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National Poultry Day!!!!*

*no birds were eaten during the making of this post. 

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who don’t know, March 19th is National Poultry Day.  On this day, we celebrate all edible fowl, by eating them for every meal. While that is all well and good, I say let’s also celebrate the bird books. Though that date has passed, I thought I’d spend a little time recognizing these animals. So, in honor of National Poultry Day, I’m going to take a look at the books in which poultry will never be eaten, safe forever in the their illustrated pages.

That Is NOT a Good Idea!– Mo Willems

Let’s face it: Mo Willems is great at writing (and illustrating) stories with birds. And we sure are glad. That Is NOT a Good Idea! is yet another fantastic story (told as if it were a silent movie) about a duck who doesn’t realize that a wolf wants to have her for dinner. Literally! But the ducklings who are watching the events unfold know, and they keep trying to stop the duck from walking into the wolf’s trap. With an ending you won’t see coming, this book doesn’t disappoint with it’s humor and cleverness.

Interrupting Chicken– David Ezra Stein

This 2011 Caldecott Honor is the story of Papa who tries to read a bedtime story to his son, Chicken, but Chicken keeps interrupting. Finally, Chicken has interrupted all the stories, and Papa is about to give up. But Chicken pulls out a story of his own, and tells it to Papa. There are stories within a story, humor, and fairytales in this great picturebook. Really, what more could you ask for?

 

Caterina and the Perfect PartyErin Eitter Kono 

Caterina, a little brown bird, loves to make lists. Her current list is all about her perfect party. She’s sent out invitations to her friends, made food and decorations, but there is one thing she wasn’t counting on: a surprise rain shower! Now everything is ruined, but she can always count on her friends to make the clouds disappear. I love Caterina and her crazy organizational skills. Kono has beautifully written and illustrated this new picturebook that celebrates unwanted surprises.

So go out and celebrate all the birds! By not eating them. Well, maybe just for a day? They’ll really appreciate it, I’m sure.

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day. 

Different Kinds of Love

Hi Everyone,

The books this time showcase different kinds of love.

No Ordinary FamilyUte Krause 

No Ordinary Family is one of those books that surprised me. The narrative begins as a story about a family separated by divorce. But this is not all a sad story. When the Bandit kids’ parents split up, the kids, left with their mother, decide to go visit their father. And when the kids arrive, they find that a princess and her children have come to live with him! Well, the Bandit kids don’t like these prissy princesses. Not at all! So they pull some pranks and accidentally go a bit too far. But, by the end, the Princess and Bandit children are friends, and it’s time for the Bandits to go back to mom’s house. And you’ll never guess what they find there! Definitely an ending I didn’t expect, but in a funny way.

 

A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee portrays the different ways one can care for a friend. Amos loves his job taking care of his animal friends at the zoo. He plays chess with elephant, races with tortoise, hangs out with penguin, has a handkerchief for rhinoceros, and reads bedtime stories to owl. But one day, Amos doesn’t come to work. The animals worry, so they travel to Amos’ house. He’s in bed with the sniffles! All the animals take turns staying with Amos, and, soon he feels better enough that he reads them all a bedtime story. This 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is one of my favorite recommends for children who love animals. It is a sweet and lovely story, with an aspect that is reminiscent of Peggy Rathmann’Goodnight Gorillathere is a red balloon that readers can follow throughout the illustrations. 

 A Year with MarmaladeAlison Reyonds

A Year with Marmalade chronicles the time that Ella and Marmalade, the cat, spend waiting for their friend Maddy to return home with her family. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but Ella and Marmalade aren’t friends. Ella spends the time trying to do all the activities that Maddy did with her, but Marmalade avoids them. Marmalade won’t play in the leaves, jump in puddles, or  But, one frosty morning, Ella wakes up to Marmalade laying on her feet. Thus begins a fast friendship. They play in the snow and read books by the fire. Soon, Maddy returns, and the three enjoy a great reunion. This book is one of my favorite new releases of 2013. The illustrations are charming, and the text tells a lovely story of a growing friendship. I cannot wait for the next Marmalade book, A New Friend for Marmalade!

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day.

Curious About Autumn!

Fall is finally here! And with it comes all of my favorite things: scarf and sweater weather, gorgeous foliage, and some of the coolest events here at The World’s Only Curious George Store. This year is the first year of our participation in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s statewide Curiosity Day. But it’s not just about everyone’s favorite Curious monkey. Curiosity day celebrates a lifelong love of reading and learning for children of all ages.

For Curiosity Day Celebration, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite Curious George stories, then working on all sorts of crafts and coloring pages, and then raffling off some awesome prizes generously given to us by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. If you’re local and happen to drop by the store any time this month, come fill out one of our banana decorations with what makes you curious, and you will be entered into one of our raffles.

It’s sure to be a day full of fun!