Friday, December 30, 2011

finishing out the year in picture books galore

Big (animal) families are theme for these two picture books.

THE HOUSE OF 12 BUNNIES By Carolyn Stills and Sarcia Stills-Blott with illustrations by Judith Russell (Holiday House 2012)opens with Sophia, one of the 12 bunnies, searching for something. As she searches, careful readers will notice lots of twelves in the book. They are presented in a variety of permutations: 3 baby carriages, 4 tricycles, 2 scooters, 2 pogo sticks and a bike for example. What is Sophia looking for? See if readers can guess. <679>

ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel and Friends 2012) presents readers with Davy. At first, Davy is an only "child" (he is a lamb). When his brothers come along they pester him by copying his every action. When Davy finally gets them to stop, he discovers he is lonely. Who will fill the void? <680>

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