enjoys reading the facts and looking at the photos.
  • My kids get Chickadee Magazine and look forward to it every month.
  • Reading doesn't have to mean reading books. Check out comics in the newspaper, advertising flyers, recipes, maps, posters and signs.
  • Turn the audio off on your television and put captions on so your kids have to 'read' the dialogue to enjoy a show.
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    We crowd-sourced tips for getting kids reading and learning.

    How do moms and dads encourage reading in the home? We share some great ideas for encouraging kids to read

  • Read aloud…as much as you can. Make it a priority to read every single day. It doesn’t have to be at bedtime. Morning, bathtime and mealtime work too!
  • Don’t compare your child’s reading to that of any other child. Some children read earlier than others. It doesn’t mean that they will love reading and books more than someone who reads sooner.
  • Start with books on subjects that interest him/her. Topics like magic tricks, castles and sharks are often good ones.
  • Fill a basket or a bookshelf full of kids books and let your child choose which books you read. Even when you reread a book for the hundredth time, your child is still learning from it.
  • We used learn to read videos to help my child.
  • Share the reading instead of expecting your child to read everything from beginning to end. This way, you and your child will enjoy the experience and he/she won’t spend too much time on figuring out the words.
  • We used the Leapfrog
  • I buy her books that I know she will like or we go to the library and come home with a huge pile of books to experiment with.
  • Purchase a magazine subscription. My son has a subscription for National Geographic Kids. He enjoys reading the facts and looking at the photos.
  • My kids get Chickadee Magazine and look forward to it every month.
  • Reading doesn’t have to mean reading books. Check out comics in the newspaper, advertising flyers, recipes, maps, posters and signs.
  • Turn the audio off on your television and put captions on so your kids have to ‘read’ the dialogue to enjoy a show.
  • Read for pleasure in front of your kids so they know it’s something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure you talk about the book you are reading or looking forward to read.
  • Try setting a timer for 20 minutes. Knowing that reading wasn’t going to take “forever” really helped my daughter focus.
  • Set up a special reading area. Make sure it has good lighting, some pillows and a blanket.
  • Read books that have been made into movies and then watch the movie.
  • Substitute your child’s names or their friends’ names into a story to make it extra fun.
  • Read with funny voices or role play the book you are reading
  • Play language-based games (Quiddler Card Game, Mad Libs, Blurt! , Hasbro Boggle , etc.)



  • What tips do you have for moms and dads?

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    Children’s Books about Anger, Grumpiness and Bad Moods http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2018/10/13/picture-books-best/childrens-books-about-anger-grumpiness-and-bad-moods/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2018/10/13/picture-books-best/childrens-books-about-anger-grumpiness-and-bad-moods/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:39:35 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=23987 Children’s Books about Anger, Grumpiness and Bad Moods | Storytime Standouts

    Picture books to help a child understand and cope with anger

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    When my youngest son was very young, he was frequently impacted by the negative effects of artificial food dyes. Sadly, we did not realize what was happening with him for quite some time. For years, we were puzzled by apparently random bouts of anger that were, in fact, a result of eating or drinking a trigger food,beverage or even medication.

    Thankfully, we did eventually figure out what was happening and the instances of uncontrolled anger pretty much disappeared. Along the way though, we did use picture books to help our children understand their own anger and give them techniques for managing frustration and bad moods.

    Children's book about anger and being in a bad moodBad Mood Bear written by John Richardson
    Small format picture book about feeling angry published by Red Fox a division of Random House

    When my children were young, we had a wonderful collection of Red Fox Mini Treasures. These were small-format picture books from many well-known, accomplished children's book authors and illustrators. One of our favorite Red Fox Mini Treasure books was Bad Mood Bear. If one of my sons had a rough day, reading this story was one way to help him understand and learn to manage strong emotions, including anger. In addition to depicting a tough day, Bad Mood Bear also shows that the opportunity to feel and behave better may be just a short nap away.

    You may not be able to find a new copy of this picture book but I did not want to leave it off my list of children's books about anger.

    Bear mooched around, kicking stones and growling. A fly buzzed around his nose
    'Buzz off!' screamed Bear, flapping his arms around in a temper.

    Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure)

    Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure) at Amazon.ca

    Picture books about anger and bad moods including Finn Throws a FitFinn Throws a Fit! written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
    Picture book about a child's temper tantrum published by Candlewick Press

    Usually, Finn is happy and loving but when Finn is upset, everybody in the household suffers. Using thunder, lightning, flooding, hurricane winds, blizzard conditions and an earthquake to describe Finn's outburst, Finn Throws a Fit! will delight young readers and their parents.

    With no explanation given for the upset, there is a good opportunity for an adult to ask probing questions such as,
    "Why do you think Finn was upset?"
    "How did Finn's parents and dog feel when Finn was upset?"
    "What could Finn do next time he is upset?"

    Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.com

    Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.ca

    Children's Book About Anger and Feeling GrumpyGrumpy Bird written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
    Children's Book About Anger and Feeling Grumpy published by Scholastic

    This is a picture book about anger and grumpiness that I have read dozens, if not hundreds of times. It is a book that I shared over and over again with a child that I helped to overcome a speech delay. The delightful, repetitious text was exactly what I needed to prompt dialogic reading...

    He was too grumpy to eat.
    He was too grumpy to play.
    In fact, he was too grumpy to fly.
    "Looks like I'm walking today," said Bird.

    I arrived for each appointment with a briefcase filled with picture books, puzzles, games and other activities. More often than not, Grumpy Bird was selected by my student and we enjoyed reading about Grumpy Bird spending time with friends (even if he was not enthusiastic about their company) and, eventually finding himself transformed into a happy, social creature.

    Grumpy Bird at Amazon.com

    Grumpy Bird at Amazon.ca

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    Children’s Books about Anger, Grumpiness and Bad Moods | Storytime Standouts

    Storytime Standouts shares picture books about anger and bad moods


    Picture books to help a child understand and cope with anger

    When my youngest son was very young, he was frequently impacted by the negative effects of artificial food dyes. Sadly, we did not realize what was happening with him for quite some time. For years, we were puzzled by apparently random bouts of anger that were, in fact, a result of eating or drinking a trigger food,beverage or even medication.

    Thankfully, we did eventually figure out what was happening and the instances of uncontrolled anger pretty much disappeared. Along the way though, we used picture books to help our children understand anger and give them techniques for managing frustration and bad moods.

    Please leave a comment and let me know about your favorite books for exploring this theme.

    Children's book about anger and being in a bad moodBad Mood Bear written by John Richardson
    Small format picture book about feeling angry published by Red Fox a division of Random House

    When my children were young, we had a wonderful collection of Red Fox Mini Treasures. These were small-format picture books from many well-known, accomplished children’s book authors and illustrators. One of our favorite Red Fox Mini Treasure books was Bad Mood Bear. If one of my sons had a rough day, reading this story was one way to help him understand and learn to manage strong emotions, including anger. In addition to depicting a tough day, Bad Mood Bear also shows that the opportunity to feel and behave better may be just a short nap away.

    You may not be able to find a new copy of this picture book but I did not want to leave it off my list of children’s books about anger.

    Bear mooched around, kicking stones and growling. A fly buzzed around his nose
    ‘Buzz off!’ screamed Bear, flapping his arms around in a temper.

    Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure)

    Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure) at Amazon.ca

    Picture books about anger and bad moods including Finn Throws a FitFinn Throws a Fit! written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
    Picture book about a child’s temper tantrum published by Candlewick Press

    Usually, Finn is happy and loving but when Finn is upset, everybody in the household suffers. Using thunder, lightning, flooding, hurricane winds, blizzard conditions and an earthquake to describe Finn’s outburst, Finn Throws a Fit! will delight young readers and their parents.

    With no explanation given for the upset, there is a good opportunity for an adult to ask probing questions such as,
    Why do you think Finn was upset?”
    “How did Finn’s parents and dog feel when Finn was upset?”
    “What could Finn do next time he is upset?”

    Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.com

    Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.ca

    Children's Book About Anger and Feeling GrumpyGrumpy Bird written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
    Children’s Book About Anger and Feeling Grumpy published by Scholastic

    This is a picture book about anger and grumpiness that I have read dozens, if not hundreds of times. It is a book that I shared over and over again with a child that I helped to overcome a speech delay. The delightful, repetitious text was exactly what I needed to prompt dialogic reading

    He was too grumpy to eat.
    He was too grumpy to play.
    In fact, he was too grumpy to fly.
    “Looks like I’m walking today,” said Bird.

    I arrived for each appointment with a briefcase filled with picture books, puzzles, games and other activities. More often than not, Grumpy Bird was selected by my student and we enjoyed reading about Grumpy Bird spending time with friends (even if he was not enthusiastic about their company) and, eventually finding himself transformed into a happy, social creature.

    Grumpy Bird at Amazon.com

    Grumpy Bird at Amazon.ca

    Picture book about being angry How Do Dinosaurs Say I'M MAD?How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
    Picture book about expressing anger and frustration published by Blue Sky Press an imprint of Scholastic

    Part of the How Do Dinosaurs series of picture books, this story not only describes behaviours that might happen when a child is angry, it also suggests ways for a child (or dinosaur) to deal with angry feelings.

    he counts up to ten,
    then after a time out,
    breathes calmly…
    and then…
    he cleans up his mess

    Dinosaur fans will love the detailed endpapers and the notations within the book that identify the species of each of the dinosaurs.

    Some readers have commented that it is unfortunate that the dinosaurs do begin by behaving badly. Their behavior includes ripping books, throwing a mug, kicking and defiance. We agree with these observations but, unlike several books about anger, grumpiness and bad moods, this book did include suggestions for managing strong emotions.

    How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? at Amazon.com

    How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? at Amazon.ca

    Childrens books about anger, The Day Leo Said I Hate You
    The Day Leo Said I Hate You written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Molly Bang
    Picture book about emotions and anger published by Little, Brown and Company

    When young children feel anger, it can be a frightening experience for them. They may be completely overcome by frustration and may be unable to control their words.

    Here we meet Leo, a little boy who has been told, “No” more times than he can count. His mommy doesn’t want him to roll tomatoes across the floor and she doesn’t want him to drop string beans into the fishbowl.

    Leo announces that he hates “No.” Mommy calmly says that she understands his feelings but, “There are some things you just should not do.” Leo decides that his bedroom is the best place to be but, when he begins drawing on the wall, his mommy is certain to be annoyed and it is not long until he cannot contain his emotions any longer. He shouts, “I HATE YOU.”

    Strong, bold Photoshop illustrations are sure to resonate with children who have felt overpowering emotions.

    A valuable resource for families, The Day Leo Said I Hate You! is a reassuring story of enduring love – even when it has been a very long and extremely emotional day.

    The Day Leo Said I Hate You! at Amazon.com

    The Day Leo Said I Hate You! at Amazon.ca


    I'm So Grumpy written and illustrated by Hans WilhelmI’m So Grumpy! written and illustrated by Hans Wilhelm
    Beginning Reader Story About Being in a Bad Mood published by Scholastic

    Beginning readers are sure to enjoy this simple story about Noodles’ bad mood. He doesn’t like his food, he doesn’t want to go for a walk. He wishes that everyone would leave him alone. Repetitive text and appealing illustrations will support young readers as they enjoy this fun story and the thrill of reading independently.

    There are a total of 32 books about Noodles that are perfect for new readers. Check out this page of resources, including posters and a teacher’s guide.

    I’m So Grumpy at Amazon.com

    I’m So Grumpy at Amazon.ca



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    Learning Fun with Pumpkins! Picture Books and Free Printables http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2015/10/20/fall-childrens-books/pumpkin-picture-books/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2015/10/20/fall-childrens-books/pumpkin-picture-books/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:15:08 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=21981 Learning Fun with Pumpkins! Picture Books and Free Printables | Storytime Standouts

    We live very near to several pumpkin patches. At this time of year, the leaves have died away to reveal gorgeous orange fruit. If you and your family have an opportunity to trudge through muddy fields to select just the right pumpkin, be sure to extend your child's learning with pumpkin theme picture books and printables.



    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni BassettThe Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by Cartwheel Books, a Division of Scholastic

    Clayton and Desmond each fall in love with the same pumpkin and are soon working night and day to water and fertilize it. Before long, it is absolutely enormous! One night, as they work to protect the pumpkin from frost, the two young mice meet and discover that they have both been working on the same pumpkin project. Before long, it is time for a pumpkin contest and, together, the new friends enlist the help of dozens of field mice to transport the pumpkin into town.

    With only a brief reference to carving a smiling jack-o-lantern face, this story is primarily about caring for the growing pumpkin, discovering a new friend and working cooperatively together. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever is a great opportunity to explore the life cycle of a pumpkin. It will be enjoyed by preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.com

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.ca

    Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo BernasconiPumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by HMH Books for Young Readers

    José's family grows pumpkins and usually they are very careful to only grow the best. One day José and his five brothers discard some 'lesser' seeds carelessly. The seeds are blown into town and land on straw roofs and in soil. When spring arrives, the seeds began to grow. Soon intrusive vines push through windows and heavy pumpkins threaten to drop out of trees and off rooftops. José and his family are blissfully unaware of the problem until the brothers venture into town.

    Acknowledging their mistake, the boys set about harvesting the pumpkins and returning the town to normal. Observant readers will accurately predict the impact of rewarding the brothers' hard work by giving them watermelons to eat.

    Very good fun for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children. No reference to Halloween.

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie LanquetinSixteen Runaway Pumpkins
    Rhyming, counting picture book about harvesting pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

    Sam Raccoon is confident when she heads out to the pumpkin patch. She pulls a large blue wagon behind her and she is soon filling it with big, lumpy pumpkins. At last the wagon is stacked with sixteen bright orange pumpkins that wiggle and wobble as she pulls it down the bumpy road. Soon, the pumpkins tumble out of the wagon and roll and bounce down the hill to the farmhouse.

    Sam runs after the tumbling pumpkins and is disappointed when some are cracked but Grandpa knows exactly what to do with cracked pumpkins. The family gets to work and soon enjoy a delicious dessert.

    Engaging illustrations, rollicking rhymes and the chance to count along will have great appeal for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

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    Pumpkin patch theme picture books and printables for homeschool and kindergarten


    We live very near to several pumpkin patches. At this time of year, the leaves have died away to reveal gorgeous orange fruit. If you and your family have an opportunity to trudge through muddy fields to select just the right pumpkin, be sure to extend your child’s learning with pumpkin theme picture books and printables.





    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett is recommended in Storytime Standouts Pumpkin Patch ThemeThe Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by Cartwheel Books, a Division of Scholastic

    Clayton and Desmond each fall in love with the same pumpkin and are soon working night and day to water and fertilize it. Before long, it is absolutely enormous! One night, as they work to protect the pumpkin from frost, the two young mice meet and discover that they have both been working on the same pumpkin project. Before long, it is time for a pumpkin contest and, together, the new friends enlist the help of dozens of field mice to transport the pumpkin into town.

    With only a brief reference to carving a smiling jack-o-lantern face, this story is primarily about caring for the growing pumpkin, discovering a new friend and working cooperatively together. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever is a great opportunity to explore the life cycle of a pumpkin. It will be enjoyed by preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.com

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.ca

    Storytime Standouts shares a children's board book about a pumpkinDuck & Goose Find a Pumpkin written and illustrated by Tad Hills
    Board Book published by schwartz & wade books and imprint of Penguin Random House

    Gorgeous oil paint illustrations in rich Fall colors are a highlight of this book for very young children. Tad Hills (sometimes with Lauren Savage) has written and illustrated an engaging series of books about Duck and Goose. In this story, when Duck and Goose see their friend with a large pumpkin, they decide to find one for themselves. They look EVERYWHERE! It is only when their friend asks if they have looked in the pumpkin patch that they find what they are looking for.

    This is a fun and appealing story that young children will especially enjoy before or after a trip to the pumpkin patch. There’s lots of opportunity for vocabulary development and co-‘reading.’

    Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin (Oversized Board Book) at Amazon.com

    Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin at Amazon.ca

    Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo BernasconiPumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by HMH Books for Young Readers

    José’s family grows pumpkins and usually they are very careful to only grow the best. One day José and his five brothers discard some ‘lesser’ seeds carelessly. The seeds are blown into town and land on straw roofs and in soil. When spring arrives, the seeds began to grow. Soon intrusive vines push through windows and heavy pumpkins threaten to drop out of trees and off rooftops. José and his family are blissfully unaware of the problem until the brothers venture into town.

    Acknowledging their mistake, the boys set about harvesting the pumpkins and returning the town to normal. Observant readers will accurately predict the impact of rewarding the brothers’ hard work by giving them watermelons to eat.

    Very good fun for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children. No reference to Halloween.

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie LanquetinSixteen Runaway Pumpkins
    Rhyming, counting picture book about harvesting pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

    Sam Raccoon is confident when she heads out to the pumpkin patch. She pulls a large blue wagon behind her and she is soon filling it with big, lumpy pumpkins. At last the wagon is stacked with sixteen bright orange pumpkins that wiggle and wobble as she pulls it down the bumpy road. Soon, the pumpkins tumble out of the wagon and roll and bounce down the hill to the farmhouse.

    Sam runs after the tumbling pumpkins and is disappointed when some are cracked but Grandpa knows exactly what to do with cracked pumpkins. The family gets to work and soon enjoy a delicious dessert.

    Engaging illustrations, rollicking rhymes and the chance to count along will have great appeal for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

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    Discover Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Picture Books http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2013/09/10/celebrating-diversity-books-for-children/mid-autumn-moon-festival-picture-books/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2013/09/10/celebrating-diversity-books-for-children/mid-autumn-moon-festival-picture-books/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:01:39 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=16916 Discover Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Picture Books | Storytime Standouts


    Discover Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Picture Books including Thanking the MoonThanking the Moon - Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival written and illustrated by Grace Lin
    Picture book about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival published by Albert A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House

    Beautiful, detailed illustrations highlight Thanking the Moon. We join a family of five as they enjoy a nighttime picnic and honor the moon. While the youngest girl plays, the older daughters help to set up a moon-honoring table, pretty lanterns and an enticing spread of traditional food: hot tea, moon cakes, steamed cakes, grapes and pomelo.Thanking the Moon a Mid-Autmn Moon Festival Picture Book

    Extensive afternotes explain the significance of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and the traditions associated with it. Young readers will certainly want to enjoy the story a second time, once they understand the significance of the fruit, the tea cups and the delicious moon cakes.

    Well suited to children aged three and up.

    Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Amazon.com

    Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Amazon.ca

    A lovely complement to Thanking the Moon...

    Discover Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Picture Books including MooncakesMooncakes written by Loretta Seto and illustrated by Renne Benoit
    Picture book about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival published by Orca Book Publishers

    Narrated by a young girl, Mooncakes echos Thanking the Moon. We observe a family's preparations for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - the excitement about staying up late, anticipation of special treats to eat, glowing paper lanterns and a beautiful full moon.

    Once the family is comfortably settled in a moonlit chair, we hear three stories. The stories are about Chang-E, the woman who lives on the moon in the Jade Palace, Wu-Gang, a woodcutter and Jade Rabbit who also reside on the moon.

    The watercolour illustrations nicely portray the special celebration, bathing the landscape in silvery moonlight. When the traditional tales are shared, the colours are more vivid.

    Afternotes are less detailed than those in Thanking the Moon but they do include a reminder, 'Even relatives who are unable to be with their families can look up at the dark sky and know that their loved ones are watching the same moon.'

    Best suited to children aged four and up.

    Mooncakes at Amazon.com

    Mooncakes at Amazon.ca

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    Discover Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Picture Books including Thanking the MoonThanking the Moon – Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival written and illustrated by Grace Lin
    Picture book about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival published by Albert A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House

    Beautiful, detailed illustrations highlight Thanking the Moon. We join a family of five as they enjoy a nighttime picnic and honor the moon. While the youngest girl plays, the older daughters help to set up a moon-honoring table, pretty lanterns and an enticing spread of traditional food: hot tea, moon cakes, steamed cakes, grapes and pomelo.Thanking the Moon a Mid-Autmn Moon Festival Picture Book

    Extensive afternotes explain the significance of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and the traditions associated with it. Young readers will certainly want to enjoy the story a second time, once they understand the significance of the fruit, the tea cups and the delicious moon cakes.

    Well suited to children aged three and up.

    Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Amazon.com

    Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Amazon.ca

    A lovely complement to Thanking the Moon…

    Discover Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Picture Books including MooncakesMooncakes written by Loretta Seto and illustrated by Renne Benoit
    Picture book about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival published by Orca Book Publishers

    Narrated by a young girl, Mooncakes echos Thanking the Moon. We observe a family’s preparations for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – the excitement about staying up late, anticipation of special treats to eat, glowing paper lanterns and a beautiful full moon.

    Once the family is comfortably settled in a moonlit chair, we hear three stories. The stories are about Chang-E, the woman who lives on the moon in the Jade Palace, Wu-Gang, a woodcutter and Jade Rabbit who also reside on the moon.

    The watercolour illustrations nicely portray the special celebration, bathing the landscape in silvery moonlight. When the traditional tales are shared, the colours are more vivid.

    Afternotes are less detailed than those in Thanking the Moon but they do include a reminder, ‘Even relatives who are unable to be with their families can look up at the dark sky and know that their loved ones are watching the same moon.

    Best suited to children aged four and up.

    Mooncakes at Amazon.com

    Mooncakes at Amazon.ca

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