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Finding Christmas

FINDING CHRISTMAS (Albert Whitman & Company 2017)
Squirrel, Mouse, and Hare are getting ready for Christmas. While Mouse is out looking for the perfect gift for Hare, she finds Swallow sick in the snow. The three friends bring Swallow home and try to nurse the bird back to health. Squirrel and Mouse realize their Christmas gifts will help Swallow get well. As they give up their presents to help Swallow, they find the Christmas spirit. See reviews.

 

   
Who Loves the Little Lamb WHO LOVES THE LITTLE LAMB (Disney/Hyperion Books 2010)
"From dawn till after day is done, Mama loves her little one."
A fussy lamb is crying, so her mama dries her tears. A noisy bird is chirping, so his mama gently sweetens his song. A sleepy kangaroo is fading, and her mama carries her in her safe, cozy pouch. Even when kids are not at their best, mothers love their little ones. Lezlie Evans' warm, rhyming text delivers this reassuring message, and David McPhail's charming watercolors of baby animals and their mamas strike the perfect tone: safe, sweet, and playful.
   
THE BUNNIES’ TRIP (Disney/Hyperion January 2008)
When the eight members of the bunny family try to pack for their vacation, they find it to be much more complicated than they anticipated. School Library Journal says, “Children will laugh at the antics, and those familiar with travel will commiserate when the youngsters can’t take
everything and start getting tired and cranky as they hop along the country roads. The final
spread-swimming and having fun with oodles of cousins-proves that it was all worth
the trip.”
   
THE BUNNIES’ PICNIC (Disney/Hyperion January 2007)
This fun bunny tale, illustrated by Kay Charao, does more than entertain. It aptly illustrates how families can find the humor in daily mishaps and work together in order to solve problems. Kirkus reviews states, “Evans’s bright springtime tale cheerily details a bunny family’s attempts to make a tasty stew. The appealing mix of playful artwork and sing-song rhymes makes this an ideal story....” Booklist calls it “a cheerful romp for young children” and praises Evans “bouncy, rhyming text” and Chorao’s illustrations that “brim with activity and winsome details.”
   
"Can you Greet the Whole Wide World?" 12 Common Phrases in 12 Different Languages (Houghton Mifflin 2006)
School Library Journal says, “This book is a great way to introduce the many similarities and interests of children around the world. A fun way for students to experiment with various languages.” Children will have fun learning to say hello, please, I love you, goodnight and 8 other phrases in twelve different languages. The final spread is a world map indicating countries where each of the languages is spoken.
   
CAN YOU COUNT 10 TOES? Count to 10 in 10 Different Languages (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
Counting to 10 in 10 different languages is what you will do when you read this Oppenheim Gold Seal Award winner. School Library Journal calls it “A fun and challenging concept book.” Count from 1 to 10 in Japanese, Russian, French, Hindi, Hebrew and even Zulu!
   
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A STORM CLOUD ( Mondo Publishing 1999 )
This book is illustrated in vibrant acrylics by Marsha Gray Carrington. In similes that can be read and understood by young and old alike, a vivacious child describes how it feels to experience the everyday ups and downs of childhood. School Library Journal calls it, “A perfect springboard to encourage talking with children.”
   

IF I WERE THE WIND (APG 1997)
This heart-warming tale tells of a mother’s love. Illustrated in soothing watercolor by Victoria Lisi, this story begins one evening as a small child climbs upon her mother’s lap and quietly asks, “What if a witch came along one day and that wicked old witch stole you away?” Her mother’s reassuring response embodies the rest of the text. This poetic lullaby will stir the hearts of parents and children alike.

   

RAIN SONG (Houghton Mifflin 1995)
One stormy February night in 1993, Lezlie Evans found she couldn’t sleep because of the flashing lightning and booming thunder outside her window. So she crept out of bed and began to write down all the images in her head. The result of this sleepless night became Mrs. Evans’ first children’s book. Booklist praises the illustrations by Cynthia Jabar as “vibrant and energetic”, and the rhyming, rhythmic text as, “fun to read aloud and laugh away a fear of storms.” School Library Journal calls Lezlie Evans' first book, “A perfect read-aloud in any weather.”

   
SNOW DANCE (Houghton Mifflin, 1997-currently out of print)
This book is an exuberant poem about winter’s first snow. Snow Dance was chosen as an American Booksellers ‘Pick of the Lists’, was a Book of the Month Book Club selection and featured in Scholastic Book Club on several occasions.

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