Elmer’s Christmas

Elmer’s Christmas
by David McKee (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: It’s Christmas, and the young elephants are very excited for Papa Red’s annual visit! All the presents are ready, but this year Elmer has a special treat in store for the young elephants–if they can keep quiet and out of sight…

Snippet:
“Are we going where Papa Red lives?!” they asked.
“Close by,” said Elmer.
“Have you seen him Elmer?
Elmer smiled. “Yes,” he said.

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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
by Anna Harwell Celenza (Author) and Don Tate (Illustrator)

Booktalk: It’s a challenge to transform the Nutcracker Suite’s romantic orchestra into jumpin’ jazz melodies, but that’s exactly what Duke Ellington and his collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, did.

BONUS! CD recording included.

Snippet: “I want to challenge myself…create music that can’t be categorized,” answered Duke. “Got any ideas?”

**Don is one of my former students!**

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is A Curious Thing

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When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus

When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus
by Tom MacRae (Author) and Ross Collins (Illustrator)

Booktalk: A little boy transforms into different creatures as his moods change throughout the day, until finally he goes a little too far and discovers his parents have transformed too!

Snippet:
When I woke up I was a
Hippopotamus!
Yawning in the morning, I raised up my sleepy head,
then took one look out of the window
and got straight back into bed.

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up is hosted by The Opposite of Indifference

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Market Day! (board books)

Market Day!
by Victoria Roberts (Author) and Tomislav Zlatic (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Four 12-page board books in a carrying case that folds out for a pop-up market for the punch-out characters from each book. Learn about colors, shapes, opposites and numbers. Here is a taste of Miss Dog’s Shapes

Snippet:
Hooray! Hooray! It’s Market Day!
And here’s the baker’s stall.
Miss Dog sells treats, all different shapes.
We want to try them all!

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Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale

Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale
by Eric A. Kimmel (Adapter) and Omar Rayyan (Illustrator)

Booktalk: On his way to Baghdad, Joha discovers a wishing stick. But how does it work? Joha makes some wishes–and the opposites come true.

Snippet: Joha held the wishing stick in his hand. He closed his eyes. “I wish I had a pair of red leather slippers.”

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The Boy from the Dragon Palace

The Boy from the Dragon Palace
by Margaret Read MacDonald (Adapter) and Sachiko Yoshikawa (Illustrator)

Booktalk: One day, a poor flower sellers drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy–with the power to grant wishes!

Snippet:
“He will bring you luck!” said the beautiful lady.
“But you must make shrimp for him every day.
Put in vinegar. Put in sugar.
He likes it like that.”

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Job Site

Job Site
by Nathan Clement (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Bring in the big rigs! The bulldozer, the excavator, the loader and other heavy machinery all have important tasks to accomplish at the job site digging, lifting, carrying, dumping, moving, shaping.

Snippet: Boss says, “Level that pile!”

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is Playing by the book

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