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October 22, 2013

10-22 Good Reads

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STILLWATER — ‘LENA’S SLEEP SHEEP’

BY ANITA LOBEL

Author and illustrator Anita Lobel brings families a new bedtime story with “Lena’s Sleep Sheep.”

After a hug and kiss form Mama and Papa, Lena is cozy in her bed and ready for her sleep sheep to help her fall asleep.

But the sheep refuse to line up and be counted!

“We’re sca-a-a-a-a-red!” the sheep baa together. “There’s a round monster in the window, making faces at us. He looks hungry and ready for a sheep snack."  Lena’s sheep are afraid of the full moon shining through the window.

Can clever Lena help these silly sheep overcome their fears so that  she can get a good night’s sleep?

The idea for this bedtime book came out of Anita’s granddaughter’s arrival in New York City during warnings of a hurricane. She made a cozy nest on Anita’s couch for two days and nights. She had no need of sheep, but they were an obvious addition to a sleep book.

Ages 2-5.

‘SQUIRRELS ON SKIS’

BY J. HAMILTON RAY

In this new addition to the best-selling Beginner Books series, “Squirrels on Skis” celebrates initiative and creative thinking as intrepid girl reporter Sally Sue Breeze resolves a town-wide dilemma with perseverance, imagination and finesse.

When an idyllic snow-clad town is overrun by squirrels on skis, Sally Sue turns detective to solve the mystery of the skiing squirrels before the pest-control guy Stanley Powers sucks them up in his vacuum device. Sally’s investigation leads her from clue to clue as she pieces together a charming solution that makes both her town and the squirrels happy!

With delightful whimsical, humorous illustrations by Pascal Lemaitre, this is the perfect book for beginning readers to curl up and chill out with on a snowy day — or any day!

J. Hamilton Ray won two national Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for Children. He’s written and produced for the hit PBS Kids TV series “Between the Lions,” and he’s created many animated videos of picture books, including those of Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman, and Stan and Jan Berenstain. Ray and his wife divide their time between Redding, Conn. (where the squirrel-watching is great), and France.

In 1957, Theodore Geisel — known to the world as Dr. Seuss — wrote a book called “The Cat in the Hat.” It was fun to read aloud, easy to read alone, and impossible to put down. It was the first Beginner Book.  And that’s what it did. It began to change the way children learn how to read, making learning to read a joy and reading for pleasure the best way to learn.

Ages 5-8.

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