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Red, Yellow, Blue, Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny is going on a walk and he asks the reader to help him find colors. He sees red apples, red bird, and a red flower. He sees a yellow car, a yellow coat, and a yellow yield sign. Little Bunny sees a blue wagon, a blue jacket, and a blue kite. Little Bunny sees an orange van, an orange rope, and an orange vest. Little Bunny sees purple grapes, purple jam, and purple curtains. Little Bunny sees green leaves, a green bike, and a green turtle. Little Bunny sees a black cat, black boots, and a black ladder. Little Bunny sees a brown puppy, a brown bird, and a brown bunny. The book asks the reader what other items he/she can see in each color.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Pomona, CA; 1990.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




A, B, C, Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Grandma Bunny takes little Bunny to the zoo. They play an alphabet game in which they look for animals beginning with each letter of the alphabet. This book introduces children to letters at the beginnings of words.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; 1990, Pomona, California.




Inside and Outside - (No author) This book introduces children to the concept of inside and outside. It introduces items and activities that are used and done inside the house and outside of the house. For example, the kids in the story war slippers in the house, play inside when it rains, wash dishes inside the house. The kids war boots outside, play outside when it's sunny, and wash the car outside, etc. This book also helps reinforce simple vocabulary.
Publisher: Brimax Books; Cambridge, England; 1976.




Fireman Joe - Virginia Hunter (Illustrator - Marge Opitz) Andy is a young boy who lives across the street from a fire station. Joe, the fireman, always waves at Andy when he sees him outside. One day, on the way to the grocery store with his mother, Andy sees Fireman Joe go speeding by on one of the fire trucks. The fire was in the top floor of the building across from the grocery store, so Andy got to watch the firefighters put out the fire while his mom was shopping. The next day, Andy stopped by the fire station with Joe's helmet that he had lost. Fireman Joe was so happy that Andy had brought his helmet that he asked Andy to be a fireman for a day. Andy helped shine the fire truck. He helped make the beds and sweep the floors. He even got to ride in the fire truck when it went out for an inspection. Then Andy got to eat lunch with the firemen. Throughout the course of the day, Andy learned a lot about being a fireman.
Publisher: Rand McNally and Company; 1959; Chicago.
General Grade Level: Primary (1st-2nd).




Tim and His Train - E.C. Reichert (Illustrators - Fiore & Jackie Mostri). Tim is a boy who loves trains. Tim and his dad went for a visit to a railroad yard. Tim learned about streamliners, turntables, switching engines, and signal towers. Tim says that he would like to be a railroad engineer and drive a train. Tim's father tells him it will be a while before he can do that, but asks Tim if he would like an electric model train set for his birthday next week. When his birthday comes, Tim gets a train set and his dad helps explain what each car does. He got a steam engine, a Diesel engine, a coal car, a tank car, a gondola car, a log car, a refrigerator car, a cattle car, and a caboose. He also got a water tower for the steam engine. His father explains how the transformer works like an engineer's throttle. Tim even learns how to separate the cars with a coupler.
Publisher: Rand McNally and Company; 1959; Chicago.
General Grade Level: Primary.




One, Two, Three, Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). This book introduces simple vocabulary and reinforces counting skills. Little Bunny counts the number of each type of object as he puts them away.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; 1990; Pomona, CA.




Dog Book

Jan Pflong. This book introduces the topic of different types of dogs. It demonstrates that dogs can be very big, very little, or middle sized. They can have short or long legs, have short stubby noses or long pointy noses; long shaggy hair or short smooth hair, have long silky ears or short ears, fancy or plain coats, curly tails, or almost no tail. It introduces different breeds - including the St. Bernard, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Dachshund, Greyhound, Bulldog, Russian Wolfhound, Skye Terrier, Pointer, Basset Hound, Caim Terrier, Poodle, Dalmatian, Labrador Retriever, Eskimo Dog, Pug and Boston Terrier.
Publisher: Western Publishing Company, Inc.; Racine, WI; 1979.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Clifford's Manners
Clifford's Manners

Norman Bridwell. This book introduces children to the concept of good manners and proper etiquette. Clifford says please when he asks for something and says thank you when he gets it. He writes a thank you note when he receives a present. He waits in line at the movies and puts his trash in a trash can. He says "excuse me" when he has to walk in from of people at the movies and does no talk during the show. Clifford uses a tissue when he sneezes and shares his toys with his friends. He obeys the rules of games and puts his toys away when he's done. Clifford does not hit his friends when he is angry and he does not boast when he wins a game. He always calls before he visits a friend a he's always on time. He knocks on the door first, wipes his feet, and shakes hands with new people. He always washes his hands before he eats and never talks with his mouth full. He helps his friends clean up after a visit and says "thank you" and "goodbye." People love Clifford for his good manners.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.; New York; 1987.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Little Turtle's Big Adventure

David Harrison (Illustrator - J. P. Miller). Little Turtle lived along the edge of a nice little pond. He enjoyed living where he could watch mice, birds, and frogs. One day, men with shovels and bulldozers came and tore up the land next to the pond. They tore down the hills and filled in holes. The men in the machines dumped loads of dirt into the pond. The frogs, mice, birds, and Little had to leave. When the noise stopped and the dust settled, Little Turtle saw that the pong was gone. More men came with machines to flatten the ground to make a road. Soon, the road was finished and there was nothing to hear or see but cars and trucks honking their horns. Little Turtle had to find a new home because he couldn't sleep. Little Turtle tried to live in a field, but the grass was too tall. He tried to live on a hill, but it was too windy. He tried living in a forest, but it was too dark and damp. Little Turtle spent all Summer and Fall looking for a new home. When Winter came, Little Turtle dug into the mud and hibernated. In the Spring, Little Turtle went looking for a home again. A boy found him and carried him to a pond. Little Turtle was happy again because he could see the mice and hear the birds and frogs again.
Publisher: Random House, New York, 1978.




Very Hungry Caterpillar
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle. This is a selection about a caterpillar that starts as a larva in the egg and eats and eats until he transforms into a beautiful butterfly.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc: New York.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Concept: metamorphosis.




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