~I received New Picture Books This Spring From Appleseed for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Kids love picture books and my two girls are no exception. They will thumb through picture books over and over again while my 8 year old reads them and my 5 year old enjoys the pictures. It is a magical age when kids love picture books before they move on to adult style chapter books forever. Here are 5 New Picture Books This Spring From Appleseed. They are Hello Kitty: Thumbelina, Hello Kitty: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I Lost My Sock!, A Good Day For a Hat and Barnyard Boogie!
One day while picnicking with her twin sister, Mimmy, Hello Kitty falls asleep and dreams of a faraway land of tarts and queens and tea parties . . .
Hello Kitty is having the wildest dream! In it, she’s tiny—no bigger than your thumb—gets kidnapped by a frog, spends the winter with a mole, and is rescued by a bird. Fortunately, she wakes up just in time to get to the ball and dance with the handsome prince.
“I lost my sock!” says Fox. “Have you seen it?” So begins Ox’s ridiculous attempts to help Fox find his missing sock. He presents each new option just before the page turn so the reader has a moment to decide for him or herself whether Ox has, in fact, found Fox’s sock. At its heart, I Lost My Sock! is the story of a funny misunderstanding between friends. But it’s also about pattern, color, and shape recognition; comparing and contrasting; and object identification. Mastery of these skills enriches a child’s vocabulary, prepares him to understand letters and numbers, and helps him gain a better sense of the world around him. Elio’s bold, geometric character designs further reinforce the early math concepts hinted at in this book.
Mr. Brown loves hats and can’t leave the house without wearing just the right one. But on this day, every time he opens the door to leave, the situation changes, and Mr. Brown must change his hat accordingly. At last, wearing every hat he owns, Mr. Brown is on his way. When he finally arrives at his destination, we find that it’s Mr. Brown’s birthday, and his friends have just the right hat for that as well.
The Barnyard Band is performing today.
All the musicians are coming to play!
Each animal musician knows what to do, but Cow can only moo!
This charming book is a delightful read-aloud featuring funny musical sounds and a refrain children will love repeating. Tim McCanna’s playful text will have children laughing, and Allison Black’s energetic illustrations will make children want to get up and move. Barnyard Boogie! is full of rhyming—and nonsense—sounds that will enrich and delight.
I hope you enjoy these titles as much as my girls have! Each are a joy to read and the illustrations are a pleasure to look at.