Just Teenie


Just Teenie by Susan Meddaugh.
Meddaugh writes books filled with whimsy and magical happenings and this book certainly delivers.  Teenie is a very small little girl who is sick of being the smallest one.  When she sees a fortune teller’s booth, she asks to grow.  The fortune teller hands her a box with a plant inside of it.  The plant grows and grows and eventually starts reaching down and taking things from people.  When someone tries to cut down the tree, the tree grabs Teenie and carries her high up in its branches.  Everyone is very scared, but Teenie loves living high in the tree.  When cool weather comes, the plant droops and falls to pieces.  But even at the end, there is hope for next year.
This is a great read-aloud story with exactly the right amount of text on each page to share with preschoolers and kindergarteners.  The illustrations are vibrant, especially once the plant is in full bloom.  It is a magical tale combined with a normal wish that children have, to grow.  This one is a winner!

Froggy Rides a Bike


Froggy Rides a Bike by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.
Another installment in the beloved Froggy series, this book focuses on Froggy learning to ride his brand new bike.  The book starts with a dream sequence which may confuse some children, but soon after that they will be enjoying Froggy’s escapades as he falls and has to keep on trying.  The book is filled with London’s signature sound effects as well as the frog parents bellowing after FRROOGGYY!  Another winner in a great series that children adore.