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“Rope ‘Em” by Stacy Nyikos

Rope ‘Em by Stacy Nyikos is a fast-moving underwater western starring Scout the yellow seahorse and Virgil the purple octopus. Scout is the best herder around and Virgil is the best roper, using eight lassos at a time. You’d think they’d make a great team, but you’d be wrong. But when trouble in the shape of a bull shark arrives at the O.K. Coral, the two have to learn to work together to save the ranch and the cowfish. This is a fun book to read aloud with a cowboy twang and has lots of action to keep kids engaged – highly recommended! You can watch the trailer below.

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Books are Good for You!

Quote for the day:

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

— Maya Angelou

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“Half of an Elephant” by Gusti

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I’d like to share a Kane Miller book from Mexico that my daughter and I really enjoy. Half of an Elephant by Gusti is a fun book with illustrations made of found objects like washers and springs and rusty metal – even sliced bread!

The book begins with the world suddenly splitting in two and the front half of an elephant goes searching for his other half. Soon he realizes that many other animals are in the same predicament and the elephant attempts to join with the other animal halves he meets – unfortunately without much success. Finally he looks on the bright side and realizes there are benefits to his new situation, such as not having an itchy tail because he doesn’t have a tail.

Meanwhile, on the other half of the world, the elephant’s back half is busy joining with other animal halves in an attempt to become whole. One such mismatch involves half of a monkey, but the elephant’s rear is too heavy for the monkey to jump from tree to tree so that does not work out. Eventually the world joins back together and the two elephant halves are reunited, but not in a way you’d expect. This book celebrates differences, reinvention, and self-acceptance. We love the charming and creative illustrations and there is one page in particular that is made up of a jumble of animal halves – fun and a little challenging to try to match them!

See more reviews at Usborne Books & More. ¬°Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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Owning Books vs. Library Card

This is such a great guest blog post by Read Aloud Dad… I really like how he points out that owning books and owning a library card are so different and don’t really overlap that much – BOTH are important!

Thanks Read Aloud Dad!

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Raising Readers

Quote for the day:

“If you want to raise readers, you must provide them with books as soon as humanly possible. This is a parental obligation on par with vaccinations.”

– Deirdre Donahue, children’s book reviewer, USA Today¬†

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