Mrs. Mallard faces some challenges while trying to help her new ducklings across busy traffic. Their old friend Office Michael helps them out and calls in reinforcements. One the family is together again, in the park, they like it so much that they decide to stay.
The great part is that it's short and sweet but also satisfying enough for bedtime - for those nights when it's already past bedtime and you're in a bit of a rush to get the kids to sleep.
This retelling of the classic story, Chicken Little, has a little something for everyone. Steven Kellogg is a very prolific children's book author and illustrator and the characters in this book display his signature style and sense of humor. The story begins, as usual, with Chicken Little being hit on the head by an acorn and believing the sky is falling. Foxy Loxy is watching from the bushes ready to make his move when each of Chicken Little's friends try to come to the aid with shear panic and calls for the police. Foxy Loxy is beside himself with greed as he fantasizes about how he will prepare and eat each of the the foul.
This story is just endearing all around. I marvel at the illustrations each time I read it - McCloskey made so many small and careful strokes with his pen to achieve such detail and form in simple black and white. My kids are captivated by this classic every time - no splashy colors or paint strokes required.
I'm not certain why my kids prefer this extremely simple book over other farm stories, but I think they must love the big colorful illustrations by famous illustrator Richard Scarry.
I think it's difficult to find a text and illustration so well-paired as in Owl Moon. The text is extremely poetic and descriptive and when you add the illustrations you truly feel like you're also along on the late-night owling walk with the girl and her father.
The text is almost poetic and the theme highlights the cautious relationship between man and nature, each watching the other from a safe distance.
Wee little lamb is a simple storyline with beautiful, soft pastel illustrations that my kids love to look at. And the moral of the story is that it’s ok sometimes if you just feel like sticking next to mom.
This is a perfect bedtime story, given the theme and length, and for as many times as I’ve read it I still linger on each page to study the intricacy, texture, color, and pattern of each illustration.