This is A Little Golden Book’s “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse” told by Patricia Scarry and illustrated by Richard Scarry. Did you know Little Golden Books were first published in 1942 and cost only $.25 a piece? This is Aesop’s Fable about two very different mice, one from the country and one from the city. The country mouse is open to experiencing city life, but soon learns that the she’s better suited to the simple ways of the country. To follow along with your own copy of this book, visit your local library! If you find a different version of this story, please share with me in the comments!
“Orangutan, A Day in the Rainforest Canopy” was written and illustrated by Rita Goldner. “When a young orangutan wakes in his nest of leaves, his day in the rainforest begins. He swings through the canopy searching for food, visits the river below, and encounters other Borneo wildlife, some of which create danger. At day’s end, he settles into a new nest of leaves, ready for another adventure tomorrow.”
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the publisher.
“Raam” was written and illustrated by Narsingh K. Khalsa. “Through the simple yet elegant illustrations and sweetly spoken text, we feel that we know Raam, a young Sikh boy, who discovers the natural world through play…as is the birthright of every child.”
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Nursing K. Khalsa.
Book Trailer for the award-winning picture book, Babies Nurse ~ Así se alimentan los bebés, written by Phoebe Fox and illustrated by Jim Fox.
This version of “The Little Red Hen” was illustrated by Linda McQueen. Little Red Hen finds some grains of wheat and is determined to bake a loaf of bread. Will lazy Dog, vain Cat, and gossipy Goose help her with the tasks it takes to grow the wheat and make the bread, or are they only interested in tasting the reward? The Little Red Hen is an excellent book to spur a philosophical discussion with children. Try asking them questions such as: Should the other animals help Little Red Hen? Why or why not? Should Little Red Hen be more forgiving? Why do you think so? etc. To follow along with your own copy of this book, visit your local library. If you find another version of this story, feel free to tell me about it in the comments!
This version of “The Gingerbread Man” is by El Frieda. “Run, run, as fast as you can!” The farmer and his wife, the little boy, and the little girl just cannot catch the naughty little gingerbread man. But he needs to watch out for the sly fox! To follow along with your own copy of this book, visit your local library. If you find a different version of this story, make sure to tell me about it in the comments!
“Blueberry Bear” was written by Eileen Pieczonka and illustrated by Romi Caron. “A pup named Bear and blueberries add up to a whole lot of bubba-baloo-ba trouble. How does Bear turn so blue and how does she get the name Blueberry Bear?”
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Eileen Pieczonka.
“Rocket Shoes” was written by Sharon Skinner and illustrated by Ward Jenkins. “A rhyming story for every kid who wants to fly—and wonders when it’s okay to break the rules. Like all children, José dreams of flying. So he works hard to buy a pair of rocket shoes that let him jet into the atmosphere. But all those spins, kicks, and airborne tricks cause such a ruckus around town that the mayor bans the shoes and shuts down the factory. Then, one day, during a terrible snowstorm, José hears a cry: his neighbor’s in danger—and he can only help her if he puts on the shoes. Will José dare to break the rules and save the day?”
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Sharon Skinner.
Meet former Kindergarten Teacher and Arizona Author, Debi Novotny, and get a sneak peek at her book “My Magic Hat Rules!” This book was written to help children learn how to read, and was illustrated by Thea Schaeffer.
“Starry Gets Lost” was written by Phoebe Fox and illustrated by Nikki Brzescinski. “The children and teachers have gone on a field trip, and Starry the Sheep has been left all alone. She’s curious and a bit concerned… Where did they go? Will they ever come back? Readers will be delighted as they follow Starry on her search to find her treasured friends.”