Cuentos Maravillosos para 5 años

Title:  Cuentos Maravillosos para 5 años
Author: (as told by) David Busto
Illustrator: Marifé  González
Publisher:  Susaeta Ediciones, S.A.
ISBN: 9788467707076

Cuentos Maravillosos para cinco anos

Summary:  Twenty common folk and fairy tales re-told in Spanish. Includes Cinderella, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Snow White, The Wolf and the Seven Sheep, and more.
Butterfly’s notes:  If you are a Spanish-speaking family, a family looking to become bilingual, or an adult who wants to practice your Spanish skills, this is a great book to have. The stories are traditional but appropriate versions of tales we’ve come to know and love, accompanied by whimsical illustrations. It is simply worded for the most part, but if you’re unsure of your Spanish skills, be sure to keep a Spanish-English dictionary or Google Translate close at hand.

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, anthologies, fairy tales, fantasy, funny stories, picture books, Spanish

A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk

A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk
Title:  A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk
Author:  Deborah Ruddell
Illustrator:  Joan Rankin
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-13:  987-1-4169-4211-5
ISBN- 10:  1-4169-4211-4

Summary:  Hilarious poetry about several different forest animals!
Butterfly’s Notes:  Goofy illustrations accompany these cute poems about animals found in Eastern woodlands.  The only out-of-place animal is the badger, but his poem is so adorable that you’ll forgive him right away!

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, funny stories, nature, pictures books, poetry

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

The Mixed-Up ChameleonTitle:  The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Author/ Illustrator:  Eric Carle
Publisher:  HarperCollinsPublishers
ISBN:  0-690-04396-1
0-690-04397-X (lib. bdg.)
0-06-443162-2 (pbk.)

Summary:  A chameleon at a zoo envies the traits of other animals and imagines what it might look like if it had the skills and body parts of other animals.
Butterfly’s notes:  It may be fun to imagine, but at the end of the book the chameleon realizes it would be better off to remain a chameleon.  Though it may still wish it had the abilities of other animals, the chameleon finds it is happy to be itself.

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, funny stories, nature, pictures books, profound messages

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry CaterpillarTitle:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author/ Illustrator:  Eric Carle
Publisher:  Philomel Books
ISBN:  0-399-20853-4

Summary:  The story of a caterpillar from egg to adult and the various (silly) things he eats.
Butterfly’s notes:  A clever layout makes this book enjoyable to kids.  Also, the caterpillar is cute!

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, funny stories, nature, picture books

Some Birthday!

Some Birthday!Title:  Some Birthday!
Author/ Illustrator:  Patricia Polacco
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster
ISBN:  0-671-72750-8

Summary:  Little Patricia is upset when her father seems to have forgotten about her birthday.  Not only is there no evidence of presents, cake, or a party, her father suggests the family try to get a photograph of the Monster at Clay Pit Bottoms!  Patricia is scared, but she tries to be brave and tough it out with her brothers until they come face-to-face with the Monster!
Butterfly’s notes:  I love Patricia Polacco’s artistic style.  This book is an ordinary story, but a funny and cute one.

Categories:  ages 7-9, ages 10-12, funny stories, picture books

Dinner at the Panda Palace

Dinner at the Panda PalaceTitle:  Dinner at the Panda Palace
Author:  Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrator:  Nadine Bernard Westcott
Publisher:  HarperCollinsPublishers
ISBN:  0-06-021010-9
0-06-021011-7 (lib. bdg.)

Summary:  Mr. Panda ushers in guests to his restaurant, the Panda Palace.  A crisis emerges when a small guest asks to be seated in a seemingly full house.
Butterfly’s notes:  A good book for practicing counting and learning different types of animals.  Each sucessive party admitted to the restaurant is a different species and number of animals.

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, funny stories, animal stories, picture books, poetry

Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the EggTitle:  Horton Hatches the Egg
Author/ Illustrator:  Dr. Seuss
Publisher:  Random House
ISBN:  0-394-80077-X
0-394-90077-4 (lib. bdg.)

Summary:  Horton the Elephant vows to keep watch over an egg until the mother bird (Mayzie the lazy) returns.  After many trials and difficulties, the egg starts to hatch, but who will be the true parent?  Horton, who sat faithfully by the egg for months, or Mayzie who laid it?
Butterfly’s notes:  This is one of my absolute favorite books to read aloud.  There is something so unbelieveably loveable about the character Horton!

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, funny stories, profound messages, animal stories, picture books, Butterfly’s favorites

The Bee Tree

The Bee TreeTitle:  The Bee Tree
Author/ Illustrator:  Patricia Polacco
Publisher:  Philomel Books
ISBN:  0-399-21965-X

Summary:  When Mary Ellen says she’s tired of reading, her grandfather knows just the thing to do- he takes her out to hunt for a bee tree.  It’s a long, exciting trip, and along the way many different people are swept up in the action!  In the end, Mary Ellen learns a valuable lesson about reading and honey.
Butterfly’s notes:  How exciting it sounds to look for a bee tree!  I am personally of the opinion that this book should be accompanied with a honey treat if at all possible.

Categories:  ages 7-9, animal stories, funny stories, picture books

Lilly’s Big Day

Lilly's Big DayTitle:  Lilly’s Big Day
Author/ Illustrator:  Kevin Henkes
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
ISBN-10:  0-06-074236-4 (trade bdg.)
0-06-074237-2 (lib. bdg.)
ISBN-13:  978-0-06-074236-2 (trade bdg.)
978-0-06-074237-9 (lib. bdg.)

Summary:  Lilly has always wanted to be a flower girl even more than she wants to be a surgeon or a diva or a hairdresser.  So when her teacher, Mr. Slinger, announces that he’s getting married, Lilly naturally assumes he’ll ask her to be the flower girl.  But Lilly is in for a surprize when Mr. Slinger tells her that his niece, Ginger, will be the flower girl at his wedding.  Will Lilly have to give up on her dream?
Butterfly’s notes:  As always, Lilly exhausts the adults in her life with her energy and determination.  Luckily, she continues to delight her readers.

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, funny stories, picture books

Wemberly Worried

Wemberly WorriedTitle:  Wemberly Worried
Author/ Illustrator:  Kevin Henkes
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
ISBN:  0-688-17027-7 (trade)
0-688-17028-5 (lib. bdg.)

Summary:  Wemberly worries about everything.  When it comes time for her to go to school, she worries more than ever.  Luckily, her new teacher Mrs. Peachum has just the solution.
Butterfly’s notes:  Wemberly is an adorable character.  She is every kid that was ever nervous about school.  Kevin Henkes delivers great drawings as usual.

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, funny stories, picture books

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