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Jasper and the other dogs line up to start the games, but when the announcer shouts 'go', a sleeping cat wakes up and darts into Jasper and he hurts his paw. Vincent, a very kind guest, arrives at the Furchester Hotel. He's a sfish who wears a very big cape, but soon the cape starts to cause problems like knocking things over and getting stuck in the doors. Vincent seems scared to take it off. Soon it becomes apparent why he wears the cape. Vincent is a shark! Funella has a very exciting idea for the hotel, Musical Monster Mealtimes!

She has booked some instruments to play music in the dining room whilst the guests eat. Elmo and Phoebe really want to play for the diners too, but Funella tells them they have to practice first. Unfortunately the instruments aren't used to playing with each other and play completely different tunes. Elmo and Phoebe have to show them how to play nicely together. In Australia, the show was airing in April at 7: In Asia, the show is airing on Disney Junior. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 20 December Retrieved 10 November Archived copy as title link.

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Tony Reed Carol-Lynn Parente. Mainbury is a recycled version of Chicago the Lion from Sesame Street. This episode premiered as part of the New Shows month on CBeebies. It is confirmed in this episode that every time a guest arrives, they are always welcomed with "Furry Arms" a reference to the Furry Arms Hotel from the "Around the Corner" expansion of Sesame Street. Every Yodel in the episode has the word yodel somewhere in it. Phoebe and Elmo need all their creative skills when looking after five excitable chickens while the tour guide dog Griff gets the tour bus out of the garage.

Though the chicken Mrs. Featherbottom strays from the group causing Elmo and Phoebe to find her while keeping the chickens together before Griff gets back. Funella hires a group of singing vegetables called the Veggietones to make the guests happy, but they cause chaos like waking up Harvey P. Dull, walking in on an alligator named Ms. Now the Furchesters need a creative solution to keep them from annoying the guests.

While Cookie Monster is outside waiting for a delivery of cookies bound to the dining room, Elmo must deliver a tray of toast to Harvey P. Along the way, Elmo must dodge the horses, hotel trolleys, bumps in the rug, and the Tea Time Monsters. While awaiting a visit from the Dinger who is her cousin, Isabel suffers from the Ding-Ups a bell-monster's version of a hiccups and the Furchesters need to stop them so she can welcome all the guests with a friendly ding. Sherlock Hemlock makes a brief cameo in the background during the episode.

It is a catastrophe when Phoebe loses her voice due to Monster Mumblitis as she is the only Furchester who can talk to the animal guests. Now the other Furchesters must find a way to understand the animal languages until Phoebe gets her voice back. Screech is a recycled version of Athena the Owl from Panwapa. Phoebe and Elmo help two penguins named the Ice Flippers learn how to bobsleigh during the Birds on Ice Games, but their sled needs mending after a collision on the track with the Tea Time Monsters.

A cow sculptor named Henry Moo-re who is a spoof of Henry Moore is staying at the Furchester and has created a sculpture that is an abstract likeness of Funella as she wishes to keep it in the lobby for all to see. Henry Mo-re does not want anyone to touch the statue since it is fragile. Keeping the sculpture of Funella safe proves to be a difficult task when Cookie Monster, a giant squid named Mrs.

Inkwell, and the Tea Time Monsters are in the hotel. The Furchester family members must think like a caterpillar while searching the hotel when they think they have lost a guest named Mr. Squigglebottom at the time when another caterpillar named Ms. Scuttles comes to visit him. Funella overhears husband and wife tortoise guests Sheldon and Shelly say that the hotel service is slow, so she becomes determined to make it fast with the plan involving everyone wearing roller skates.

The YouTube release features an added cold open with the Furchester family and Elmo wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. A woodpecker named Elwood checks into the hotel and is put into the Oak Room a popular room for bird guests where he ends up pecking holes causing the Furchesters to find other things for Elwood to peck. At the same time, the Furchesters are looking forward for their musical guests the Ding-a-Lings consisting of glockenspiel player Mr.

Ding and violinist Ms. Ding's glockenspiel has arrived while Mr. Ding has not yet arrived. Both situations are solved with Elwood pecking the glockenspiel. On a windy day, the rock superhero Super Rock arrives to help out the Furchester Hotel. Elmo becomes his assistant to help him out with various situations. When Super Rock's cape is accidentally ripped by the Monsters and loses his abilities, Elmo and Phoebe must find a way to have Super Rock be super again. It is ballroom dance weekend, but the floor is so shiny that the dancers slip over.

The Furchesters needs to find a way to keep the dancers' feet on the floor. The monsters must find the perfect spot for a fussy potted plant named Mr. Evergroan who complains about everything including the noise, the smell of cookies, the curtains, and the elevator. A goat named Mr. Lawnmower checks into the Furchester Hotel and starts eating stuff that isn't food starting with the furniture.

Meanwhile, Furgus tries to get rid of a vine that keeps growing following his trimming of Mrs. When a tired pony named Mr. Carrot comes to the Furchester Hotel to take a rest when all the guests want to take a ride, the Furchester family works to come up with ways so that Mr. Carrot's rest can't be disturbed. The guests of the Furchester Hotel smell Mr. Smells-a-Lot the Skunk and want to check out. So Phoebe and Elmo have to stop the friendly skunk from spraying when he's surprised.

A cow named Mrs. Moodle loses a precious hair curler. The Furchesters bring in two mice to search the hotel. Taylor Penworth, the writer of the Mooga Monster books, checks in. She needs the Furchester and lots of noisy monsters help to write her new story. Two howling wolves keep all the guests awake.

The Furchesters need to find a way to send them to sleep. The Furchester Hotel can be a big and noisy place if you are a tiny, quiet ant like Mr. So Phoebe and Elmo need to find him the perfect room. Furgus and Funella think there is one Ms. Woolly but there are more It's a catastrophe when Funella's arms are stuck open wide and she can't welcome the guests. Repeat diagnoses her condition as "Repetitive Welcoming Injury," the Furchesters need Funella to rest for a whole day while they work hard to welcome the guests in her place. Elmo is having his portrait painted by monster artist Mr.

Fuzzlebrush, but he just can't stop moving and needs the Furchesters to help him sit still. When the automated luggage trolley breaks, Furgus replaces it with Trolley the Donkey. But she refuses to move and help the guests which causes some problems. Twitcher's parrot Monty copies every woof, meow, and monster noise! The Furchesters try to calm the chaos caused by this. Dinofeller is a recycled version of Herb the Apatosaurus from Sesame Street. Funella has to remember to crow like Beaky the Rooster when Harvey P. Dull needs to wake up at Betty Lou appears as one of the blooming attendees throughout the episode.

Funella wants to make her first fruit guests Mr. Orange, Miss Grapes, and Mr. Furgus opens a dog-walking service at the Furchester Hotel. Waggington's dog Otto would rather play chase than be walked. The Furchesters accidentally get stuck together upon being exposed to a traveling saleswoman's Monster Glue and need to find Monster Unstick to keep the hotel running.

Phoebe helps Elmo find a special hat. Meanwhile, Furgus and Funella search for Miss Tuftly's missing headwear. Funella hires an enthusiastic Bobby Bunny to help Furgus with his work, but Bobby starts to take over the hotel! Dull's chair breaks, the Furchesters have to keep him entertained while it's being repaired by a specialist. A pirate named Captain Metimbers takes Phoebe and Elmo on a treasure hunt. Two howling wolves keep all the guests awake. The Furchesters need to find a way to send them to sleep. The Furchester Hotel can be a big and noisy place if you are a tiny, quiet ant like Mr.

So Phoebe and Elmo need to find him the perfect room. Furgus and Funella think there is one Ms. Woolly but there are more It's a catastrophe when Funella's arms are stuck open wide and she can't welcome the guests. Repeat diagnoses her condition as "Repetitive Welcoming Injury," the Furchesters need Funella to rest for a whole day while they work hard to welcome the guests in her place. Elmo is having his portrait painted by monster artist Mr.

Fuzzlebrush, but he just can't stop moving and needs the Furchesters to help him sit still. When the automated luggage trolley breaks, Furgus replaces it with Trolley the Donkey. But she refuses to move and help the guests which causes some problems. Twitcher's parrot Monty copies every woof, meow, and monster noise! The Furchesters try to calm the chaos caused by this.

Dinofeller is a recycled version of Herb the Apatosaurus from Sesame Street. Funella has to remember to crow like Beaky the Rooster when Harvey P. Dull needs to wake up at Betty Lou appears as one of the blooming attendees throughout the episode. Funella wants to make her first fruit guests Mr. Orange, Miss Grapes, and Mr. Furgus opens a dog-walking service at the Furchester Hotel. Waggington's dog Otto would rather play chase than be walked. The Furchesters accidentally get stuck together upon being exposed to a traveling saleswoman's Monster Glue and need to find Monster Unstick to keep the hotel running.

Phoebe helps Elmo find a special hat. Meanwhile, Furgus and Funella search for Miss Tuftly's missing headwear. Funella hires an enthusiastic Bobby Bunny to help Furgus with his work, but Bobby starts to take over the hotel! Dull's chair breaks, the Furchesters have to keep him entertained while it's being repaired by a specialist. A pirate named Captain Metimbers takes Phoebe and Elmo on a treasure hunt. They follow clues written on hidden scrolls. The Furchesters have to keep an egg safe in the lobby for Mr. Birdie when the ceiling starts to fall down. Elmo accidentally gives Phoebe's favourite monster doll Bumpfy to a guest.

They decide to get it back, but the guest is a sleeping tiger named Mr. The Furchesters have to solve a lot of problems on the day a hotel inspector visits. Can they distract him from the chaos? When two of the three dancing sheep called the Lamb Stampers are unwell, Phoebe and Elmo step in to learn the steps! Dull's feather allergies act up, the Furchesters work to find a suitable place for Big Bird to bunk in as most of the known areas are too small for him.

When two penguin guests named Mr. Phoebe has become annoyed that Elmo won't take a turn sleeping in the top bunk of their bunk bed. When the Furchesters have been busy handling the guests and get exhausted, Furgus invents the Furgulator which is an automated moving tracks that anyone to anywhere in the Furchester Hotel. A trio of cheery cheerleaders arrive at the Furchester Hotel where their cheering prevents Mr.

Flapalot into getting into their rooms, Gonger from banging his gong, the Tea Time Monsters from getting to their tea, and even caused Cookie Monster to drop his cookie. Funella and Furgus work to keep the cheerleaders in line. As a former cheerleading champion, Harvey P. Dull trains Elmo and Phoebe into being cheerleaders at the time of the cheerleaders' antics. The Cowabunga Cookie Shark from episode is among the guests that the Furchesters match Isabel's description of. Dull's birthday as the Furchester's plan a surprise birthday for him.

As Harvey never had a birthday party before, the Furchesters work to give him one with comical results. The Veggietones return for another performance at the Furchester Hotel. Unfortunately, the carrot member has lost her voice during the performance. The Furchesters work to find someone to cover for the carrot. When Elmo and Phoebe wish for some aliens to attend, two Yip Yips appear upon landing in the Furchester Hotel's garden where they mistake the guests as actual aliens. A cat named Precious checks into the Furchester Hotel and soon has the Furchester family doing absolutely everything for her.

Unfortunately, this means they can't look after all the other guests. The Furchester family need to find a way to keep all their guests and Precious happy. Count von Count and the Countess arrive at the Furchester, but Countess wants her husband to have a break from counting which is hard for Count von Count to do. The Tea Time Monsters leave the Furchester Hotel to go to a tea party at another hotel and that there won't be any guests for the next few days.

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For the first time ever, the Furchester Hotel has no guests which makes Funella very sad indeed. Phoebe, Elmo and Furgus need to find a way to make Funella happy again. This episode is a special double-length one. Funella is writing a song to welcome the hotel guests. It is so catchy that it gets stuck in Harvey P. Dull's head and gets on his nerves. Now the Furchesters must find a way to get the song out of his head. Elmo gets to push the luggage trolley all by himself. But his fur is so long that it covers his eyes and he can't see.

Elmo needs a furcut. A visiting expert barber named Vidal Raccoon starts giving people haircuts as Elmo avoids him since the haircuts he gave everyone makes them look different to Elmo. A Knight of the Triangular Table named Sir Gary checks into the Furchester Hotel because he's heard there are many problems there and wants to help. What he doesn't know is that most of the problems are minor ones. The Furchesters meet an avian magician named the Great Featherini. But Featherini's assistant Arthur wants to be a great magician too. Dull who claims he doesn't have any talents.

It's time for the Furchester family dinner. Dull states that there won't be anyone to watch the front desk if they are having dinner, Funella teaches him how to run the front desk as a way to cover for the Furchester family. Funella works as the night manager for the first time ever when the usual night manager has stubbed his big toe and can't come to work. She is so eager to help the guests that she keeps waking them all up. Meanwhile, Elmo and Phoebe meet some of the nocturnal guests at the hotel.

At the Furchester Horse Jumping Tournament, Phoebe and Elmo meet a horse named Gidyup who can do amazing jumps because he has a lucky horseshoe. When a scuffle with the Tea Time Monsters sends the horseshoe into the rift, Gidyup can't perform without it. A very friendly octopus named Olivia checks into the Furchester Hotel, but cannot help knocking things and people over with her arms. The Furball, a bouncing furry monster ball, arrives at the hotel. Everyone looks forward to a game of Furball until the Furball goes missing.

Adrianna is a recycled version of Lena from Sesamstrasse. A family of snowballs come to stay in the Very Snowy Suite. Unfortunately, the Very Snowy Suite is not very snowy at all and the Snowballs start to melt. Funella decides Harvey P. Dull's room is too dull and needs a makeover. How can Harvey tell her that he likes his room just the way it is? Phoebe enters the Furchester Cooking Competition, but can't concentrate because Gonger and Cookie Monster are too noisy. One of the hotel's dog guests named Digby loves his toy bone.

It's blue, squeaky and smells of cheese. But Digby can't find the bone anywhere. Funella's Grandmama, who founded the Furchester Hotel, comes to visit and is unhappy that it's not as monstery as it used to be in her day. Her ways to make the Furchester Hotel monstery again frightens the guests enough for them to check out. A monkey named Mr. Ook Eek checks into the hotel, so the Furchesters hang vines around the hotel and put bananas on the menu to make him feel at home.

Though he isn't comfortable with the same monkey routine. Cuddles is a recycled version of Azibo the Monster from Panwapa. The Furchester Fashion Show is occurring as Elmo and Phoebe check on the clothes that will be presented on the catwalk. When two dirty socks won't get cleaned, Elmo and Phoebe must persuade them into considering how getting clean is fun. This episode aired alongside Julia's debut episode of Sesame Street. Isabel dings to say a guest is ready to check in, but the Furchesters can't see anyone there.

That is until Carla the Chameleon un-camouflages herself. Carla is very quiet and sometimes she can't help but camouflage herself so that people can't see her.

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Phoebe and Elmo take her up to the Camouflage Suite and Carla is soon blending into her surroundings. Baby, a story about a baby left with a fam- ily who doesn't even know how much this baby will heal them, was written at a time when all of my children had left to go off to college or work, my oldest as far as Africa. It was my great desire then to have a baby left at my house to help fulfill that need in me to care for some- thing other than myself.

It did not happen, of course, but as a writer I could create the experience. The older I get the more I write about place, my own personal landscape. I am connected to my landscape now, my mountain home with its herd of wild turkeys, deer, bobcats, and bear that come up on my deck and look in my window.

But mostly I am connected to the place I knew as a child. My memories of childhood include the fields where I played, the stone walls we walked on, the prairie with its grasses that rippled in the wind. I carry a little bag of prairie dirt with me everywhere I go to remind me of where I was a child. That bag of prairie dirt has its own life, finding its way into the screenplay of Sky- lark, and into my picturebook What You Know First.

Place or the setting of a story has, for me, always been the first character in any book I write. Most of all, however, we the writers are always in our own stories whether we realize it or not. Long after a book is published I begin to understand where my story life and my personal life merge; I begin to understand exactly where a story begins. This is one of the true sur- 15 Foreword: From Reader to Writer xv prises, I suppose, of my work. I do not always control the story.

The story leads me, and I have to be brave enough to follow. Most often I am, though if you were to peek in my writing room you would see me grumbling and grousing all the way. This leads me to the one true thing I can say about writing; some- times I love writing, sometimes I hate it. Rarely do I feel hohum about it. But however difficult it may be, there is an indescribable excitement when it works. Out of twenty-six letters of the alphabet — just twenty-six! It may be read for the first time by someone out there, maybe someone being walked home from the library.

Someone led home by a mother's hand on the arm, across streets, around sleeping dogs on the sidewalk, past buildings, up the stairs; read by someone who may one day be a writer, too. Patricia MacLachlan Patricia MacLachlan is the author of more than fifteen critically acclaimed books for young readers, among them the Newbery Medal winner, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and its continuation, Skylark. Introduction The Process Imagine the pleasure of receiving boxes and boxes of brand-new books, week after week, for more than three years. Now imagine the challenge of organizing and evaluating this abundance of riches.

We began the process by categorizing each book as fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and entering its bibliographic information into a database. The books were read and annotated by the committee, the annotations were entered into the database, and the database files were used to generate the four in- dexes and the manuscript. In addition to the pleasure of discovering ex- citing new literature, we treated ourselves to an evening program, "The Best of the Best," during which the annotators introduced some of their favorite books.

Although we relied on the generosity of the publishers for the ma- jority of the books, we also included other titles that we felt should be represented in this collection in order to offer an array of titles by au- thors and illustrators from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Eu- rope, Australia, and New Zealand. Contents and Organization of the Book Our literary choices were guided by the interests of children in kinder- garten to grade 6, ages 5 to We also organized the contents by begin- ning with a focus on the youngest readers. Books for Young Children, Poetry, and Traditional Literature start the collection, followed by Fan- tasy, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, and Historical Fiction serving as a transition to the nonfiction or information chapters.

Biography, Social Studies, and Science: Fine Arts, Crafts and Hobbies, and Celebrations: Fiction and Nonfiction complete the collection. In the Table of Contents, each of the twelve chapters has a number of subheadings to help locate specific types of literature or topics more easily. For example, the annotation for Courtni Wright's Journey to Free- dom: However, recognizing xviii Introduction that the complexity of fine literature mitigates against assigning a book to a single category, we organized the Subject Index so that the many facets of a book are represented.

Although a deliberate attempt was made to represent as many authors, poets, and illustrators as possible, the breadth of the work of specific individuals had to be acknowledged. For example, Stephen Biesty is featured for his fascinating compilations of detailed informa- tion, Jim Brandenburg for his amazing photography, Jean Craighead George for her carefully researched fiction and nonfiction, Lee Bennett Hopkins for his sensitivity as a selector of poems, Eric Kimmel for his skill as a reteller of folk and fairy tales, Myra Cohn Livingston for her wealth of poetry, Lynn Munsinger for the mischievous fun of her illus- trations, Laurence Yep for his insight into the past and present lives of Chinese Americans, and Jane Yolen for the richness and diversity of her writing.

A Few Observations Publishers continue to challenge the traditional form of the book with their production of CD-ROMs, audiotapes, books with sound and music, interactive books with pull-tabs and movable pieces, wheels, flap pages, fold-outs, pop-ups, overlays, and holograms. Fortunately, in the midst of these innovations, the integrity of the story usually remains intact.

Other changes in form and content are also apparent, particularly in paperback publishing, with a shift from sweet and comic stories to tales of horror and the supernatural. Stine, whose Goose- bumps series is produced for and avidly read by primary children, have emerged. Spinoffs from movies and television shows such as Batman, Star Wars, and The X-Files are also becoming more prevalent and new books in familiar series, including Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, ap- pear monthly.

However, coinciding with what some may see as alarming changes is a gratifying emphasis on the arts, poetry, folk and fairy tales, and captivating nonfiction. Environmental concerns and endangered species, presented in increasingly sophisticated books, continue to be recognized as important topics to young people. And books featuring the ever-popular dinosaurs and bears, penguins and pigs, whales and sharks, and of course cats and dogs, are being produced in astonishing numbers. Of the more than 10, books we received over three years, 1, were chosen. Each of the books presented in this collection exemplifies the high-quality litera- ture being published for young people today.

Because of the growing recognition of the contribution literature can make to all of the subject areas of the elementary school curriculum, suggestions detailing a book's specific strength are often provided, such as its potential for reading aloud, readers' theater, drama, or science, art, or timeline projects. The medium used by an illustrator is also de- scribed and listed in the Subject Index under entries such as collage, oil paintings, scratchboard art, watercolors, and woodcuts.

A specific format or type of text can be located through entries in the Subject Index, such as atlases, dictionaries, story collections, diaries, audiotapes, CD-ROMs, cumula- tive text, rhyming text, Spanish text, riddles, and tricksters. The Table of Contents and Subject Index can help a teacher or librarian expand a child's enthusiasm for a topic by identifying related fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Cultural Diversity A glance at the Subject Index will quickly reveal the many cultures and their histories, folklore, and contemporary lives that are represented in this collection. An Invitation All of us who have devoted countless hours to the preparation of the edition of Adventuring with Books hope you will find this collection stimulating and rewarding. We are confident that the annotations will entice you to find the books described, both for your own reading plea- sure and for that of the young people with whom you work. We invite you to mine this treasury of fine literature for children.

Illustrated by Philippa Alys-Browne. Twenty-six paintings of African animals use bold tribal patterns to portray insects and mammals such as the little-known xoona moth and the African elephant. Two-word sentences such as "Anteater naps," "Bushbaby blinks," and "Crocodile snaps" ac- company each painting. Bright colors, patterns, and textures are visually stimulating.

A detailed glossary provides interesting facts about each of the animals and denotes those that are en- dangered, vulnerable, or specially protected. This is a very use- ful book for language instruction, research projects, and art projects. Illustrated by Durga Bernhard. This beautifully illustrated alphabet book will delight preschool readers. An animal is named for each letter of the alphabet and the reader must find the animal camouflaged in its natural sur- roundings. The warm, vibrant colors of the bold artwork are inviting.

Two large pages at the end hide all twenty-six animals and letters for the reader to find. This is a worthwhile addition to alphabet collections. Illustrated by Esphyr Slo- bodkina. The rich, rhythmic language patterns, together with the patch- work-quilt motif art, give this alphabet book its special appeal for young children. Parents will appreciate the soothing rhymes that are just right for bedtime and teachers will want to choose this book for transition to quiet times in their class- rooms. An Unexpected Alpha- bet. Illustrated by Max Grover. Children will delight in creating their own alliterative alphabet patterns and pictures.

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Illustrated by Stephen T. Just when you thought you have seen every possible variation of the basic alphabet book, Stephen T. Johnson shows how innova- tive children's illustrators can be. This Caldecott Honor Book pre- sents commonplace urban images that suddenly become letters. The illustrations use a variety of techniques: There is an E in a traffic light, a G in a lamppost, and a Z in a fire escape.

The result is a brilliant alphabet book that guarantees that you will never see a traffic light in quite the same way again. Illustrated by Martha Alexander. This rendition of a popular s song is a unique alphabet book of words and phrases that express feelings of love and delight to- ward another person in this instance, a child. The delicate illus- trations show young children, babies, and assorted pets climbing over and under and through the letters A to Z. Com- plete with sheet music, this book may be used for language, music, and social studies programs.

Photographs by Claudia Kunin. This preschool alphabet book contains many realistic photo- graphs of objects and traditions that relate to the Hanukkah holi- day. Uppercase and lowercase letters of the English alphabet appear on the page with an accompanying sample word for that letter, a brief statement of text, and the photograph. Mothers, fa- thers, children, grandparents, and holiday objects such as drei- dls, stars of David, latkes, and menorahs abound. Those who are familiar with the many alphabet books in print may be amused 21 Alphabet Books 3 that even in this subject-specific book, z is for zebra, x is for xylo- phone, and u is for umbrella.

Kunin has also written a counting book. My Hanukkah Book of Numbers. Illustrated by Anita Lobel. Artists and Writers Guild, Pierrot the clown gathers gifts from his garden to take to Pierrette. The fruits and vegetables are huge and their names are arranged in alphabetical order, starting with asparagus, beets, and celery and ending with the basket being carried by a zebra. This zany, appealing book could be used to reinforce alphabet skills and to initiate a discussion about nutritious fruits and vegetables. Illustrated by Tim Mahurin. Large, colorful, and expressive illustrations provide readers with the opportunity to fill the narrative gaps between pages.

High- lighted in blue, the letters of the alphabet are emphasized as Je- remy's adventure progresses from A through Z. Readers of all ages will enjoy Tim Mahurin's playful cat. Look Once, Look Twice. Illustrated by Janet Marshall. Patterns and alphabet letters are combined in this intriguing al- phabet book to create a unique guessing game. The reader must look carefully at the patterns on the letters to determine what ob- ject in nature is represented. For example, the letter d is covered with black and white blotches. On the next page is a dalmatian. The letter h is covered with hexagons; the picture following is a honeycomb.

Annie, Bea, and Chi Chi Dolores: A School Day Alphabet. Illustrated by Denys Cazet. In this humorous alphabet book, the illustrations are cartoonlike portrayals of various animals at school. Unconventional words such as icky under the letter I help to bring the text closer to chil- dren's language and experience. This book is particularly useful for exploring school, preschool, or daycare life with children be- fore and during attendance. Illustrated by Tim Raglin.

Animals from Alligator to Zebra come together for a birthday party, addressing the young reader with short, poetic rhymes to celebrate his or her birthday. Read aloud, the humorous verses let children appreciate language and sound patterns and learn about animals as they move through the alphabet. An Alphabet of Endangered Animals. Illustrated by Patricia Mullins. This alphabet book about endangered animals from all over the world captivates young readers with its message about the threat of extinction. The elaborate collage art sets the animals in their natural habitats and enhances the author's message with stunning images.

This content-related book helps children think about the importance of conservation while letting them enjoy the beauty of the world's rare creatures. A Is for Africa. Illustrated by Ifeoma Onye- fulu. Each letter intro- duces a key word, which is used in a description of some aspect of Nigerian life. The photographs are rich with warm, vibrant colors and add many details that elaborate on the text.

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This book is excellent for early reading activities and for older students in- terested in Nigerian culture. A Dene Al- phabet Book. Illustrated by Eleanor Schick. Color pencil drawings of objects and ideas from Navajo daily life, such as arroyo, fried bread, keyah, and turquoise, are fea- tured in this unique alphabet book. Some of the alphabet words are in English and some in Dene.

A glossary is provided to help readers translate the words from Dene into English and vice versa. An Alpha- bet Adventure. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley. The young child is taken on a treasure hunt that gets better as the imagination takes flight in creating new words, sentences, and stories. As the author's notes point out, teachers can take advantage of this open-ended word play to stimulate students' oral language and creative writing skills. Children will enjoy the humor of the complex and crafty pictures that let them search for hidden treasures in the words and illustrations.

White Rabbit's Color Book. Illustrated by Alan Baker. Part of the Little Rabbit Books series, this beautifully illustrated picture book introduces young children to the concepts of pri- mary colors and their combinations. Through simple motivating sentences, the author relates the adventures of a white rabbit who discovers the fun of playing with colors and the effects of mixing them and becoming immersed in them. With outstanding water- color art, this book is an excellent example of literature integrated into the content areas of science.

Looking through Shapes at Apples and Grapes. Illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon. Standard colors and shapes are brightly displayed in this attrac- tive concept book. In the form of a simple question and answer game, each question spread shows different shades of a color on one page and a cutout and rhyme on the next; a beautiful spread follows with the answer.

The closing rhyme, "make the world a better place, a rainbow of the human race," is accompanied by a painting of the hands of children of different races. Gray Rabbit's 1 , 2, 3. Another one in the series of Alan Baker's Little Rabbit Books, this counting book lets young readers accompany the gray rabbit on a discovery of numbers from one to ten. The author's beauti- 24 6 Books for Young Children ful illustrations of whimsical clay art animals, along with the alliterative rhyme of the simple yet rich language, provide teach- ers of young primary-level children with an excellent opportu- nity to teach language and early number concepts at the same time.

Illustrated by Kate Duke. This visual feast of a picture book uses the popular counting rhyme of "1, 2, buckle my shoe" as the pattern for Big Fat Hen and her friends to count from one to ten. The acrylic paint illustrations are bright, and the print is bold and easy to read. Children will de- light in counting and chanting along as well as discovering the richness of numbers and objects in the barnyard scenes. A Crazy Counting Book. Illus- trated by Paul Cherrill. Colorful cartoons showing all kinds of animals, from a water- squirting dog to ten tiny turtles in T-shirts, illustrate the num- bers one to ten.

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The slimy worms wearing sunglasses, the spotted fishes playing hockey, and the chickens drinking pop will captivate the interest of beginning readers and counters. They will want to read this book again and again. Ten out of Bed. Illustrated by Penny Dale.

In this richly illustrated counting book based on the traditional rhyme "Ten out of bed," one little boy and nine toys take young readers through a fun-filled countdown to bedtime in different fantasy and realistic play settings. They get to play at the beach and in the air, go camping, and hop on a train; they act, dance, and pretend they are pirates, ghosts, and monsters — until every- body happily falls asleep. Illustrated by Cathryn Falwell. In this action-filled counting book, children can count along as a family goes grocery shopping and cooks a feast.

Cathryn Fal- well, creator of the popular Nicky books, uses color, line, and collage to make vibrant and engaging pictures. Moving from One to Ten. Illustrated by Shari Halpem. Using paint and cut-paper collages, Shari Halpern tells a simple story that expresses what it can be like to move. David embarks on one long car ride with two angry cats, three worried sisters, and four handy tools. Once at their new house, everyone feels better and celebrates. Illustrated by Barbara Garrison. This delightful counting book is set at the county fair.

A set of ob- jects is counted, and these objects are shown as part of one whole object: Young read- ers will quickly learn the predictable pattern of the book and be able to read it on their own. They may also be inspired to write their own examples. One Is a Mouse. Illustrated by Jonathan Hunt and Lisa Hunt. Ten animals create a precarious pyramid that eventually col- lapses. As each creature piles on top of the others, number con- cepts are introduced and then reinforced. One is a mouse that carries a rose, two is a bear, three is a cat, four is a dog, five is a toucan, and so on up to ten, a ladybug.

As the animals build the pyramid, each page invites counting and re-counting. It also pro- vides opportunities for predictions. Illustrated by Woody Jackson. Cows are a familiar farm animal to many children, and holsteins in particular are well-loved. Counting cows while in a car can be a favorite pastime, so a book that counts cows seems most fit- ting. Brilliant blues, greens, reds, blacks, and whites create dis- tinctive images.

The gouache pictures are simple but striking. The countdown begins with ten cows and by the time there are zero cows, such words as heifers, bovines, cattle, holsteins, and bossies have been introduced. This book is suitable for develop- ing math concepts and vocabulary. A Counting Book for the Sick and Miserable. Illustrated by Pat Dypold. Farm animals go from feeling miserable in some way to being on the mend. Dorling Kinders- ley, This is a good resource for children who are learning to count. The book combines rhymes and songs, along with clear photographs displaying the corresponding number of objects and in some cases the Arabic numerals as well.

Classic rhymes such as "One, two, buckle my shoe" are included, as well as less familiar verse, total- ing twenty-five rhymes, riddles, and songs. The large size and for- mat of the book are helpful for classroom and library activities. Twelve Ways to Get to Eleven. Illustrated by Bernie Karlin. In a colorful and engaging format, this book presents twelve combinations of numbers that add up to eleven.

For example, you can pick up nine pinecones and two acorns from the forest floor or count a sow and her ten piglets. This imaginative book provides fun for early counting and addition activities. I Spy Two Eyes. This variation on the "I spy" game is a counting book in which the reader examines twenty well-known paintings to find the num- ber of objects named.

Readers must look carefully at the painting, moving their eyes all over the surface, which encourages a closer exploration. The author makes these paintings accessible and helps children build stores of images in their minds. This book is a pleasure on its own and could be use- ful for art appreciation and simple counting activities. It also com- plements Micklethwait's first book, I Spy: An Alphabet in Art. Illustrated by Clotilde Olyff. Each spread offers a graphically styled number that is individu- ally conceived, with ten typeface renditions of the number lined up vertically along the left.

The book concludes with a list of typeface names, including "Moonbase Alpha" and "Variex Bold. A Riotous Counting Rhyme. Il- lustrated by David Pace. Mischievous Sharon causes all kinds of unexpected events to happen when she shouts at the top of her lungs and fills the pages of this hilarious counting book with more and more peo- ple, creatures, and objects. Young readers get to predict her ex- clamations and will enjoy the alliterations in the language as the story climbs toward a surprising end with the number ten. The bright watercolor illustrations reinforce the whimsical and dra- matic effect of Sharon's counting capers.

A fun-filled book to read aloud. Musical Chairs and Dancing Bears. Illustrated by Laure de Matharel. A birthday party is the premise for this counting book. Ten danc- ing bears count backward as they are eliminated from a game of musical chairs. The bright illustrations and distinct rhythms of the polka will engage young listeners and readers. Illustrated by Jackie Schaefer.

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In this counting book with a strong South American flavor, the text is complemented well by color illustrations that swirl with animals, birds, and fruits from the jungle. A postscript gives a brief illustrated description of all the animals introduced in the body of the text. Miranda is named for the famous dancer Carmen Miranda. Editions are available in both English and Spanish. Illustrated by Anna Vojtech. O tKJC 28 10 Books for Young Children While catching fireflies, two young children delight in counting from ten to one and back again as they put the luminous crea- tures into a jar one by one and then release them.

The rhyming pattern and repetitive, rhythmic chant of the language make this picture book a good read-aloud to young children. Children will enjoy the bright colors of the fireflies against the dark, mysteri- ous scenery of the night. Illus- trated by Leslie Tryon. Engaging visuals make this an entertaining cumulative counting rhyme for young children. Two birthday cakes for a very old dog and three monkeys dancing the clog captivate the imagination.

Watercolor and color pencil drawings illustrate individual num- bers, but the cumulative drawings showing one to five and fi- nally one to ten invite readers to take a second look. Whether alone or in a group, with a parent or a friend, children can count, read, and reread this rhyme. Illustrated by Victoria Chess. The subtitle explains the contents of this book succinctly. Ten pi- ranhas gradually diminish in number. The story is told in verse as well as reverse. This counting book is a delightfully wicked but realistic look at piranhas for very young children.

The illus- trations of South American jungles and rivers are ablaze with color and animal life, and the piranhas take on a certain individ- uality. A Number of Animals. Illustrated by Christopher Wormell. This stunningly illustrated counting book for very young chil- dren tells the story of a little chick in search of her mother. On her journey she encounters all kinds of barnyard animals in numbers from one to ten.

The simple sentences that accompany the boldly outlined engravings use onomatopoeic sounds and alliterations to capture the interest of the young reader. Teachers and parents will find this book a visual and verbal feast to be shared with and read aloud to young children. Mary Had a Little Lamb. Illustrated by Sally Mavor. Fabric relief illustrations make this familiar nursery rhyme come to life. Applique, embroidery, wrapping, dying, and soft sculp- ture are all used to create scenes of Mary, her family, the lamb, and school.

The lamb is soft and cute. The illustrations not only enhance the verse, but would inspire fabric art creations. The Doorknob Collection of Bedtime Rhymes. Illustrated by Judith Stuller Hannant. This is a collection of four bedtime nursery rhymes: Engaging art- work in soft, warm colors matches the traditional nighttime rhymes. The Tree in the Wood: An Old Nursery Song. Illustrated by Christopher Manson. Reminiscent of picture books at the turn of the century, this adaptation of the nursery song familiar to many as "The Green Grass Grew All Around" is peaceful and comforting.

The wood- cut illustrations lead from a fine oak tree to the bird that builds a nest in it, to a baby who grows up and plants an acorn, and fi- nally to the oak tree grown from the acorn. The rhythm and cir- cular rhyme make this a good participatory read-aloud for young children. Over the Hills and Far Away: A Book of Nursery Rhymes. Illustrated by Alan Marks. In this companion volume to Ring-a-Ring O' Roses and a Ding Dong Bell, Alan Marks has achieved the perfect balance between richly colored, action-filled illustrations and striking black-on- white silhouettes.

Each of the sixty classic rhymes remains time- less and appealing, making this a treasured addition to any nursery rhyme collection and one that begs to be shared with young children. Illus- trated by Pamela Paparone. This traditional nursery rhyme is also a counting book as, one by one, the five little ducks disappear. Children will delight in the repetition, the colorful and appealing illustrations, and rhythmic text. Young readers will rejoice when all five ducklings finally re- turn to their cozy home. A Mother Goose Surprise Book. Illustrated by Laura Rader. There is certainly no dearth of nursery rhyme books, but Laura Rader's split pages add an element of surprise to this brightly il- lustrated edition.

Illustrated by Bernice Loewenstein and Nan Pol- lard. With the look and feel of a very early American collection of nursery rhymes, this anthology includes such well-known verses as "Hush Little Baby," "Eency, Weency Spider," and "The Duel. An alphabetical list of first lines and titles serves as a guide to the poetry. Other Concept Books 1. Ten Ridiculous Rhymes with Flaps. Illus- trated by Jon Agee. This delightful flapbook includes ten humorous rhymes in ABCA meter. A picture representing the last word of each rhyme is hidden under the flap.

The back cover of the book displays the ten "answers" with both pictures and words. Children will de- light in this imaginative guessing game. The original rhymes and large, colorful illustrations could encourage children to write and illustrate their own "flap rhymes. A Story in Pictures. Other Concept Books 13 This wordless story begins with a little girl and her father select- ing a pet tabby kitten and continues to chronicle the growing bond between the child and the cat during its first year of life.

The colored pencil, pastel, and ink-outlined pictures with large, round-faced characters will appeal to young children. The small format makes this an ideal book for preschoolers to look at on their own. Illustrated by Istvan Banyai. This wordless book explores perspective by moving from an il- lustration of farm animals to a child playing with the farm ani- mal toys to a photograph of a child playing with the farm animal toys, onward to the planet and a spot of light in space.

Opposite each illustration is a page of solid black, adding to the sense of movement through space. This intriguing book will be returned to and shared again and again. Illustrated by John O'Brien. This simple introduction to baseball covers the basic equipment, the players, and the key plays in this national pastime. The lively pictures take the reader through the excitement of a game. Begin- ning readers will enjoy the simple text and humorous artwork. Mouse in a House.

Illustrated by Lizi Boyd. This fold-out cardboard mouse house comes with a cuddly mouse and felt for making mouse clothes. A small book of direc- tions offers advice for simple cutting and assembling of the mouse couture. Simple rhyming text borders the floor of each of the four sections of the house.

Although there is little to the story, the house is brightly illustrated and full of play possibilities. This interactive book will draw both younger and older readers into the illustrations. Illustrated by Berkeley Breathed. Opus the penguin, dressed in his bunny jammies, suddenly rebels against his grandma's gentle and traditional goodnight moon story, which she is reading to him for the two hundred ninth time.

Opus departs from the text and indulges in a glorious nighttime romp. The illustrations follow the mood of the story. This imagi- native goodnight book would be fun to read at any time. The Summer Noisy Book. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. This reissue of Margaret Wise Brown's classic story about little dog Muffin's adventures continues to delight young readers with its rich onomatopoeic language. The story and pictures — evocative illustrations contrasting bright and dark colors — let children imagine and participate in the everyday sounds and events in their environment, guessing about what might create the sounds.

The visual variety with which the text is displayed on the different pages sustains young children's interest and gives teachers plenty of ideas for creatively using and displaying the written word. Illustrated by Anne Mortimer. Acclaimed as one of the finest contemporary painters of cats, Anne Mortimer's newly illustrated version of Margaret Wise Brown's delightful tale of a curious Pussycat enjoying the traditions of Christmas is richly colored and appealingly realis- tic. Brown's mastery of repetition and rhythm, making this an excellent read-aloud book, is further enhanced by the creative arrangement of text on each page.

The Winter Noisy Book. Illustrated by Charles G. This reprint of a picture book should find a place in every collection for preschoolers. Children will become more aware of winter noises while guessing the answers to the questions. It is a useful text for exploring children's sensory skills, especially lis- tening skills and sound identification.

Illustrated by David Hopkins. Colorful photographs and illustrations are clearly labeled and grouped with similar subjects. An extensive index makes this an excellent resource for finding clear pictures of objects, animals, and activities. Invaluable in any classroom, this visual dictionary would be useful in teaching vocabulary to both English-speaking students and ESL students.