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Jane’s Favorites

Old books and new books offer ways to put wonderful words, rhythm, rhyme, humor, story and images into your child’s life.  These are some of my favorites.  Happy family reading!

May I Bring a Friend? written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor, and a winner of the 1965 Caldecott Award.  A boy goes to tea with the King and Queen and brings a different friend each day.  Imagine how wild it would be to party with a bunch of monkeys or on top of an elephant!

A Was Once an Apple Pie based on 19th century British writer Edward Lear’s poem, adapted and illustrated by Suse Macdonald.  This book bounces with that rhythm and rhyme that help make sound connect with a child’s mind.  The pictures are brilliant in every way.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!  written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas.  Mr. McGreely has a big problem with three determined rabbits who have no trouble at all getting into his garden, no matter what he tries!  If you read this book, you must promise me that everyone reading and listening will say “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”  quite loudly whenever necessary.

What! cried Granny:  An Almost Bedtime Story written by Kate Lum, illustrated by Adrian Johnston. When Patrick goes to spend the night at his grandma’s for the first time, he finds he doesn’t have anything he needs for a good night’s sleep.  See how Granny comes through to help him before the surprise ending.  Be sure everyone says “What?” a little more loudly each time it appears in the story.

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