Pustakalana Bag of Books #8 (2-5 years)

  1. The Animal Fair (Alice Provensen) - Hardcover 64 pages

Join in on a lively look into the animal world. Twenty-two original stories and poems by Caldecott-winning artists Alice and Martin Provensen take you on a merry romp through farmyard, zoo, and forest. Here you will visit the barber for a lion's hair-cut, meet a tiger having a very unhappy birthday (no one is brave enough to come to his party!), and outsmart a wily fox. There is even useful and humorous advice, including "How to Recognize a Wolf in the Forest" and "How to Sleep Through the Winter." And, of course, all of these poems and tales are surrounded by the authors' engaging and ingenious art. Full of fun and imagination, this remarkable collection is sure to enthrall and delight all ages--a wonderful addition to any storytime.
    1. I Love Trucks (Philemon Sturges)

    I Love Trucks! by Philemon Sturges, illus. by Shari Halpern, now in paperback, shows bright and colorful black outlined illustrations of a tow truck, a street sweeper and a backhoe in action. From the same team and in the same format ("I like trains that hoot and roar/ as they rumble by my door"), I Love Trains! demonstrates a flatcar carrying a veiled massive airplane ("secret stuff that's under wrap"), among other cargo. The books show the featured trucks and train cars on the endpapers.

    1. Swimmy (Leo Lionni)

    Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf.

    1. Harry The Dirty Dog (Gebe Zion/ Margaret Bloy Graham) - Paperback 32 pages

    Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!

    1. The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree (Gail Gibbons) - Paperback 32 pages

    This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. In Gail Gibbons’s bright illustrations, Arnold collects apple blossoms in spring, builds a tree house in summer, makes apple pie and cider in the fall, and hangs strings of popcorn and berries for the birds in winter, among other seasonal activities. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.

    Anindita Prameswari
    Anindita Prameswari


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