Synopsis: Nana Quimby sees cats up a tree and calls for help. Every person she calls, including the fireshouse, the post office, the police station and city hall all say they can’t help. Soon there are forty cats up a tree! Finally Nana lets the cats into her house. When the mayor calls reporting mice everywhere in town, Nana Quimby gives him her own, very unhelpful response.
Synopsis: Cat, Duck and Squirrel live together in an old white cabin. They love to make pumpkin soup together. Cat slices the pumpkin, squirrel stirs the soup, and Duck puts in the salt. When Duck decides he would like to stir the soup, the friends fight. Duck leaves the cabin. When he doesn’t return by supper, Cat and Squirrel make pumpkin soup by themselves. But, it’s too salty! Worried about Duck out at night in the dark woods, Cat and Squirrel go outside to find him. Thinking the Duck left them to find better friends who will let him help, they return to the cabin. There is Duck! The friends decide to make soup and kindly look the other way as Duck makes all sorts of mistakes stirring the soup by himself.
I had never read this book by Kevin Henkes and didn’t know what to expect. I loved that the little white rabbit imagined himself as different things. This gave me a great opportunity to ask my preschoolers to close their eyes and imagine with the little white rabbit. The illustrations are beautiful, in a wonderful green and pastel pallet that is pleasing and soothing at the same time.
Synopsis: Little white rabbit wonders what it would be like to be green, to be as tall as a fir tree, to flutter like a butterfly and as still as a stone. When he runs from a cat, he runs home. “Little white rabbit wondered about many things, but he didn’t wonder who loved him.”
This is a wonderful pre-school read aloud. The rhyming is very nice as are the illustrations. It give you a great way to talk about farms (I work in an urban school) and to interact with students as they “help” me make farm noises. Best of all, the book ends in such a peaceful way that all those wiggly bodies settle down and are ready for another book.
Synopsis: A day begins on a farm. The people are away, so only animals are there to play. There are horses, donkeys, roosters, hens, sheep, goats, mice, bats, cats, and even a scarecrow. They all live and sleep in a big red barn.